Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom and Pop
As big-box stores dominate the American retail landscape, how can small businesses compete and survive? In this program, former international reporter Hanson Hosein and former TV anchor Heather Hughes take a road trip through 32 states to find “independent America.” They have two rules: they cannot spend any money at corporate chains, including retail, restaurants, and hotels, and they cannot travel along interstate highways. In some towns, such as Arcata, California, they discover laws limiting the number of chain stores or restaurants within their borders. In other areas, like Marion, Virginia, they find that residents worked to revitalize their main street to keep local merchants in business.