Former reporter for ABC and NBC and singer/songwriter Doug Levitt is getting in touch with the average American in his new series “The Greyhound Diaries”. Modeled after the WPA initiatives from the 1930’s where the government sponsored efforts to provide a fuller portrait of the country while it suffered through one of its toughest times, Levitt is doing much the same as he climbs aboard one Greyhound after another and spends time getting to know the different passengers.

In this day and age we all know that no one wants to ride a Greyhound bus, but for some people, there isn’t an option. Those are the struggling Americans, the one’s still unable to recover financially from the 2008 recession spurred by the mortgage crisis, and they all have a story to tell Levitt.

Stepping aboard a bus is akin to entering another world. You are in close quarters with other people for a lengthy period of time, but it almost becomes a depoliticized environment. On the bus it’s less about what makes everyone different, but more about what makes the passengers the same. Doug Levitt has a gentle nature and calls himself a broke artist who’s simply traveling around the country to find his own path, and this background brings him closer to other travelers.

Levitt is unsure where he is going, after growing up the son of a D.C. Republican Council member he went on to become a reporter for big news channels that even included a one-time gig with CNN. Aside from writing his songs, all based on his travels along the way, Levitt wasn’t sure where he was going or what he wanted to do. As he traveled and met people, he has had a unique opportunity to find himself as well. Along with his show, “The Greyhound Diaries“, he is also giving concerts.

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