Roadtrip Nation Announces February Premiere of New Documentary ‘Degree of Impact’

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Airing Online and on Public Television, ‘Degree of Impact’ Shows Doctoral Students and Candidates How Their Doctorates Can Make a Difference

As a recent recipient of American Public Television’s Programming Excellence Award for 2017, career exploration company Roadtrip Nation is excited to officially kick off its sixteenth year on public television by announcing the premiere of its newest one-hour documentary special, “Degree of Impact.” Presented by KQED, “Degree of Impact” will air on public television stations nationally starting on Feb. 4, and will be available to watch online on Feb. 15 at

Made possible with support from Walden University, “Degree of Impact” explores the inspiring ways in which doctoral graduates all over the U.S. are using their doctorates to make a difference in their communities. The film follows Kylie, Jason, and Crystal—three students pursuing doctoral degrees in nursing, English literature, and public policy and administration, respectively—as they travel 3,000 miles across the country in Roadtrip Nation’s green RV, in search of inspiration from those who’ve made it through the rigorous yet rewarding process of earning a doctorate.

Though it’s often misconstrued as an accomplishment reserved for elites or lifetime academics, “Degree of Impact” uses candid conversations with doctoral students, candidates, and graduates to illustrate that a doctoral degree can open any number of doors—and it’s accessible to anyone willing to work hard for a dream.

“Roadtrip Nation has been working in the education space for over 10 years, so we recognize that there are misconceptions about what it takes to earn a doctorate, and what kinds of careers are available after you complete your degree,” said Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. “That’s why we were pleased to work with Walden University on this initiative, which shines a light on the incredible impact that doctoral graduates are making in just about every field imaginable.”

Whether they work in classrooms or concert halls, the doctoral graduates featured in the film are everyday people who are using their degrees to do extraordinary things. Interviews include prosecutor-turned-activist Adam Foss, who uses his J.D. to advocate for compassion in the criminal justice system; Colorado State Senator Irene Aguilar, whose M.D. laid the foundation for her to fight for universal healthcare; and veterinarian Steven Scott, who puts the expertise gained from his DVM program towards rehabilitating retired circus elephants.

As the underwriter of “Degree of Impact,” Walden University was excited to support a documentary that shines a light on a variety of different doctoral degrees outside of the traditional Ph.D., while also showing real-world examples of how these degrees can translate into fulfilling careers.

“Walden University recognizes the profound impact of earning a doctorate and how it can help students accomplish their personal and professional goals. We were pleased to partner with Roadtrip Nation to explore how doctoral education inspires students and graduates to improve their lives and communities through education,” said Dr. Eric Riedel, chief academic officer and provost of Walden University.

To learn more about “Degree of Impact,” watch the film on Feb. 15, or find air times for public television broadcasts near you,

You can also learn more about the film by following @RoadtripNation, @WaldenU, and the hashtag #DoctoralRoadtrip on Twitter.

About Roadtrip Nation
“What should I do with my life?” For over 15 years, Roadtrip Nation has made it their mission to help individuals answer this question. Through best-selling books, an acclaimed documentary series, and interactive classroom curricula, Roadtrip Nation empowers people to turn what they like into careers they’ll love—and helps them navigate any obstacles encountered along the way. For more information, visit and

About Walden University
For more than 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Students from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university offers more than 85 degree programs with more than 435 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Walden is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that make up the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about Walden, visit Visit to learn more about Walden University’s doctoral programs.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. For more information, visit

About APT
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. For more than 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Founded in 1961, among its 250 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. “America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated,” “Cook’s Country,” “AfroPoP,” “Rick Steves’ Europe,” “Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Television,” “Front and Center,” “Doc Martin,” “Nightly Business Report,” “Midsomer Murders,” “A Place to Call Home,” “Lidia’s Kitchen,” “Globe Trekker,” “New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton,” “Simply Ming,” and “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home” are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Entering its 13th year, Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — is distributed by American Public Television. APT also distributes WORLDTM, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit

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