In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, conversations about politics were fraught — especially if you were talking with somebody who had different beliefs than you did.

Since then, it seems like things have only gotten worse. It’s harder than ever to have a conversation with someone we disagree with. So, this past month, we teamed up with another public radio program, called Indivisible, for an experiment. We wanted to find out if listeners would be willing to record StoryCorps conversations with someone they considered their political opposite.

Can we talk across the lines we draw out between “us” and “them”? That’s what we’re trying to figure out. In this episode, we’ll listen to three conversations from our experiment and tell you how you can join in by writing to listen@storycorps.org.

Released April 21, 2017.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
Alialujah Choir – “Building A Nation (Instrumental)”
Blue Dot Sessions – “Coronea” and “Open Flames”
Weinland – “For Land For Love For Time (Instrumental)”
Yeyey – “Tiptoe (Instrumental)”