Listen. Honor. Share.AZPM is excited to partner with StoryCorps to bring together people who hold different political beliefs for a respectful, meaningful recorded conversation. The One Small Step project helps to break down boundaries created by politics and reinforces our shared humanity.Arizona Spotlight and StoryCorps

Join Us

We are currently seeking participants of all backgrounds and beliefs who want to take One Small Step, to have a conversation with someone who holds different political beliefs. The point of the conversation is not to debate or simply “talk politics.” The goal is for folks to share personal stories that shaped their beliefs. Rather than trying to change someone's mind, our hope is that participants will simply learn about someone who is different from them.
The project seeks to remind us that we have more in common than divides us and that treating those with whom we disagree with decency and respect is essential to our democracy. With the participants' permission, each conversation will be preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and some will be broadcast on Arizona Spotlight.

Apply now to participate.
What is One Small Step?
We’re seeking people of all backgrounds and beliefs to join us in seeking to counteract intensifying political divides by engaging in a conversation with someone they may not agree with politically.
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FAQ

WHOM SHOULD I BRING TO THE INTERVIEW?
AZPM will use a screening survey to find a partner for you for the interview, unless you have been instructed otherwise.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY INTERVIEW?
StoryCorps sessions are not scripted. They are intended to be natural conversations. It is a good idea to spend some time before your interview thinking about what questions you want to ask or topics you want to explore. We will provide some suggested questions. Consider bringing your own list questions. But do not over-prepare. Just come ready to be yourself.

HOW LONG IS THE INTERVIEW?
The interview itself is 40 minutes long. There is some paperwork you will need to fill out before and after the interview, so the entire process takes about one hour.

IS STORYCORPS STAFF PRESENT DURING THE RECORDING SESSION?
A trained Facilitator is present throughout the entire interview process and handles all technical aspects of the recording. Facilitators also help ensure that you have a comfortable and meaningful experience.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY INTERVIEW AFTER THE RECORDING SESSION?
With your permission, a copy of the interview will be archived with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Within a few weeks of your interview, you will receive a digital download link of the audio. We encourage you to make copies of your interview to share with your friends, family, and colleagues.

WILL MY STORY BE EXCERPTED FOR THE PUBLIC TO HEAR?
With permission from participants, AZPM or StoryCorps may choose to edit your conversation for broadcast, however, only a small percentage of recordings are ever broadcast on the radio.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
You may participate free of charge.

WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT MY STORY TO BE ARCHIVED?
If you do not sign the release form, you will receive the audio, the interview will not be archived and we will not keep a copy. Regardless of whether or not you sign the release form, each interview participant will receive the audio of the conversation to share with family and friends.

WHAT IS STORYCORPS?
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, over 400,000 people have shared life stories with family and friends through StoryCorps. As part of our signature service, participants receive a copy of their new recording to share and, with permission, StoryCorps sends a second copy to the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts at STORYCORPS.ORG and on NPR’s Morning Edition. We also create award-winning animations that are viewed online and via public and digital media. To learn more about StoryCorps, please visit here.
Funding for One Small Step comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and StoryCorps
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