Laura Barton's American Road Trip

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20181020

BBC Radio 4 Extra takes to the open road for an audio adventure across the USA, travelling from the bright lights of New York City to the pacific breeze of California.

Using a mix of archive documentaries, stories and travelogues, the writer and broadcaster Laura Barton will be your guide on this ambitious road trip, heading west across the USA. Along the way the journey will include a free-wheeling buggy tour around New Orleans, a look at the Green Book travel guide and an encounter with the fearless rodeo cowgirls of the Deep South.

Writers including Joan Didion, Sam Shepard and Jonathan Raban also share some of their own perspectives about life on the American highway, while Joe Queenan explores the history of the roadside motel.

Laura Barton?s American Road Trip is a personal journey, a dreamlike exploration of life across the USA over the last 70 years, from blues singers on Beale Street to X-rated frogs in the French Quarter, and from LA hopefuls to the loneliest Opera House in Death Valley.

Made for 4 Extra.

Produced by Luke Doran.

Laura Barton’s American Road Trip is a personal journey, a dreamlike exploration of life across the USA over the last 70 years, from blues singers on Beale Street to X-rated frogs in the French Quarter, and from LA hopefuls to the loneliest Opera House in Death Valley.

011. Heading West20191204

Using BBC Archives, writer Laura Barton takes to the road for an audio adventure across the USA - from New York to California. In this episode:

‘Travel Talk: How The World Lives’ – New York [1947]
‘Free Spirit’ by Jonathan Raban [1991]
‘American Airwaves’ [1984]
‘Sam Shepard at the Battersea Arts Centre: Cruising Paradise’ [1998]
‘The Green Book’ extract [2016]

Producer: Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2018.

Laura Barton takes to the open road for an audio adventure across the USA.

022. The Southern States20191211

Using BBC Archives, writer Laura Barton takes to the road for an audio adventure across the USA - from New York to California. In this episode:

‘World Roots: An Appalachian Road Trip’ [2009]
‘Conversations with the Blues’ [1961]
‘French Men Desire Good Children’ [1992]
‘South and West’ [2017]

Producer: Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2018.

Laura Barton takes to the open road for an audio adventure across the USA.

03California Bound20191212

Using BBC Archives, writer Laura Barton takes to the road for an audio adventure across the USA - from New York to California. In this episode:

‘Inside Track: Cowgirls’ [1998]
‘A Bright Light in the Night’ [2005]
‘American Beauty: Death Valley Opera’ [1995]
‘On the Town’ [1980]
‘Not Yet, Jayette’ [1992]

Producer: Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2018.

Laura Barton takes to the open road for an audio adventure across the USA.