The dinner conversation took off. People did not seem to want to leave.”
Along with Caroline Dodge, KUOW’s Director of Community Engagement, Reynolds came up with an idea for an event where several Muslims would have a series of short conversations with non-Muslims, in speed-dating style. After, there would be a group discussion over dinner. They called it ‘Ask A Muslim.’ And the results were outstanding.
Following this success in February 2016, KUOW did a second “Ask A Muslim” event in July of the same year. Again, the design for interaction prompted an enthusiastic response from participants; the dinner conversation really took off. People did not seem to want to leave.
With each event, the KUOW team refined the design of the process to work more smoothly. KUOW’s John O’Brien took charge of recording sessions at each event. We turned this material into featured broadcasts on KUOW and audio for our website. The station hired BaronVisuals to record the events for a video about ‘Ask A.’
After receiving a grant in 2017 to expand the program, KUOW produced a third ‘Ask a Muslim’ event, followed by ‘Ask a Trump Supporter,’ ‘Ask an Immigrant,’ ‘Ask a Transgender Person,’ ‘Ask a Cop,’ and ‘Ask a Newcomer.’