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NPR’s StoryCorps will be recording at Unrig in Nashville—and you’re invited to participate.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

With the One Small Step Project, StoryCorps will be recording exclusive interviews at Unrig Summit about experiences that have shaped participants’ political viewpoints. These powerful stories will become part of history, archived in the Library of Congress.

To take part, complete the Screening Questionnaire by Thursday, February 28.

Email onesmallstep@storycorps.org for more information. Spaces are limited.

Applicants will be notified if they are selected in early March. For those who are not selected, there are countless ways to participate and make your voice heard at Unrig via the StoryCorps’ One Small Step App.

USE THE STORYCORPS APP

Anyone with a smartphone can record an interview with the StoryCorps App. We recommend use of the app in conversations with someone you know—it is not suited for conversations between strangers. The StoryCorps App is available on iOSAndroid devices and for Kindle.

Questions are built into the app to guide you conversation with someone in your life you may want to get to know better, including:

  • Describe an experience that shaped your politics.
  • How did your childhood shape your view of the world today?
  • Can you talk about a time you experienced doubt over your beliefs?
  • Is there someone with whom you disagree but still respect?
  • When you think about the future, what are you most scared of?

StoryCorps Presents: Bipartisan Collaboration

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a confirmed Unrig Summit 2019 plenary speaker, joins his colleague Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) for a StoryCorps One Small Step interview. Enjoy this clip of their conversation and get inspired to start your own.

“We have an historic opportunity to make common sense changes in this country. Congress desperately needs reform to limit the power of special interests. Only by working together in a transparent manner will we renew the American people’s trust in government.”

          – Representative Mike Gallagher.

Representative Mike Gallagher and a group of 17 other House lawmakers launched the Congressional Reformers Caucus, more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials is the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our broken political system. Since 2018, the members have pledged to work across the aisle to restore trust in democratic institutions.

StoryCorps: Common Ground

GET INSPIRED: CHERATON LOVE & JIM WHITE

Cheraton Love identifies as liberal, and her father-in-law, Jim White, identifies as conservative. Cheraton invited Jim to have a conversation at his home in Silver Valley, North Carolina about some of things that are most important to them, and how they don’t let their differences pull their family apart.

They recorded their discussion using the StoryCorps App

NPR is presenting this conversation through One Small Step, StoryCorps’ new national effort to encourage people to engage in a conversation with someone they may not agree with politically.

StoryCorps: Recording History

For 15 years StoryCorps has traveled the country recording the stories of everyday people. In that time, half a million friends and loved ones who have recorded with us. What NPR has learned through it all is that everyone has a story, every voice has value, and listening, really listening, helps us to understand one another better.

Now, NPR is inviting strangers, from different walks of life, to talk and to listen. With their new initiative, One Small Step, we are asking people to talk about the personal experiences that have shaped their political viewpoints in an effort to remember what we have that connects us—our shared humanity.

StoryCorps conversations are a time when participants leave all of the daily distractions of life at home–the TV, cell phones, what’s for dinner. For 40 minutes, two people sit at a table together and just talk, while a StoryCorps facilitator handles the recording equipment. There are simple ground rules established and enforced by the facilitator but it is in the hands of the individual participants
where the conversation goes.

At the end of the interview the participants decide, together, how they would like their recording preserved.

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