Take Me To Your Leader: The Road Trip
September 9, 2008 During a two-week road trip, three NPR staffers traveled from Chicago to Phoenix in search of people who rallied their communities. From a diner owner in Chicago to an Arkansas fiddler, those who emerged as local leaders came from all walks of life.
September 7, 2008 As they zig-zag their way across America from Illinois to Arizona, NPR's Take Me To Your Leader team has searched for the elements of leadership. The crew — correspondent David Greene, producer Thomas Pierce, and photographer David Gilkey — got plenty of answers.
September 5, 2008 Dr. Robert Morrow is one of only two dentists in Walsh, Colo. He's also a city councilor and county coroner and formerly served as mayor and fire chief. He says people have to take on many jobs and volunteer activities to keep this small town alive, but it's worth it.
September 4, 2008 David Greene is traveling from Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago to John McCain's hometown of Phoenix talking to local leaders. Madeleine Brand catches up with David Greene in Santa Fe, N.M., where he recounts the tale of a Texan who owns a reptile ranch and sells novelty bottles of vodka that contain dead baby rattlesnakes.
September 3, 2008 David Greene is traveling from Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago to John McCain's hometown of Phoenix talking to local leaders. We catch up with him in Cactus, Texas, where he met a group of utility workers headed for the Gulf coast to help with the recovery effort.
September 2, 2008 In Kansas City, Mo., two women who have survived trying circumstances have found help from a woman they call a second mom. The woman has her own compelling story. At one stage, she found herself homeless in Atlanta and battling drug addiction.
August 27, 2008 David Greene is on the road looking for leaders who are not necessarily politicians. His search led him to the firehouse in the Mississippi River community of Alton, Ill., where the chief juggles administrative duties, emergency calls and the pressures of being in the public eye.