Media Assets for One Small Step Cities – StoryCorps
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Media Assets for One Small Step Cities

One Small Step is an effort from StoryCorps to connect people so they can remember that people with whom they disagree are human beings. In doing this, we can begin to mend the fraying fabric of our nation — one conversation at a time.

One Small Step is made possible by the generous support of the Fetzer Institute, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg’s The Wunderkinder Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Charles Koch Institute. StoryCorps thanks these donors for their commitment to this project and to bridging divides in America.

All media on this page is available for use by journalists and media in covering StoryCorps and One Small Step. Click on the image or media artifact to download or embed on your website.

For media inquiries, contact:

Washington, D.C.
Blake Zidell & Associates
New York, NY

Press Releases & FAQ

Wichita, Kansas


Bothner & Bradley
Wichita, KS

Download a PDF:

PRESS RELEASE: StoryCorps Selects Wichita for National Initiative to Reconnect a Divided America

FAQ for Wichita, Kansas

RESEARCH: Four things to know about Wichita and One Small Step (study by Benenson Strategy Group, 2020).

Stories from Wichita


Birmingham, Alabama


Amanda Leesburg, LeesburgPR
Birmingham, AL

Download a PDF:

PRESS RELEASE: StoryCorps Selects Birmingham for National Initiative to Reconnect a Divided America

FAQ for Birmingham, Alabama

RESEARCH: Four things to know about Birmingham and One Small Step (study by Benenson Strategy Group, 2020).

Stories from Birmingham


Spokespeople & Headshots

Dave Isay, Founder & President of StoryCorps

Dave Isay (prounounced “EYE-say”) is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorpsAll There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012), and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013) and Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (2016). In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded annually to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. For speaking engagement inquiries, Dave is represented by The Tuesday Agency.

Lisa V. Gale, PhD., Chief Program Officer

Lisa V. Gale came to StoryCorps in 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience in the administration and management of nonprofit organizations in the fields of adult education and community development. Prior to joining StoryCorps, she served as Deputy Commissioner, Employment Services, for the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, a $200 million employment services division, offering city programs such as Back2Work, Business Link, Training Assistance Group, and more. Before her position with the City, Lisa managed a portfolio of workforce development programs funded by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation; she worked as the Deputy Executive Director for the Literacy Assistance Center; and held various senior leadership positions at nonprofits focused on adult literacy and community and economic development. Lisa holds a PhD in Social Welfare from The CUNY Graduate Center and an MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

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Voices from One Small Step

We’re seeking people of all backgrounds and beliefs to take part in One Small Step, a national effort from @StoryCorps. It’s a chance to meet someone new with a different political view than you and get to know their story. Learn more and participate at


“The Golden Rule”

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Description: Amina Amdeen and Joseph Weidknecht, two people on opposite ends of the political spectrum, reflect on the moment that brought them together nearly two years ago: a protest just days after the 2016 presidential election in Austin, Texas.


“Family Politics”

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Description: A father and daughter putting their differences aside. Jenn Stanley is a self-described liberal and a writer. Her father, Peter Stanley, began voting Republican in 1980 and works in construction. When Jenn was a kid, her dad was her best friend. But as she grew older, their views grew further apart, making it difficult for them to talk about the things that are important to them — until the 2016 presidential race, when they agreed to avoid discussing politics altogether. Jenn and Peter came to StoryCorps to try to put their differences aside and listen to each other’s points of view.

“Common Ground”

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Description: 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 the things that are most important to them, and how they don’t let their differences pull their family apart.

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