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Long Walks and Road Trips

How Long Does It Take for a Road Trip Across America? USA Today article from 2013 on coast-to-coast road trip tips

How to Walk Across America: a detailed "how to" on what to bring, preparation, considerations, and information on walking across the country from coast-to-coast. Written for and hosted on

Hiking Trails

American Discovery Trail: a non-motorized trail that connects East Coast to West Coast, having a "north route" and a "south route" through the central states of the US

Appalachian Trail Conservancy: Appalachian Trail Conservancy is the non-profit that oversees the entirety of the AT from Georgia to Maine.

Pacific Crest Trail Association: the non-profit that oversees the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington

Oral History and Interviews

Oral History Association : organization for those conducting oral history; provides a manual of best practices, educational resources, listservs, and other useful information and tools for conducting, transcribing, and preserving oral history.

Oral History Interviews: website on how to conduct interviews for oral history provided by the Library of Congress's The American Folklife Center

StoryCorps: non-profit organization for collecting and preserving human stories via animations, podcasts and interviews

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Articles on Walking and Listening

"Mike Posner Just Walked Across America: Here's What He Learned": Time article from 2019

"Walking the Country as a Spiritual Quest" New York Times Sunday Review article by Kate Murphy published on March 2, 2013.

lt's Time to Tune In: Why Listening is the Real Key to Communication: a 2020 article from The Guardian on the art and practice of listening

What Great Listeners Actually Do: article by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman in Harvard Business Review on July 14, 2016

9Tips on Conducting Great Interviews: Shel Israel provides tips on how to conduct an interview in this Forbes article from 2012.

On the Documentary


On April 2,2013, Andrew Forsthoefel and Jay Allison produced an hour-long audio documentary about his journey (up to that point) for, a group dedicated to getting new voices and perspectives out into public media via workshops and special presentations.The hour long audio documentary is titled "Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man"

TED Talk about How We Listen

Julian Treasure gives a TEDTalk entitled "Conscious Listening" where he explains how listening is done by the human organism and how to listen more effectively. This event was published to YouTube on April 16, 2011. This video has been provided with closed captioning, including Spanish subtitles and a transcript is available for this video using the ". . ." (More) tab.