Doug Levitt a song writer and singer and a former foreign correspondent has seen what it is like to belong in all categories of Americans. He is the youngest son of a D.C republican. He went to public school in DC and later attended university in London for his masters only to change his career from foreign correspondent into singer and song writer. He explains that there are so many diverse people who live in D.C but that they do not show the real representation of the Whole America.
His father’s suicide, his economic hardships as singer and other factors gave him the idea to go around the United States in Greyhound Buses. Music is the one platform that he had to show and tell stories of what the real America looks like, telling a story that many people are voiceless to tell. Living in D.C gave him the opportunity to learn how to be observant, a skill he has since used in his extensive research of the American Populace.
The greyhound Diaries is the story of the struggling Americans who have to use buses to travel because mostly they do not have the option to drive. The Greyhound buses travel into very many destinations in America, they go to the very small town that many of the people in cities know nothing about. Many of the people in the city rarely take the bus unless they have to but that is not the case for all the Americans. Traveling by bus was a good choice because it gave Levitt the opportunity to interact with other people as one of them and share stories with them.
The diaries document his experiences, the pictures of the different places he visited, the opinions and the stories of the different people. It took seven years to travel more than 70,000 miles throughout America. It is comprised of narrations, pictures and songs to describe the whole experience. Even as the series display the struggling among the people it shows Doug Levitt that people are constantly seeking commonalities no matter how different they are. It is not about what differences that the different people have but what they have in common.