StoryCorps Spearheads Courageous Conversations Across a Growing Divide

Polarization is spiraling both the US and globally, reducing trust, distorting facts, disrupting relationships, and quietly dividing communities. Where are the spaces for reconciling worldviews and repairing the harm that has come from an increasingly hostile and extreme political discourse and media landscape?

This recent feature in NPR entitled One Small Step: Courageous Conversations Across A Growing Divide, “explores the idea that intentional conversations between partisans could be a catalyst for national healing.”

Spearheaded by StoryCorps, local NPR stations pulling together individuals from diverse partisan views for intentional conversations.

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay says, “We’re sliding in the wrong direction in this country. We’re going to try to convince the country that it’s our patriotic duty to see the humanity in people that we disagree with.”

Read the article and listen to the feature here.


Image by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.


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April Doner
April Doner
April Doner is a community connector, artist, and mother who is passionate about igniting the intersection between re-weaving neighbor relationships, strengthening local economies, and healing / reconciling inequities and injustices. She is a Steward at the ABCD Institute DePaul University and, while not practicing neighboring in her own neighborhood, she trains, coaches, and consults in Asset Based Community Development. April also documents local resilience as well as group processes through various creative means including writing, photography, video, and graphic recording. Since 2020, she has curated content for

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