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Roadtrip Nation

ROADTRIP NATION follows a group of roadtrippers as they traverse the United States and meet fascinating leaders who share stories of following their passions and realizing their dreams.

Roadtrip Nation  
  • Bringing People In
    Thursday, October 22
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The team meets Mama Shu, who founded The Avalon Village to turn her Highland Park community into a safe, eco-friendly, and innovative space. Later on, they talk with Clarence Bethea-the Upsie founder dedicated to making warranties more affordable-about his path through adversity to entrepreneurial success.
  • The Door's Wide Open
    Monday, October 26
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The final week of the trip begins in New York, where the team sits down with the co-founders of New York on Tech, an organization providing tech-based training to low-income students in Brooklyn. The last leg of the journey takes the Green RV to Boston, Natalie's hometown. After conducting their final interview at MIT, the team reflects on the friendships and lessons they'll take home with them.
  • Jump In
    Thursday, October 29
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The roadtrippers reach San Francisco, where they meet Barbara Furlow-Smiles, who manages Facebook's global diversity program, and Paola Santana, founder of Social Glass, a company helping to ensure government transparency through the use of AI. As the trip comes to a close, Carissa, Jordane, and Alicia ponder their steps forward and reflect on the lessons they've learned.
  • Find Your Voice
    Monday, November 2
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A new road trip begins! Road-trippers Ariel, Elicia, and Regina set off in the green RV to meet inspiring women in STEM who've forged their own paths. In Boston, they hear why Harvard professor Evelynn Hammonds went from physics to the history of science, and artist Janet Echelman, whose awe-inspiring sculptures sway above cities across the world, shares the importance of finding your own voice.
  • Taking Off
    Thursday, November 5
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Roadtrippers Taiheem, Yasmine, and Denise set out in the green RV to speak with inspiring people who've triumphed over adversity to find success in the workforce. Hear their stories and watch as they interview Gerald Chertavian, the CEO of Year Up, a nonprofit helping low-income young adults get internships at major companies.
  • Get Out There
    Monday, November 9
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In NYC, the road-trippers meet the mechanical engineer who's pushing touch technology into the future. Katherine Kuchenbecker is working on haptic technologies that will shape medicine, commerce, and more. Next up, artist and activist Zaria Forman talks about the transformative power of travel, and entrepreneur Jewel Burks tells her gutsy story of building a company from the ground up.
  • Trailblazing
    Thursday, November 12
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The team hears how Anel Perez, an Amazon solutions architect, went from working eighty hour weeks at multiple jobs to getting hired at one of the nation's premier tech companies. Later, they meet with political campaign manager Andre Carroll and hear his story of how his own life struggles have fueled his desire to make the world a better place.
  • Many Paths
    Monday, November 16
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    As the road-trippers head south, they visit NASA's largest rocket engine test facility and meet two women who are launching America into space and proving that there isn't just one path to success. Then, with former MIT Media Lab professor Leah Buechley, the team sees how merging your interests can create something amazing, and inspire more girls to pursue STEM and create amazing things, too.
  • Yesterday Is Not Tomorrow
    Thursday, November 19
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Regina Andino, a Senior Executive Assistant at JP Morgan Chase, discusses the pros and cons of pursuing traditional versus nontraditional pathways to achieve your career goals with the team. They also talk with Plinio Ayala, the president and CEO of Per Scholas, the IT training school that helped secure a job in the field for Taiheem.
  • Build The Future
    Monday, November 23
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers end their journey in San Francisco, where they meet Debbie Sterling and hear about the experiences that sparked her company, GoldieBlox, which makes engineering toys for girls. Last up, MythBusters' Kari Byron talks about experimentation, curiosity, being brave, and doing things you didn't think you could do; but her most important work is being a role model for young girls.
  • Lessons Learned
    Thursday, November 26
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, talks about how important social services are in making sure the most people possible can achieve their dreams. The roadtrippers return home with lessons learned and goals ready to be attained.
  • Don't Forget Where You Came From
    Monday, November 30
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Meet road-trippers Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani, three college students interested in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). All three are facing uncertainties-from choosing a major to finding a fulfilling career-and seek inspiration to help them navigate their futures. Their journey begins on the island of Hawai'i, where they meet the scientist who saved Hawaii's papayas.
  • Cross The Ocean, Build Bridges
    Monday, December 7
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani visit the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to explore an active volcano zone, and meet with geophysicist Dr. Jim Kauahikaua and engineer Kevan Kamibayashi. Then the road-trippers island-hop over to Maui, where their tour of the NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is crashed by some surprise visitors.
  • Know Where Home Is
    Monday, December 14
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers reach Oʻahu, their third and final island destination; while there, they take a once-in-a-lifetime trip up Mount Ka'ala-the island's highest mountain-and visit a private U.S. Army nature reserve at the peak. Then Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani head to the North Shore to check out the infamous Pipe Masters surfing contest and interview Surfline's lead forecaster Kevin Wallis.
  • You Can Guide Your Future
    Monday, December 21
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The trip across Hawaii comes to a close, but not before the team makes some major final breakthroughs: interviews with Governor David Y. Ige and environmental policy specialist Hoku Ka'aekuahiwi Pousima inspire Tehani to pursue her interest in law, and biologist Chrystie Naeole advises Keakealani and Traven on how they can maintain their unique identities while pursuing their ideas of success.

 

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  • Get The Ball Rolling
    Monday, October 19
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers take a much-needed meditative break in Yosemite National Park before continuing on to DEF CON, a Las Vegas conference that dispels some of their misconceptions about "hackers." Then it's off to Denver, where the team lets loose at Sphero, a robotics company that puts an emphasis on fun. In Chicago, 3D printer Dima Elissa encourages the team to embrace their unique identities.
  • Play Forever
    Thursday, October 15
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Gary Vaynerchuk, chairman of VaynerX & CEO of VaynerMedia, talks to the team about turning failure into success and small beginnings into giant outcomes. Later on, they meet Megan Smith, a former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Google vice president now working to facilitate collaboration and foster innovation in a wide variety of tech industries.
  • Breaking Down Barriers
    Monday, October 12
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The team starts to bond as they drive the Green RV into the heart of Silicon Valley, a major hub for innovation in technology. While there, they talk to Phillip Loya of CODE2040 and Laura Gomez of Atipica about using computer science to advance each of their respective communities. They also visit Netflix HQ, where Sabry Tozin, a first-generation Congolese immigrant, tells them, "Don't fit in."
  • Opening Doors
    Thursday, October 8
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Roadtrippers Carissa, Jordane, and Alicia set out in the green RV to speak with inspiring tech entrepreneurs. Starting in New York, they meet Stacy Spikes, the co-founder and former CEO of MoviePass, and Cindy Eckert, who founded The Pink Ceiling to invest in companies founded by and/or delivering products to women.
  • Pumped and Ready
    Monday, October 5
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Meet Natalie, Robin, and Zoed, three computer science students from three very different backgrounds, all of which are underrepresented in tech. This season, the team will embark on a cross-country road trip to meet and interview trailblazing leaders in their field. Their journey begins in sunny Los Angeles, where they visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and meet infamous computer hacker, Samy Kamkar.
  • You Can Guide Your Future
    Thursday, October 1
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The trip across Hawaii comes to a close, but not before the team makes some major final breakthroughs: interviews with Governor David Y. Ige and environmental policy specialist Hoku Ka'aekuahiwi Pousima inspire Tehani to pursue her interest in law, and biologist Chrystie Naeole advises Keakealani and Traven on how they can maintain their unique identities while pursuing their ideas of success.
  • Everything Is Design
    Monday, September 28
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The trip ends in NYC as the team meets designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, who left her tiny village in Switzerland to find her people in New York. Last up, Helvetica director Gary Hustwit shares the philosophy that connects all design: moving things forward. Though the road-trippers' forward movement on the Green RV ends here, nothing about what they've learned on this journey is over.
  • Know Where Home Is
    Thursday, September 24
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers reach Oʻahu, their third and final island destination; while there, they take a once-in-a-lifetime trip up Mount Ka'ala-the island's highest mountain-and visit a private U.S. Army nature reserve at the peak. Then Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani head to the North Shore to check out the infamous Pipe Masters surfing contest and interview Surfline's lead forecaster Kevin Wallis.
  • Deciding What's Next
    Monday, September 21
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In Chicago, the team meets exhibition designer Olivia Castellini, a physics Ph.D. whose job combines her varied interests in science and the arts. In NYC, unstoppable inventor-turned-entrepreneur Ben Kaufman recounts flying to China to make his first product before he had even graduated from high school and shares why it's important to strike the right balance between jerk and pushover.
  • Cross The Ocean, Build Bridges
    Thursday, September 17
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani visit the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to explore an active volcano zone, and meet with geophysicist Dr. Jim Kauahikaua and engineer Kevan Kamibayashi. Then the road-trippers island-hop over to Maui, where their tour of the NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is crashed by some surprise visitors.
  • Make It Your Own
    Monday, September 14
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers try their hand at spinning molten glass with glassblower Jessica Schimpf. The world isn't looking for you, she says, you have to go out and find it. She recounts how she left a big-time welding gig to follow her dreams. In Texas, the team interviews Austinites on the street and goes for beignets and palm readings in New Orleans before hitting crowd-powered T-shirt purveyor Threadless in Chicago.
  • Don't Forget Where You Came From
    Thursday, September 10
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Meet road-trippers Tehani, Traven, and Keakealani, three college students interested in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). All three are facing uncertainties-from choosing a major to finding a fulfilling career-and seek inspiration to help them navigate their futures. Their journey begins on the island of Hawai'i, where they meet the scientist who saved Hawaii's papayas.
  • The Answer Is Within You
    Monday, September 7
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers explore the Experience Music Project in Seattle, where experience designer Andrea Weatherhead advises that the best path toward happiness is getting to know yourself. In Colorado, the team meets interior designer Eiko Okura, who urges them to stop overthinking and see what emerges, and Michael Franti, who advocates for making lots of decisions and seeing what sticks.
  • Build The Future
    Thursday, September 3
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The road-trippers end their journey in San Francisco, where they meet Debbie Sterling and hear about the experiences that sparked her company, GoldieBlox, which makes engineering toys for girls. Last up, MythBusters' Kari Byron talks about experimentation, curiosity, being brave, and doing things you didn't think you could do; but her most important work is being a role model for young girls.