Follow The Money

Alkarim Jivani investigates the human stories behind the flow of money across the world.

In the UK, money transfer shops are doing a roaring trade.

Money transfer is big business and speaks volumes about migration, inner city culture and the ebb and flow of cash across continents

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Alkarim Jivani investigates the human stories behind the flow of money across the world.

In the UK, money transfer shops are doing a roaring trade.

Money transfer is big business and speaks volumes about migration, inner city culture and the ebb and flow of cash across continents

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Steve Boggan makes a quixotic journey through the unreported backwaters of America.

Written by Steve Boggan.

What might appear to be a whimsical conceit becomes a surprisingly poignant and often funny foray into the heartland of the ordinary. Having been asked by a newspaper editor, several years ago, to pursue a ten pound note through a series of transactions in Britain, Steve Boggan decides to undertake something more ambitious -to spend 30 days following the same ten dollar bill across America through every transaction it makes. Surrendering himself to the decisions of others and their daily purchases proves to be a strangely cathartic experience which also opens his eyes to a world of serendipity and unexpected kindness.

Steve decides that he should begin his month long quest at the very heart of the country. But of course that in itself is a debatable geographic location.

Music by Crash Meadows: an Arkansas local band who welcomed the author in Hot Springs.

Read By Ian Redford

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

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Steve Boggan discovers a community in Kansas desperately trying to renew itself.

Written by Steve Boggan.

Behind the warm welcome that the author receives in Lebanon, Kansas he discovers a community that is desperately trying to renew itself as the population shrinks year by year and farmers sell out to big conglomerates.

Having been asked by a newspaper editor, several years ago, to pursue a ten pound note through a series of transactions in Britain , Steve Boggan decides to undertake something more ambitious - to spend 30 days following the same ten dollar bill across America. What might appear to be a whimsical conceit becomes a surprisingly poignant and often funny foray into the heartland of the ordinary. Surrendering himself to the decisions of others and their daily purchases proves to be a strangely cathartic experience which also opens his eyes to a world of serendipity and unexpected kindness.

Music by Crash Meadows: an Arkansas local band who welcomed the author in Hot Springs.

Read By Ian Redford

Abridged and produced By Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

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Steve finds himself driving east across America and being offered hospitality.

Written by Steve Boggan

Still following the money, the same ten dollar bill he released in Kansas, the author finds himself driving east across America and being offered hospitality by a mixed race couple who have fought their own battles, in their own way, with the world around them.

Having been asked by a newspaper editor, several years ago, to pursue a ten pound note through a series of transactions in Britain , Steve Boggan decides to undertake something more ambitious - to spend 30 days following the same ten dollar bill across America. What might appear to be a whimsical conceit becomes a surprisingly poignant and often funny foray into the heartland of the ordinary. Surrendering himself to the decisions of others and their daily purchases proves to be a strangely cathartic experience which also opens his eyes to a world of serendipity and unexpected kindness.

Read By Ian Redford

Abridged and produced By Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, offers the weary traveller a hot bath.

Written by Steve Boggan.

Hot Springs, Arkansas offers the weary traveller a hot bath - but he soon finds himself out of his depth. Meanwhile the ten dollar bill is offered in payment at a bar with a vibrant music scene.

Having been asked by a newspaper editor, several years ago, to pursue a ten pound note through a series of transactions in Britain , Steve Boggan decides to undertake something more ambitious - to spend 30 days following the same ten dollar bill across America. What might appear to be a whimsical conceit becomes a surprisingly poignant and often funny foray into the heartland of the ordinary. Surrendering himself to the decisions of others and their daily purchases proves to be a strangely cathartic experience which also opens his eyes to a world of serendipity and unexpected kindness.

Music by Crash Meadows: an Arkansas local band who welcomed the author in Hot Springs.

Read By Ian Redford

Abridged and produced By Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hot Springs, Arkansas, offers the weary traveller a hot bath.

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Steve Boggan finds himself on the home straight, following a $10 bill across the US.

Written by Steve Boggan.

After hundreds of miles on the road, and quite a few hours in the bars of Arkansas, Steve Boggan finds himself on the home straight - and yet many of his final hours following the ten dollar bill are spent halfway up a tree trying not to sneeze.

Having been asked by a newspaper editor, several years ago, to pursue a ten pound note through a series of transactions in Britain , Steve Boggan decides to undertake something more ambitious - to spend 30 days following the same ten dollar bill across America. What might appear to be a whimsical conceit becomes a surprisingly poignant and often funny foray into the heartland of the ordinary. Surrendering himself to the decisions of others and their daily purchases proves to be a strangely cathartic experience which also opens his eyes to a world of serendipity and unexpected kindness.

Music by Crash Meadows: an Arkansas local band who welcomed the author in Hot Springs.

Read By Ian Redford

Abridged and produced By Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Steve Boggan finds himself on the home straight, following a $10 bill across the US.