Through their new talk show, Estacada residents Tony Long-Drew and Joel Litkie hope to encourage viewers to engage in respectful and authentic conversations.
The Backwoods Brothers, which Litkie and Long-Drew are producing with fellow Estacada resident John Williams, will feature the pair discussing a different topic each week with a special guest. The show will air live at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday at
backwoodsbrothers.com. The first episode is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 24, and will focus on services for veterans.
"We want to model what healthy conversation looks like," said Long-Drew.
In their own friendship, Litkie and Long-Drew enjoy having conversations, which was part of their inspiration for starting the program.
"Tony and I realized that we both love to talk. We have pretty good conversations about things that are going on," Litkie said. "Even though we have similar views, we position ourselves to take the opposite view sometimes. It's a great way to try to understand people's actions."
The Backwoods Brothers will strive to facilitate authentic conversation and hearty dialogue.
"The biggest thing is that it's OK to walk away and still have different opinions," Litkie said. "There's a mentality that people have that if you don't agree with me, it's wrong. People have lost the view that it's OK to have different opinions."
They also want to have a variety of guests on the show.
"We would love to have opposite opinions. We don't want people who agree with us all the time," Litkie said. "We're here to grow and learn and have that conversation."
"We're going to try to reach out to a diverse group of people who see differently from us," Long-Drew added.
Along with the main conversation, the show will also include a segment where community members can call in.
Potential future topics include religious freedom, climate change, capitalism and socialism, legalization of marijuana, the Trump presidency, Black Lives Matter, cancel culture, universal health care and the Back the Blue movement.
Long-Drew and Litkie noted that the views expressed on the show do not speak for the organizations they are associated with, including Estacada Community Watch, where Litkie is president; the Estacada City Council, where Litkie is a councilor and Still Waters Counseling, where Long-Drew is a counselor.
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