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Next Door Strangers

From public radio station KUER and journalist Andrea Smardon, Next Door Strangers is a podcast about finding connection in a time of division. We don’t know if this is going to work, but we’re hoping you can help. Each episode will end with a challenge where we ask you to think about your part in all of this, and maybe even change things. It might take you out of your comfort zone, but maybe that’s exactly what we need right now.

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