Aug 17
Consequential Strangers: The Crucial Role of Acquaintances in Our Lives
This show offers a fascinating look at those people who play an unexpected but important role in our lives, "Consequential Strangers.” As described by guest, Melinda Blau, journalist and co-author of many books including Consequential Strangers, these are the often close acquaintances who work next to us, cut our hair, run the local coffee shop, travel on the same train, attend the same church or belong to the same golf league.

As you will hear in the back and forth with host, Suzanne Phillips, these are the people who seamlessly make up the fabric of our lives and often play a role in everything from relaxation, to problem solving, to providing us a sense of history. They are the people who often know some dimension about us that family and friends never know.

With examples from her own life and related research, guest Melinda Blau considers those circumstances which change our consequential strangers and those skills that help us re-connect with new ones. Whether you have just relocated to a new city or you realize your elderly parents are leaving a place where “everyone knows their name,” listen in to re-consider an important aspect of our lives.

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