State of the Re:Union with Al Letson: Mental Health in America: The Hospital Always Wins

(Rochester, NY) - In this special hour State of the Re:Union takes listeners to a place that exists in every American city, but most of us have never seen the inside of it. Back in 2004, SOTRU producer Laura Starecheski visited a state mental hospital in Queens, New York, called Creedmoor. She met an artist there named Issa Ibrahim. He had no perceptible symptoms: he was talented, charismatic, funny, engaging. To be blunt, he just didn’t seem like your typical long-term mental patient. But he’d been at Creedmoor for more than ten years already, with little hope of getting out. Why was Issa still stuck in the hospital?  Laura’s quest to uncover Issa’s story took almost a decade. In “Mental Health in America: The Hospital Always Wins,” State of the Re:Union host Al Letson takes a close-up look at love, guilt and forgiveness, revealing both the brightest and the darkest parts of human nature on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

In State of the Re:Union, Public Radio Talent Quest winner Al Letson travels the country to find those stories -- and tells 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. To learn more about this series, visit:


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