Apply to be matched for a One Small Step conversation – StoryCorps

Apply to be Matched for a conversation

Anyone from across the United States can participate in One Small Step, an effort by StoryCorps to bring strangers with different beliefs together to record a 50-minute conversation—not to debate politics, but to learn more about who we are as people.

We are focusing our work in several communities across the country. If you live in or near a One Small Step Anchor Community (Fresno/Central Valley, CA; Richmond, VA; Wichita, KS) or one of our Radio Station Hubs (Detroit, MI; Wilmington, NC; Ignacio, CO; Grand Marais, MN; Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN) and would like to apply to be matched for an interview, please link to the corresponding matching form using the appropriate button. If you live anywhere else in the United States, select “everywhere else.”

Fresno/Central Valley, California
Richmond, Virginia
Detroit, Michigan (WDET)
Wilmington, North Carolina (WHQR)
Ignacio, CO (KSUT)
Grand Marais, MN (WTIP)
Atlanta, GA (GPB)
Chattanooga, TN (WUTC)
Everywhere else

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN OR NEAR ONE OF THESE COMMUNITIES?

If you live anywhere else in the United States, you can still apply to be matched using this form.

WHAT IS A ONE SMALL STEP ANCHOR COMMUNITY?

We are currently focusing our work in three One Small Step Anchor Communities where we have implemented a comprehensive advertising and engagement strategy and are working closely with community partners and civic leaders to showcase the potential of our work. Currently, our Anchor Communities are Fresno/Central Valley, CA; Richmond, VA; and Wichita, KS. If you live in one of these communities you are more likely to be matched quickly. Please use the buttons above to apply to record a conversation in your area.

WHAT IS A ONE SMALL STEP RADIO STATION HUB?

Each year, StoryCorps partners with six public radio stations who offer their own One Small Step program: facilitating, recording, and sharing conversations between community residents. If you live in or near one of these communities (Detroit, MI; Wilmington, NC; Ignacio, CO; Grand Marais, MN; Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN), please use the buttons above to apply to record a conversation in your area.

We will only use the information you share in the application to match you with a conversation partner and to share email updates about One Small Step (our privacy policy is here). Most One Small Step conversations are currently taking place online using our easy-to-use virtual recording platform.

Still have questions?

To learn more about how we match conversation partners and what you can expect if you choose to participate, visit our FAQ page.

Support StoryCorps and our One Small Step Initiative

Support the power of mending divides through listening and talking openly with each other by making a gift to StoryCorps today.

SUPPORT FOR ONE SMALL STEP

One Small Step is made possible by the generous support of The Hearthland Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Walmart Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Stand Together Trust.

The Heartland Foundation
Fetzer Institute
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corporation for public broadcasting