A show about the craft and power of listening.

#22: Relationships During a Pandemic
Jul 27 • 23 min
Quarantine has meant that we’re having to listen to ourselves and each other as we navigate through new ways of being together for long stretches at a time. It’s near impossible to know how this global pandemic is affecting the quality of our…
#21: Reflective Listening with Sad Songs
Jul 11 • 30 min
Are you eager to diversify what you’re listening to these days? This episode is for you especially if you’ve been reflecting on and processing what we’re all going through these days. Listeners producer Cecilia Brown talks with her friend Andrea…
#20: Cleo and Kayin Talton Davis - Education Reimagined
Jul 2 • 33 min
Listeners producer Cecilia Brown talks with Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton-Davis about homeschooling during COVID-19 and reimagining education by challenging the Eurocentric ideals most educational institutions are built upon. The Portland-based artists…
#19: Strings - Bussing Around (Episode #1)
Jul 19, 2019 • 32 min
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….
#18: Amanda Ripley: Adding Complexity to the Stories We Tell
Jul 6, 2019 • 59 min
Last summer, bestselling author and Atlantic magazine contributor Amanda Ripley published an essay, , exploring what journalists could learn from mediators, lawyers, rabbis, and others “who know how to disrupt toxic narratives and get people to…
#17: Kaitlin Prest: Discovering the Magic in Modern Audio Fiction
May 18, 2019 • 37 min
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….
#16: August Wilson Red Door Project - Hands Up, Cop Out - Look Within & Evolve
Apr 27, 2019 • 57 min
The 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…
#15: Claire Cain Miller - Admitting and Overcoming Bias
Apr 6, 2019 • 47 min
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,…
#14: Bob McKinnon - Headwinds & Tailwinds
Mar 23, 2019 • 49 min
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…
#13: Kara Moore - Being Present
Mar 9, 2019 • 22 min
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…
#12: Eli Saslow - Building Trust
Mar 2, 2019 • 39 min
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…
#11: Gabe Howe - Finding the Literal Common Ground
Dec 7, 2018 • 32 min
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…
#10: Jennifer Brandel - Public Powered Journalism
Nov 29, 2018 • 22 min
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 Jennifer Brandel is working on to make journalism more responsive and…
#9: Chris Nye - A Pastor’s Problem
Nov 9, 2018 • 38 min
When writer and pastor Chris Nye moved from an affluent Oregon suburb to San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, his work as a pastor was turned upside down. Chris Nye is the author of , and his new book Less of More is due in spring of 2019.
#8: Gary Noesner - FBI Hostage Negotiator
Nov 1, 2018 • 23 min
Gary Noesner was the FBI negotiator at Waco in 1993, where David Koresh and the Branch Davidians waged a 51-day siege against authorities. This is just one of the many high-profile cases Gary has worked on, and we wondered what a career in negotiating…
#7: Celeste Headlee - How To Have Better Conversations
Aug 9, 2018 • 35 min
Being in the hosting chair of public radio for almost 20 years made Celeste Headlee discover how bad most of our conversations are. What are we doing wrong? And how can we make it right? Show notes & links: Celeste’s TED Talk Celeste’s book
#6: Julian Treasure - Conscious Listening for a Healthy Democracy
Aug 2, 2018 • 17 min
In an era of angry pundits, attack journalism, and click-bait, how can we re-train ourselves to listen consciously and embrace healthy disagreement? Julian’s book
#5: Megan Finnerty - The Storyteller’s Project
Jul 26, 2018 • 34 min
Seven years after starting the Arizona Storyteller’s project, Megan Finnerty has watched her project expand to 22 cities across the United States. We talk about why people are drawn to live storytelling events, what goes into putting them on, and…
#4: DJ & Warren Waldow - Political Listening
Jul 19, 2018 • 18 min
DJ hates Trump. His dad Warren loves Trump. How can a father and son maintain a loving relationship when their political differences have reached a breaking point?
#3: Jesikah Maria Ross - Problem Solving Through Storytelling
Jul 12, 2018 • 34 min
How does journalism change if the comment section happens before the article is written? Jesikah Ross is the founder of the Story Circle, a curated storytelling event with citizens who share stories about the issues affecting their communities.
#2: Matthew Olson: The Cost of Listening
Jul 6, 2018 • 46 min
Growing up in a devout Jehovah’s Witnesses community, Matthew Olson struggled to come to terms with being gay. When he finally started listening to himself instead of those around him, a new life began - but at a high cost.
#1: Joy Mayer - Building Trust for Civil Dialogue
Jun 28, 2018 • 25 min
How do journalists earn the trust of their communities? As the director of the , Joy Mayer breaks down practices of engaged journalism and explains why credibility is key for effective communication. She and Andrew talk about fostering environments…
Jun 21, 2018 • 2 min
We’re excited to announce a brand new podcast series called Listeners, a show about the craft and power of listening.