Di-a-logue, An American Mosaic

Di-a-logue, An American Mosaic

By John Van Dyke
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.
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Episode 31. The killers for pain, a candid conversation
I am in a small West Texas town, talking to Joey, about prescription pain killers, being Texan, a little politics, and his life after drugs. A real conversation with a pretty cool guy.
32:07
November 19, 2018
Episode 30. Notes from the Road in Wisconsin
Every road trip has stories that do not get recorded, so I am going to share notes from some of the trips. I always take the lesser roads with so much more to see and perhaps a conversation along the way.
11:47
November 5, 2018
Episode 29. Mountains, Miners, & the Lord. Coal country, McDowell County West Virginia
I am talking with Scotty in Welch WV. He works in coal, as his father and grandfather, uncles and others have for generations. It's a way of life and as a young man he likes it. Right now things are good and he is optimistic for the town and community. A visit to Welch is one remembered.
15:15
October 27, 2018
Episode 28. Talking about Women, Workplace, Values, Leadership, Tech & Society
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.
28:52
October 19, 2018
Episode 27. In New Hampshire, talking politics
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 is one of my favorite conversations.
1:03:04
September 26, 2018
Episode 26. These Americans have a will to survive
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.
07:14
September 14, 2018
Episode 25. What are we afraid of?
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 what we should fear most.
10:19
September 5, 2018
Episode 24. Nice People & Nice Sunsets
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.
13:20
August 30, 2018
Episode 23. Black, Gangs, Drugs, and a friend worth having
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.
21:20
August 24, 2018
Episode 22. Cowboys, Kids, Rodeo Life & True Grit
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 family values.
14:59
August 15, 2018
Episode 21. On the Shoulders of Giants.
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 stories. Doug, was one of those. We sat on his boat and talked.
09:54
August 8, 2018
Episode 20. Having a Voice. Who are we today?
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 often. Real conversations.
08:47
August 2, 2018
Episode 19. A Trip to Dreamland. "Why come here?"
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 recommend the book, a visit no.
20:06
July 27, 2018
Episode 18. Biscuits, Gravy & Bacon. A Coal Miners Daughter
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 called "little New York" in it's heyday. They run a B&B.
19:59
July 20, 2018
Episode 17. Inside a Documentary Project
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.
57:24
July 6, 2018
Episode 16. Making new friends
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.
16:51
June 29, 2018
Episode 15. Roads less traveled in California
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.
14:59
June 22, 2018
Episode 14. Voice from the Heartland
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 life and Kansas.
24:10
June 19, 2018
Episode 13. A View from the Bible Belt
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.
20:34
June 11, 2018
Episode 12. So What are We?
Having a Dialogue is so important today. Conversations.
22:26
June 6, 2018
Episode 11. On the street in Nashville Tennessee
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.
08:44
June 4, 2018
Episode 10. "Keep on Truckin" in Moberly Missouri
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 thoughts with me.
18:47
May 30, 2018
Episode 9. Down Home Alabama, from a road trip in the South
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 country, might have in common. I think it is good to get to know each other.
14:41
May 28, 2018
Episode 8. Rick Najera, Mexican American, Actor, Director
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.
31:25
May 21, 2018
Episode 7. Waking up to a different America
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. It is about making connections.
09:36
May 18, 2018
Episode 6. We are so fortunate, an immigrant story
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.
09:28
May 15, 2018
Episode 5. A David and Goliath story
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 a lot to say about farming today, immigrants, and Iowa.
27:45
May 15, 2018
Episode 4. Prologue, why? this journey through America
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 everything was ok. This is the voice track from a video trailer for the project.
02:59
May 10, 2018
Episode 3. The American Dream, 2 stories
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.
11:26
May 9, 2018
Episode 2. Japanese Americans, remember incarcerating them?
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.
10:36
May 8, 2018
Episode 1. on the road, excerpts from 9 conversations
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.
12:38
May 8, 2018
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