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I Respectfully Disagree

Anna Rader
Wyoming Public Media

I Respectfully Disagree

Red states and blue states are drifting further apart, ideologically. Rural youth are migrating faster and faster to urban centers. Small town newspapers and radio stations are going silent. Families can't even carry on a respectful conversation at the 4th of July potluck! Never has it been more important for the media to step forward and moderate conversations across divides. 
Think WY

That's why Wyoming Public Media (WPM) started a series called "I Respectfully Disagree." Some of the conversations we've aired are between people in Wyoming who are modeling civil discourse in their daily lives, like a conversation between an LGBTQ advocate and a Catholic deacon. Other conversations in the series are arranged by WPM. An example is the breaking bread eventWPM hosted in Gillette, bringing together coal miners, immigrants, social workers and others to talk about the hard times in the area. We look forward to trying creative approaches whether, that's through our reporting, guest reporting by non-journalists, or hosting pop-up newsrooms. 

If YOU have a good idea for how this series can get people talking and listening to each other, please contact Melodie Edwards at medward9@uwyo.edu or call 307-766-2405. 

If you would like to submit your community civil discourse event, click here to submit it to our events calendar.

This programming is supported in part by Wyoming Humanities through a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative of the Federation of State Humanities Councils of the United States.

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