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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

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    • 4.8, 56 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

    Maryland

    Maryland

    Ryan and guest Emma read the self-published children's book "Healthy Holly: A Healthy Start for Herbie" and discuss how this deranged, unreadable, and sometimes offensive book led to the resignation and imprisonment of the Mayor of Baltimore.



    Picture evidence here: https://bit.ly/2X1IOPt


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    • 29 min
    Mississippi

    Mississippi

    Ryan and Mississippi-native Caroline talk about misconceptions about the South, Debutante culture, losing her home in Hurricane Katrina, and changing her accent while living in the North, then discuss an interview with a Northerner-turned-Southerner and Dean of the Ole Miss Law School.


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    • 35 min
    New Mexico

    New Mexico

    Ryan and travel companion Michael rehash the story of how they were nearly drugged, kidnapped, and murdered in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico by serial killer accomplices and discuss the nefarious local Toy Box Killer who murdered 69 people and whose legacy lives on.


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    • 45 min
    West Virginia

    West Virginia

    Ryan and Penny Rosfjord - fmr. chair of the Woodbury County Democratic Party and Iowa State Central Committee member -  discuss the importance of the Iowa Caucus to train both candidates and organizers, then listen to interviews with a community organizer protesting the construction of a polluting insulation factory in Jefferson County and the Mayor of Wheeling, Glenn Elliott.

    Learn more about the fight against Rockwool here: https://bit.ly/2VIVxWy


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    • 29 min
    Indiana

    Indiana

    Ryan talks with actress Maddie Weinstein about how COVID will change theatre/film, The Bachelor, and our own political narratives, then discuss interviews with Harrison Center for the Arts founder Joanna Taft, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, and Anne Surak from Exhibit Columbus.

    You can check out Maddie's work in "Beach Rats" on Hulu and "Alex Strangelove" on Netflix.


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    • 43 min
    Virginia

    Virginia

    Ryan and guest Juan talk about the crisis in Juan's home country of Venezuela, the corruption of the government, and the political implications of the word socialism, then listen to interviews with a 2016 presidential candidate and the former Inspector General of the Dept. of the Interior. 


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

S.L. Alabama ,

One of the best podcasts

Ryan’s podcasts are entertaining, informative, thoughtful and fair.
It makes you look within yourself and see how you can understand other points of view from fellow Americans. Stereotypes of people based on where they live, their religion and politics, on both sides can, be so divisive and unfair. The surprise can be, if people can calmly and respectfully, listen, we can learn so much from each other. I had the pleasure of meeting him during his travels, and his thoughtful, kind demeanor is exactly how he is. One of Best podcasts series ever! The Mississippi/Alabama one is my favorite!

S.L. Alabama
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Corner of Kansas ,

No Sleep Till Democracy

America is in a moment of unprecedented division, but Ryan is doing the impossible—talking to people. In these episodes you will undoubtably hear from people you disagree with. What makes this podcast different is the common-ground approach that Ryan proceeds with. You’ll hear everyday stories ranging from Mayors to bartenders. Follow Ryan on his 50 State journey and learn how your neighbors and our communities may be the key to saving our democracy. If you’re looking for a shot of optimism about this country then 50 States of Mind is the podcast for you.

bobsaggot12 ,

Fantastic, Insightful Podcast!

Ryan’s journey across the 50 states is inspirational and eye opening. I love hearing he and his guest speakers’ commentary about the 50 states, specifically the unique experiences and conversations he had along the way. It definitely gives me a new perspective to think about. I love listening to it on drives to work and at the office!

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