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Listeners is a show about the craft and power of listening. We talk with media and communication experts, thought leaders, doers, and innovators whose ideas can amplify the quality of our dialogue and interactions. Listeners is produced by the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement at University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.

Latest Episodes

#19: Strings - Bussing Around (Episode #1)

With this episode we introduce a new series called Strings. It’s all about how issues and individuals string our communities together in surprising ways. Podcast producers Kevin Beasely and Ann Powers take the show on the road starting out in U.S. District Court and sitting down with Judge John V. Acosta’s, which leads them to a ridealong with a Trimet bus operator and ultimately lands them in a psychologist’s office speaking with Dr. Elisa Rudd. So, how are these three unique professionals strung together? From the importance of being heard, to unlikely safe spaces for those in need, and introducing mental health issues into everyday narratives - listen and find out how these connect to each other. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well. Please submit your comments and suggestions on other strings you know of or how we can make this series the best it can be. Judge John V. Acosta Trimet Dr. Elisa A. Rudd

32 MINJUL 20
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#19: Strings - Bussing Around (Episode #1)

#18: Amanda Ripley: Adding Complexity to the Stories We Tell

Last summer, bestselling author and Atlantic magazine contributor Amanda Ripley published an essay, Complicating the Narratives, exploring what journalists could learn from mediators, lawyers, rabbis, and others “who know how to disrupt toxic narratives and get people to reveal deeper truths.” Ripley revealed how she discovered her own shortcomings as a journalist and called on reporters to change how they conduct interviews and cover conflict -- in order to do a better job listening and being heard in the current age of outrage. The essay went viral online and was translated into multiple languages. This episode captures a presentation Amanda did at the University of Oregon’s Agora Journalism Center as well as a conversation with Agora’s director Regina Lawrence. Show notes & links: Complicating the Narratives Amanda Ripley

58 MINJUL 7
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#18: Amanda Ripley: Adding Complexity to the Stories We Tell

#17: Kaitlin Prest: Discovering the Magic in Modern Audio Fiction

Kaitlin Prest is an award-winning podcast artist whose keen ability to blend intricate sound design and distinct narrative storytelling into one-of-a-kind sensory experiences has earned her high acclaim at audio festivals and conferences worldwide. She got her start as a puppeteer, moved onto launch a Canadian radio show called Audio Smut, directed The Shadows for CBC Podcasts and is the co-founder, creative director and host of Radiotopia’s The Heart. Our conversation with Kaitlin touches on her own personal journey in striving to make it in the radio and podcast worlds, as well as the inspirations and ethics driving her unique creative process that transforms audio into artwork expressing the complexities of intimacy and the human condition. (Photo of Kailtlin Prest byEleanor Petry) Show notes & links: The Heart The Shadows Audio Smut

37 MINMAY 18
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#17: Kaitlin Prest: Discovering the Magic in Modern Audio Fiction

#16: August Wilson Red Door Project - Hands Up, Cop Out - Look Within & Evolve

The August Wilson Red Door Project strives to change Portland’s racial ecology through the arts. It started with a play called Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments that showcases a powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in response to police shootings and institutional profiling. Then came Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue. This series of monologues portray police of various rank and experience relating to the community, each other, their families and the institutions they represent. Up next for the Red Door Project is The Evolve Experience, a blend of Hands Up and Cop Out. Kevin Jones and Lesli Mones co-founded the Red Door Project. They sat down with us for a compelling conversation about closing the gap between racial divides by taking center stage. During our talk, you’ll hear us reference findings from the Portland Police Bureau Strategic Insights Report, which is a summary of data collection and outreach efforts on behalf of the Bureau. A link to the report is included in the show notes below. Show notes & links: About August Wilson Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue The Evolve Experience Portland Police Bureau Strategic Insights Report

57 MINAPR 27
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#16: August Wilson Red Door Project - Hands Up, Cop Out - Look Within & Evolve

#15: Claire Cain Miller - Admitting and Overcoming Bias

Research shows that developing empathy, connection and compassion is crucial to a sustainable and humane society. But, in order to do that we must first admit our own biases, overcome them and step outside of our bubbles - or comfort zones. So, how do we do that? Claire Cain Miller is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who covers gender, work, family and the way technology changes our lives. She writes for The Upshot - a New York Times site about politics, economics and everyday life. In one of her recent articles, How to Be More Empathetic, she offers a guide on doing just that - bursting our bubbles to become better members of society with evidenced-based exercises anyone can do to increase empathy. Show notes & links: How to Be More Empathetic The Upshot Reading literary fiction is one of those evidenced-based exercisers. We’ve listed three books Claire recommends during the episode: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai An American Marriage by Tayari Jones How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi In addition, this The Ezra Klein Show episode also came up during our conversation with Claire: Jay Rosen is Pessimistic About the Media. So am I. Original music by Podington Bear

47 MINAPR 6
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#15: Claire Cain Miller - Admitting and Overcoming Bias

#14: Bob McKinnon - Headwinds & Tailwinds

What happens when we change the narrative of the classic American Dream mantra - that our position in life depends on more than just pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps? How does this impact reaching our personal and professional goals, helping others reach theirs and how public policy and resources are developed? Bob McKinnon is an author and founder of GALEWiLL, an organization that designs social change programs, executive director of the online platform Moving Up and creator of Your American Dream Score - a quiz to help you reflect on the headwinds and tailwinds guiding your life and an opportunity to better empathize with the journeys of others. Show notes & links: Find Your American Dream Score GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity & Progress Moving Up & Your American Dream Score How Did You End Up Here? TEDx Talk Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for a Better World Original music by Podington Bear & Kevin Beasley

49 MINMAR 23
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#14: Bob McKinnon - Headwinds & Tailwinds

#13: Kara Moore - Being Present

Kara Moore is the lead facilitator at Kickstand Comedy Space in Portland, OR. Having studied, performed, and coached improv and sketch comedy since 2001. She says improv is more about being a hardcore listener than it is about trying to be funny. We had a fun conversation with Kara about being present, genuinely portraying subjects, and how the best improvisers listen for cues to further the narrative. Show notes & links: Kickstand Comedy Space Kara on LinkedIn Original music by Podington Bear

22 MINMAR 10
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#13: Kara Moore - Being Present

#12: Eli Saslow - Building Trust

Eli Saslow is an award-winning journalist and a staff writer for The Washington Post. In 2014, he received a Pulitzer Prize Award for his work on food stamps in post-recession America. His most recent book, Rising Out of Hatred tells the story of Derek Black’s transition from an emerging white supremacist leader, to an outspoken opposer of the white nationalist movement. Show notes & links: Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist His latest articles on The Washington Post; those mentioned in this episode: ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America For Diamond Reynolds, trying to move past 10 tragic minutes of video elisaslow.com

39 MINMAR 3
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#12: Eli Saslow - Building Trust

#11: Gabe Howe - Finding the Literal Common Ground

Gabe Howe is the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Mountain Club. The group works to maintain and promote remote trail systems in southwest Oregon. Gabe finds that when volunteers from different walks of life and diverse backgrounds come together in the wilderness, they’re able connect in special ways over a literal common ground. Show notes & links: Conservation Groups Must Listen to Oregon’s Rural Communities, Oregon Live Siskiyou Mountain Club

32 MIN2018 DEC 8
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#11: Gabe Howe - Finding the Literal Common Ground

#10: Jennifer Brandel - Public Powered Journalism

What happens to journalism when the public gets to choose the topics they’re curious about? “Public powered journalism” is the ongoing experiment the co-founder and CEO of Hearken Jennifer Brandel is working on to make journalism more responsive and useful to the public’s needs. Also check out Curious City https://curiouscity.wbez.org https://www.wearehearken.com

22 MIN2018 NOV 30
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#10: Jennifer Brandel - Public Powered Journalism

Latest Episodes

#19: Strings - Bussing Around (Episode #1)

With this episode we introduce a new series called Strings. It’s all about how issues and individuals string our communities together in surprising ways. Podcast producers Kevin Beasely and Ann Powers take the show on the road starting out in U.S. District Court and sitting down with Judge John V. Acosta’s, which leads them to a ridealong with a Trimet bus operator and ultimately lands them in a psychologist’s office speaking with Dr. Elisa Rudd. So, how are these three unique professionals strung together? From the importance of being heard, to unlikely safe spaces for those in need, and introducing mental health issues into everyday narratives - listen and find out how these connect to each other. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well. Please submit your comments and suggestions on other strings you know of or how we can make this series the best it can be. Judge John V. Acosta Trimet Dr. Elisa A. Rudd

32 MINJUL 20
Comments
#19: Strings - Bussing Around (Episode #1)

#18: Amanda Ripley: Adding Complexity to the Stories We Tell

Last summer, bestselling author and Atlantic magazine contributor Amanda Ripley published an essay, Complicating the Narratives, exploring what journalists could learn from mediators, lawyers, rabbis, and others “who know how to disrupt toxic narratives and get people to reveal deeper truths.” Ripley revealed how she discovered her own shortcomings as a journalist and called on reporters to change how they conduct interviews and cover conflict -- in order to do a better job listening and being heard in the current age of outrage. The essay went viral online and was translated into multiple languages. This episode captures a presentation Amanda did at the University of Oregon’s Agora Journalism Center as well as a conversation with Agora’s director Regina Lawrence. Show notes & links: Complicating the Narratives Amanda Ripley

58 MINJUL 7
Comments
#18: Amanda Ripley: Adding Complexity to the Stories We Tell

#17: Kaitlin Prest: Discovering the Magic in Modern Audio Fiction

Kaitlin Prest is an award-winning podcast artist whose keen ability to blend intricate sound design and distinct narrative storytelling into one-of-a-kind sensory experiences has earned her high acclaim at audio festivals and conferences worldwide. She got her start as a puppeteer, moved onto launch a Canadian radio show called Audio Smut, directed The Shadows for CBC Podcasts and is the co-founder, creative director and host of Radiotopia’s The Heart. Our conversation with Kaitlin touches on her own personal journey in striving to make it in the radio and podcast worlds, as well as the inspirations and ethics driving her unique creative process that transforms audio into artwork expressing the complexities of intimacy and the human condition. (Photo of Kailtlin Prest byEleanor Petry) Show notes & links: The Heart The Shadows Audio Smut

37 MINMAY 18
Comments
#17: Kaitlin Prest: Discovering the Magic in Modern Audio Fiction

#16: August Wilson Red Door Project - Hands Up, Cop Out - Look Within & Evolve

The August Wilson Red Door Project strives to change Portland’s racial ecology through the arts. It started with a play called Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments that showcases a powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in response to police shootings and institutional profiling. Then came Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue. This series of monologues portray police of various rank and experience relating to the community, each other, their families and the institutions they represent. Up next for the Red Door Project is The Evolve Experience, a blend of Hands Up and Cop Out. Kevin Jones and Lesli Mones co-founded the Red Door Project. They sat down with us for a compelling conversation about closing the gap between racial divides by taking center stage. During our talk, you’ll hear us reference findings from the Portland Police Bureau Strategic Insights Report, which is a summary of data collection and outreach efforts on behalf of the Bureau. A link to the report is included in the show notes below. Show notes & links: About August Wilson Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue The Evolve Experience Portland Police Bureau Strategic Insights Report

57 MINAPR 27
Comments
#16: August Wilson Red Door Project - Hands Up, Cop Out - Look Within & Evolve

#15: Claire Cain Miller - Admitting and Overcoming Bias

Research shows that developing empathy, connection and compassion is crucial to a sustainable and humane society. But, in order to do that we must first admit our own biases, overcome them and step outside of our bubbles - or comfort zones. So, how do we do that? Claire Cain Miller is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who covers gender, work, family and the way technology changes our lives. She writes for The Upshot - a New York Times site about politics, economics and everyday life. In one of her recent articles, How to Be More Empathetic, she offers a guide on doing just that - bursting our bubbles to become better members of society with evidenced-based exercises anyone can do to increase empathy. Show notes & links: How to Be More Empathetic The Upshot Reading literary fiction is one of those evidenced-based exercisers. We’ve listed three books Claire recommends during the episode: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai An American Marriage by Tayari Jones How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi In addition, this The Ezra Klein Show episode also came up during our conversation with Claire: Jay Rosen is Pessimistic About the Media. So am I. Original music by Podington Bear

47 MINAPR 6
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#15: Claire Cain Miller - Admitting and Overcoming Bias

#14: Bob McKinnon - Headwinds & Tailwinds

What happens when we change the narrative of the classic American Dream mantra - that our position in life depends on more than just pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps? How does this impact reaching our personal and professional goals, helping others reach theirs and how public policy and resources are developed? Bob McKinnon is an author and founder of GALEWiLL, an organization that designs social change programs, executive director of the online platform Moving Up and creator of Your American Dream Score - a quiz to help you reflect on the headwinds and tailwinds guiding your life and an opportunity to better empathize with the journeys of others. Show notes & links: Find Your American Dream Score GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity & Progress Moving Up & Your American Dream Score How Did You End Up Here? TEDx Talk Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for a Better World Original music by Podington Bear & Kevin Beasley

49 MINMAR 23
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#14: Bob McKinnon - Headwinds & Tailwinds

#13: Kara Moore - Being Present

Kara Moore is the lead facilitator at Kickstand Comedy Space in Portland, OR. Having studied, performed, and coached improv and sketch comedy since 2001. She says improv is more about being a hardcore listener than it is about trying to be funny. We had a fun conversation with Kara about being present, genuinely portraying subjects, and how the best improvisers listen for cues to further the narrative. Show notes & links: Kickstand Comedy Space Kara on LinkedIn Original music by Podington Bear

22 MINMAR 10
Comments
#13: Kara Moore - Being Present

#12: Eli Saslow - Building Trust

Eli Saslow is an award-winning journalist and a staff writer for The Washington Post. In 2014, he received a Pulitzer Prize Award for his work on food stamps in post-recession America. His most recent book, Rising Out of Hatred tells the story of Derek Black’s transition from an emerging white supremacist leader, to an outspoken opposer of the white nationalist movement. Show notes & links: Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist His latest articles on The Washington Post; those mentioned in this episode: ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America For Diamond Reynolds, trying to move past 10 tragic minutes of video elisaslow.com

39 MINMAR 3
Comments
#12: Eli Saslow - Building Trust

#11: Gabe Howe - Finding the Literal Common Ground

Gabe Howe is the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Mountain Club. The group works to maintain and promote remote trail systems in southwest Oregon. Gabe finds that when volunteers from different walks of life and diverse backgrounds come together in the wilderness, they’re able connect in special ways over a literal common ground. Show notes & links: Conservation Groups Must Listen to Oregon’s Rural Communities, Oregon Live Siskiyou Mountain Club

32 MIN2018 DEC 8
Comments
#11: Gabe Howe - Finding the Literal Common Ground

#10: Jennifer Brandel - Public Powered Journalism

What happens to journalism when the public gets to choose the topics they’re curious about? “Public powered journalism” is the ongoing experiment the co-founder and CEO of Hearken Jennifer Brandel is working on to make journalism more responsive and useful to the public’s needs. Also check out Curious City https://curiouscity.wbez.org https://www.wearehearken.com

22 MIN2018 NOV 30
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#10: Jennifer Brandel - Public Powered Journalism
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