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Award-winning public radio show that travels the country telling stories about people doing extraordinary work to overcome obstacles.

All around us, every day, we hear, see, and experience stories of the American decline. The current narrative of this nation; of the world, is that things are falling apart.  And yet, when you zoom in close and look at the big problems that plague this nation, everyday people are doing extraordinary work to help each other, to engage their community, and to overcome obstacles. 

That's what State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) is all about. Telling those stories about the dreamers and doers in cities and towns across America. Our listeners have told us they want more SOTRU, so we're raising money so we can do just that. Our Kickstarter goal is $20,000, so we can create an additional three episodes for our third season. 

 So far this year we've completed ten episodes and traveled from coast-to-coast (see our FAQ section below for details on locations). Our three additional episodes will focus primarily on education and the military, and will be released by the end of the year, so you can ring in 2013 with more SOTRU!

Sample Stories:

Superman - from the Comics Episode
A passionate Superman fan gets taken advantage of, and the comics community rallies around him.

The 6th Branch - from the Baltimore Episode 
How Baltimore-based veterans are serving their community after serving their country.

Laramie After Matthew Shepard - from the Wyoming Episode
An untold story of how Matthew Shepard’s murder changed the town of Laramie.

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Slammin' Rewards:

Because State of the Re:Union is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, if you choose not to receive a reward with your monetary gift, your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

SOTRU Stickers
SOTRU Stickers
Planetfall, comic book written by Al Letson. Choose digital version or printed version.
Planetfall, comic book written by Al Letson. Choose digital version or printed version.
T-Shirt Option #1 - Stuck on You
T-Shirt Option #1 - Stuck on You
T-Shirt Option #2 - Colorful Storytelling
T-Shirt Option #2 - Colorful Storytelling
T-Shirt Option #3 - Bringing it Back Together (for the Ladies)
T-Shirt Option #3 - Bringing it Back Together (for the Ladies)
Summer in Sanctuary DVD of Al's complete performance at the New Jersey Rep. Check out the trailer below.
Summer in Sanctuary DVD of Al's complete performance at the New Jersey Rep. Check out the trailer below.
SOTRU Travel Journal (Includes Embossing, Personalized Note from Al and Unreleased CD)
SOTRU Travel Journal (Includes Embossing, Personalized Note from Al and Unreleased CD)

Virtual Date with Al or with Al and the Producers  Go on a virtual date with host with the most Al Letson, via Skype or Google+ hangout. Ask him questions, bat your eyelashes, make him perform his favorite poem... don't be shy. You can also choose to virtual chat with Al and super producers, Tina Antolini and Laura Starecheski, and pick their brains about anything your heart desires. 

Podcast Underwriting Spot
Align your company or organization with a nationally aired public radio show with a positive message. Your :10 underwriting spot will reach thousands of people and is priced at 50% less than our typical rate. It must adhere to public radio underwriting guidelines, but we'll help you sort out the verbiage. This spot is priced at 50% less than our typical rate. Email Brie at brie@stateofthereunion.com to iron out the specifics.

"We Remember You" Podcast
Honor your loved one with a podcast about them. We'll conduct the interviews and produce a piece that you will love. Email Brie at brie@stateofthereunion.com to discuss details.

Travel with SOTRU
Come on the road with the SOTRU production team to see how we produce an episode. We'll take care of your flight from the continental U.S., hotel and meals. We typically travel for a week at a time, but you can stay for only a few days if you'd like. Travel will likely take place this spring. If you have questions about specifics, please email Brie at brie@stateofthereunion.com.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Producing an additional three episodes in one season is something we've never attempted before, however, we have a plan in process to ensure we deliver the episodes on deadline. Typically we release five episodes in both the spring and fall, and have about five months of production time for each. We would be releasing these episodes by the end of the year, so would have two months to produce three episodes.

However, to combat this challenge, we have a dedicated group of staff that have created a detailed schedule, and we have brought on a part-time researcher to ensure that the three episodes get completed by our deadline of December 31st. This is our third season of production so we have our workflow solidified and process management in tact to ensure everything runs smoothly.

FAQ

  • We typically produce 10 total episodes per complete season or year. We release 5 episodes in the spring, and 5 in the fall. This year, with a little help from our friends, we're hoping to produce 13 total episodes, releasing the final 3 before the end of the year.

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  • This season we have episodes from the following locations:

    Vermont
    Baltimore, MD
    Missouri Ozarks
    Tri-Cities, WA
    Tucson, AZ
    Pike County, OH
    Jacksonville, FL

    We also have three episodes produced from different types of communities:

    Comics
    Internet
    Summer in Sanctuary - An American Graduate Special

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  • We're so glad you asked! Submit your suggestion to us at contact(at)stateofthereunion(dot)com. Include specifics on why you think your community would make a great SOTRU episode.

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