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Bringing People In (#1803H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

The team meets Mama Shu, who founded The Avalon Village to turn her Highland Park community into a safe, eco-friendly, and innovative space. Later on, they talk with Clarence Bethea-the Upsie founder dedicated to making warranties more affordable-about his path through adversity to entrepreneurial success.

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  • KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 14, 2019 -- 3:30pm
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 3, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Rounding The Bend (#1107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TV14

The road-trippers reach Long Island, NY, home of writer Beverly Donofrio. Beverly recounts a long list of personal failures - getting put in remedial English, a failed thesis, a lost job - between bouts of reflective laughter. You have to laugh, she tells the road-trippers, and thrive from adversity; take a real look at the opportunities that are presented to you, and say yes as often as you can.
From there, the road-trippers head to Detroit, MI, where they encounter one of the renegade artists who is taking back the city. Spoken word poet Airea Dee Matthews urges the road-trippers to find rebirth in collapse. In the mostly abandoned city, the artists of Detroit don't see decay, but possibility. The road-trippers see the decay for themselves when they tour an abandoned building and experience the sense of freedom and energy that drives the artists' push for regeneration.
Next, in Chicago, IL, Tele'jon struggles to reconcile his mentors' suggestion that he become a professor with his disillusion with the educational system. After interviewing Professor David Stovall, Tele'jon sees that David shares his concerns about access and privilege, and uses his position to create change. Tele'jon leaves the interview feeling more confident that he'll go to college.

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  • KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 17, 2019 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 18, 2019 -- 1:00am Remind me

Opening Doors (#1801H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Roadtrippers Carissa, Jordane, and Alicia set out in the green RV to speak with inspiring tech entrepreneurs. Starting in New York, they meet Stacy Spikes, the co-founder and former CEO of MoviePass, and Cindy Eckert, who founded The Pink Ceiling to invest in companies founded by and/or delivering products to women.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 19, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Dec 27, 2019 -- 12:00am Remind me

Jump In (#1804H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

The roadtrippers reach San Francisco, where they meet Barbara Furlow-Smiles, who manages Facebook's global diversity program, and Paola Santana, founder of Social Glass, a company helping to ensure government transparency through the use of AI. As the trip comes to a close, Carissa, Jordane, and Alicia ponder their steps forward and reflect on the lessons they've learned.

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  • KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 21, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Play Forever (#1802H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Gary Vaynerchuk, chairman of VaynerX & CEO of VaynerMedia, talks to the team about turning failure into success and small beginnings into giant outcomes. Later on, they meet Megan Smith, a former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Google vice president now working to facilitate collaboration and foster innovation in a wide variety of tech industries.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 26, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

The Voyage Begins (#1101H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG

Unsure what to do with their lives and seeking wisdom from others, a team of young adults sets off on a cross-country road trip to interview professionals in diverse careers who can provide insight into building a fulfilling life. Ed, a recent college graduate from the small town of Colchester, England, is stagnating in a dead-end job and living with his parents. Determined to branch out, he hopes this trip will give him the confidence to pursue broader possibilities. Tele'jon, an 18-year-old from violence-plagued Oakland, CA, seeks to channel his passion for community activism into a socially impactful career. 29-year-old Olivia left a stifling small town upbringing to join the Air Force and explore the world. Now at a point in life where she wants to settle down, she hopes to blend her interests of sustainable farming and community-building into a satisfying livelihood.
After meeting each other in San Francisco, the team hops aboard Roadtrip Nation's iconic green RV and travels to Santa Cruz, CA, where they interview climbing instructor Jakob Laggner. Jakob left a traditional desk job to found Treks and Tracks, a company that leads outdoor expeditions.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 17, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Embracing Change (#1002H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG

After settling into life on the Road (which includes dumping septic tanks and sleeping 3 feet away from each other), the team heads towards Hollywood. There, they meet Dr. Valerie Weiss, a film director who went through the trouble of getting a Ph.D in Biophysics so she could determine whether she really wanted to pursue science or filmmaking. Valerie's decision to set aside her Ph.D shows the Roadtrippers that it's never too late to alter your course. Later, the team heads to Facebook headquarters to meet with Delfina Eberly, the Director of Data Operations, who, as a confident Hispanic woman overseeing a mostly-male staff, inspires Jackie. Later, the team takes a zip-line adventure through Redwoods guided by Suzy Clark, the Director of the Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School. Suzy recounts the many jobs she's had, and allays the team's quarter-life anxiety by telling them that they don't need to know exactly where they're going in life.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 24, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Cross The Ocean, Build Bridges (#1502H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG

Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani visit the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to explore an active volcano zone, and meet with geophysicist Dr. Jim Kauahikaua and engineer Kevan Kamibayashi. Then the road-trippers island-hop over to Maui, where their tour of the NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is crashed by some surprise visitors.

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  • KQED 9: Sat, Dec 28, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

The Long Road Home (#1108H) Duration: 43:46 STEREO TVPG

After 34 interviews and several thousand miles on the odometer, it's the end of the road and the road-trippers have one interview left. In Milwaukee, WI, they interview Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit that proves local food systems can create jobs, improve the health of the community, fight racism, and bring urban and rural communities together. Will shares his journey from sharecroppers' son to basketball player and back to farming. He poses the question, "How do you stay energized?" and responds that you have to be passionate, and you must have the patience to put in the hard work to truly reach that point of passion where the hours fly by.
As the road-trippers get back in the RV, they reflect on stories and lessons from the road. Tele'jon follows the common threads that connect the Leaders' experiences and truly understands what it means to say that everything is possible. Olivia has newfound confidence that there's no such thing as a mistake. There's no wrong thing you can do, so do everything. Ed vows to leave his safety net and come to the edge and jump. "I've found a new world and a new way of living," he says, "and I like it." At the airport, Olivia, Tele'jon and Ed say their last goodbyes and move ahead, determined to take advantage of everything the road has shown them.

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  • KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 29, 2019 -- 7:06pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 30, 2019 -- 1:06am Remind me

The Power of Serendipity (#1003H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG

Outside of San Francisco, the team arrives at the Jelly Belly factory to meet with Elise Benstein, a food scientist who develops new Jelly Belly flavors. Elise encourages the Roadtrippers to be open to unplanned opportunity; after all, she never would have thought her job would consist of making Root Beer-flavored candy, but she loves it. From California, the crew winds east to Arizona, where they meet with Deon Clark, a nuclear engineer. Deon joined the navy as a teenager to escape the drugs and violence of his neighborhood, and stresses the importance of rejecting peer pressure. Moving onto New Mexico, the team meets two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek, whose non-linear life experiences teach the Roadtrippers to embrace serendipity.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 31, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me
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