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Episode 4

Written by Steve Boggan.

Hot Springs, Arkansas offers the weary traveller a hot bath - but he soon finds himself out of his depth. Meanwhile the ten dollar bill is offered in payment at a bar with a vibrant music scene.

Having been asked by a newspaper editor, several years ago, to pursue a ten pound note through a series of transactions in Britain , Steve Boggan decides to undertake something more ambitious - to spend 30 days following the same ten dollar bill across America. What might appear to be a whimsical conceit becomes a surprisingly poignant and often funny foray into the heartland of the ordinary. Surrendering himself to the decisions of others and their daily purchases proves to be a strangely cathartic experience which also opens his eyes to a world of serendipity and unexpected kindness.

Music by Crash Meadows: an Arkansas local band who welcomed the author in Hot Springs.

Read By Ian Redford

Abridged and produced By Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

Last on

Fri 27 Jul 2012 00:30

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