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Roadtrip Nation Season 12 Episodes

8 Episodes 2015 - 2015

Episode 1

Whirlwind of Awesomeness

Sat, Sep 5, 2015 27 mins

Season 12 kicks off with the three road-trippers, who are each interested in design, visiting Two Bit Circus in L.A., where founders Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman discuss how they merged their various interests to create a unified experience.

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Episode 2

East Meets West

Sat, Sep 12, 2015 27 mins

The East Coast born-and-bred road-trippers experience the laidback Californian lifestyle; and meet with the creator of Elsa in "Frozen" and Patagonia designer John Rapp.

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Episode 3

Finding Contentment

Sat, Sep 19, 2015 27 mins

The road-trippers meet Glynn Washington ("Snap Judgment"), who reflects on an experience in Japan that led him to an unexpected calling; and Santa Cruz Guitar Company founder Richard Hoover, who shares his philosophy of teaching and service.

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Episode 4

Challenge the Status Quo

Sat, Sep 26, 2015 27 mins

Sound designer Ben Burtt recounts his career path; animator Ralph Eggleston discusses delving beyond the physical world; and ChickTech founder Janice Levenhagen-Seeley advocates challenging the status quo.

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Episode 5

The Answer Is Within You

Sat, Oct 3, 2015 27 mins

Exhibit designer Andrea Weatherhead discusses the importance of getting to know one's self; interior designer Eiko Okura reflects on overthinking; and musician Michael Franti suggests making a multitude of decisions and seeing what sticks.

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Episode 6

Make It on Your Own

Sat, Oct 10, 2015 27 mins

Glass artist Jessica Schimpf on following one's dream. Also: street interviews in Austin, Texas; beignets and palm readings in New Orleans; and, in Chicago, a visit to Threadless, a crowd-powered T-shirt company.

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Episode 7

Deciding What's Next

Sat, Oct 17, 2015 27 mins

In Chicago, exhibition designer Olivia Castellini explains how her job combines her interests in science and the arts; and, in New York City, inventor-entrepreneur Ben Kaufman discusses being a jerk vs. being a pushover.

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Episode 8

Everything Is Design

Sat, Oct 24, 2015 27 mins

The Season 12 finale features designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, who emigrated from Switzerland to New York; and "Helvetica" director Gary Hustwit, who shares the philosophy that underpins all design: moving things forward.

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