State #7 – Connecticut (50 States of Mind)

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From Oxford, Ryan and guest Mustafa discuss Mustafa’s upbringing in Pakistan, the effects of drones & the War on Terror on Pakistan, fasting during Ramadan, and the major differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims before listening to an interview with the pastor of a church in Sandy Hook as the community deals with the aftermath of the largest school shooting in American history. 

*Special thanks to the King’s Hall Fund for a generous grant. Associate Producer: Mike Layer.

My whole career has been about stories. I've chased stories across the globe, from the campaign trail with the Hillary Clinton campaign to learning how to be a better storyteller at Oxford to driving across America to listen to the stories of Americans in all 50 states. My passion for helping other people tell their stories has never felt more important in our interpersonal or political lives and I believe storytelling is a way to get people to listen. I've had an education, both in the classroom and professionally, that has allowed me to work as a journalist, an artistic collaborator, and a solo writer. Though I've studied both dramatic writing and prose and had plays and musicals off-Broadway and published editorials internationally, stories draw me more than form. I'm always willing to learn and take on a new challenge and help tell stories with authenticity, humor, and lucidity. My work as an associate producer in TV, a teacher, and yes, even a birthday party clown, has allowed me to become a better collaborator, listener, and storyteller and help others to tell their own.

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