Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 4:14 pm
A summer road trip visiting strange, funny, historic and notable gravesites and cemeteries across America. To nominate your favorite gravesite, write a comment below — or use the hashtag #nprdeadstop on Twitter or Instagram.
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With July 4th just around the corner, you may be getting your grill ready. Morning Edition has declared this week "Meat Week" and has already run stories asking 'how much is too much' and researching the 'making of meat-eating America'.
Morning Edition heads out on a special summer road trip with "Dead Stop: Famous Final Resting Places of Americans Great and Small." The series takes listeners to strange, funny, historic or otherwise notable gravesites and cemeteries around the U.S., touching on American history, biography, art, religion and land use along the way. "Dead Stop" launches Monday, May 28, and runs occasionally throughout the summer.
The American Dream has always meant opportunity -- the idea that anyone can make it here. Woven through our politics, culture and family histories, the simple phrase lifted and sustained Americans for generations, and its promise inspired millions to come to the United States in search of a better life. Yet this collective ideal has always been fraught, as the country struggled to extend opportunities beyond white men to African Americans, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, those with disabilities, and others.