State of the Re:Union "Veterans Day"

State of the Re:Union "Veterans Day"

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Host Al Letson

Al Letson returns for another series of real reporting on real people.

With so much talk about "community," sometimes we lose perspective on the real stories of the people working to make homes, lives, and neighborhoods across the country. In State of the Re:Union (SOTRU), host Al Letson travels the country to find those stories -- and tell them with grace, perspective, and deep curiosity. SOTRU explores the resonating themes, stories, challenges and cultural components that create communities across the country and celebrate the commonality that links us as a people. Letson brings his formidable stage and poetry slam skills to the mic in each episode. State of the Re:Union airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/AM-HD91.5-2 throughout November.

November episodes and air dates include:

Veterans Day airs Sunday, November 7 at 10 p.m.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan send our veterans home with wounds and obstacles not always clearly visible to the rest of the country. These two current wars also illuminate how veterans of previous eras are still trying to come home years after returning from war. SOTRU explores how veterans are serving each other after they come back home from serving the country.

Austin, Texas airs Sunday, November 14 at 10 p.m.    
Austin is a town wrestling with its identity, not as a result of a natural disaster or economic meltdown, but rather its success. The population has spiked and so have its economic advantages, but many residents worry that the development and growth might jeopardize the city's unique, countercultural feel. SOTRU explores the balance of culture and success in the Texas capital.

Los Angeles, California airs Sunday, November  21 at 10 p.m.   
Los Angeles is a sprawling city known to many outsiders as dizzying, sprawling and superficial. But when looked at beneath the surface, LA reveals itself as a place of purpose, humanity and dignity. SOTRU travels to the City of Angels to tell a series of stories detailing what home really means and the way it connects people and community.

Central Appalachia airs Sunday, November  28 at 10 p.m.   
SOTRU explores the misguided portrayal of the rural Appalachian region as a place of victims, a people at the mercy of the region's poverty or bigotry. We travel to southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky to examine how residents are balancing deep ties to their history while facing the future in a new way.