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One Small Step unites a diverse group of citizens from across the region

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Sharon Craig of Ignacio (L), and Johanna Winkler of Durango at the KSUT performance studio, December 2022.

For the past seven months, KSUT has partnered with the national organization StoryCorps for One Small Step. We invited people from diverse backgrounds to talk with strangers who have different political beliefs.

The results have been both humbling and encouraging. More than 160 people participated in the project. Deciding who would make a good match was an art in itself.

One participant noted, “One Small Step is like Match.com but for sociopolitical discourse.”

The project also pushed KSUT staff members outside of our bubbles as we recruited participants with various political beliefs.

We wanted to showcase the diversity of voices in this final excerpt. We also wanted to spotlight how each participant communicated with a stranger differently than they do with others.

Listen to other One Small Step conversations.

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KSUT hosted a listening party for the One Small Step project at Durango's Powerhouse Science Center on November 16, 2022.

KSUT was one of six public radio stations nationally that partnered with StoryCorps to host One Small Step.

StoryCorps’ One Small Step Radio Station Hubs is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Hannah Minkler of Durango (L), and Cheryl Lee of Red Valley, Arizona at the KSUT performance studio, December 2022.
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Claire Ninde of Durango (L) and Tim Hunter of Mancos at the KSUT performance studio, August 2022.
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Chaitna Sinha of Durango (L) and Shalako Powers of Cortez at the KSUT performance studio, September 2022.

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