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NCDD members featured on This American Life on NPR

Congratulations to NCDD members and supporters Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser for being featured on this weekend’s This American Life! Here’s a message Jacob just shared on the NCDD Discussion listserv about the Red State Blue State show…

Dear NCDD,

Good news!  NPR’s This American Life did an hour episode this weekend on friendships and family connections disrupted because of election season, partisan resentment.  As a counterpoint to the animosity, the producer featured a new book Phil Neisser and I wrote, “You’re not as crazy as I thought (but you’re still wrong):  Conversations between a die-hard liberal and a devoted conservative.”

The mention comes during the first part of the radio program (“Act One”– www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/478/red-state-blue-state).

This American Life is broadcast on 500 stations each week to nearly 2 million listeners. Needless to say, we’re ecstatic.

Phil and I had a wonderful time with many of you in Seattle — and enjoyed the discussion during our strategizing session on liberal/conservative dialogue with Joan Blades & Amanda Roman.

We’ll be planning a follow-up confab call about the “Red Blue Dictionary” sometime after the election.  In a country that feels so deeply and bitterly divided, how proud I am to be a part of this organization and doing this work!!


Jacob Z. Hess, Ph.D.
Research Director, Utah Youth Village
801-712-1346, jzhess@gmail.com

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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