Do you live between Chicago and Phoenix? If so, we may be coming for a visit.
Starting Friday, August 22, my NPR colleague, Thomas Pierce, and I are packing our suitcases (and audio equipment) and getting ready for an old-fashioned road trip.
We're starting in Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago. And we'll make our way to John McCain's hometown of Phoenix.
Thomas and I will be in rental cars, on trains... maybe catch a ferry or two.
We came up with the trip because as McCain and Obama accept their parties' nominations, there's going to be a lot of talk of presidential leadership. But leadership doesn't just live in the White House. There are leaders in every city and town, in every school and business and in every family.
This is where you come in. We want you to take us to your leader. Who do you look up to? Whose actions make a difference? It could be your mayor or your mom, your teacher or your pastor, your boss or your bartender. Whomever you suggest — it's a person we may want to meet.
If you want to help, post a comment here on the blog, and everyone can see it. Or, email us personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, we'll keep you updated on our itinerary. It's still pretty rough. But we've got a tentative plan for the first few days. On August 22-23, we'll be hanging out in Chicago. On August 24, we'll be stopping in Gary, Indiana. And on August 25, we're setting off across Illinois, perhaps stopping in communities like Joliet, Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville or Alton. Then it's on to St. Louis, and westward from there....
Again, this is just a first draft. So whether you live in any of these places or not, tell us why we should stop in your community. Tell us about leaders we should talk to.