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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.

A Single Mom's Story

55m 16s

There are 15 million single moms in the U.S. and each one of them has a story. What are their dreams? How will they not merely survive in the face of adversity but thrive in it? How do they balance their personal aspirations and career hopes with the full-time work of raising a child? Follow three single moms’ journeys to jobs as full of the rewards and challenges as the one they do at home.

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.

  • Trailblazing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Taking Off: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Future West Theatrical Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Future West Theatrical Trailer

    2m 8s

    Take a ride in a green RV as three road-trippers make their way through the beautiful state of Arizona, interviewing its brilliant citizens along the way! Follow along as they meet record store owners, engineers, rocketeers, and more, all the while figuring out how they’ll uniquely contribute to Arizona’s culture of innovation themselves.

Schedule

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    Roadtrip Nation

    Know Where Home Is

    Monday
    Apr 19

    30 Minutes

    Mount Ka'ala, Oahu, Hawaii's highest mountain; a private U.S. Army nature reserve; Pipe Masters surfing contest; Surfline's lead forecaster Kevin Wallis.
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    You Can Guide Your Future

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    30 Minutes

    Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige; environmental specialist Hoku Ka'aekuahiwi Pousima; biologist Chrystie Naeole.
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    Venture Forward: Opening Doors

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    30 Minutes

    MoviePass's former CEO Stacy Spikes; Cindy Eckert, founder of The Pink Ceiling.
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    Venture Forward: Play Forever

    Thursday
    Apr 22

    30 Minutes

    Gary Vaynerchuk, chairman of VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia; Megan Smith, a former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Google vice president.
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    Venture Forward: Bringing People In

    Friday
    Apr 23

    30 Minutes

    Mama Shu, founder of The Avalon Village, is focused on turning Detroit's Highland Park community into a safe and eco-friendly space; Clarence Bethea, the Upsie founder dedicated to making warranties more affordable.
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    Venture Forward: Jump In

    Monday
    Apr 26

    30 Minutes

    Barbara Furlow-Smiles, manager of Facebook's Global Diversity Program; Paola Santana, founder of Social Glass.
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    Roadtrip Nation

    Taking Off

    Tuesday
    Apr 27

    30 Minutes

    CEO Gerald Chertavian talks about how the nonprofit Year Up helps low-income young adults get internships at major companies.
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    Roadtrip Nation

    Trailblazing

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    30 Minutes

    Amazon solutions architect Anel Perez; political campaign manager Andre Carroll.
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    Roadtrip Nation

    Yesterday Is Not Tomorrow

    Thursday
    Apr 29

    30 Minutes

    Regina Andino, a senior executive assistant at JPMorgan Chase, talks about traditional vs. nontraditional pathways to achieving career goals; Plinio Ayala, president and CEO of Per Scholas.
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    Lessons Learned

    Friday
    Apr 30

    30 Minutes

    CEO Karin Norington-Reaves, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, discusses the importance of social services; the team returns home.
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    Roadtrip Nation

    Monday
    May 3

    30 Minutes

    Students explore the world.

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