All Episodes


Patricia, a master quilter and culture advocate, says that being Hawaiian is her pulse.


LaVona was born on the same day Arizona became a state – tying their identities together.

New Mexico

Dedicated to the Navajo Nation people, Floyd has witnessed their struggles and dualities.


Narrowly surviving a tornado, Chuck was determined to rebuild his home on the same plot.


Living near Utah's Arches National Park, Daniel believes that wherever we are is our home.


Like many in Jackson, Wyoming, Sven balances paying the bills and pursuing the next peak.


Residing in Idaho most of his life, Mexico-born Evaristo lives between two cultures.


With a thriving berry farm in Washington, Mohinder is now helping other Sikh farmers.


Dave's insight into Montana's past allows him to observe rapid evolution in the present.


In music, Dereck no longer seeks permission to belong in his white Nebraska community.


In Nevada's desert, Clay is healing from his son's suicide through public service.

West Virginia

Hanna negotiates talking with her West Virginia neighbors and their opposing ideologies.


With a multicultural family, I-Shüan's priority is to live in diversity embracing Oregon.


In her small Minnesota town, Kathy has found hidden charms and meaning at every turn.


Hmong refugee Xong is determined to help the younger generation stay connected.


Beth's music brings people together to dance in a scene of pageantry and unity in Iowa.


After a life-changing illness, Sarah is building a new type of homestead in Missouri.


Nancy pursues her life's purpose of bringing laughter, joy and umbrella covers in Maine.


Nathan finds the sense of belonging and contentment he had been searching for in Chicago.


Born and bred Hoosier Randy explains the value he places on his sense of belonging.


Kelly built a house in Vermont to give her family a connection to a place she never had.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island native Jack believes the people you spend your life with can inspire you.

North Carolina

Paul's dream of owning a home came true, but moved from North Carolina to to pay for it.

New York

Karen loves her New York community and the people she gets to meet when volunteering.


As a quadriplegic, Virginia's wheelchair accessible taxis allow Daniel to be spontaneous.

New Hampshire

After moving to New Hampshire from Kentucky, Lisa embraced her north-south heritage.


Reinventing himself, Chris dedicates his life to an underserved community in Baltimore.


A native Californian, Doug believes one may make a place your home simply by choosing it.


Originally from St. Vincent, Joyce became a matriarch in her Connecticut neighborhood.

About States of America

In the United States, you may have been born in one state or even in a different country. You may go to school or work in another community, and then move somewhere else by choice or circumstance. What is it that ties us to these places and makes us call them home? And how does our state affect who we are and how we identify ourselves?

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