Out in the Open

Crossing Divides

We have more ways than ever to communicate with each other. Yet even with all our discourse, it seems we're more divided than ever too, entrenched in camps by our politics, identities, abilities and values. This week, meet people who stepped over the line as Piya asks: What can you learn from crossing divides?
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We have more ways than ever to communicate with each other. Yet even with all our discourse, it seems we're more divided than ever too, entrenched in camps by our politics, identities, abilities and values. This week, meet people who stepped over the line as Piya asks: What can you learn from crossing divides?

Here are the stories from this week's episode...

What a lifelong Democrat learned from a year trying to live like a Republican

From pig hunting to Tea Party meetings, for one year former NPR CEO Ken Stern immersed himself in the conservative culture he and his Democratic circles mocked. By the end of his undercover operation, he had left the Democratic Party.
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'I did have the blinders on': Former feminist on what changed her mind

Cassie Jaye used to call herself a feminist. She also used to consider so-called "men's rights activists" her enemy. But when she set out to make a documentary exposé about them, her perspective on gender and equality changed.
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'Communication is a basic human right': How this man with autism found his voice

Ido Kedar was told as a child that he would never be able to communicate independently. As an adult, he has found his voice through his iPad and keyboard.
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The divide between Winnipeg's oldest and newest residents is starting to heal

A legacy of mutual dislike and distrust between new immigrants and Indigenous people in Winnipeg is being bridged by those who've made it a priority to cross that divide with open hearts and minds, while encouraging others to do the same.
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'Maybe the idea of the adult as we understand it is the actual fiction'

Artistic director Darren O'Donnell has often crossed the divide between kids and adults in his work. He says it benefits both parties and even argues we should ditch the divide altogether, keeping the category 'childhood' as the one that makes the most sense to our reality as vulnerable human beings. O'Donnell's latest book is called Haircuts by Children and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract.
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