Quinton Mason and Tim Michel

[Recorded: Friday, November 18th, 2022] Quinton (31) and Tim (74) have a One Small Step conversation at the WTJU studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. Quinton is a Master of Architecture student at the University of Virginia, and Tim is a semi-retired...

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Mimi Kline and Louis Rose

One Small Step partners Mimi Kline (71) and Louis Rose (69) take turns sharing stories and perspective about some of America's most pressing issues including, gun violence, transgender rights, and voting fraud.

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Cheryl Henry and Cindy Martin

One Small Step Partners Cheryl Henry (60) and Cindy Martin (70) share stories about their families, political beliefs, and their home state of Virginia, and student loan forgiveness.

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Henry McHenry and Susan Weir

One Small Step Partners, Henry McHenry (73) and Susan Weir (61), take an hour to discuss political divisiveness, the importance of listening, and their perspectives as life-long educators.

“I look back now and can see the positive that came from going to church each day.” – Josh Williams on his life, religion, and politics

Josh talks about growing up in Richmond, his family, belonging to a Pentecostal church, living with cerebral palsy, his interest/involvement in politics, and what we would like to see happen in Richmond to support his fellow citizens.

Part 3- Retired attorney Andy Cecere talks about his life and journey to Richmond, IN.

From a young age, Andy was motivated to create change. In this three part interview, Alison hears about his childhood, his time in the service, his path to Earlham and his life in Richmond. We also learn about those who...

Up and Coming Musician Kaelan Brown talks about his beginnings in music and the future of art

Up and Coming Musician Kaelan Brown talks about how he got his start in music, and where he thinks music will go in the coming years.

Part 1- Retired Attorney Andy Cecere talks about his life and journey to Richmond

From a young age, Andy was motivated to create change. In this three part interview, Alison hears about his childhood, his time in the service, his path to Earlham and his life in Richmond. We also learn about those who...

“I had a dream to be someone”: Rogelio talks about his life in the US

Rogelio, a Richmond community member, talks with Alison about his early struggles, those who helped him succeed in school, and his passion for working hard to accomplish his goals.

“We want to remove any barrier that someone might have to creating art”- Andy and Amy Dudas on creating a space for the community

In this interview, Alison talks with Amy and Andy Dudas, owners of Dudas Law and community builders who are turning a vacant building in downtown Richmond into a place where all are welcome to create art of any form.

“The whole Richmond community came together to save it!” -Roger, Theresa and Natalie share stories of their family and Richmond

In this interview, Natalie (Ripperger), Roger and Theresa Richert talk with Alison about starting in business early, how they managed to revitalize the Depot District with the help of the community, stories of local accomplishments, and why their family business...

Wayne, at 100 years old, talks about his life and accomplishments as a lifetime resident of Wayne County, Indiana

Wayne Stidham, being interviewed by Alison Zajdel, talks about growing up poor, meeting his wife, and the professional climb to President of Second National Bank. Along the way, Wayne helped Richmond rebuild after the '68 explosion, bring IU East and...

Part 2- Retired attorney Andy Cecere talks about his life and journey to Richmond, IN.

From a young age, Andy was motivated to create change. In this three part interview, Alison hears about his childhood, his time in the service, his path to Earlham and his life in Richmond. We also learn about those who...

“I’m a changed woman as far as my feelings about poverty”: Susan on her role as Wayne Township Trustee

Susan Isaacs, the Wayne Township Trustee and community organizer, talks with Alison about her early years of success, life's ups and downs, and how she approaches the unique role of caretaker in the trustee's office.

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Jonathan Smoak and Berkeley Goodloe

One Small Step conversation partners Jonathan Smoak (57) and Berkeley Goodloe (46) discuss their political ideologies, American liberty, and their shared perspectives of their home city, Richmond.

"I have always felt at home wherever I go."

Aileen and Alison talk about growing up on a farm, moving to Richmond, teaching at RHS, and her retired life as a community volunteer.

"After the first year, it got easier to sell." – Bill Thistlethwaite on creating the Meltdown Ice Festival in Richmond, IN

Bill and Alison talk about why the Meltdown Ice Festival is special, what makes it different, and how the visiting carvers embrace this small Midwestern town in the dead of winter.

“If you want something to happen, you just have to go make it happen.” – Jon and Aria-Blair about the way they experience our community

Jon, Aria-Blair, and their toddler daughter join Alison for a conversation about their lives in Richmond, their two businesses (Black Dog Printing and Tarot Tattoo), and how they are helping to create safe spaces for women and creative places for...

“We need to celebrate those things that are good and positive” – Shaun on his family’s local history and the role art plays in our community

Shaun Dingwerth, Director of Richmond Art Museum, talks with Alison about the way art has shaped and continues to shape our history and culture in Richmond and Wayne County. His relatives were among the first settlers in the area and...

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...

Deborah Palmer and Terry Maynard

[Recorded Friday, April 28th, 2023] Deborah (64) and Terry (43) have a One Small Step Conversation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Deborah is a mother of two from Richmond, Virginia and works as an Inspector for UVA's Facilities Management. Terry is a...

"We've got to hold ourselves up- we've got to have each other's back" – Mike Gibbs on being a musician and family businessman in Richmond.

Mike and Alison discuss his career in music, his local business ventures, working with family (they work together so well!) and raising a family in Richmond. Music lovers: Hear Mike's Billboard 100 song "Sarah's In Love" at the end of...