Director Roger Weisberg’s DREAM ON, scheduled for national broadcast on PBS, features political comedian John Fugelsang on a three-month voyage of discovery roadtrip across America. Fugelsang retraces the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in America book came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of opportunity to prosperity, security, and success. DREAM ON exams whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed 185 years ago is alive and well. The creation of the film was made possible with major funding support from the JPB Foundation. DREAM ON will be presented by WNET (NYC) as a component of its national Chasing the Dream initiative focusing on poverty and opportunity in America. WCNY will air DREAM ON at 10 p.m. Friday, October 7.
In addition, WCNY spoke with a number of Central New Yorkers to explore local thoughts and experiences of the American Dream. Some of WCNY’s conversations have been captured for broadcast on WCNY television and radio. They also can be found below. They help all of us to pause and ask ourselves, what does the American Dream mean to me, have I achieved it, and if not, why?