Public Television : Season 2

About Season 2

Roadtrip Nation: Season 2 follows nine students who hit the road in three Green RV's to search for their own paths in life. For five weeks they traveled the country interviewing leaders from diverse backgrounds, listening to their stories of how they got to where they are. How did they overcome that point of uncertainty, hang on to their passions, and continue to pursue efforts they believed in, amidst pressures to conform? The students wanted to find these answers, and share their experience with a world of people who are engaged in the same search, hopefully inspiring them to define their own roads in life.


  • Episode 1: Newport Beach - Santa Monica

    The first stop for the Central route team is Newport Beach to interview Richard Woolcott, co-founder of Volcom. Then their off to Santa Monica to sit down with Nic Harcourt, host of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

  • Episode 2: Beverly Hills - San Francisco

    The Southern route team heads to Beverly Hills to interview Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Enterprises. In Santa Barbara, the Central Route team meets with Al Merrick, founder of Channel Island Surfboards. The team then heads off to San Francisco to interview Devorah Major, poet laureate.

  • Episode 3: Seattle - Albuquerque

    In Seattle, the Northern route team interviews John Richards, radio DJ, KEXP radio. In San Francisco, the Central route team visits the Exploratorium to interview Shawn Lani, exhibit builder. Later in Albuquerque, the team sits down with Tina Nenoff, an environmental scientist at the Scandia National Laboratory.

  • Episode 4: New Orleans - Mount Rushmore

    The next stop is New Orleans where the Southern route interviews Gene Bourg, food critic. In Alta, Wyoming, the team interviews rancher Meredith Wilson. Next, the team heads to Mount Rushmore to interview Gerard Baker, Mt. Rushmore Park Superintendent.

  • Episode 5: Gillette - Peoria

    The Northern route team stops in Wyoming to meet with Lisa Eckert, superintendent of Devil's Tower National Monument. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, the Central route team visits Terrence Payne, artist and founder of Rosalux Gallery. The Northern route team heads off to Kansas City, home of the monster truck, to interview Bob Chandler, creator of Bigfoot. The Central route team continues on to Peoria, Illinois to interview Mary Bell, VP of Logistics for Caterpillar.

  • Episode 6: Nashville - Chicago

    Continuing in Nashville, the Southern Route team interviews Keith Stegall, singer/songwriter/producer. In Chicago, the Central route team interviews Rita Simo, founder of People's Music School and Jim Derogatis, pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Episode 7: Chicago - Atlanta

    On the streets of Chicago, the Central route team meets Mark Johnson, a street performer also known as the Bucket Man. In Atlanta, the Southern route team interviews Patricia Janiot, Senior Anchor of CNN en Espanol. Meanwhile in Chicago, the Northern route team visits Walter Homles, former couture designer turned yoga guru.

  • Episode 8: Chicago - Orlando

    In Chicago, the Central route team interviews Charna Halpern, founder of Improv Olympic. The Northern route team heads to Detroit to interview Grace Lee Bogs, movement activist and writer. The Southern route team continues their journey in Florida to interview Mary Spio, satellite engineer turned magazine founder.

  • Episode 9: Washington, D.C.

    In Washington, DC, the Central route team interviews John Passcantado, executive director of Greenpeace. Next they interview Lahkshmi Singh, newscaster for NPR and My Harrison, section chief for the FBI.

  • Episode 10: Boston - Washington, D.C.

    In Boston, the Northern route team interview Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams and take a tour of the brewery. En route to Washington, DC, the Southern route team meets with Ann Tenales, Pulitzer Prize- winning political cartoonist. In DC, the Central route team sits down with Gabriel Garcia, independent filmmaker.

  • Episode 11: New York City - Boston - New York City

    The Central route team heads east to New York City to interview Maribel Leiberman, founder of Mariebelle Fine Treats and Chocolates. In Boston, the Northern route team interviews photographer Abellardo Morell. The Southern route team braves New York City traffic to interview Atoosa Rubenstein, editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine.

  • Episode 12: New York City

    In New York City, the Southern route interview Joel Klein, Chancellor of NYC Schools. Also in New York City, the Central route team interviews Chris Wink, founder of the Blue Man Group. The three teams reunite in Union Square to share their experiences.


  • Northern Route

  • Central Route

  • Southern Route