I saw an ad for Story Corps One Small Step program a few months back and filled out an application. I’ve always enjoyed Story Corps, but the OSS program struck me as important with its focus on building bridges across divides and proving that people with different beliefs can engage in civil dialog and perhaps even learn from each other.
I was selected and my conversation will happen this Friday. Here is all I know about my interview partner:
I’m pretty damn liberal, but with a few areas of more traditionally conservative views (I tend towards pro-life, for example, but not the sign-waving, pray it away types.) I swear a lot. I honestly think a real apology is worth as much as a good public policy and I suck at both. I’m excited to meet you.
Here are the questions I came up with:
Was there a specific event or person in your life that shaped the views you hold today?
Have you ever changed a strongly held belief and if so, why?
Do you think there is a limit to our ability to understand each other (humanity in general – not us specifically)?
Have you noticed how you interact with people change in the last 10 years? Has that change coincided with social media use at all?
Whats the one thing you’ve heard me say today that you wish I would change my mind about and why?
What do you hope someone listening will get out of our conversation?
Anything else you can think of to ask to get an interesting conversation going? I will be looking forward to this all week.