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Di-a-logue, An American Mosaic

73 EpisodesProduced by John Van DykeWebsite

America Talking.What we care about. Our stories. Our places.A journey of discovery

73 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Episode 73. "Ghosting", a job search story

September 25th, 2020


A job search story from New Orleans. Ghosting is everywhere in today's job market. A game designers search for a job, and talking about New Orleans today. 

Episode 72. From Farm to Table, "I had a restaurant"

September 11th, 2020


Alberto's story fits squarely with all that is going on today. His industry is in free fall. He is an immigrant. He deals with issues of race. His …

Episode 71. Listen to "I Have a Dream" from 1963

August 29th, 2020


On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King gave his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The march and gathering was unprecedented in …

Episode 70. A DI-A-LOGUE event. VOTING Why it counts

August 14th, 2020


This is may be one of the best discussions on VOTING. Our second virtual round table event includes 8 diverse people from around the country sharing their experiences and views on voting. It is the most important …

Episode 69. Awoke and fearful, confronting racism and Covid 19

August 3rd, 2020


In this episode, I am talking with Shayna in Butte, Montana. She wanted to follow up a previous conversation. Her life is upside down after …

Episode 68. A DI-A-LOGUE event. RACE What color is America

July 20th, 2020


7 Amazing people of all colors came together for a virtual live round table discussion on race. Each shared personal experiences and how racism has …

Episode 67. Launching DI-A-LOGUE Events, virtual live events.

July 12th, 2020


Excited to launch DI-A-LOGUE events. A series of virtual live stream events talking about things that matter. You can find us as An American Mosaic at EVENTBRITE. 

Episode 66. Are we all a little racist?

June 7th, 2020


In this episode, I am having a conversation on racism today, and a culture based on a two tiered system in America. Are we all a little bit racist?.

Episode 65. Rewriting the American Story

May 25th, 2020


Americans and our country seem to be telling different stories. Traveling around the country, I am finding an American story that government and media seem to be rewriting.

Episode 64. Design Texas Style, talking with REX PETEET

May 15th, 2020


A conversation with Rex Peteet, iconic graphic designer in Austin Texas. Rex was one of a handful of designers that established a style that was …

Episode 63. Running in place... our stories

May 1st, 2020


I have gathered so many stories about people growing up, the things that shape us. Talking to strangers can make a connection. This is a short story about an encounter in a rural town in Kansas.

Episode 62. Awoke in Butte Montana.

April 27th, 2020


I am in Butte, Montana, talking with Shayna, 24, part Native American, raised by grandparents, 4.0 student and a survivor.

Episode 61. Love, Hate, or Heroes, Truckers?

April 19th, 2020


We hate them and we love them. It's how we get our stuff, even when the country is shut down. I am in the cab talking with Brian, in Moberly, Missouri. He has logged over 3 million miles on the road. 

Episode 60. Virus vs. Work. Covid culture in Michigan

April 16th, 2020


I wanted to know about demonstrations in Michigan, I called Brittany in Flint, to get her perspective. I talked with her last September on camera, and she is one of many that I will be contacting to catch up with their …

Episode 59. In these Covid times, what are we thinking?

April 9th, 2020


Join Sarah and myself taking a deep dive into our disrupted lives today. We talk about work, parenting, education, and what does normal mean today.

Episode 58. A conversation, COVID-19 in New York

April 3rd, 2020


I am having a conversation in New York with Karen, a long time New Yorker, about life there now. As most of us know, they are being hit hard by COVID-19. I think we can learn from listening to others during this …

Episode 57. From Bergamo, Italy, a conversation about COVID-19

March 29th, 2020


We hear so much about Italy with charts and graphs and projections. I thought it would be interesting to hear from someone there, living through it. …

Episode 56. In response to the Corona Virus

March 22nd, 2020


What are we thinking about. What will we be thinking about. What will this look like when it is over. There will be so much to talk about.

Episode 55. Talking with a young conservative in Ohio

February 18th, 2020


I am talking with Tessa in Toledo Ohio. She is young, educated, planning a family and while conservative has some conflicts about our political …

Episode 54. What we're thinking, conversation highlights plus Project Di-a-logue education pilot.

February 2nd, 2020


An American Mosaic is growing. Some exciting new opportunities for conversation and dialogue. And looking forward to some great content for the podcast. 

Episode 53. Notes from the road in Detroit, Flint, Toledo, Kalamazoo

January 7th, 2020


Every trip is different. I drive the secondary roads and it is a good way to see things. Michigan and Ohio are diverse and both have seen once prosperous industries go away. This trip was to find conversations to film …

Episode 52. Why? do I travel the country talking to strangers about their lives

December 7th, 2019


Why travel around the country talking to strangers on camera about their lives today? This episode seemed like a good answer. It is from an interview over a year ago that was shot for content for my documentary project. …

Episode 51. Landing in Brooklyn NY. A journey begins.

November 26th, 2019


I am on the road in Marfa Texas, and met 'Jeddah' from Saugerties NY. She was meeting up with some friends taking in the cultural vibe of Marfa. We …

Episode 50. Venice Beach, California. A melting pot

November 16th, 2019


What is the attraction? Venice California is a one of kind place. A melting pot of humanity. I am talking with Michael Jost of Radio Venice TV. He is a musician and host a weekly broadcast featuring guest artists from …

Episode 49. Friends and conversations

November 4th, 2019


Nadine is a friend of many years, yet sitting down talking, I learned so much. It was renewing and refreshing. Raised in a commune, mother, professional, and going through personal loss, Nadine shares a lot with me in …

Episode 48. Building a Podcast about us, your support is needed

October 20th, 2019


Podcasts are cool and a great way to learn things. I started Di-a-logue without much of a plan, yet there is some really great content. …

Episode 47. A trip to Motown, picking up the pieces

October 12th, 2019


Everything here is about rebuilding. Detroit, a very large American city hit bottom and emptied out. Providing opportunity where there was no opportunity for those with ideas and courage. I am talking with Andrew, 24, …

Episode 46. Unintended Consequences, how we "feed" ourselves

July 28th, 2019


I think this is something everyone should hear about Tech. All that free stuff, wasn't free. I am in Seattle talking with Laura, a very sharp …

Episode 45. A young man talks about today's youth in Arizona

July 18th, 2019


I am in Phoenix Arizona, talking with Danny a young Mexican, American citizen. He speaks for a lot of young people today about their struggles to get ahead. This is an excerpt from a longer conversation.

Episode 44. Badlands, Native Americans, Pipelines, in the Dakotas

July 11th, 2019


I am in the Dakotas talking to a newspaper editor, a Tribal Police officer, and a Native on the street. After so much media and demonstrations, I …

Episode 43. Trending in Butte Montana

June 29th, 2019


The low power FM movement is alive and well in Butte Montana. I am talking with Clark, the station manager of KBMF 102.5, a public access station that is part of a renewal of this historic town. Artists and creative …

Episode 42. Planning a Road Trip to Dakotas

June 10th, 2019


Finding interesting conversations is what I do. Road trips are at the heart of An American Mosaic. I am planning the first trip in a new camper van to North Dakota and Standing Rock to catch up on what is happening …

Episode 41. Recruited by Microsoft, a young mans journey from India

May 3rd, 2019


This is a wonderful conversation with Archis Gore a founder of Polyverse Corporation. He shared his story of Microsoft bringing him to the U.S. and …

Episode 40. Making Art in Rural Kansas

March 27th, 2019


I am in Furley Kansas, a two street town with a grain elevator and a church. The church is owned by Todd Matson, a successful artist who lives and …

Episode 39. Working out of a coffee shop. This Millennial in Texas Rocks Real Estate

March 17th, 2019


She's 24, an entrepreneur, and has got it together. Bailey's office is a coffee shop in Fredericksburg Texas, her sign is the back of her laptop which reads, "Questions about real estate?, I'm a local realtor, Let's …

Episode 38. Social Justice Warriors

March 12th, 2019


I'm in Austin Texas talking with Alvaro about Millennials and our lives online. It is a good conversation and an insight into the thinking of a new generation of Americans. 

Episode 37. Are we defined by place and race?

March 7th, 2019


Charleston West Virginia was the beginning of a road trip through coal country. In this episode, I am talking with Tiffany who works as a bartender and server in a top restaurant in Charleston. She shared her story, …

Episode 36. Three American success stories on the road

March 3rd, 2019


Three inspiring millennials who created their own opportunities. It is not always all about technology. One is Mexican American, one is an Immigrant, …

Episode 35. It's All About Us. Sharing Our Stories

February 17th, 2019


Stories from the road. In this Episode, I am talking about the documentary project "An American Mosaic". A journey that started two years ago. A series of road trips, meeting and talking to people just like you and me. 

Episode 34. A Native American talks about life on the Res

February 5th, 2019


I am in Parker Arizona talking with Rhesa a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She shared what life is like on the Reservation. 

Episode 33. Driving the Backroads of West Texas

February 2nd, 2019


Texas is big country.  This episode is some of my observations as I traveled to Marfa Texas and back to Austin in search of conversations. 

Episode 32. On the road in Austin Texas. Millennials, Social Justice, & T-Shirts

December 26th, 2018


I am having a conversation with Alvaro in Austin. We talked about his view of things today. He is 25 and sees nothing but opportunity ahead. I always learn something talking to young people today. 

Episode 31. The killers for pain, an opioid addiction

November 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 30. Notes from the Road in Wisconsin

November 5th, 2018


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.

Episode 29. Mountains, Miners, & the Lord. Coal country, McDowell County West Virginia

October 27th, 2018


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 …

Episode 28. A conversation about Women, Workplace, Values, Leadership, Tech & Society

October 19th, 2018


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.

Episode 27. In New Hampshire, talking politics

September 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 26. These Americans have a will to survive

September 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 25. What are we afraid of?

September 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 24. Nice People & Nice Sunsets

August 30th, 2018


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.

Episode 23. Black, Gangs, Drugs, and a friend worth having

August 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 22. Cowboys, Kids, Rodeo Life & True Grit

August 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 21. On the Shoulders of Giants.

August 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 20. Having a Voice. Who are we today?

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 19. A Trip to Dreamland. "Why come here?"

July 27th, 2018


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. …

Episode 18. Biscuits, Gravy & Bacon. A Coal Miners Daughter

July 20th, 2018


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 …

Episode 17. Inside a Documentary Project

July 6th, 2018


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 …

Episode 16. Making new friends

June 29th, 2018


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 …

Episode 15. Roads less traveled in California

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 14. Voice from the Heartland

June 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 13. A View from the Bible Belt

June 11th, 2018


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.

Episode 12. So What are We?

June 6th, 2018


Having a Dialogue is so important today. Conversations.

Episode 11. On the street in Nashville Tennessee

June 4th, 2018


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 …

Episode 10. "Keep on Truckin" in Moberly Missouri

May 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode 9. Down Home Alabama, from a road trip in the South

May 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 8. A Conversation with Rick Najera, Actor, Director, Writer

May 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 7. Waking up to a different America

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 6. We are so fortunate, an immigrant story

May 15th, 2018


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.

Episode 5. A David and Goliath story

May 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 4. Prologue, why? this journey through America

May 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 3. The American Dream, 2 stories

May 9th, 2018


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.

Episode 2. Japanese Americans, A Time of Silence

May 8th, 2018


The second episode of Di-a-logue from An American Mosaic, is a conversation with a Japanese American who as a kid growing up knew nothing about the concentration camps during WW2. A time of silence. We are talking about …

Episode 1. on the road, excerpts from 9 conversations

May 8th, 2018


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 …

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