StoryCorps EXTRA: Listen More

This week’s episode of the StoryCorps podcast isn’t a story, but an invitation.

After reflecting on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police earlier this month, and then the killing of five Dallas police officers—Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, and Brent Thompson—we asked ourselves, “What’s the right story for this moment?”

And it turns out; we don’t have one—at least not yet.

Sharing stories is just one of the things that we do. A conversation between two people, listening to each other and learning about the others life, is at the heart of what StoryCorps is and has always been.

So we thought maybe we can offer a place for conversation, a place to talk about things you might not normally talk about, a place to ask questions that are hard to ask.

Here’s our invitation:

Think about someone in your life you disagree with, someone you always argue with, someone who the best you can say about them is, “We don’t see eye to eye.” Then ask them to do an interview with you.

You don’t have to talk about the things you disagree about, instead, ask each other about your lives, where and how you grew up, and what are you are most proud. Try to hear them. Try to let them hear you.

It’s not going to change the world, it may not change anything at all, but maybe you’ll understand each other a little more.

So, if you’re willing to do this—and trust us, we know it’s not easy—we’re inviting you to have the conversation and recorded it with the StoryCorps app. If you’re in one of our StoryBooth cities (Atlanta, Chicago, or San Francisco), sign up for an interview slot there at StoryCorps.org.

If you’re wondering how to start this conversation, we’ve got suggested questions on the app and on our website.

If you do use our app, tag your interview #ListenMore so that we can find it and listen to it as well.