WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On the History Channel show “United Stats of America,” brothers Jason and Randy Sklar travel the country sharing interesting tidbits with their viewers about statistics and history. And in Tuesday night’s episode, their travels bring them to Winston-Salem and Charlotte.
“We did six episodes, and each episode was shot in a different part of the country,” said Jason Sklar in a telephone interview.
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed already that the opening credits of each episode include a snippet of the brothers standing in front of Corpening Plaza, with part of the Winston-Salem skyline visible in the background.
Most of their segment in Winston-Salem is set in Old Salem, where they compare the average work week of a modern person with that of someone in the 1800s. (Hint: we’ve got it easy compared with them.) The footage was shot in September, along with other segments that were filmed in Charlotte for the same episode. In Charlotte, the brothers visited a training school for NASCAR pit crew members, talked to a writer and did some man-on-the-street interviews.
The brothers say they were on a tight deadline and didn’t get to tour Old Salem as extensively as they would have liked, but they said they were impressed with what they saw.
“I love that it’s whole preserved blocks, not just one house or a mini row of houses,” Jason Sklar said. “You kind of get a sense of how the whole system worked together.”
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