Al Letson en State of the Re:Union: When Words Matter - A National Poetry Month Special <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this National Poetry Month special, </span>SOTRU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al </span>Letson's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> life. We talk to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">poetry.</span></div><p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:00:00 +0000 43164 at State of the Re:Union: When Words Matter - A National Poetry Month Special State of the Re:Union - As Black as We Wish to Be <p><strong>Airs Wednesday, February 5 at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</strong>In this episode Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone's choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there's a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 39556 at State of the Re:Union - As Black as We Wish to Be State of the Re:Union - New Leaders <p><strong>Airs Tuesday, February 4 at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</strong>Usually during Black History Month, we remember Civil Rights icons and reflect on their legacy. But over the past couple of years, SOTRU has met a new generation of African American leaders, people you may not see on TV specials or making nationally acclaimed speeches. Most of these men and women are on the front lines of their communities, rolling up their selves and diving in to what can be very unglamorous work. In this episode, SOTRU would like to introduce you to this group of leaders and what they’re accomplishing in their various corners of America.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 39554 at State of the Re:Union - New Leaders State of the Re:Union - Defining Black History <p><strong>Airs Monday, February 3 at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. In this hour, State of the Re:Union zeroes in some of those alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments. From a more complicated understanding of the impact of the Civil Rights Act of ’64 on Jackson, Mississippi… to a city in Oklahoma still trying to figure out how to tell the history of one particular race riot… to one woman’s wrangling with her own personal racial history.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 39503 at State of the Re:Union - Defining Black History 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