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StoryCorps' One Small Step is an effort to mend the fraying fabric of our nation, one conversation at a time.

How One Small Step Works


How One Small Step Works

  • People interested in taking part in a One Small Step conversation should fill out our Questionnaire for potential participants. The responses help our team to pair people together to facilitate the best conversation possible.
  • If you are paired, KMUW staff will reach out to each participant to set up a mutually convenient time for the conversation. We will also share information to help both participants think about their questions for each other and feel prepared. 
  • You can take part in a StoryCorps conversation "virtually," on a computer. Requirements: a reliable internet connection and a computer with a video camera and a microphone. For "virtual" recording, the producer will do a short "tech check" with each participant a day or two before the recording appointment. 
  • During your One Small Step appointment, a facilitator will share some brief paperwork and explain how the recording will happen. Once recording begins, the facilitator will help start the conversation with 1-3 kick-off questions. After that, participants drive the conversation with questions of their own.
  • The recording lasts about 40 minutes. The whole process takes 60-75 minutes.
  • Each participant will receive a digital copy of the recording.
  • If both participants choose, the recording is also preserved in the StoryCorps collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
  • Some recording, with participants' permission, will be edited and broadcast on the radio.
  • Recording start in July and continue through November 2020.

Ground Rules

  • DON'T: Interrupt your partner or raise your voice.
  • DO: Listen carefully, with curiosity and an open mind.
  • REMEMBER: It's a two-way conversation. Be prepared to ask and answer questions. Don't debate political issues. The goal is to talk with civility and get to know each other—not as stereotypes or talking points—but as neighbors and human beings.