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Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation

ROADTRIP NATION follows a group of roadtrippers as they traverse the United States and meet fascinating leaders who share stories of following their passions and realizing their dreams.

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  • Episode #201

    Meet the teams and watch insightful interviews in Southern California with the CEO & co-founder of Volcom Clothing and a music director who is credited for the American radio premiere of Moby and Garbage. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #202

    Interviews include Al Merrick a surfboard shaper and founder of Channel Island Surfboards, who shapes boards for well known surfers including Kelly Slater. Hugh Hefner is interviewed at his mansion and the Poet Laureate of San Francisco describes her path of becoming a poet while sitting in the RV. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #203

    Interviews include an environmental scientist in New Mexico; an exhibit builder at The Exploratorium in San Francisco and a DJ at KEXP, a community radio station in Seattle. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #204

    Learn about the park superintendent of Mount Rushmore's career path, which is driven by passion; the decisions of a rancher in Wyoming to pursue his interest and a food critic in New Orleans. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #205

    The interviews include the park superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument; a Minneapolis artist and gallery founder; and the founder of Big Foot Monster Trucks. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #206

    A pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and a songwriter in Nashville are interviewed. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #207

    An anchor at CNN en Espanol, a couture designer turned yoga guru and musical performer are visited. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #208

    Learn about writer and civil rights activist in Detroit and the cofounder of ImprovOlympic theatres. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #209

    Interviews include an executive director at Greenpeace and a member of the FBI in Washington, D.C. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #210

    Interviews include an independent film director and the founder of Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #211

    The editor of "Seventeen" magazine and photographer Abelardo Morrell are interviewed. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #212

    The chancellor of the New York School District and a cofounder of the Blue Man Group are visited. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #301

    Students on a road trip talk with the CEO of Jet Blue and the president of Commotion Records in NY. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #302

    In Washington D.C. students talk to a National Geographic photographer before heading to Chicago. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #303

    The students sit down with interesting people in Chicago, Denvern, Cheyenne and San Francisco. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #304

    The students meet comedian Wanda Sykes in Los Angeles and Dr. Linda Li of "Dr. 90210." [26 minutes]

  • Episode #305

    Students from the UK start their cross-country road trip in NY & meet the editor of Marvel Comics. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #306

    Three students from the U.K. travel from N.Y. to D.C. and meet a NASA administrator and a filmmaker. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #307

    The students meet the owner of a blue's club in Texas & the founder of Gabriel's Angels in Phoenix. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #308

    The students from U.K. meet a rock climber in Yosemite and a filmmaker and photojournalist in L.A. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #309

    Canadian students meet the president of the 76's basketball team, a congresswomen & the CEO of NPR. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #310

    The students meet the NYPD police commissioner, Damon Dash, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #311

    The team talks with Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati & Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters Magazine. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #312

    The students travel to Seattle and Portland before heading south to meet the U.K. and U.S. teams. [26 minutes]

  • Brisbane to Byron Bay, Australia (#501)

    The team hits the road in Brisbane, Australia and meets the Vice President of Warner Bros. Music. [26 minutes]

  • Newcastle to Sydney, Australia (#502)

    The team meets with fashion designers, a professional surfer and radio host Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki. [26 minutes]

  • Canberra to Melbourne, Australia (#503)

    After meeting Minister of Parliament Tanya Plibersek, a lawyer and a dance instructor are visited. [26 minutes]

  • Adelaide to Uluru, Australia (#504)

    The team meets actor Jo Turner, Aboriginal leader Bob Randall and conservation scientist John Read. [26 minutes]

  • Miami Beach to Washington D.C. to New York (#505)

    The new team interviews jazz percussionist Bobby Thomas Jr. and Debbie Stoller of Bust magazine. [26 minutes]

  • New York City to Boston (#506)

    The team interviews a graphic designer, members of a theatre company and sportswriter Joe Haggerty. [26 minutes]

  • Cincinnati to Seattle to Portland (#507)

    The team interviews a pizzeria owner, an environmental journalist and radio host Edmund Stone. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #508

    The team interviews author Michael Parenti, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Zen master Bon Soeng. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #601

    Three young Americans fly to New Zealand to embark on a four-week roadtrip on the other side of the world. Meeting up in Los Angeles, Ray, Fawna, and Allison fly to Auckland. Upon arrival, they paint their RV home and experience the challenge of driving on the other side of the road. Soon, they head out for their first interview with adventurer and mountain climber Peter Hillary. They then meet up with fashion designer Trelise Cooper and hip-hop and graffiti artist DLT. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #602

    The team visits a Maori museum and chef Kate Fay before interviewing dub and hip-hop musician Tiki Taane. Driving on to Coromandel, the team interviews Barry Brickell, potter and railway engineer, and horse trainer Tina Fagan. Finally, they head to Gisborne, where they spend time with Geoff and Nicola Wright, organic winemakers. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #603

    After a Zorbing adventure the team are at the halfway point of their roadtrip. In Rotorua, they meet with Doug Tamaki, local personality John "Bertie" Cocking, and political blogger David Farrar. After a ferry ride to the South Island, the team meets with mountaineer Mark Ingalls. They head to Christchurch where they talk with Robin Judkins, an artist, author, and creator of adventure racing events. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #604

    Beginning the final week of their roadtrip, the team interviews Vicki Buck, former mayor of Christchurch and founder of a sustainable energy company. Heading to Queenstown, the team interviews Louisa "Choppy" Patterson, helicopter pilot. The team's final interview has them speaking with bungy legend Henry Van Asch after which the team decides to take a huge risk and take their own jumps. Heading back to Auckland to fly back to the United States, the team leaves New Zealand with a new perspective and a new outlook on their futures. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #605

    Three young Australian women head to the United States and roadtrip across the country. After arriving in Los Angeles, Mariana, Camilla, and Su-Yin learn to drive an RV and acclimate to life on the road. The team heads to San Diego for their first interview with members of the band Switchfoot. The team then drives to Orange County where they meet activists and philanthropists Augie and Lynn Nieto. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #606

    The RV breaks down as the team heads from Los Angeles to San Francisco before they interview Thomas Nazario, law professor and children's rights activist. They then go to Golden Gate Park to talk with David Miles, Jr., the "godfather of skating." Driving east into Utah, they visit the Great Salt Lake and talk with David and Sandy Jensen, theater owners. The team pushes on to New Mexico and meets up with Christina Heyniger, an adventure tourism consultant. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #607

    In Santa Fe, the team interviews Celine Cousteau, filmmaker and granddaughter of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau. They then drive into West Texas and visit with Doug Baum, owner of Texas Camel Corps. Driving east to Austin, they interview Terry Lickona, producer of the television program Austin City Limits and finish up their tour of Texas in Houston where they talk with blogger and author Gwendolyn Zepeda. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #608

    The team heads north to Chicago and interview chef Homaru Cantu and go to a White Sox baseball game - a first for this team of Australians. They then drive to Cleveland and interview Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The team then drives east to New York City to visit with tattoo artist Eli Quinters and pianist and tae kwon do champion Elaine Kwon. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #609

    Still in New York City, the team interviews Roger Thomas, a capella musical director and musician. Arriving in Boston, the team visits inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil before driving on to Portland, Maine, their last stop. In Maine, they interview sailor Bruce Schwab, who is the first American to complete the round-the-world Vendee Globe Race. Wrapping up their roadtrip, the team reflects on six weeks of eye-opening and life-changing experiences and prepare to head back to Australia to define their own roads in life. [26 minutes]

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