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Program: Specials and Documentaries

Airing Sundays at 6 p.m.

 

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State of the Re:Union tells the stories of everyday people that are doing extraordinary work to help each other, to engage their community, and to overcome obstacles.

April 5 – 5th When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special
In this National Poetry Month special, SOTRU explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson’s life. We talk to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible poetry.

 

April 12 – Hawai’i: the Legacy of Sugar
For many Americans, Hawai’i is a tropical playground, the place of dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most multicultural states in the nation, one still dealing with the complicated legacy of the circumstances under which it become part of this country. And so much of how Hawai’i is now comes back to one game-changing element: sugar. For decades, long before it was a tourist’s paradise, what Hawai’i did was grow sugar. In this episode, we’ll explore the way contemporary Hawai’i is still navigating the legacy of the sugar plantations now in the 21st century.

 

April 19 – Contested
Host Al Letson and guest producer John Biewen (of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) present a collection of stories from Durham, North Carolina. In this hour of SOTRU, we explore the role of sports in the lives of young people, and their families, as the kids pursue success in athletics and in life.

 

April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT: Updating Tradition
When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict. We’ll explore how some of the city’s most entrenched institutions are being adapted to fit the modern moment.

 


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