The Trump Rally (50 States of Mind)

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From Oxford, Ryan and previous guests Maria (Mexico), Mako (Zimbabwe), and Ioan (U.K.), listen to interviews with attendees of a Trump rally in Cleveland, discuss finding community in a political movement, the failed systems that led to Trump’s rise, and debate whether or not Ryan should have attended the rally, before each guest articulates what they’d most like to say to Trump supporters. Listeners can give their own thoughts on the episode by recording a voice message through the link below, to be included in next week’s special episode.

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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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