In collaboration with StoryCorps and other community organizations throughout Eastern Maine, WERU invites you to meet someone new — a fellow resident with different political beliefs from you, who you might never talk to otherwise — for a simple, personal, 50-minute conversation.
One Small Step is based on contact theory, which states that a meaningful interaction between people with opposing views can help turn “thems” into “us-es.” Its scientific and systematic approach is supported by a group of advisors that include scientists, researchers, and psychologists. Since its launch in 2021, over 3,400 people across 40 states have participated in a One Small Step conversation.
WERU is one of just five stations selected nationally to host One Small Step in 2023. With participant permission, these conversations will be preserved for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.