Utah Public Radio joins One Small Step Communities working with StoryCorps on an initiative to facilitate and broadcast conversations with Americans of opposing viewpoints. The One Small Step initiative, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, aims to counteract intensifying political divides by enabling those who disagree to listen to each other with respect.
StoryCorps is the groundbreaking personal history project that has given 500,000 Americans across all 50 states the chance to record conversations about their lives and preserve them for posterity at the Library of Congress. The One Small Step project pairs people with differing beliefs to try to find common ground through questions like, “Was there a moment, event, or person in your life that shaped your political views?” and “What scares you most when you think about the future?”
Here's an example of a One Small Step conversation:
Utah Public Radio will be traveling the state collecting similar conversations throughout 2019. Stay tuned for more updates from UPR about the program and how to participate.
Dave Isay, Founder & President of StoryCorps said: “Our dream, which is lofty, is to try and convince the country that it’s your patriotic duty to see the humanity in people we disagree with. StoryCorps stokes trust, stitches us together, and brings out our best and highest selves.”
Along with Utah Public Radio, five other stations were chosen for the partnership with StoryCorps. Other stations include KCUR – Kansas City; Texas Public Radio – San Antonio; Arizona Public Media – Tucson; WUSF – Tampa; and WBHM – Birmingham.