The Greyhound Diaries is about a young man who had grown up in Washington, DC and later spent seven years traveling across the United States by Greyhound bus. In his travels, he met many different people. Many of them shared their stories with him and he realized that, although there were many different backgrounds, most people made a common connection with each other by sharing their experiences and stories.
Doug Levitt was an aspiring correspondent for CNN, when he decided to take the journey on Greyhound. He claims that growing up in D.C. and attending public schools there, he was exposed to a lot of different kinds of people. He was good at observing people and seeing their differences and their similarities. He saw a lot of similarities between his experiences in D.C. and those on his Greyhound journey. He claims that the poverty and disparity people experienced were very similar in both settings.
Doug saw how the media was covering the sub-prime mortgage markets and realized that the country had some sub, sub-prime situations, where people could not even think about the possibility of owning a home. It seemed like the media and news sources missed a whole section of the U.S. population.
Doug thinks that there is a tendency, for people to become polarized, especially during an election year. However, when you are riding on the Greyhound, people become a lot closer to each other and less polarized or politicized. People seem to seek out common ground and relate more to each other. The Greyhound Diaries became a book in 2008 and is a show with pictures, stories and songs.