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Are you ready to take One Small Step?


Indiana Public Radio is partnering with a Ball State University communications class to offer the One Small Step project, a StoryCorps initiative, to record and preserve the stories of our community.

One Small Step conversations provide friends, family, and complete strangers, with different political views and backgrounds, the chance to sit down and have a 40-minute conversation about what has shaped their worldviews.

One Small Step, a program launched in 2018, is committed to helping people break down the barriers created by politics and remember our common humanity. These conversations are not meant to be debates, but a chance to share stories of life experiences that have shaped your political beliefs and listen to those of your conversation partner.

IPR staff will record your conversation — in-person at our studios or virtually — and, with your permission, StoryCorps will archive it at the Library of Congress so it will be preserved for future generations. If you would like to participate in this project, please take a moment to fill out this survey. To receive additional information, please contact the One Small Step student team at OSSMuncie@gmail.com by April 15, 2021.


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It began with Ball State students…

IPR’s effort began as a project in a Ball State University classroom.  Students did their own interviews to feel what it was like to come together with someone different, before beginning to recruit for IPR’s on-air effort.  But they had some trouble getting people interested in talking.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann talks with these students – Madyson Crane, Dylan Patterson, and Zack Hansen – and their professor, Mary Moore, about what the experience was like.