Author Archives: Berin Kinsman

Don’t Take This Out of Context, But… [Proof of Life 3×31]

In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin talk about understanding your own motivations, and placing needs and wants into context. Katie explains the connection between her art and her academic pursuits. Berin discusses contextualizing this podcast between being an American who loves Finland, and being a resident of Finland explaining US culture to non-Americans.

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Berin’s Blog

https://berinkinsman.com

Katie’s Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

A Fool is Wise in Their Own Eyes [Proof of Life 3×30]

In this episode Katie and Berin talk about things people think that aren’t based on factual information. They discuss why being a creator is a real job, no matter what some people might think. They go over how some folks are beginning to feel the unforeseen consequences of Brexit. Finally, Berin makes a point that in a functional democracy, the notion of what is and isn’t a right isn’t fixed, and can be changed through legislation.

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller
Berin’s Blog
Katie’s Instagram

Oh God Oh God We’re All Going to Die! [Proof of Life 3×29]

In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin discuss the decline in the American birth rate. They talk about why people are choosing not to have children, which comes down to the same thing as always — money. Stagnant wages, student loan debt, and the crippling cost of medical care are among the topics covered. 

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Berin’s Blog

https://berinkinsman.com

Katie’s Instagram

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Life in a Socialist Hellhole [Proof of Life 3.28]

In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin discuss why Finland and most of Europe seems better at capitalism than the United States at the moment. They theorize that it has to do with putting people before profits, or at least balancing human rights with property rights. It’s not socialism, it’s just being ethical about how you make your money.

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  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Berin’s Blog

https://berinkinsman.com

Katie’s Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

America Has a Culture Problem, Not a Gun Problem [Proof of Life 3.27]

In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin discuss mass shootings, poverty, toxic masculinity, consumerism, and all of the issues beyond gun control that contribute to the raging, out-of-control gun violence issues plaguing the United States at the moment. America has a culture problem not a gun problem.

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  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Berin’s Blog

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Proof of Life Episode 3.26 Minimalism and Simplicity

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about having fewer things of better quality. They discuss the peace of mind that comes from not owning a car, enjoying smaller portions of artisanal ice cream, and the self-esteem boost that comes when the important objects in your life are nice things.

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Websites & Social Media

Katie’s Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

Berin’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BerinKinsman

Music Credits

Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks

Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

Proof of Life Episode 3.25 Springtime Food

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about how springtime causes them to change their eating habits. They compare and contrast the changing seasons in Central Finland and New Mexico. They discuss how they shift toward a more vegetarian diet, cook less to avoid turning on the stove, and spend more time outside in nature.

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

Support Our Patreon

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Websites & Social Media

Katie’s Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

Berin’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BerinKinsman

Music Credits

Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks

Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

Proof of Life Episode 3.24 Who’s In and Who’s Out

In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss how people form tribes based on common interests. They talk about the cultural problem of putting other people down as a way of boosting personal self-esteem and creating a group identity. They try to avoid politics while talking about the behavioral psychology of people who need to get outraged about things that have nothing to do with them, simply as a way of asserting their own cultural dominance and identity.

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Websites & Social Media

Katie’s Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

Berin’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BerinKinsman

Music Credits

Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks

Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

Proof of Life Episode 3.23 Personal Identity vs. Cultural Identity

In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss how one’s cultural identity impacts personal identity, and vice-versa. They talk about being an expat, where persona identity is affected by both the culture of your mother country and your host country. Katie discusses identity in context of being an art teacher, and how both artists and teachers are view by various group.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness
https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow

Social Identity Theory
https://www.simplypsychology.org/social-identity-theory.html

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

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Websites & Social Media

Katie’s Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

Berin’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BerinKinsman

Music Credits

Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks

Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

Proof of Life Episode 3.22 How We Select Topics

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk discuss how they pick topics for this podcast. They discuss things they shy away from and why, things they’re passionate about, and the demographics of their audience. You (yes, you) can leave comments suggesting future topics.

Special Thanks

  • Pertti Ankkuri
  • Petri Nurmi
  • Gary Weller

Support Our Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/proofoflife

Websites & Social Media

Katie’s Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

Berin’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BerinKinsman

Music Credits

Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks

Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions