Question: I vaguely remember this show Coast to Coast, where a man hitchhiked across America while doing news stories on the people he met. The stories weren't earthshattering; they were about regular events (one story was on pickpockets). It must have aired pre-1997 on PBS, CBS, NBC, or ABC. Do you have any idea what this show was? Carly S., St. Paul, Minn.
Televisionary: Actually, Carly, it was a team of correspondents Cynthia Bowers, Bernard Goldberg, Steve Hartman, Jennifer Laird, Vicki Mabrey, Derek McGinty, Alison Stewart and David Turecamo filing stories from around the country, rather than just one person.
As you say, CBS show focused on offbeat human-interest stories. Subjects included, for example, a pair of women who researched their family trees and found the white woman's ancestors owned the African-American's in the days of U.S. slavery, a stunt where Hartman left a bike with strangers and then had a cohort try to steal it to see if the people would try to stop the crime, and prisoners who trained seeing-eye dogs.
Eight episodes of the show aired over a brief run in January 1997 and a short stint later in the year.
You may also be confusing Coast to Coast with a string of on-the-road stories hitchhiking correspondent Jay Schadler did for ABC's Primetime Live a few years back. Bravo repeated them as a packaged series called Tale Lights.