Culture

Roadtrip Nation

Through its documentary series and film specials, Roadtrip Nation explores what it means to build a career—and more importantly, a life—around the things you love. Follow the journeys of groups of people as they travel across the country in a green RV, sit down with professionals who share their interests, and gain insight into what it takes to overcome struggle and find personal success.

Do It Differently

54m 47s

Should you follow the script handed to you, or seek out success off the beaten path? Follow along as three young people discover how to carve out a unique path for themselves. They’ll meet others who’ve paved inspiring paths before them to see that eEveryone learns and succeeds differently, but you have so many ways forward.

Episodes

  • Lessons Learned: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lessons Learned

    S19 E4 - 25m 15s

    Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, talks about how
    important social services are in making sure the most people possible can achieve their
    dreams. The roadtrippers return home with lessons learned and goals ready to be
    attained.

  • Yesterday is Not Tomorrow: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Yesterday is Not Tomorrow

    S19 E3 - 25m 15s

    Regina Andino, a Senior Executive Assistant at JP Morgan Chase, discusses the pros and
    cons of pursuing traditional versus nontraditional pathways to achieve your career goals
    with the team. They also talk with Plinio Ayala, the president and CEO of Per Scholas, the IT
    training school that helped secure a job in the field for Taiheem.

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    Trailblazing

    S19 E2 - 25m 15s

    The team hears how Anel Perez, an Amazon solutions architect, went from working eighty
    hour weeks at multiple jobs to getting hired at one of the nation’s premier tech companies.
    Later, they meet with political campaign manager Andre Carroll and hear his story of how
    his own life struggles have fueled his desire to make the world a better place.

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    Taking Off

    S19 E1 - 25m 15s

    Roadtrippers Taiheem, Yasmine, and Denise set out in the green RV to speak with inspiring
    people who’ve triumphed over adversity to find success in the workforce. Hear their stories
    and watch as they interview Gerald Chertavian, the CEO of Year Up, a nonprofit helping
    low-income young adults get internships at major companies.

Extras + Features

  • Beating the Odds - Television Spot: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Beating the Odds - Television Spot

    30s

    When a degree is your goal, nothing can hold you back. “Beating the Odds” highlights how students everywhere are overcoming obstacles to get to college, standing on their struggles to reach even greater heights. Hear how leaders like Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Paralympian Scout Bassett made it to graduation—and beyond—by ignoring the odds and betting on themselves.

  • One Step Closer - Theatrical Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    One Step Closer - Theatrical Trailer

    2m 18s

    When you start at community college, your next step could take you anywhere. Watch as three students road-trip across the country to speak with leaders who used community college to carve a path to higher education, specialized skills—and more importantly, rewarding lives and careers. Along the way, they discover how valuable their own community college experiences can be.

  • One Step Closer - Television Spot: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    One Step Closer - Television Spot

    30s

    When you start at community college, your next step could take you anywhere. Watch as three students road-trip across the country to speak with leaders who used community college to carve a path to higher education, specialized skills—and more importantly, rewarding lives and careers. Along the way, they discover how valuable their own community college experiences can be.

  • Degree of Impact Theatrical Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Degree of Impact Theatrical Trailer

    1m 47s

    Earning a doctorate is a noble pursuit, but what can you do with it? As it turns out, almost anything! Follow along as three students pursuing doctoral degrees take a cross-country road trip to explore how doctors of music, medicine, and more are applying their research to solve real-world problems, using their degrees to create lives that they love.

  • Degree of Impact: TV Spot: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Degree of Impact: TV Spot

    30s

    Earning a doctorate is a noble pursuit, but what can you do with it? As it turns out, almost anything! Follow along as three students pursuing doctoral degrees take a cross-country road trip to explore how doctors of music, medicine, and more are applying their research to solve real-world problems, using their degrees to create lives that they love.

  • Changing Gears Theatrical Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Changing Gears Theatrical Trailer

    2m 32s

    Ride along for a supercharged adventure as Alexandra, Dylan, and Michael—aspiring auto technicians—discover the growing possibilities in the automotive tech field. As they speak to 3D car printers, 4x4 builders, Fast and the Furious effects specialists, and more, they learn that the grease monkey stereotype is outdated; being a technician means driving the future of human movement forward.

  • Beyond the Dream - Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Beyond the Dream - Official Trailer

    2m 44s

    In noise surrounding the immigration debate, one important perspective has been left out: that of immigrants themselves. Beyond the Dream gives voice to three young immigrants as they navigate the uncertainty of their twenties and legal status. Follow them on a journey across the country as they learn that it’s not where you're born—but where you go in life—that defines you.

  • Changing Gears TV Spot: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Changing Gears TV Spot

    30s

    Ride along for a supercharged adventure as Alexandra, Dylan, and Michael—aspiring auto technicians—discover the growing possibilities in the automotive tech field. As they speak to 3D car printers, 4x4 builders, Fast and the Furious effects specialists, and more, they learn that the grease monkey stereotype is outdated; being a technician means driving the future of human movement forward.

  • Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission Trailer

    1m 48s

    Experience the trials and triumphs of post-military transition through the stories of Helen, Sam, and Bernard—three transitioning service members who set off on a road trip across the country to discover their purpose in the civilian world.

  • Should I become an elementary school teacher?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Should I become an elementary school teacher?

    9m 5s

    Hear from teachers all over America—like Pocketful of Primary’s Michelle Emerson!—as they talk about finding work-life balance as an elementary school teacher, and show you how you can shape the future of teaching!

Schedule

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    Know Who You Are

    Monday
    Aug 2

    30 Minutes

    Roy Remer, a volunteer coordinator at the Zen Hospice Project; Omar Cardenas, a youth organizer for the Children's Defense Fund; stand-up comic Ian Harvie.
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    It's a Journey -- Not a Destination

    Tuesday
    Aug 3

    30 Minutes

    NASA engineer Adam Steltzner; river guide Sherry Grathler; July Fourth celebration in Texas.
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    Rattle the Cage

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    A stop in New Orleans includes interviews with a chef, a graphic designer and a veterinarian; Zombie Fun Run in St. Louis; fire spinner Ben Drexler.
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    Connecting the Dots

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    Human rights attorney Brittan Heller; Sal Donato, a race car-building mechanic; Christine Borelli and Stacey Cruise on school transformation.
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    Time to Jump

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Staceyann Chin, a spoken word artist and LGBT rights activist.
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    Rounding the Bend

    Monday
    Aug 9

    30 Minutes

    Writer Beverly Donofrio; spoken word poet Airea Dee Matthews; professor David Stovall.
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    The Long Road Home

    Tuesday
    Aug 10

    30 Minutes

    Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power; the road-trippers reflect on stories and lessons from the road.
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    Whirlwind of Awesomeness

    Wednesday
    Aug 11

    30 Minutes

    A cross-country journey begins at Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles.
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    East Meets West

    Thursday
    Aug 12

    30 Minutes

    The creator of Elsa from "Frozen"; Patagonia designer John Rapp discusses the relaxed ways of West Coast work-life.
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    Finding Contentment

    Friday
    Aug 13

    30 Minutes

    "Snap Judgment" host Glynn Washington; Santa Cruz Guitar founder Richard Hoover.
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    Challenge the Status Quo

    Monday
    Aug 16

    30 Minutes

    Ben Burtt, sound designer at Skywalker Ranch in California; Pixar animator Ralph Eggleston; Janice Levenhagen-Seeley of ChickTech.
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    The Answer Is Within You

    Tuesday
    Aug 17

    30 Minutes

    Experience Music Project in Seattle; interior designer Eiko Okura; Michael Franti.
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    Make It Your Own

    Wednesday
    Aug 18

    30 Minutes

    Glassblower Jessica Schimpf; a visit to Texas; beignets and palm readings in New Orleans; T-shirt purveyor Threadless in Chicago.

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