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Vermonters step forward: What we learn from holding conversations across political divides

One Small Step conversation partners Philip Gibbs and Offie Wortham next to each other on a screen.
One Small Step conversation partners Phillip Gibbs and Offie Wortham during their virtual One Small Step conversation.

On the first day of a new year it’s customary to both look back and look ahead. During this special broadcast, we'll reflect and look forward through the lens of One Small Step, a project that’s taken up a good part of the last year.

In 2021, fifty Vermonters connected with strangers with different political views than their own, in the hopes of finding common ground and learning to see the humanity in one another. Hear some of their conversations as we celebrate what we've learned through participating in this national collaboration, One Small Step.

Broadcast January 1st, 2022 at 12 p.m.

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Betty was and still is VPR's first full time employee, hired in 1976 to handle a variety of administrative aspects. Once the station began broadcasting in 1977, she also served as an on-air host.
Karen is VPR's traffic specialist and producer. She produced Sunday Bach, a program featuring the sacred Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, during its 8-year run on Vermont Public Radio. Karen has worked for public radio since 2000, in areas of production, traffic, operations, programming and news. She produces the VPR Choral Hour, with host Linda Radtke, and is connecting Vermonters one conversation at a time with StoryCorps One Small Step.