From transcontinental progress to high speed success: how trains catapulted America into the future while never fully leaving the stations of our hearts. ALT: In the Season 2 finale, we ride the rails of history at the 150th Golden Spike anniversary. Gabe talks with descendants of Chinese railroad workers about their forgotten contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, all while seeking to understand how the centuries-old technology keeps this country running today. Virgin/Brightline Trains:... [see more] Miami, FL (AND Fort Lauderdale / West Palm); Patrick Goddard, President of Brightline Trains; The Golden Spike: Sesquicentennial Celebration: Tremonton, Utah (Near Salt Lake City); Russell Lowe - (San Francisco, CA); Dr. Gordon H Chang, Stanford Professor, Dept of History (Stanford, CA).
Self-described as "Ken Burns meets This American Life meets Bill Nye the Science Guy," RECONNECTING ROOTS is a quirky, youthful half-hour cultural series that seeks to bridge generations and bring viewers together. Hosted by Gabriel McCauley, each half-hour episode explores the last 150 years of American progress, culture and innovation, through interviews with Americans reconnecting to lessons learned by their parents and grandparents.