Election 2008

October 17- November 3, 2008


Red Blue Road Trip

As the 2008 presidential election approached two Americans traveled through 18 diverse communities in key swing states. For 18 days in October producers Graham Meriwether and Chris Henderson captured a different American place through the voices and faces of its citizens. In each location they asked people about the core values that influenced their decision to vote for Barack Obama or John McCain.

Meriwether and Henderson’s trip led them through nearly every region of the country from Ohio in the Midwest to Nevada in the West, and finally to the South in North Carolina and Virginia. The places they visited ranged from the crumbling urban center of Detroit to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Along the way, they experienced burgeoning immigrant populations in Iowa, a deeply-conservative tiny town in Missouri, and the epicenter of the housing crisis in Mesquite, Nevada.

As the election drew closer, Red Blue Road Trip documented the voices of people whose crucial decisions determined the outcome of this vital American vote.

October 17: Media, Pennsylvania
October 18: Ashland, Ohio
October 19: Detroit, Michigan
October 20: Chesterton, Indiana
October 21: Hazel Green, Wisconsin
October 22: Denison, Iowa
October 23: Sterling, Colorado
October 24: Frisco, Colorado
October 25: Mesquite, Nevada
October 26: Las Vegas, Nevada
October 27: Thoreau, New Mexico
October 28: Springfield, Missouri
October 29: Van Buren, Missouri
October 30: Asheville, North Carolina
October 31: Reidsville, North Carolina
November 1: Waynesboro, Virginia
November 2: Reston, Virginia
November 3: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Originally shown on Al-Jazeera English


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