Melody Barnes and Matt Hantzmon (Part 1)

[Recorded: Monday, November 1, 2021] Melody and Matt have their first One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Melody is the Executive Director of the Karsh Institute of Democracy at UVA, and Matt is the founder of Hexagon Energy, a...

Meg Heubeck and Yijing Shen

[Recorded Thursday, November 11, 2021] Meg (54) and Yijing (21) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. They discuss cross-cultural perspectives on American democracy, parent-child relationships, and their shared interest in traveling to other countries.

Eliza Piché and Isabela Barton

[Recorded: Friday, September 22, 2023] Eliza Piché (19) from Austin, TX, and Isabela Barton (19) from Austin, TX participated in this One Small Step conversation as part of their Public Service Pathways 1-credit UNST course at UVA. The pair were...

Jessica Smith and Kenneth Fassel

[Recorded: Tuesday, December 14, 2021] Jessica Smith and Kenneth Fassel have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. They talk about how their family backgrounds have shaped their lives, mental health issues, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace,...

Donnie McKinney and Matt Deegan

[Recorded: September 24, 2022] Donnie (19) and Matt (38) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, VA. Donnie is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia who is passionate about topics of equity and education. Originally from Chester,...

Susanna Kharatyan and John Smith

[Recorded: Friday November 12th 2021] Susanna Kharatyan and John Smith reflect on their lives, they people who have influenced them the most and the hopes they have for the future.

Chris Martin and Sophie Chung

[Recorded: Friday, February 3, 2023] Chris (25) and Sophie (18) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chris is the owner of the microbakery “Baker No Bakery” that sells at popups and at farmers’ markets. Sophie is a...

Leena Fraihat and Diana Razumova

[Recorded: Tuesday, March 14th, 2023] Leena (20) and Diana (16) participated in the Karsh Institute of Democracy's first international One Small Step conversation. Leena is a second-year undergraduate student at UVA, and Diana is a high school student from currently...

Susan Seehaver and Kim Spitzmiller

[Recorded: Thursday, April 28, 2022] Susan (73) and Kim (60) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, VA. Susan is recently retired, having worked in both the church and at Monticello for many years. Kim retired from the pharmaceutical...

Mary Farrell and Collinn Tran

[Recorded: Friday, February 17, 2023] Mary (70) and Collinn (18) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mary is a liberal Catholic and a mother of three from Massachusetts while Collinn is a first-generation student at the University...

Sandra Lewis + Andy DeStephano

[Recorded Thursday, June 14, 2022] Sandra Lewis (72) and Andy DeStephano (45) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, VA. Sandra touches on how her experience as a "child of the civil rights movement" has informed her political identity....

Brady Davis and Willa Simmons

[Recorded: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022] Brady (10th Grade) and Willa (10th Grade) have a short One Small Step conversation. They share their motivation for participating in the program, and talk about how recent political events have impacted their perspectives. Other...

Kennedy Carter and David Sloan

[Recorded: October 25, 2022] Kennedy (21) and David (67) have a One Small Step conversation. Kennedy is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia who loves to stay involved in her social life and the work she does with...

Karen Colton and Amy Smith

[Recorded Monday, February 21, 2022] Karen (58) and Amy (62) recorded a One Small Step conversation together in Charlottesville, Virginia. They discussed motherhood, military service, health, and media literacy.

Lisa Medders and Gwen Moody

[Recorded Wednesday, March 30, 2022] Gwen Moody and Lisa Medders discuss the impact of their upbringing, parents, and education on their political values. Also, how people who disagree can respect and love each other.

Michael Racz and Thara Venkatesan

[Recorded: Friday, July 21, 2023] This One Small Step conversation was recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia as part of the Sorensen Institute’s summer High School Leaders Program in 2023. Michael Racz (15) is from Roanoke and Thara Venkatesan (16) is from...

Carter Torrence and Sienna Robinson

[Recorded: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022] Carter (9th Grade) and Sienna (9th Grade) have a One Small Step speed-round conversation. Topics discussed included school experiences, college, global warming, and gun violence.

Staci England and Scott Nance

[Recorded Monday, May 1st, 2023] Staci (56) and Scott (66) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Staci has worked in the public school system for over twenty years and is currently a principal in Albemarle County. Scott...

Sherica Jones-Lewis and Allison Poindexter

[Recorded: Friday, October 29th, 2021] Sherica Jones-Lewis and Allison Poindexter have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. The two women bond over their shared background as educators and talk about teaching and parenting in tenuous times. They also...

Panagiotis Apostolellis and Liz Emrey

[Recorded: Tuesday, August 30th, 2022] Panagiotis (49) and Liz (78) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Panagiotis is a professor of computer science at the University of Virginia, and Liz is a Baptist pastor at New Beginnings...

Emily Hall and Cole Kleiman

[Recorded: Monday, September 11th, 2023] Emily and Cole have a One Small Step Conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Emily is a Second Year at the University of Virginia from Wise, Virginia. Cole is also a Second Year at UVA from Needham,...

Christopher Joseph and Sarah Reed

[Recorded Friday, February 17, 2023] Christopher (20) and Sarah (34) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Christopher is involved with student council and is a first generation college student at the University of Virginia. Sarah is originally...

David Garth and Derrick Stone

[Recorded: Tuesday, May 24, 2022] David (78) and Derrick (49) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville. David is a retired pastor and Derrick is a lecturer at UVA. They share their journeys learning about racial justice, largely informed...

Lee Harper and Norma Dobbins

[Recorded Wednesday, April 27, 2022] Lee Harper (59) and Norma Dobbins (67) recorded a conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. They talked about their political narratives, families, and reflected on the influential people in their life. They touch on categorization, ignorance, motherhood,...

Alex Clunan and Allie Prescott

[Recorded Thursday, April 27th, 2023] Alex (19) and Allie (31) have a One Small Step conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Alex is a first year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia studying biomedical engineering to pursue medicine. Allie is a...