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We’re here to connect you to some of the best that public radio has to offer every day. To events in your city, so we can keep the conversation going. And to like minds all over the country, so we can make more stories of our own.

We’re a collective of curious minds—creative leaders, compassionate activists, and thoughtful critics. We know that every bit of knowledge we put in our brains makes us better. That the more dots we collect, the more we can connect. And that the why is more important than the what.

We’ve built this space to feed that curiosity. To listen, experience, and connect.

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Our ears are powerful tools. They allow us to take in the world and connect with others. For years, NPR has brought you compelling stories. Now it’s your turn to share yours. Add your voice to our project using #WhyListen on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Listening lets us do what we’re here to do: connect to one another.

- @MFKellerman

Listening is the gateway to learning.

- @GoodBerger

Listening makes you a better human. It expands your brain, grows your heart and feeds your soul.

- @azita

If it were not for listening, there would be no change.

- @kristenzublin

Listening reminds of us of the lullabies and stories we used to fall asleep to each night.

- @ShiraAbramowitz

In the Moment

See what’s happening with other Gen Listeners around the country. Meetups, events, and other news.

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    On September 19 we took on the topic of Opioids again, this time in Chicago. What did we discover? Stories get new life breathed into them each time we listen.

  • America’s Opioid Epidemic: We Dig in with Kelly McEvers

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    On September 1 in Atlanta, we filled an intimate space with young listeners looking to get real about opioids, addiction and the many ways America’s Opioid Epidemic has impacted our personal, professional and collective lives.

  • ICYMI: The Democratic National Convention

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    Thanks to NPR Intern Renee Klahr, the NPR Politics Team has these rad animations to bring you up to speed, day by day.

  • #WhyListen Wednesday: Matt Diaz

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    Welcome to #WhyListen Wednesday, where we share the importance of listening through personal snapshots. This week we’re featuring Matt Diaz.


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Thanks! Welcome to Generation Listen.

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Meet our brain trust. They’ve brought their passion for NPR, entrepreneurial spirit, and know-how to help bring our mission to life.

  • Amy Benziger

    Amy Benziger

    Managing Director, Love Social

  • Erica Berger

    Erica Berger

    Media Entrepreneur

  • Audrey Buchanan

    Audrey Buchanan

    Creative Producer + Moderator

  • Sophia Bush

    Sophia Bush

    Actress, Director & Spokesperson

  • Megha Desai

    Megha Desai

    Founder & CEO, Marketing. Strategy. Dharma. (MSD)

  • James Elbaor

    James Elbaor


  • Sam Friedman

    Sam Friedman

    Ceo & Co-Founder, Parkme

  • Casey Gerald

    Casey Gerald

    Co-Founder & CEO, MBAs Across America

  • Anneke Jong

    Anneke Jong

    VP of Strategy & Marketing, Reserve

  • Eric Kuhn

    Eric Kuhn

    Marketing & Business Development, Layer3 TV

  • Fabian Pfortmueller

    Fabian Pfortmueller

    Co-Founder, Holstee

  • Gina Rudan

    Gina Rudan

    Author, Practical Genius; Diversity Manager, Google Inc.

  • Amanda Slavin

    Amanda Slavin

    President & CEO, CatalystCreativ

  • Erica Williams Simon

    Erica Williams Simon

    Social Impact Strategist & Deputy Editor, Upworthy

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