BBC World Service - Talking America

Talking America

The BBC's US08 bus travelled from coast to coast to look at the reasons why the economy became the biggest political issue in the US presidential election. Click on the map to follow the journey.

Los Angeles (Lat/Lng: 34.05331, -118.245)

Date: 2008-09-08

The bus begins its journey in LA: what hopes for the American dream?

Listen 16 mins 24 secs

Richard Schiff Photos from this stop arrow

Las Vegas (Lat/Lng: 36.21464, -115.104103)

Date: 2008-09-12

Touring Nevada's devastated housing industry with an estate agent.

Listen 11 min 1 sec

Vegas skyline Photos from this stop arrow

Kingman (Lat/Lng: 35.186857, -114.065552)

Date: 2008-09-13

Ros Atkins hitches a ride along the highway with local bikers

Listen 6 mins 39 secs

Ros talks to the Kingman bikers Photos from this stop arrow

Phoenix (Lat/Lng: 33.513919, -112.056427)

Date: 2008-09-14

Ros Atkins discusses John McCain, the man and the politician, with Republicans from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Listen 3 mins 37 secs

nathan dahlstrom, budding reporter from Phoenix! Photos from this stop arrow

Tombstone (Lat/Lng: 31.713602, -110.068889)

Date: 2008-09-15

The political side of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Listen 3 mins 30 secs

Tombstone tourists Photos from this stop arrow

Truth Or Consequences (Lat/Lng: 33.129357, -107.249823)

Date: 2008-09-16

World Have Your Say plays the classic gameshow - in the town itself.

Listen 26mins 30 secs

New Mexico heritage Photos from this stop arrow

Santa Fe (Lat/Lng: 35.697316, -105.924511)

Date: 2008-09-17

New Mexico's Democratic Governor Bill Richardson on the critical Hispanic vote

Listen 7 mins 18 secs

Santa Fe, New Mexico Photos from this stop arrow

Albuquerque (Lat/Lng: 35.081568, -106.650124)

Date: 2008-09-19

Veterans and military day at the New Mexico state fair.

Listen 10 mins 54 secs

Albuquerque State fair Photos from this stop arrow

Sweetwater (Lat/Lng: 32.476605, -100.399761)

Date: 2008-09-20

Ros Atkins visits the former railroad town that is becoming America's capital of wind power.

Listen 6 mins 13 secs

Sweetwater wind farms Photos from this stop arrow

Dallas (Lat/Lng: 32.768512, -96.798477)

Date: 2008-09-21

Ros Atkins assesses the big decisions on America's road ahead

Listen 3 mins 27 secs

DART - Dallas commuter train station Photos from this stop arrow

Vicksburg (Lat/Lng: 32.314266, -90.88721)

Date: 2008-09-23

On the way to Jackson, Allan Little visits a trailer park on the banks of the Mississippi river

Listen 4 mins 25 secs

Mobile home park Photos from this stop arrow

Jackson (Lat/Lng: 32.319053, -90.177841)

Date: 2008-09-24

Allan Little meets James Meredith, the first black student to be admitted to the University of Mississippi.

Listen 5 mins 53 secs

IMG_1046 Photos from this stop arrow

Oxford (Lat/Lng: 34.363277, -89.52055)

Date: 2008-09-25

Newshour assesses the performances of the two Presidential candidates after their first TV debate in Oxford, Mississippi.

Listen 12 mins 17 secs

Sorority queen Photos from this stop arrow

Memphis (Lat/Lng: 35.148547, -90.053902)

Date: 2008-09-28

Housing counsellor Denesa Segrest explains what happens when someone's house is repossessed.

Listen 3 min 40 secs

Blues club, Memphis Photos from this stop arrow

Poplar Bluff (Lat/Lng: 36.760685, -90.407782)

Date: 2008-10-01

At a school in Poplar Bluff, Allan Little meets many who have been affected by the economic downturn.

Listen 20 mins 44 secs

Debating class Photos from this stop arrow

St Louis (Lat/Lng: 38.622235, -90.202389)

Date: 2008-10-02

Allan Little gathers reaction to the vice-presidential debate.

Listen 9 mins 52 secs

St Louis: Mississippi river Photos from this stop arrow

Clarksville (Lat/Lng: 36.527502, -87.350492)

Date: 2008-10-04

Allan Little meets a woman who makes 'tooth fairy' pillows for the children of military personnel killed in action.

Listen 5 mins 20 secs

Steve Titherington with Hedy and Dorothy-Ann Photos from this stop arrow

Nashville (Lat/Lng: 36.179454, -86.773796)

Date: 2008-10-05

Allan Little and Steve Evans gather reaction to the presidential debate, starting with Republican State Senator Jack Johnson.

Listen 5 mins 56 secs

Loveless Cafe, Nashville, 6am Photos from this stop arrow

Keeneland (Lat/Lng: 38.275805, -85.567596)

Date: 2008-10-09

Steve Evans goes to the races in Keeneland, Kentucky to find out how worried people are by the financial turmoil.

Listen 3 mins 50 secs

Emily, Marie and Dawn Photos from this stop arrow

Madison (Lat/Lng: 38.065257, -81.822138)

Date: 2008-10-10

The critical dilemmas facing America's "coal country."

Listen 7 mins 29 secs

The sound of silence Photos from this stop arrow

Akron (Lat/Lng: 41.084527, -81.51598)

Date: 2008-10-11

Steve Evans meets five teenagers in an Ohio burger restaurant, where he asks them how they perceive America and what they would like to change about it.

Listen 6 mins 21 secs

Cory Jarvis, 15 Photos from this stop arrow

Gettysburg (Lat/Lng: 39.833257, -77.232041)

Date: 2008-10-14

On the site of the battle of Gettysburg, Steve Evans reflects on the way in which history informs modern day politics.

Listen 4 mins 43 secs

Gettysburg Civil War battlefield Photos from this stop arrow

Wall Street (Lat/Lng: 40.706311, -74.010901)

Date: 2008-10-15

The US08 bus arrives at the engine-room of the economy - and the heart of the global meltdown.

Listen 5 mins 22 secs

The New York Stock Exchange Photos from this stop arrow

Hempstead (Lat/Lng: 40.710085, -73.623805)

Date: 2008-10-16

James Coomarasamy analyses the third and final presidential debate.

Listen 6 mins 10 secs

Spin Alley Photos from this stop arrow

New York (Lat/Lng: 40.713696, -74.007339)

Date: 2008-10-17

The Bridges family from Palisades, New York share their hopes and fears for the presidential election.

Listen 5 mins 27 secs

Kristan, Kurt, Harrison and Tate Bridges Photos from this stop arrow

Talking America: an overview

    • "Community versus the individual. Partisan versus non-partisan. These are timeless political debates given a striking and fascinating immediacy by Americans"
    • "There is anger on Main Street where ordinary home owners and tax payers believe they are paying the price of Wall Street greed"
    • "To come out of the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan after crossing the continent from "sea to shining sea" is to emerge into another world"

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