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One Small Step

Talk With A Neighbor Across The Political Divide

StoryCorps founder David Isay shares why they launched this project and how you can participate.

Continue the Conversation in 2021

StoryCorps Selects Richmond for National Initiative to Reconnect a Divided America.

VPM, along with StoryCorps, facilitated virtual conversations with other members of your community who you might not otherwise have a chance to talk with and with whom you might even disagree politically. It’s part of One Small Step, a nationwide project launched by StoryCorps to break down boundaries created by the difficult time in America right now. 


Richmond is one of four cities in which StoryCorps is anchoring One Small Step in 2021 with more opportunities to record, share, and preserve conversations that show the country how Virginians can listen to each other in spite of their differences of opinion. Read about the national effort in RVA Magazine.

VPM led the project in 2020, recording 26 interviews with community members, and will continue to share new One Small Step stories from Richmond in 2021.

Due to continued demand and opportunity, StoryCorps will continue providing virtual recording opportunities, sharing stories and bringing community members together to share ways that we can connect.

If you already signed up, but have not been matched yet, you are still in the pool to participate! StoryCorps will contact and schedule you to record when they find the right conversation partner for you.

If you have not signed up yet, you can do so here.

“Our research shows there is something special about Richmond. Even following a contentious election, we believe Richmond residents can show the rest of America that we can once again be neighbors and communities if we have the courage to listen to one another,” said StoryCorps Founder and President Dave Isay.

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About Storycorps

Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given people of all backgrounds and beliefs, in thousands of towns and cities in all 50 states, the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories with the public through StoryCorps’ podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connection; and remind us how much more we have in common than what divides us. Learn more at storycorps.org

“Liberal” or “conservative,” everyone has a stake in this community -- and a responsibility to step up. Start by coming to the table: This year, take One Small Step.


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StoryCorps’ One Small Step is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Has there been a particular moment when you felt misunderstood by someone with different beliefs than you?

In collaboration with the national nonprofit StoryCorps, VPM is inviting residents throughout our entire service area to have a virtual conversation with another member of your community who you might not otherwise have a chance to talk with and with whom you might even disagree politically. 

It’s part of One Small Step, a nationwide project launched by StoryCorps to break down boundaries created by the difficult time in America right now. VPM is one of six stations across the United States chosen to lead in this initiative