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From public radio station KUER and journalist Andrea Smardon, Next Doors 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.

From public radio station KUER and journalist Andrea Smardon, Next Doors 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.
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From public radio station KUER and journalist Andrea Smardon, Next Doors 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.

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5. Rebellion on Campus

12/11/2018
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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 up being more like a fight than an exchange of ideas. Sometimes the protests turn violent or events are canceled altogether. Enter Respect & Rebellion — a new project to help students and the rest of us figure out how to disagree better....

Duration:00:16:25

4: Shadow Work

12/4/2018
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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 of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1993. Years later, she returned to the church that rejected her. Andrea talks with Maxine about what she’s learned about facing our differences, correcting injustices and healing wounds.

Duration:00:19:20

3. Impossibly United

11/27/2018
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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 and where we don’t. This place is, of course … high school. In this episode, we ask: “Can you unite an entire high school?” Seems impossible, right? But that didn’t stop one group of students. Andrea talks to teacher Bonnie O’Brien and students...

Duration:00:24:14

2: The Strength of Tribes

11/20/2018
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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 really need to repair the social fabric. This story gets personal for Andrea as she grapples with feeling tribeless as a transplant in Salt Lake City. She talks with a spiritual leader from the Northern Utes, Lacee Harris , about being part of a...

Duration:00:22:28

1: Tribalism 101: Pick a Side

11/13/2018
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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. Andrea talks with LaVonne Maloney , a friend she first met while working as a reporter at KUER. Lavonne hasn’t talked to her sister in nearly two years following an argument about politics. Also, a recent late-night tweet from Utah Lt. Gov....

Duration:00:15:12

0: Coming Soon

11/5/2018
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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 ways to connect. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we hope you will join us. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:01:44