By Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, May 18, 2021
In an effort to foster productive dialogue, USA TODAY is partnering with the #ListenFirst Coalition for a two-day event creating one-on-one virtual discussions among thousands of Americans with different points of view.
Participants 18 and older will be matched with a conversation partner for conversations over June 12 and 13. The #ListenFirst Coalition includes more than 300 organizations across the country.
The event, dubbed "America Talks," comes as Americans increasingly worry about partisanship, with Republicans and Democrats divided over everything from perceptions about the legitimacy of the 2021 presidential election to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken the lives of more than 580,000 people in the United States.