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Next Door Strangers

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What would it take to get you to have a real conversation with someone you completely disagree with? It’s the question at the heart of Next Door Strangers, a podcast by journalist Andrea Smardon.

RadioWest divider.

What would it take to get you to sit down and have a real conversation with someone you completely disagree with? It’s the question at the heart of the podcast Next Door Strangers, created by former KUER reporter Andrea Smardon. The process of talking and listening can be difficult, but Smardon says it’s what we need in today’s fractured culture. We’ll talk to Smardon about what she’s learning, and to conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker, whose new book is called “The Art of Gathering.”

  • Andrea Smardon is a journalist with some 15 years experience in public radio. She's reported for WGBH in Boston and for KUER. Her 6-part podcast is called Next Door Strangers, and it's produced by KUER. Catch up on episodes and subscribe at kuer.org
  • Priya Parker is a group conflict resolution faciliator and founder of Thrive Labs. Her book is called The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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