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00000177-efb4-dee4-afff-efbec5570005CoastLine: Beneath the Surface is a 12 month series focusing on civil discourse in our local community and beyond. Members of the community will engage in a roundtable style conversation, one that is lively and respectful, and will explore a range of topics.As laid out in our debut show, "There will be agreements and disagreements. And while opinions might change, that is not the point. We expect politics to play a part, but that's not the point, either. We’re focused on understanding how peoples' lived experiences shape their views. We’re working to separate the person from the easy labels – the boxes we like to put each other in. The goal is to cut through the bluster...and to listen more thoughtfully and more actively to what someone else is really trying to say."Host: Rachel Lewis HilburnProducer: Katelyn Freund, Rachel KeithAudio Producer / Editor: Kaitlin Hanrahan

CoastLine: Beneath The Surface VII

Katelyn Freund / WHQR

A dozen or so citizens, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leaning, come together once a month around a table to eat lunch, discuss political issues, and learn about one another.  

This is a group whose paths might not otherwise cross in any meaningful way, and we’re attempting to see whether, over the course of the year, two things:  whether the tone of the conversation changes in any substantial way – but almost more importantly – whether this group will form strong enough bonds to want to continue their friendships.

Now in Month 7, we’re embarking on the second half of the experiment, and we’re changing some things.  Instead of having a few members of the group for our on-air discussion, we’ll have everybody each time.  We’re also going to share our lunches with listeners now – when our group seems to be the most open.  There’s safety in numbers. 

With us on this edition: 

Lydia, Cedric, Connette, Joe, Kathryn, Morgan, Jim, Darrell, and Lee.  

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.