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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 innovat… read more

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

July 19th, 2019


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 …

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

July 6th, 2019


Last summer, bestselling author and Atlantic magazine contributor Amanda Ripley published an essay, Complicating the Narratives, exploring what …

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

May 18th, 2019


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 …

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

April 27th, 2019


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 …

#15: Claire Cain Miller - Admitting and Overcoming Bias

April 6th, 2019


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 …

#14: Bob McKinnon - Headwinds & Tailwinds

March 23rd, 2019


What happens when we change the narrative of the classic American Dream mantra - that our position in life depends on more than just pulling …

#13: Kara Moore - Being Present

March 9th, 2019


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 …

#12: Eli Saslow - Building Trust

March 2nd, 2019


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 …

#11: Gabe Howe - Finding the Literal Common Ground

December 8th, 2018


Gabe Howe is the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Mountain Club. The group works to maintain and promote remote trail systems in southwest Oregon. …

#10: Jennifer Brandel - Public Powered Journalism

November 30th, 2018


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 …

#9: Chris Nye - A Pastor's Problem

November 9th, 2018


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 Distant God, and his new book Less …

#8: Gary Noesner - FBI Hostage Negotiator

November 1st, 2018


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 …

#7: Celeste Headlee - How To Have Better Conversations

August 10th, 2018


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 …

#6: Julian Treasure - Conscious Listening for a Healthy Democracy

August 2nd, 2018


In an era of angry pundits, attack journalism, and click-bait, how can we re-train ourselves to listen consciously and embrace healthy disagreement?

#5: Megan Finnerty - The Storyteller’s Project

July 26th, 2018


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 …

#4: DJ & Warren Waldow - Political Listening

July 19th, 2018


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 …

#3: Jesikah Maria Ross - Problem Solving Through Storytelling

July 12th, 2018


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 …

#2: Matthew Olson: The Cost of Listening

July 6th, 2018


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 …

#1: Joy Mayer - Building Trust for Civil Dialogue

June 28th, 2018


How do journalists earn the trust of their communities? As the director of the Trusting News Project, Joy Mayer breaks down practices of engaged journalism and explains why credibility is key for effective …


June 21st, 2018


We’re excited to announce a brand new podcast series called Listeners, a show about the craft and power of listening.

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