Listening, immigration and a baby!

By Gage Skidmore
Photo of Donald J. Trump, Oct. 29, 2016, By Gage Skidmore

Learning to listen

Many podcasters have attempted to shed light on the Trump voter since the election. But I found Andrea Smardon’s interview with this Provo mom and University of Utah social work student particularly interesting — and somewhat painful since I work on the U campus. Tolerance is a difficult concept and one we need more than ever right now. Smardon is a former KUER reporter who is carving a freelance path for herself. I’ve always found her work insightful and this episode from her new podcast, Changing Our Stories, shows why. Listen here: Outside the Bubble.

A look at immigration in the U.S.

The Trump administration is apparently at work on a revised immigration ban to replace the one found unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In this episode of BackStory, historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh and Joanne Freeman look at immigration restrictions of the past. It’s excellent context for current efforts to limit who enters America. Listen here: Restricting American Immigration.

And baby makes three

This is how Leah Thau describes what her Strangers podcast is all about: Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were. This is the final of three episodes about Patrick and Steve’s quest to adopt their foster daughter. I don’t think you need to listen to the earlier episodes to get the most out of this heart-felt story. Listen here: Two Men and a Baby.

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