Kansans Take One Small Step with KMUW and StoryCorps
Special Event: Take One Small Step with WPL and KMUW
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29
The Wichita Public Library is partnering with KMUW and StoryCorps, inviting you to take One Small Step with us. During this divisive time, One Small Step brings together two people from opposing political viewpoints and invites them to have a conversation with each other. KMUW has already recorded more than 25 conversations in the Wichita community, and the overwhelming takeaway has been that we have more in common than what divides us. During this virtual event, we will hear from the Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy about why these conversations are so important. We'll hear excerpts from some real One Small Step conversations, and invite them back to the "table" to hear how these conversations have impacted their worldview.
This program will be held online via Zoom. Call (316) 261-8500 or click here to register. A link to the program will be sent to your inbox the day before and the day of the program.
In 2020, KMUW—in collaboration with the national nonprofit StoryCorps—invited residents to have a conversation with another member of our community who they might not otherwise have a chance to talk with and with whom they might even disagree politically.
It's part of One Small Step, a nationwide project launched by StoryCorps to break down boundaries created by the difficult time in America right now. KMUW is one of six stations across the United States chosen to lead in the initiative in 2020.
KMUW recorded 25 interviews, some of which are featured below.
In October, it was announced that Wichita is one of 4 cities in which StoryCorps is anchoring One Small Step in 2021 with more opportunities to record, share, and preserve conversations that show the country how Kansans can listen to each other in spite of their differences of opinion. Read about the continued effort here.
StoryCorps' One Small Step is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given people of all backgrounds and beliefs, in thousands of towns and cities in all 50 states, the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories with the public through StoryCorps' podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connect; and remind us how much more we have in common than what divides us. Learn more at storycorps.org.