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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.
October 6 - Pike County, Ohio - As Black as We Wish to Be
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.
October 13 - Coming Home: Stories of Veterans Returning from War
More than two million veterans have come home so far from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For returning veterans, reintegrating into society can be a challenge. How do you find your place, when you’ve changed and the people you love don’t recognize you? When that old life is gone and you have to start a new one from scratch. In this hour State of the Re:Union explores reintegration and asks the question: how do you come back home from war?
October 20 - Who Is This Man
MLK Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement-- but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who's largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. In this program hour, we explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.
October 27 - The Hospital Always Wins
In this special hour, we take listeners to a place that exists in every American city… but most of us have never seen the inside of it. Back in 2004, 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. Laura’s quest to uncover Issa’s story took almost a decade.
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