About the Show
An investigation of the perilous state of the American Dream after decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility. In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of the United States of America in 1831 came to define the country 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 popularised is alive and well in the 21st 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.'.