The U.S.A. may be the land of opportunities, but millions of Americans struggle with financial hardships every day. Sharing common Americans’ struggles is encouraging and eye-opening, and one man has dedicated 13 years just to this.
Doug Levitt is an American singer-songwriter who has traveled over 120,000 miles across the U.S. on Greyhound buses. He chose to ride in Greyhound buses so as to interact with common Americans and to share their experiences and perspective of the U.S. After all, most people who take the bus are compelled to do so by their financial limitations; given the opportunity, a majority of Americans would prefer private transport.
Throughout his travels, Doug Levitt talked to strangers he met on buses and recorded their stories. He also took their pictures and collected songs they relate with. Finally, after over one decade of recording common Americans’ experiences, Doug Levitt shared these experiences, titled The Greyhound Diaries, with the nation at a concert at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. His presentation involved story-telling, song performances, and picture presentations.
The Greyhound Diaries project has been an eye-opener for many Americans as well as a source of inspiration and encouragement for those who share in the interviewees’ struggles. In fact, it has been so enlightening that Doug Levitt correctly predicted the victory of President Donald J. Trump after understanding the sentiments of a majority of Americans.
Doug Levitt – An Overview
Doug Levitt is a popular singer-songwriter and the face behind The Greyhound Diaries. He is also a former London-based correspondent for major news agencies including CNN, NBC, and ABC. However, although Levitt still writes songs and sings, he has dedicated much of his time and energy to exploring the U.S. collecting the stories and experiences of common everyday Americans.
Doug Levitt is the son of a former D.C. Council member, Carol Schwartz. He spent his early years in Washington, DC where he attended public schools and related with experiences of common Americans. He says that his mother’s liberal thinking—despite being a Republican—taught him to keep an open mind and inspired him to explore America and Americans in detail.
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