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build your own

design your own Living Room Conversation

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We have 50 topics, but maybe you can’t find one that appeals to you? You can build your own topic with these easy guidelines.  

Keep the questions for rounds 1 and 2 the same. These questions help us get to acquainted with one another and discover our common humanity.

The “secret sauce” for Living Room Conversations are the open-ended questions in round 3. Here are some tips for developing your own great questions:
  • work with your cohost to come up with several questions that satisfy you both;
  • be curious. What would you ask if you didn’t have an opinion or position?
  • examine what your own position is on the topic. Notice if you are framing questions that favor your viewpoint or disallow other viewpoints.
  • how did you develop your own perspective?  What question would bring that out?
  • beware of including trigger words in your questions, like climate change, anti-___, rights and control. 


Keep the questions for rounds 4 and 5 the same. They are designed to allow you and your guests to appreciate each other and declare any future action.

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Background reading (optional)

While you don't need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. Our partner, AllSides, has prepared a variety of articles reflecting multiple sides of this topic. 

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Want to listen to an actual Living Room Conversation?

Check out our listings on LRC Radio

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