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Roadtrip Nation: Costa Mesa - Anaheim

Airs Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Tina, Vanessa and Calvin (Team Tabula Rasa) in San Francisco

Credit: Jason Manion

Above: Tina, Vanessa and Calvin (Team Tabula Rasa) in San Francisco

"Roadtrip Nation" follows two groups of young people as they traverse the United States, meeting fascinating leaders who share their stories of following their passions and realizing their dreams. Calvin, Tina and Vanessa, known as a team as Tabula Rasa, and Aaaron, Liz, and Autumn, known by their team name, the Poor Lazy Overachievers, set out on a summer-long roadtrip that takes them from one end of the United States to the other.

The teams begin their journey in Los Angeles, then head east, with stops in San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Jackson Hole, Wyom., Fort Collins, Colo., Kansas City, New Orleans, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

Along the way, they meet inspirational leaders such as Christian Jacobs, creator of children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba!, a prop stylist for Country Living Magazine, a cowboy/horse trainer, the CEO of the American Jazz Museum, hip-hop artists The Knux, U.S. Representative Barney Frank, actor Malcom McDowell and forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass.

In this episode, meet team Tabula Rasa and follow their first attempts at cold calling, from local restaurants to the White House, hoping to speak with Michelle Obama. They meet each other and their RV for the first time in Southern California, before heading to interview Christian Jacobs, lead singer of The Aquabats, and co-creator, writer, and director of the hugely popular "Yo Gabba Gabba" pre-school television show.

"Roadtrip Nation" is on Facebook, and you can follow @roadtrip_nation on Twitter.

Preview: Roadtrip Nation: Season Seven

The members of "Roadtrip Nation's" seventh season embark on their journeys across America from Southern California, hoping to discover more about themselves and their future paths. The teams have a deep desire to discover and follow their own Roads. Traveling in the large green RVs, the teams will interview a range of Leaders about the passions that drove them, the fears that they faced, and the roads that they took along the way.

The Roadtrip Nation Story

"Roadtrip Nation" exists to empower individuals to define their own roads in life. What started as an annual documentary series on public television has grown to include an innovative educational curriculum, live campus events, nationally-publicized books, and multimedia online content. For those of you that have been following "Roadtrip Nation" from its early days, we are excited to share with you this video piece that chronicles the long history and evolution of "Roadtrip Nation." From the early days spent in a broken- down Green RV to the now 150,000 students that will be participating this year, in the "Roadtrip Nation" experience, this story is our past and our future. We are proud of our history and are so happy that you have all taken this journey with us.

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