The Man in the Road

In this story from the Love + Radio podcast, a chance meeting in the Nevada desert that leads to a series of court battles that lasted for over 30 years.

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The Man in the Road is the story of a man named Melvin Dummar, told mostly in his own words. In 1967 he picked up a man lying in the Nevada desert and gave him a ride. It was a chance meeting that turned Dummar into a 1970's media celebrity.


It was produced by Ben Bombard and Nick van der Kolk. Edited by Nick van der Kolk and Rehman Tungekar, with special help from John Barth, Brendan Baker, Melba Lara and Robin Amer.

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This program originally aired on July 6, 2012.