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Author/artist Doug Levitt has traveled more than 100,000 Greyhound miles over the last decade, rendering songs, stories, and images of fellow travelers, many struggling to get by. Inspired by WPA-era projects that drew a fuller portrait of America, Levitt and his Greyhound Diaries have been featured by numerous outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Levitt’s unique perspective led him to become one of the first surrogates for the Barack Obama for President campaign, speaking and performing on the then-senator’s behalf. He has taken the work to a wide range of venues, including The Kennedy Center, homeless shelters and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Before The Greyhound Diaries, Levitt was based in London, and dispatched from far-flung locales, including Iran, Rwanda and Bosnia for, among others, ABC, NBC and CNN. A graduate of the Washington, DC public schools and Cornell University, Levitt -- a Fulbright Scholar -- received his masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Entries by Doug Levitt

Our Disparity Disorder: Life on the Wage Floors

(168) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 7:46 AM

There are minimum legal wages and there are -- or should be -- minimum morally-legal wages.   

Over the last decade -- the most challenging since the Great Depression for people living at the margins -- I have traveled 100,000 Greyhound miles, part of a project to shed light on...

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Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

(66) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Forgiving my dad was relatively easy. (Relatively.) I just felt so much for him, and the unbearable pain he must have been in. Myself? I didn't give a sh*t about my own pain. I was sure I deserved it.

Loved ones of suicides often, I've found, feel the same. Forgiveness...

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Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

(14) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 5:41 AM

Forgiving my dad was relatively easy. (Relatively.) I just felt so much for him, and the unbearable pain he must have been in. Myself? I didn't give a sh*t about my own pain. I was sure I deserved it.

Loved ones of suicides often, I've found, feel the same. Forgiveness...

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The Border Isn't Along the Border

(40) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:46 PM

The border isn't along the border alone, it's everywhere in America.

It lives along the frayed lines of battered nerves, those of American-born citizens who fear their parents' deportation could come at any time (in many cases, grandparents of now second-generation Americans).

Over the past decade, I have traveled...

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Pall of the Pollocrats

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2007 | 10:06 AM

A new poll of poll-givers shows poll-takers are polling more in the direction of the poll-givers.

In a stats-driven culture, polls are as natural as they are common. What they are not are accurate reflections of the will of the American people, lest we forget the polls that declared Presidents...

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On the Pornography of Devastation

(15) Comments | Posted October 25, 2007 | 9:55 AM

Natural disasters, like wars, are fantastical traumas, the unimaginable made manifest in a torrent of destruction. There is an immediacy to images of hills alight in fire. But what happens after the initial trauma has past? What then?

There is a kind of pornographic rubbernecking that...

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The Unblogged and Unpolled: A View by Greyhound

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2007 | 5:30 PM

Our politics exist mostly in a pundit reverb chamber that loops endlessly in a self-referential fuss.

And then there's Peter Brown. He doesn't have a blog -- or a place to lay his head, for that matter. I met Mr. Brown on Canal Street in New Orleans where I...

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