State of the Re:Union with Al Letson: The Rural Southwest: Home on the Range

(Rochester, NY) – Among the most iconic landscapes in American is the Western Range, a stretch of millions of acres of land, much of it remote and still undeveloped, distinguished by low rainfall, but abundant ecological diversity. In the 21st century, this land has become contested ground. Development pressures threaten open space as the Sun Belt continues to be an economic powerhouse. Border issues mean life in some of these rural places has been transformed by violence and politics. Ranchers and environmentalists alike are wrestling with what this land should be in the years to come. In "The Rural of Southwest: Home on the Range", State of Re:Union host Al Letson takes listeners to the Western Range, Sunday, November 3, 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:

Pictured: Host Al Letson
Credit: Agnes Lopez 


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