I am currently working alongside Professors Penny Edgell (University of Minnesota), Kathleen Hull (University of Minnesota), and Daniel Winchester (Purdue University) on the National Science Foundation funded Talking About Social Controversies project. In this project, we use focus groups to study how people work through difficult issues that draw on multiple forms of authority; in particular science, politics, and religion. Our first paper to emerge from the project, which argues that storytelling is a dominant form of reasoning that can move deliberation forward on its own or through being interwoven with more abstract forms of reason-giving (online first at Qualitative Sociology).