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A Beginner's Guide to Hitchhiking

From: Jonathan Mitchell
Length: 07:12

the pros and cons of hitching a ride

Default-piece-image-2 Hitchhiking was once much more common, but these days it's aquired an aura of danger and desperation. I mean, who wants to take the risk -- especially after all those gruesome stories about rapists and serial killers? But occasionally you can still spot some guy stranded on the side of a road, sign out, thumb up, hoping that your car will be his salvation. Is he dangerous? Insane? Or just plain dirty? Maybe we should stop and find out.... This piece originally aired on Savvy Traveler in August, 2003.

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Hitchhiking was once much more common, but these days it's aquired an aura of danger and desperation. I mean, who wants to take the risk -- especially after all those gruesome stories about rapists and serial killers? But occasionally you can still spot some guy stranded on the side of a road, sign out, thumb up, hoping that your car will be his salvation. Is he dangerous? Insane? Or just plain dirty? Maybe we should stop and find out.... This piece originally aired on Savvy Traveler in August, 2003.

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Review of A Beginner's Guide to Hitchhiking

Another good hitch-hiking piece. This one was put together well, with an almost stereo echo from the "hitchhiking is fun, safe and interesting" camp and an echo from the "hitchhiking is dangerous and full of psychopaths" camp. It falls more on the "safe" side, though, and with a couple of short anecdotal ties. This was a perfect piece for Savvy Traveler, where it apparently has already aired (which backs up my notion that this is a very well-produced piece). The pacing is easy and comfortable, and the sound is praiseworthy. If you are a PD in a region with a hitch-hiking issue, or maybe a travel season is approaching, this piece would fit.

Broadcast History

Savvy Traveler, August 2004