Next Door Strangers
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From public radio station KUER and journalist Andrea Smardon, Next Door Strangers is a podcast about finding connection in a time of division. We don’t know if this is going to work, but we’re hoping you can help. Each episode will end with a challenge where we ask you to think about your part in all of this, and maybe even change things. It might take you out of your comfort zone, but maybe that’s exactly what we need right now.
||Clean5. Rebellion on Campus||It’s become an all too familiar story: a conservative firebrand is invited to speak at a college campus known for embracing free speech and contrasting views, a place like UC-Berkeley or NYU. Then, the campus erupts in protests. It some cases, it ends||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Shadow Work||Common beliefs are what hold many groups together. So it’s no surprise that differing viewpoints within a group often cause fear or threaten the status quo. Episode 4 focuses on Maxine Hanks , a Mormon feminist who was excommunicated from the Church o||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Impossibly United||There’s a place where we all start to figure out which tribes we belong to. The decisions we make there feel like life or death. And, in a way, it is — those choices really will affect us for years to come, as we continue to decide where we belong a||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: The Strength of Tribes||We’ve covered how tribalism is wreaking havoc in our lives, but tribes are also a source of strength. They’re how humans have organized themselves to survive for thousands of years. We explore the idea that maybe better, stronger tribes are what we||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Tribalism 101: Pick a Side||People on the left and right may disagree on many things, but they generally agree that tribalism is bad for our country. This episode looks at how we are affected by tribalism in our modern lives and whether there is any hope of getting beyond it. Andr||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0: Coming Soon||Maybe you’ve heard that we are a divided country. Maybe you experience it in your life. Over the course of six episodes, Next Door Strangers is going to peer into people’s lives, getting to the bottom of what divides us and more important, finding w||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Embracing change for the better of everyone
I’ve just listen to one episode so far and I’m hooked. This podcast is insightful and thought-provoking. What I love most about it is that it challenges me to be more than just a passive listener on an interesting subject. It asks me the listener to change a habit in my life so that I can be part of the positive change this podcast espouses.
The first episode is timely as all of us need to take a step back and really think about how we relate to other. It made me start to think about how I relate to people who are in different tribes than I am. I am looking forward to the continuing dialogue that has been started. It is valuable to our society, our democracy and our future.
Makes you think
Listening to the first episode, I found myself returning back to think about the way political problems don't get solved frequently. Working on my listener challenge now!