Di-a-logue, An American Mosaic

Di-a-logue, An American Mosaic

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On the Road talking with total strangers about life today. Join the conversation! We all need to connect on some meaningful level today. Increasingly, we exist in our bubbles, defined by our neighborhoods, social media, economic and cultural status. We need to start a dialogue.
28. Women, Workplace, Values, Leadership, Tech & Society
Oct 19 • 28 min
I am in Seattle talking with Laura, a professional in leading edge tech. Today there is much to talk about as a woman. This is part of a special conversation with an exceptional person.
27. In New Hampshire, talking politics
Sep 26 • 63 min
It is hard to avoid politics in New Hampshire, especially just after a primary. I was fortunate to have a conversation with Lincoln Soldati, a former country attorney who ran in the primary for congress. He was the old white guy, with something to say. It…
26. These Americans have a will to survive
Sep 14 • 7 min
In this episode I talk with people in Janesville Wisconsin, a story of surviving and reinventing. A huge General Motors plant closed at the time of the great recession, a double financial blow that took it’s toll.
25. What are we afraid of?
Sep 5 • 10 min
A difficult subject. Are we creating a culture of fear today? As I travel, I find some are afraid to say what they really think. Yet, we have leadership and some that will say anything. Perhaps we are all a little afraid. No one will admit that. Fear is…
24. Nice People & Nice Sunsets
Aug 30 • 13 min
In this episode, I am talking to Keith, 28, raised in Hugoton Kansas. We are in a lively coffee, cafe, and beer place near the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan. Keith is the manager.
23. Black, Gangs, Drugs, and a friend worth having
Aug 24 • 21 min
I met Maurice in Stockton CA. He knows what growing up in the hood is like… and surviving. He helps others to survive and achieve something. You would be fortunate to have him as a friend and mentor.
22. Cowboys, Kids, Rodeo Life & True Grit
Aug 15 • 14 min
I traveled to Montana in search of Cowboys. At the Last Chance Stampede in Bozeman, I found what I was looking for. The Cowboy way is a lifestyle and a culture. Deeply American and perhaps old fashioned. This is a conversation mostly about kids, rodeo and…
21. On the Shoulders of Giants.
Aug 8 • 9 min
Sitting on a boat in a harbor. Stories, fishing, the sea, and markers in life that connect us to our past. I love talking to elders who have experienced things that we can only read about. Sometimes, I am fortunate to meet someone who has some good…
20. Having a Voice. Who are we today?
Aug 2 • 8 min
Some of the voices from An American Mosaic project. I am working on a trailer and this is a first cut soundtrack. Only a small sample of the many conversations. We are a big diverse country, and we need to start talking and listening to each other more…
19. A Trip to Dreamland. “Why come here?”
Jul 27 • 20 min
I was asked why I would come to Portsmouth Ohio. “Dreamland”, a book by Sam Quinones reveals much about the beginnings of the Opioid crisis. Portsmouth, was at the epicenter. I needed to see for myself, and have recorded my observations. I highly…
18. Biscuits, Gravy & Bacon. A Coal Miners Daughter
Jul 20 • 19 min
In the mountains of West Virginia, coal country, I spent time talking with the people who for generations have worked in the mines. Mountains, and Miners. It is a culture and a way of life. I met Sandy and Tony in Gary holler near The town of Welch, once…
17. Inside a Documentary Project
Jul 6 • 57 min
In this episode, Sarah joins me in a deep dive conversation about our documentary project, An American Mosaic. While I travel around gathering conversations, Sarah helps make sense of them. We always cover a lot of territory and this is no exception.
16. Making new friends
Jun 29 • 16 min
In this episode, I talk with Matt, a millennial, house dad, tech worker, and fly fisherman in his very cool gear and outfitter store. It was a conversation that resulted in a friendship. Having real conversations can be rewarding. An American Mosaic.
15. Roads less traveled in California
Jun 22 • 14 min
In this Episode of Dialogue, I am sharing my observations while driving the back roads of the San Joaquin Valley. Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Kingsburg and Hansford. I am shooting photos and video, and on the hunt for conversations.
14. Voice from the Heartland
Jun 18 • 24 min
In this episode, I talk with Victoria in Manhattan Kansas, who is a collage graduate managing a coffee shop and trying to figure out what’s next for her. She is determined not to replay her childhood circumstance. We covered a variety of subjects about…
13. A View from the Bible Belt
Jun 11 • 20 min
In this episode, I talk with Rex, a film maker in Oxford Mississippi, who hates Christian Films, and wants to change them and the message of Christian leaders today. It is a refreshing conversation and one of hope.
12. So What are We?
Jun 6 • 22 min
Having a Dialogue is so important today. Conversations.
11. On the street in Nashville Tennessee
Jun 4 • 9 min
I was on the street in downtown Nashville, and met Terese who shared a conversation about growing up in Gary Indiana, in a mixed neighborhood. She works out of Chicago and was visiting. Conversations on the street can be a little noisy, but worthwhile.
10. “Keep on Truckin” in Moberly Missouri
May 29 • 19 min
Truck drivers are today’s forgotten people. I jumped in the cab with Brian, a long haul trucker at a truck stop in Moberly Missouri. Over 300 days and 150,000 miles a year, he has a unique perspective of life from where he sits. He shared some stories and…
9. Down Home Alabama, from a road trip in the South
May 28 • 14 min
A Seattle guy exploring the south, and the people. This is a conversation with what might be a typical baby boomer in a small Alabama town. It always amazes me how much we are a product of our local surroundings and beliefs. Yet how much we all, as a…
8. Rick Najera, Mexican American, Actor, Director
May 21 • 31 min
Rick Najera, an award winning actor, director and author, is one of “those Mexicans” who has done some extraordinary things. We talked about being Latino, growing up in southern California, family, being American, his book “Almost White”, and success.
7. Waking up to a different America
May 18 • 9 min
I, like many others, had a wake up call after the 2016 election. I needed to get past old assumptions and discover my country and who the American people are today. So far, I have talked with 36 people, in 9 states and the project is just getting started.…
6. We are so fortunate, an immigrant story
May 15 • 9 min
Realizing a dream. Alice who after 3 tries finally immigrated and became a U.S. citizen. Watching our movies and seeing our life, it inspired her to come to America. As it has for many over the years.
5. A David and Goliath story
May 14 • 27 min
A small rural town in Iowa is an anomaly. I had a conversation with the Pulitzer Prize winning editor of the Storm Lake Times, who is outspoken about immigrants and not afraid to take on big corporate agriculture business and environmental issues. He had…
4. Prologue, why? this journey through America
May 10 • 3 min
An American Mosaic is a project that I needed to do following the 2016 election. Waking up and not recognizing my country, I realized I was living in my bubble and needed to understand who the American people are today. I could no longer just assume…
3. The American Dream, 2 stories
May 9 • 11 min
Everyone has their version of the American Dream, or at least an opinion. Immigrants bring a dream with them, others find it here. These are two different success stories. Part of the American Mosaic.
2. Japanese Americans, remember incarcerating them?
May 8 • 10 min
The second episode of Di-a-logue from An American Mosaic, is a solo conversation with a Japanese American who as a kid growing up knew nothing about the concentration camps during WW2. A time of silence.
1. on the road, excerpts from 9 conversations
May 8 • 12 min
The very first episode of Di-a-logue from An American Mosaic! Each episode is ordinary and extraordinary people talking about what they are thinking today. This is a sampler from the road, around the country, part of the American Mosaic.