Stage One: The Progressive Era
02/07/01: Cleaning up "Bloody Mingo"
Stephen is at the site of the Matewan Massacre, in West Virginia's Mingo County, where the union struggle in the Appalachian coalmines erupted into the largest armed labor dispute in American history. Stephen discusses "yellow-dog contracts", West Virginia's tent colonies, and later speaks with Matewan resident, Joyce Dyar, who is still fighting to have Matewan's history told.
02/17/01: You are now entering the Mall of America: You will never return!!!!"
Stephen takes a trip to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, and creates a twelve-step program for shop-a-holics (and the rest of us) to combat American consumerism. In the midst of his rehabilitative program, he explains how and why the United States has become the world's poster-child for consumer culture and speaks with Kalle Lasn, the founder of the Media Foundation and the editor-in-chief of Adbusters magazine, to introduce some effective ways to combat the evils of shopping.
02/17/01: "Beans. I want more beans! And gimme some cars, too."
Stephen stops off in Dearborn, Michigan, the birthplace of the father of mass production, Henry Ford. He visits a modern-day truck assembly plant and takes a tour of the Ford museum and historical Greenfield village.
03/10/01: Stephen - Heeeeehhhhhhh. Hop on the chopper and cruise through suburban paradise
Stephen takes a pit stop in one of the first planned suburbs in the US, Frederick Olmstead's Riverside, Illinois. While there, he explains why the option for living in suburbia became an American ideal in the 1950's and how that era of suburban life became the indicator of US popular culture for decades to come.
04/07/01: Stephen - The summer Woodstock REALLY rocked!
The site of the Woodstock Music Festival may be just a field in Bethel, New York, but Trekker Stephen talks about how it was there, during three days in August 1969, that hundreds of thousands of young Americans formed the crowning moment for a decade of social revolution. Stephen explains that the lyrics and changing harmonies of 60's music began to break down racial barriers in artistic taste and worked to inspire solidarity among the country's disenchanted youth.
05/05/01: Stephen - Have a little faith and it will get you through
Stephen bids farewell to the US Trek and shares some of the important lessons he learned during his four months on the road. Stephen reminds us that we all have the have the power to be revolutionaries in our own time.