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Watch Tom Brokaw Presents American Character Along Highway 50 online: Episode 1 American Character Along Highway 50

USA Network and legendary journalist Tom Brokaw are setting out to capture the changing face of a nation in the documentary American Character Along Highway 50. Inspired by a series of photographs in USA Network's book American Character: A Photographic Journey, for which he penned the foreword, Brokaw will be hitting the road for an extraordinary journey along Highway 50, a route that has been called the "backbone of America." This historic road cuts a path through the middle of the United States, passing through rolling farmland and sprawling suburbs and even the occasional city, past historic Civil War battlefields and iconic Wild West towns, across the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the Continental Divide, the Great Plains and the Great Basin, and across a stretch of Nevada where signs proclaim it "The Loneliest Road in America." There's no better place to take the pulse of the nation than along Highway 50, the road that runs through its heart. As he traverses the 12 states along this 3000-mile transcontinental road, beginning on the eastern shore of Maryland and making his way west to California, Brokaw will document the lives of the Americans he encounters, exploring the profound economic, political and cultural changes they are experiencing during these uncertain, and particularly historic, times. He will visit communities both large and small and hear uniquely American stories of hardship and hope, of struggle and survival, of overcoming great odds. And as he journeys across the country, he will present an extraordinary chronicle of an America on the threshold of a new era.

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