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StoryCorps selects the Central Valley region for national initiative to reconnect a divided America

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One Small Step

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The Fresno/Central Valley area is one of four regions in which StoryCorps is anchoring One Small Step in 2022 with more opportunities to record, share, and preserve conversations that show the country how Californians can listen to each other in spite of their differences of opinion.

KVPR led the project locally in 2021, recording 25 interviews with community members, and will continue to share new One Small Step stories from the Central Valley in 2022. Listen to some of those stories here.

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.

StoryCorps is building on KVPR’s work to activate even more of the Central Valley’s communities around this effort. To achieve this, StoryCorps is seeking community partners that represent various political backgrounds and who can recruit, orient, then enroll their constituents in recording interviews. If you are interested in working side-by-side with StoryCorps to make these exciting and enriching conversations come to life, please send an email to onesmallstep@storycorps.org.

StoryCorps' One Small Step is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.


Since 2003, the non-profit public service organization StoryCorps has perfected a method for helping people feel more connected and less alone, for increasing hope and reminding us of the inherent worth of every life and every story. More than half a million Americans have participated in StoryCorps interviews to date, making it the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. Interview recordings are preserved for history at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress.