Tales From the Heart of America

Series produced by Love in America

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South Dakota storytellers and American adventurers Scotte and Toni Burns' (The Love in America Podcast) poignant narrative tales of life, love, wisdom and wind.

Humans are storytellers and seekers. Yet we don't really search for answers, but for experiences, because answers are destinations - and once we think we’ve found one, we stop questing, and our journey ends. Instead, our questions and aspirations guide us to the journey we truly seek, a road that shapes who we are constantly becoming, as travelers, as human beings, and as Americans. Among those travelers then, especially Harley “longriders” like Love in America's Scotte and Toni Burns, there is a familiar saying that, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” American’s continual search for meaning in life, love and time follow that same road.

Evoking the spirit of Bill Bryson with Erma Bombeck gripping the sidecar, these Tales are the ongoing story of what it means to live, to find love in - and a love with - America. You won’t find the meaning of life here, but you will find its many expressions. You won’t find answers to the Great Questions, but you’ll discover instead that you’re not alone in asking them, and that means that you’re never really alone at all. In short, what you'll find journeying with Love in America is the wisdom of America’s history, culture and people, revealed over the miles as America shares what it means to be happy together, what is our place in the world and with each other? What are our deepest passions, keenest insights and farthest views? Riding along on this quest, you’ll also find the wonders of the American highway by motorcycle - hope, inspiration, a few laughs, and a renewed sense that in these troubled days, America’s greatest story is still being written by us all, together.
Out of Many…One.

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Humans are storytellers and seekers. Yet we don't really search for answers, but for experiences, because answers are destinations - and once we think we’ve found one, we stop questing, and our journey ends. Instead, our questions and aspirations guide us to the journey we truly seek, a road that shapes who we are constantly becoming, as travelers, as human beings, and as Americans. Among those travelers then, especially Harley “longriders” like Love in America's Scotte and Toni Burns, there is a familiar saying that, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” American’s continual search for meaning in life, love and time follow that same road. Evoking the spirit of Bill Bryson with Erma Bombeck gripping the sidecar, these Tales are the ongoing story of what it means to live, to find... Show full description


16 Pieces

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Love is often a tale of going through hell to get to heaven - or, as Love in America discovers at The Goshen Diner, going through abuse, hunger and...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2019
  • Length: 06:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Watermelon seeds and knowing how to speak fluent enthusiasm spark a tale of a traveler's heart growing bigger than the space surrounding it.

  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 07:09
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Many metaphors, from the ocean to the moon, have been used to attempt to describe love. But the model for how love is forged and tempered over time...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2019
  • Length: 05:49
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Burying a child is a grief no parent should have to face. And yet, in this tale of an encounter on the streets of South San Francisco, Love in Amer...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 06:50
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Discovering everyday miracles is where good teaching, and a meaningful life, begin.

  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 06:16
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From the Battlefield of Gettysburg and the memoirs of fifteen year old Tillie Pierce comes a tale of our duty to honor the sacrifices made for libe...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 09:53
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Humans - you and I - are storytellers and it is through the tales of our lives, not their details, that we come to know one another. In America tod...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 06:55
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A tour of the battleship USS Alabama and WWII submarine USS Drum has storyteller Toni Burns diving deep for memories of her father, John Wright, an...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2018
  • Length: 05:41
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Steve Jobs said that, "“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” Running our fingers over those dents connects u...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2018
  • Length: 07:18
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The American farmer knows a dusty road that rolls through lands of plenty and lands of want. It's a life of promise, trust and hardship. This Tale ...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 06:43
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Loving America by motorcycle, the road becomes home and more. It's the place we first learn to wear the sun and the rain, where curves become smile...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 08:07
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Women motorcycle riders have been among the most colorful and vibrant characters in American history. So why don't the biker boys get it?

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2018
  • Length: 07:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Would you recognize freedom if it rode past you in a golf cart, wearing nothing but Mardi Gras beads and a sombrero?

  • Added: Jan 20, 2018
  • Length: 04:56
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Wildlife encounters on a motorcycle at eighty miles an hour can teach us a great deal about our inner selves!

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 09:13
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A storm of the gods in the Black Hills of South Dakota brings with it lessons in terror, curiosity and love.

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 06:41
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Riding the forested highways of Minnesota and North Dakota, a day that began with storm and bluster unfolds into a dappled journey through perspect...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 08:41