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We initially took creative and conscious cues from the iconic shows that have inspired us. From the scenic road, simple-pleasure sensibilities of Charles Kuralt’s On the Road and the investigatory spirit of 60 Minutes to the aesthetic and music-fueled backdrop of MTV and do-it-yourself spirit of Current TV, these things have moved us to create a show where neither artistry or content are ever compromised for one another.

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Season 5 Coming in October

Thursday, August 14 2014 06:13 PM

The SOTRU team is traveling far and wide to bring you four incredible new episodes of SOTRU. Here's a preview of what's coming your way in October:

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duPont-Columbia Awards Entry – The Hospital Always Wins

Friday, June 27 2014 04:16 PM


 Back in 2004, staff producer Laura Starecheski visited a state mental hospital in Queens, New York, called Creedmoor. She stumbled on to a mystery there that would take almost ten years to unravel. In this special hour, we bring you just this one story: an artist stuck in the catch-22 of a lifetime.

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SOTRU Wins Edward R. Murrow Award for Second Year in a Row

Wednesday, June 11 2014 03:25 PM

We are thrilled to announce that, for the second year in a row, State of the Re:Union has been honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award.  Our episode, The Hospital Always Wins, was awarded Best News Documentary by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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Interior Alaska: Frontier Community

Tuesday, June 10 2014 02:32 PM

Interior Alaska can be a forbidding place. The region is largely wilderness, covered with expansive stretches of tundra and towering mountain ranges. Winters are long and dark, with just a few hours of sunlight on the shortest days and temperatures that often plunge to -50F. Because of its isolation and climate, the region has long […]

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The Sorting of America

Tuesday, June 03 2014 06:22 PM

The U.S. has been a country shaped by migration, dating back to the days of the pioneers making their way West. But recently, this country has been seeing a different kind of migration, one motivated not by economic necessity, but lifestyle choices. More and more, people are moving to places where they’re surrounded by others […]

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Salt Lake City, UT: Updating Tradition

Tuesday, May 27 2014 06:00 PM

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 large and politically active […]

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Contested

Tuesday, May 20 2014 03:53 PM

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 […]

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Hawai’i: The Legacy of Sugar

Tuesday, May 13 2014 04:34 PM

For many Americans, Hawai’i is a tropical playground, the place of surf, sun and dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most unique 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 […]

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SOTRU Short: The Friendship of Ross and Stardust

Tuesday, April 29 2014 03:03 PM

Produced by: Jen Chien

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When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special

Wednesday, April 09 2014 04:55 PM

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.

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