Al Letson en State of the RE: Union - Comics - With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility <p></p><div><strong>Airs Monday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. &nbsp;</strong>In this episode we explore a community where when evil rears its head, someone finds a way to set things right, even if they have to make sacrifices and defy the laws of our universe to do it. In this hour we tell the stories of real-life battles between good and evil in the world of comic books, where underdogs often come out on top and fantasy merges with reality. From creators and whistle blowers to real-life superheroes who've brought comics to life, putting on their own capes and costumes to fight for justice in their cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The episode kicks off with host Al Letson talking about his secret ‘nerdy’ side. Then, a passionate Superman fan gets taken advantage of, and the comics community pitches in to help.<div>&nbsp;</div><div>Comics Alliance editor Laura Hudson causes an uproar in the comics community over an editorial about the portrayal of women in comics. Then, Cowabunga Dude! We visit the town that birthed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>A letter from an unlikely comic book fan. We learn about Cosplay, then meet a man who transformed himself into a superhero. Finally, an emotional story about a boy’s wish to become a superhero.</p></div></div><p> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Al Letson 20168 at State of the RE: Union - Comics - With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility State of the RE:Union - Baltimore - Outsiders In <p><strong>Airs Monday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.&nbsp;</strong> Baltimore is a city of many neighborhoods, of intense divides--racial, class, and otherwise--not easily overcome. It's a city bogged down by a reputation for crime, poverty and dysfunction--a reputation not entirely undeserved. But all of that overshadows the passion and dedication many Baltimoreans have for their city, and for taking on what's wrong with it in ways small and large. In this episode, we tell stories of people who are working from outside the system to take on Baltimore's problems and shepherd its promises into fruition. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:57:00 +0000 Al Letson 19581 at State of the RE:Union - Baltimore - Outsiders In State of the RE:Union - Vermont, The Small Town State <p><strong>Airs Monday, November &nbsp;at 8:00 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; ">Quaint storefronts along Main streets, covered bridges over clear streams, cows from dairy farms dotting green valleys: across the state, these are the iconic images of Vermont. But beyond its pastoral beauty, this is a place that prides itself on its independent spirit. This is truly a place where individual communities are self determining, where geographic isolation has forced people to get creative, and take their town's destiny into their own hands. In this hour, we'll hear a range of stories of the way Vermont's 'small town state' identity manifests.</span></p><p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Al Letson 19423 at State of the RE:Union - Vermont, The Small Town State A Year Without Mexican-American Studies In Tucson An Arizona law that went into effect last year essentially ruled that the Mexican-American studies program offered in the Tucson public school system was divisive and should be scrapped. At the end of the first semester without the classes, hard feelings still linger.<p>For eight years, until this past January, Lorenzo Lopez taught Mexican-American studies at Cholla High in Tucson, Ariz., the very school from which he graduated in 1992.<p>After high school, Lopez spent a couple years working odd jobs as a miner and a factory worker; anything to pay the bills. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:29:00 +0000 Al Letson 13128 at A Year Without Mexican-American Studies In Tucson