Stephen Fry in America: Mississippi

2008 ,    » 18 Comments
Ratings: 8.22/10 from 9 users.

Stephen Fry in America: MississippiStephen begins his epic 2000-mile journey up the Mississippi in the sultry, voodoo soaked streets of New Orleans during its busiest day of the year - Mardi Gras.

He meets a Jewish Voodoo priestess, an Iraqi war veteran experiencing flashbacks in the abandoned neighbourhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, down-and-outs not living the American Dream, and takes a tour through Angola, one of America's most notorious prisons.

In the Delta he gets the Blues with actor Morgan Freeman at his club in Clarksdale and in Chicago drives guitar legend Buddy Guy round his old stomping grounds on the South Side. Forsaking calmness at the Transcendental Meditation HQ in Iowa he travels to Motown, Detroit, where he gets to drive in a Model T and the latest Cadillac with its designer before enjoying the rustic beauty of an Amish farm and learning how to milk a sheep in Wisconsin.

At the river's source in Minnesota he learns how the Hmong refugees, so far from their opium growing villages in Laos, are adapting to the snowy wastes before catching his first fish in forty years on the frozen Lake Minnetonka.

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18 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Guest

    Mr. Fry in Alabama, Mr. Fry in Alaska, Mr. Fry in Arizona, Mr. Fry in Arkansas, Mr. Fry in California...from a to z
    Is he coming to Canada too?

  2. Greg_Mc

    I didn't know you were Canadian too az.

  3. Guest

    Yes 300 yrs ago or so my lineage came to the Gaspe Peninsula.
    French...with a little native perhaps flowing in the blood. I do have dark skin (in some places).lolol

  4. Greg_Mc

    Dark skin in some places? So you are multicoloured? I know multicultured but not multicoloured lol. Gaspe is very nice as is a lot of Quebec (The landscape anyway lol, I still hold a grudge against 48% of the people who voted in a certain.. not sure if it was an election or a referendum). 300 years ago your family came here? I just told that to my 13 year old son and he said "wow so she is a real Canadian", lol now he is giving me a history lesson on who was doing what and where 300 years ago. Well with 300 years of family history in Canada you have to figure at least one of your ancestors would have gotten close with a young native lady. Depending which side of my family I look at I am either a 2nd or 3rd generation Canadian lol you have me beat by about 240 years and god knows how many generations.

  5. Guest

    I must say the dark skin part didn't work. LOLOL Actually there is mainly dark skin because when i can, i go to nude beaches.


  6. Guest

    One of my aunt did the genealogy of the family and she was able to go back to the first of our last name who came from France, his name was Daniel (can't remember exactly from where on the west coast of France).

  7. Yavanna

    I hope he does. There are so few docs about Canada.

    (PS he is extremely active on twitter - you could probably ask him.)

  8. Greg_Mc

    We have nude beaches in Canada? I dont know if they changed the law or not but about 10 to 15 years ago (or there abouts) after a bunch of girls protested it was made legal for females to be topless in public. I remember when it happened and me and my friends thought "Hey great half naked girls all over the place" but while the law may have changed we didn't notice the girls, at least where we lived or the ones we knew, getting to excited about it and taking their tops off.

  9. Greg_Mc

    Sorry az I didnt see your comment down at the bottom of the page and your Aunt checking out your genealogy. So around 300 years ago one of your ancestors named Daniel (a solid French name lol) thought it would be a good idea to move from a modern (lol modern being a relative term, but it was at least in most places considered a civilized place. Yeah I know civilized could be argued but you get my point)) place like France and move to the wilderness of Canada. In his defense they didn't fully understand or couldn't comprehend the length and harshness of a good old Quebec (I know or dont think it wasn't called Quebec back then) winter, even in the southern part which is still north and surrounded by the northern Atlantic ocean and the gulf of St. Larwence ( the st Larwence Seaway was a few hundred years away from being built) it is nasty cold and since it is surrounded by all that water it would be very windy and get a lot of snow. So he was either very brave, didnt know what he was getting himself into or a crazy Frenchman lol. Did the family move away from there after a while? Sorry if I am being nosey but this kind of thing interests me, lol just be thankfull I dont put my son on here and have him explain how Canada was run back then. Lol he would refuse anyway, saying there is no way you would want to hear all that.

  10. Guest want some documentaries about Canada and Canadians go to NFB...a fantastic library of free animation films and docs.
    Also check out the Waterlife interactive doc about the great lakes and the Cine Robotheque...a super high tech place in Montreal where to watch NFB movies and learn about cinematography.

  11. Guest

    Most of my extended family still live in the Gaspe Peninsula, although my father moved away before i was born, raised near Montreal, but a few years back him and my mom moved back to Gaspesie.
    You're right about tough winters (although with climate change, it is changing that too). I remember the snow banks when i was younger, way way high!
    My father was part of a family of 13, and i have 78 cousins just on his side (not including my mom's).Tell that to your son.
    We are off subject, i am afraid we may be told soon.
    CHeck out NFB, great site for your son, amazing animation films. Also NFB education...your son could win and have NFB come to his school.

  12. Greg_Mc

    oh yeah I forgot the rules said not to get off topic for too long. I havent watched the doc yet so I cant even comment on it. I told my son about how many cousins you had and he said "Holy ...." lol. He said Pioneers had lots of kids so maybe your family just kept doing it. I didn't know the NFB had a site although I should have figured that they would, will have to check it out.

  13. KsDevil

    I like how these episodes are provided seperatly. Those other 1000 hour series on one page are just too much. I have a life, you know. I enjoy the brits view of the USA.

  14. Greg_Mc

    I agree Ks when a doc is long (which can go one of two ways, if the subject of the doc is something you like and the doc is well done then it is ok if it is long, but if one of those two factors fails then you will lose interest in it) it is great when they divide it into seperate episodes so you can watch however much you want then when you come back to it you can easily just find the next episode and start watching. Having free time to be able to sit and watch a doc can be a challenge for a lot of us and I make it harder on myself because I am one of those people who will read a few comments about the doc before I watch it. If enough people say the doc isnt any good and give valid reasons (especially if they are in this group of about 10 people who must get the same docs emailed to them that I do because 90% of the docs I go to from emails sent to me by TDF these same people doc after doc have just watched it and added a comment) I may then consider not watching it, if it is a subject I am pretty interested in then I will generally give it a shot anyway. Or after reading some comments I reply to them if they have said something I agree or disagree with (if it is something you don't have had to watch the doc first to have an opinion on) and then that can eat up my free time and I have to wait another day before getting the chance to watch the doc, lol sort of like I am doing now.

  15. Kara Middleton

    It says MS. This is not MS. It is LA.

  16. Mario Zajarnyj

    What was that about Arkansas ?! Fry is fre*k.

  17. A B

    The entire episode was just called Mississippi for the Mississippi River.

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