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New Forum Provides Space for Utahns to Talk, Listen, and Disagree

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Jacob Hess is director of Village Square Salt Lake City

A group of both liberal and conservative-leaning Utah residents have announced the formation of Village Square Salt Lake City - a forum to bring communities together across socio-political divides. The group is hosting its inaugural event on Thursday evening with a dinner and discussion on sexual orientation and faith conflicts.

Village Square originally started in Tallahassee, Florida nearly 8 years ago. Jacob Hess is Director of the new Salt Lake City chapter. He talks with KUER about why he feels Utahns need to create more opportunities to talk about their disagreements.
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Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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