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Bridging America’s political divide with conversations, “One Small Step” at a time

By January 9, 2022February 10th, 2022No Comments

By Norah O’Donnell // CBS News

This past Thursday marked the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, when an angry mob tried and failed to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election. The insurrection’s only success was to further polarize a country already divided. Tonight we’ll introduce you to someone attempting to bridge that divide. Dave Isay has created a program called “One Small Step” to get Americans from across the political spectrum to stop demonizing one another and start communicating — face to face, one conversation at a time. “One Small Step” grew out of “StoryCorps’– the oral history project Dave Isay founded 18 years ago. It has taped more than half a million Americans telling their stories – to become the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded, with one aim at its core.

Dave Isay: What if we just give the entire country the chance to be listened to and have a chance to talk about, you know, who they are?