34 episodes

State by state, host Ryan Bernsten and international guests explore perceptions of America via interviews with mayors, governors, and voters on both sides of the aisle from a 5-month journey through all 50 states. Take a trip through America to listen and to learn what's really happening in the USA.
www.50statesofmind.org

50 States of Mind Ryan Bernsten

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 67 Ratings

State by state, host Ryan Bernsten and international guests explore perceptions of America via interviews with mayors, governors, and voters on both sides of the aisle from a 5-month journey through all 50 states. Take a trip through America to listen and to learn what's really happening in the USA.
www.50statesofmind.org

    Wyoming

    Wyoming

    Ryan and guest Luke discuss his move from Northern England to NYC and listen to interviews with Amber—owner of Backwards Distillery—as well as the Mayor of Casper, WY and former Gov. Mike Wallace.


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    • 54 min
    Kentucky

    Kentucky

    Ryan and guest Louise discuss Scottish versus American humor before listening to an interview with an interfaith pastor, two apprentices at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and three COMICON attendees.


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    Georgia

    Georgia

    Ryan and guest Ioan discuss why the directness democracy isn't keeping pace with technological advances, what redistributive policies look like in the UK and US, and discuss a trip to the ruins of the world's largest asylum in Milledgeville, Georgia.


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    Hawaii

    Hawaii

    Ryan and guest Michelle talk about birds, Hawaiian language, ea, and the military presence on the island state.


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    • 39 min
    Louisiana

    Louisiana

    Ryan and guest Anne talk about the hometown theatre companies that changed us and the differences between major arts hubs, then listen to conversations with a conservative radio host in New Orleans and the owner of the Demo Divas demolition company. 

    Follow Anne at @mygirlanne for a good time.


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    Tennessee

    Tennessee

    Ryan and native Virginian Brandon talk about Liberty University (one of the largest Christian universities in the USA), the marriage between religion and politics, then listen to interviews with a Tennessee state rep. and a tap dancer in Centennial Park. 


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Jcoughlin ,

Umbridge would be proud

If you’re looking for a good deep dive into the insights of the many sides of the United States that takes an unbiased approach to seeing why things are the way they are this is the podcast for you. Ryan is very good at exploring all the crevices of the United States and really makes it enjoyable to explore with him. You’re really missing out if you’re not listening to this!

B. Mitchener ,

These are Important Conversations

I love this podcast. Ryan does a phenomenal job of interviewing people and asking thought-provoking questions. This podcast does two crucially important things:

1. It focuses on different people with a range of political ideologies.

It’s very easy to say that a person is bad because they have a certain political leaning. People have reasons for the things that they believe. When Ryan conducts these interviews, he allows us to listen to people who might believe different things than we do - and see how they got to that point. The experiences of people make them who they are, and these interviews allow us to see the people behind these ideologies.

2. It asks non-Americans their views about the USA and Americans

The idea of American exceptionalism puts the country on a pedestal. This results in Americans seeing themselves as superior to other nations. It also results in Americans developing a blind spot in regards to the country. The USA has done some spectacular things, but it isn’t perfect - far from it. It has failed spectacularly in many areas. It’s a good thing to hear the thoughts and experiences of non-Americans. Their insights might help us think differently about the way we perceive situations. A non-American viewpoint is just as valid as ours and is a much-needed one for us to be able to understand the viewpoints of others.

We shouldn’t exist in ideological vacuums - a well-informed person is someone who can listen to others and consider their views. This podcast is an excellent start towards achieving that.

Louise J. ,

Brilliant Concept and a Breath of Fresh Air

Such wonderful, open conversations that often put the great States in an entirely new view. Ryan carefully treats his stately subjects with affection and respect each episode, which makes this such an interesting way to learn about new places. A must listen!!

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