Making a Difference
Every Other Month
- Hosted by Mike Smith
Supported by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Making a Difference is a long-running series that draws upon the personal stories and voices of Ozarks residents to highlight key issues impacting our community.
Past seasons have included stories on poverty relief, public education, mental illness and other topics important to our community. You can browse our Making a Difference archives below or at the CFO website.
Making a Difference 2020-2021: Connecting through Conversation
No one would disagree that these are tumultuous times for our country and our community. Current political and philosophical divisions have left many feeling unheard, disenfranchised and isolated. But we’re not alone, and now, perhaps more than ever, we need to find common ground and connect around the one thing we all share – our humanity. With this in mind, the theme of KSMU’s 2020-2021 Making a Difference series is “Connecting Through Conversation.”
Making a Difference: Connecting Through Conversation – a collaboration between the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and KSMU Public Radio – will feature a series of conversations between people in respectful relationships with opposing views. Why? Because we suspect conversations create a pathway to connection and may uncover more commonality than division. As a public media station, we know everyone has a story to tell and by sharing these stories, we all can contribute to an engaging and diverse cultural fabric where everyone's story matters.
Is there someone in your life that you feel doesn’t understand or empathize with your views or beliefs? Someone you admire or respect though you differ politically, racially, or philosophically? Have you felt that you are viewed as being less important to our community or society in general because you or your views are different from others? We'd like to hear from you.
KSMU Radio is looking for pairs of friends or family members who are willing to record themselves discussing an issue, view, or belief on which you disagree. We're interested in discovering how these conversations create a connection between people and offer a starting point for reconciliation.
Those interested in contributing to the Making a Difference: Connecting Through Conversation series can submit for consideration HERE.