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By Bert O Phillips, strategist and storyteller out of Brooklyn, NY

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hearingUS is a podcast that illuminates the human stories behind our divided nation. Each week we bring together people with different views to explore uncharted territory. We bring together family, roommates, couples, and even complete strangers, asking them to listen to one another’s stories. hearingUS challenges us to answer the question: How do we talk to our brothers and sisters when it feels like we have nothing in common? How can we build a more perfect country alongside neighbors who sometimes feel like enemies? hearingUS is hosted by Bert Phillips. He started the show after the divisive 2016 election showed us just how much we were hurting as a country -- how much room we have to grow as listeners.

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A new, exiting, and insightful forum for hearing people express their thoughts after the divisive election of 2016. A safe harbor in which I can hear discussions of the things that divide us, depress us, worry and were on us. But also a forum for hearing discussions of the things that elvate us, and lead us to be better people, even in the face of these post-election anxieties.

This is a podcast where, I think, we are going to hear discussions about the new landscape of "landmine issues" that I currently find I am too afraid to bring up in social gatherings, and even with family, for fear of eliciting strong passionate arguments - often from people who I was unaware had such strong opposing opinions. I'm normally happy to discuss/argue controversial political issues, but in this current social environment I'm afraid of inflicting/suffering friendship-ending wounds.

My new resolution is to LISTEN to what the people who voted for DJT have to say. I would like to understand. I'm listening.

Thanks for the forum.

It's great!

I really enjoyed listenig to the first episode of hearingUS. It feels fresh and refreshing. I'm not huge into potcasts or anything but it's definitely worth a listen. Check it out.

Looking forward to more!

From reading the description, I thought this sounded like a podcast we need right now. The first interview didn't disappoint. It's good to be reminded that there are thoughtful people on both sides of this seemingly gaping divide. Can't wait to see what's to come!

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