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The Encounters of Doug Levitt on Greyhound Diaries

Doug Levitt is an American singer/song writer and a former foreign correspondent for NBC, ABC, and CNN. More than 10 years ago, Levitt begun riding on Greyhound buses across America in an effort to gather experiences, pictures, songs, and memories of Americans who commuted by bus. The following web page will review the reason Levitt decided to engage in this encounter and the lessons he learnt along the way.

 

 

What Was Levitt’s Motivation to Abandon His Career and Travel U.S. on Greyhound?

 

 

After returning to the U.S. from oversees, Doug Levitt looked at the number of people struggling with poverty and considered how this situation was not sufficiently publicized. In a bid to make a difference and drawing inspiration from the Works Progress Administration era projects, Levitt decided to travel to different parts of the U.S. on the greyhound and write stories and songs detailing the experiences of those struggling to make ends meet.

 

 

Levitt’s Thoughts on Recession in Washington DC

 

 

While many seem to think that Washington DC was immune to the recession, Levitt tends to disagree. According to Levitt, the great recession concerned the subprime or mortgage crisis. However, Levitt observes that there is also a sub-subprime, and a sub-sub-subprime. The interpretation here is that while there are others struggling to buy homes, there is another category of people who cannot even bear the thought of affording to buy a house. Therefore, Levitt finds that this situation is not even remotely addressed as it should have. While things have changed since the recession, Levitt found that those who commute through the Greyhound have one thing in common; they cannot afford to buy their own cars.

 

 

About Doug Levitt

 

 

Born in 1972,Levitt grew up in Washington D.C. He is the last born of Carol Schwartz, former D.C. Council member and David Schwartz. Levitt studied in D.C. public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson high school. At the age of 16, Levitt’s father ended his own life, an ordeal that motivated him to become an artist.

 

 

Levitt graduated from the Cornell University and later, through a scholarship, acquired a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Levitt has enjoyed a prosperous career being featured by news giants such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, MSNBC, and the Wall Street Journal.