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
    • 4.5 • 72 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

4.5 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 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!

Carol D Artist ,

New Mexico?

This was the first and only episode of your podcast I’ll listen to. So much for learning anything about New Mexico. Your naivety could have gotten you into this situation in any of the 50 states.

Fishbowlbabe ,

Disappointing

What a myopic slant on America and our politics. If you are trying to alienate listeners you’re doing a fab job. Getting an American history review from someone who lives in another country and clearly doesn’t understand our democracy is a waste of time. (Georgia episode). I won’t be recommending or listening further.

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