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Free podcast of the award-winning public radio show State of the Re:Union. Each episode of SOTRU, host Al Letson travels to a new community to tell stories about the people who are doing extraordinary work to help each other, to engage their community, and to overcome obstacles. It's a unique way of storytelling that documents the new America. SOTRU is presented by WJCT, co-distributed by PRX and NPR. Because things fall apart, it's our job to bring them back together.

Latest Episodes

Travelogue: Volume Two

In the last episode of State of the Re:Union, the team brings you a collection of our favorite stories from the road. Host Al Letson reflects on six years of SOTRU and says goodbye to the show.

50 MIN2015 MAY 27
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Travelogue: Volume Two

San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City

The San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the region’s cities are majority Asian. That makes the “SGV” one of the few places where being Asian American is the norm – but where there is no normal version of being Asian American.

51 MIN2015 MAY 20
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San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City

The Poems, The Poets, The Power – A National Poetry Month Special

Poetry isn’t just words on a page. Instead it’s a form that lets people express themselves in a way that’s often far more deep, emotional, and complex than other forms of communication. In this year’s National Poetry Month Special, SOTRU explores how people are finding ways to use poetry in surprising ways.

50 MIN2015 APR 29
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The Poems, The Poets, The Power – A National Poetry Month Special

Ithaca, NY: Power to the People

The climate is going haywire, and politicians are bickering over what to do about it, or whether to do anything at all. But that’s only part of the story. Around the country, communities are taking matters into their own hands, publicly pledging to shrink their carbon footprints, then setting out to make good on their promises.

50 MIN2015 APR 22
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Ithaca, NY: Power to the People

SOTRU Short: A Couple Twice Born

When someone decides to transition from one gender to another, it’s obviously a big deal in their life. But what’s it like for their spouse?

12 MIN2015 MAR 4
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SOTRU Short: A Couple Twice Born

The Power of African American Art: A Black History Month Special

This year, State of the Re:Union recognizes Black History Month through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole.

51 MIN2015 FEB 18
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The Power of African American Art: A Black History Month Special

SOTRU Short: A New Orleans Church Memorializes Murder Victims

When a city’s murder rate goes up and stays high for years, what do community activists working against violence do? How do they keep from losing hope? Back in 2010, State of the Re:Union visited New Orleans, Louisiana, and reported on community responses to urban violence. Among the places SOTRU visited was St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in the Treme neighborhood, which had come up with a novel way of documenting the city’s violence: something they called the Murder Board. This year, we sent reporter Nina Feldman back to St. Anna’s to see how the project is maintaining, these years later.

12 MIN2015 JAN 14
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SOTRU Short: A New Orleans Church Memorializes Murder Victims

SOTRU Short: The Whistler

In every community, there are certain characters that are familiar to everybody. They’re not actually famous– they’re just recognizable folks about town because of some quirk or personal characteristic. Producer Gabe Grabin brings us the story of one particular character in his hometown who polarized his community.

14 MIN2014 DEC 3
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SOTRU Short: The Whistler

Travelogue: Volume One

The SOTRU team brings you a collection of stories from the road. Host Al Letson reflects on the show and plays some of his favorite stories mixed with unheard interviews. We’ll also hear a story about a road trip that completely shifted Al’s life.

50 MIN2014 OCT 22
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Travelogue: Volume One

Truckers of the High Seas

In our globalized world, it only takes a click to buy something from China and have it delivered right to your doorstep. But that product sailed across the ocean on a cargo ship before it got to you. Over 90 percent of global trade travels across the ocean by ship. In this episode, we’ll step on board some of these ships and meet the sailors who work there. What’s it like to live for months at sea, isolated with only your co-workers? And when a ship stops in the USA, how do sailors spend the few precious hours they have on shore? Tune in to this hour with guest producer Allison Swaim to find out.

50 MIN2014 OCT 15
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Truckers of the High Seas

Latest Episodes

Travelogue: Volume Two

In the last episode of State of the Re:Union, the team brings you a collection of our favorite stories from the road. Host Al Letson reflects on six years of SOTRU and says goodbye to the show.

50 MIN2015 MAY 27
Comments
Travelogue: Volume Two

San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City

The San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the region’s cities are majority Asian. That makes the “SGV” one of the few places where being Asian American is the norm – but where there is no normal version of being Asian American.

51 MIN2015 MAY 20
Comments
San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City

The Poems, The Poets, The Power – A National Poetry Month Special

Poetry isn’t just words on a page. Instead it’s a form that lets people express themselves in a way that’s often far more deep, emotional, and complex than other forms of communication. In this year’s National Poetry Month Special, SOTRU explores how people are finding ways to use poetry in surprising ways.

50 MIN2015 APR 29
Comments
The Poems, The Poets, The Power – A National Poetry Month Special

Ithaca, NY: Power to the People

The climate is going haywire, and politicians are bickering over what to do about it, or whether to do anything at all. But that’s only part of the story. Around the country, communities are taking matters into their own hands, publicly pledging to shrink their carbon footprints, then setting out to make good on their promises.

50 MIN2015 APR 22
Comments
Ithaca, NY: Power to the People

SOTRU Short: A Couple Twice Born

When someone decides to transition from one gender to another, it’s obviously a big deal in their life. But what’s it like for their spouse?

12 MIN2015 MAR 4
Comments
SOTRU Short: A Couple Twice Born

The Power of African American Art: A Black History Month Special

This year, State of the Re:Union recognizes Black History Month through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole.

51 MIN2015 FEB 18
Comments
The Power of African American Art: A Black History Month Special

SOTRU Short: A New Orleans Church Memorializes Murder Victims

When a city’s murder rate goes up and stays high for years, what do community activists working against violence do? How do they keep from losing hope? Back in 2010, State of the Re:Union visited New Orleans, Louisiana, and reported on community responses to urban violence. Among the places SOTRU visited was St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in the Treme neighborhood, which had come up with a novel way of documenting the city’s violence: something they called the Murder Board. This year, we sent reporter Nina Feldman back to St. Anna’s to see how the project is maintaining, these years later.

12 MIN2015 JAN 14
Comments
SOTRU Short: A New Orleans Church Memorializes Murder Victims

SOTRU Short: The Whistler

In every community, there are certain characters that are familiar to everybody. They’re not actually famous– they’re just recognizable folks about town because of some quirk or personal characteristic. Producer Gabe Grabin brings us the story of one particular character in his hometown who polarized his community.

14 MIN2014 DEC 3
Comments
SOTRU Short: The Whistler

Travelogue: Volume One

The SOTRU team brings you a collection of stories from the road. Host Al Letson reflects on the show and plays some of his favorite stories mixed with unheard interviews. We’ll also hear a story about a road trip that completely shifted Al’s life.

50 MIN2014 OCT 22
Comments
Travelogue: Volume One

Truckers of the High Seas

In our globalized world, it only takes a click to buy something from China and have it delivered right to your doorstep. But that product sailed across the ocean on a cargo ship before it got to you. Over 90 percent of global trade travels across the ocean by ship. In this episode, we’ll step on board some of these ships and meet the sailors who work there. What’s it like to live for months at sea, isolated with only your co-workers? And when a ship stops in the USA, how do sailors spend the few precious hours they have on shore? Tune in to this hour with guest producer Allison Swaim to find out.

50 MIN2014 OCT 15
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Truckers of the High Seas
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