Roadtrip Nation: Costa Mesa - Anaheim
Airs Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, January 21, 2011
"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.