Leslie Rangel and Susan Clarke

Leslie (35) talks to new friend Sue Clarke (71) about her years as a military spouse, raising her son, and ultimately divorcing her husband. She discusses the hardships her family endured and facing a promising new chapter of her life.

Anthony Torres and Patricia Sowers

Anthony (33) talks to Patricia (67) about his upbringing, struggling in college, joining the Military and his career in the Army.

Devin Brisbois and Amanda Brisbois

Amanda Brisbois (33) interviews her husband Devin Brisbois (37) about his first two military deployments as a U.S. Army Reservist. Devin recently found out that he will be deployed for a third time; they talk about the impact this has...

Jessica Davis and Akua Jackson

Jessica "Rene" Davis (39) talks with her friend Akua Jackson (42) about her upbringing in Delaware and her decision to enlist in the army. She shares memories of basic training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT), and combat, as well as some...

Chris [No Name Given] and Michael [No Name Given]

One Small Step partners Chris [No Name Given] (55) and Michael [No Name Given] (38) talk about the separation of church and state, the role religion plays in polarization, and holding the government accountable.

Justice Castañeda and Ben LeRoy

Long time friends, Justice Castañeda (40) and Ben LeRoy (44), talk about how they met, highlighting Justice's journey from troubled youth, to United States Marine, to being named the Executive Director of Common Wealth Development.

Adrienne Brown and Pamela Ajhar

One Small Step Partners, Pamela Ajhar (60) and Adrienne Brown (54), discuss their experiences having sons in the military, key issues of importance to them, and their rejection of political labels.

Michael Phillips and Sara Phillips

Sara Phillips (33) has a Conversation with her husband, Michael Phillips (35), about his decision to join the Army National Guard, what deployment to Iraq was like, and how his military service helped shape the person he is today.

Amanda Penny and Sean Penny

Amanda Penny (42) asks Sean Penny (41) about his military time in Iraq as well as his life post war. They discuss the long road to meeting each other as they celebrate their anniversary.

Melissa Smith and Matt S

Spouses, Melissa Smith (37) and Matt S (39), sit down for a conversation about their relationship, their experiences serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the decisions they had to make in order to start a family together.

Ivan Hodes and Tamekia Jackson

Ivan Hodes (40) speaks with his conversation partner Tamekia Jackson (37) about his childhood, West Point education, commissioning as an officer, deployment to Iraq, refusing an unethical order, and remembers Thomas Martin, a classmate who was killed during his military...

Alicia Barnes and Joseph Bowman

Alicia Barnes (49) speaks with her son Joseph "Joe" Bowman (18) about her time serving in the Navy. She shares memories of boot camp and her time at sea. She also expresses her appreciation for the organized and equitable nature...

Jay Swan and Jim Enderle

One Small Step conversation partners Jay Swan (40) and Jim Enderle (64) reflect on their military service and how it affected their political views.

Meredith Rowland and Liz Wessel

Meredith talks with her colleague, Liz, about her journey to her nursing career, starting in a veterinary clinic, the Army, and finally Cal State Fullerton. She and Liz talk about working in Home Health and the challenges, and joys of...

David Nadri and Behnaz Sadr

Spouses, David Nadri (57) and Behnaz Sadr (55), share the story of how they left their homes in Iran, moved to Turkey, and later settled in the United States due to religious persecution. They also talk about their daughter, Shadi,...

Risa Gross and Kent Berry

Risa Gross (39) and conversation partner, Kent Berry (65) discuss how our mentality can impact our interactions in society, mental illness and identity, thoughts on the approach of the Trump administration, and the ways faith can impact view of others...

Yacoub Aljaffery and Hawra Alnabi

Hawra Alnabi (31) has a conversation with her uncle Yacoub Aljaffery (38) about their lives as refugees after fleeing Iraq, and their transition starting a new life in the U.S.

Jihan Daman and Syma Mohammed

Syma Mohammed (33) talks with her conversation partner Jihan Daman (53) about leaving Iraq as a refugee at age 13, her four years spent in Greece, her time in high school in Michigan, and the work she does with refugees...

Scott Mulcahy and Cole Mulcahy

Cole Mulcahy (19) interviews his father, Scott Mulcahy (54), about his time in the Air Force, his deployments to Iraq, and his service in the Army.

Allen Hoe, Paula Coughlin, and Hazel Diaz

Friends Allen Hoe (75), Paula Coughlin (58), and Hazel Diaz (36) reflect on the death of Allen's son Nainoa in Mosul, Iraq, and the serendipitous events that eventually connected Allen to Paula.