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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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Travelogue: Volume One

Wednesday, October 22 2014 04:12 PM

T he SOTRU team brings you a collection of stories from the road. Host Al Letson reflects on the show and plays some of his favorite stories mixed with unheard interviews. We’ll also hear a story about a road trip that completely shifted Al’s life.

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Truckers of the High Seas

Monday, October 13 2014 12:05 PM

I n our globalized world, it only takes a click to buy something from China and have it delivered right to your doorstep. But that product sailed across the ocean on a cargo ship before it got to you. Over 90 percent of global trade travels across the ocean by ship. In this episode, we’ll […]

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American Justice

Monday, October 06 2014 02:14 PM

The United States has the world’s largest prison population. In 2012, there were 2.3 million people in American prisons or jails – and even more under some kind of “correctional supervision.” In fact, if you added up all the people in America in prison, on probation, or on parole, it’d total about 6 million – […]

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Trans Families

Tuesday, September 30 2014 02:59 PM

It’s estimated that there are nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as transgender. That’s more than a million people with families, communities and stories we are only just starting to hear from. When someone transitions, the impact of that decision ripples beyond them to the people often closest to them: their […]

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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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