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Dream On

In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our  country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone, of any background, could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman’s footsteps, Fugelsang asks whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville popularized is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped, “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” DREAM ON investigates the state of the American Dream after decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility.

This film was produced by Roger Weisberg and John Fugelsang. From WNET, this film was produced through the work of Stephen Segaller, Jane Buckwalter, and Stephanie Carter.