MSNBC covered Doug Levitt and his book called the Greyhound Diaries. During their coverage of Levitt and his book, they also invited him to their studio where he talked about his travels, what he saw and how it had changed his perspective on life. Levitt, had traveled over 70,000 miles by Greyhound buses over a period of seven years so far. In addition to writing a book about his bus travel experience, Doug Levitt created a musical album that is now available for purchased called the Greyhound Diaries LP. In addition being a writer and journalist, Doug Levitt is also a singer and songwriter who performs during his travels.
Speaking on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, Doug Levitt describes his travels as a sort of expose on poverty and inequity. Both Levitt and host Dylan Ratigan went to great lengths to discuss poverty and its effects on Americans and our quality of life. Levitt says that poverty is at the front and center of his travel because many of his fellow bus riders simply cannot afford to travel by any other means than by a bus. Many of them are also in poverty. When traveling by bus, Levitt also stopped by many of the road towns and smaller cities that have had tremendous poverty and economic decline.
Such scenes and viewing people in poverty just struggling to get by is a core message of the Greyhound Diaries and is what Doug Levitt constantly sees while he is traveling. Levitt also pointed out that poverty is increasing and not decreasing now. We have record numbers of people in poverty now. That number is close to 50 million people said Levitt on the show. That is almost the entire population of most of our largest cities.
Another thing that Doug Levitt realized while traveling by bus across the country was that there is often a false or augmented narrative out there. While there may often be great political partisanship in the government or media, our daily lives are often much less turbulent. We generally get along with each other regardless of our politics, economic class or background says Levitt. The media and reporting often overblows and misinterprets this.