Baltimore is a city of many neighborhoods, of intense divides—racial, class, and otherwise– not easily overcome. State of the Re:Union with Al Letson presents “Baltimore, MD: Outsiders In”, a program that addresses not only the challenges and numerous divides that span the city, but also the efforts and activities of Baltimore residents in solving problems and bringing people together. It airs Sunday, August 26 at 9 p.m. on WXXI AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2.
It’s a city bogged down by a reputation for crime, poverty and dysfunction (thanks, in part, to the acclaimed TV show The Wire)—a reputation not entirely undeserved. But all of that often overshadows the passion and dedication many Baltimoreans have for their city, and for taking on what’s wrong with it in ways small and large. This radio episode begins by exploring the complexities of Baltimore. A story of a life-changing debate team and the activities of Baltimore-based veterans are exposed by State of the Re:Union. The listener will learn of the surprising new hobby for local jail inmates. Letson also presents the story of artwork and overcoming stereotypes for black men and boys in Baltimore.
State of the Re:Union was created by Al Letson and has set out to explore American communities, the ways people transcend challenging circumstance, and the vital cultural narratives that give an area or community its uniqueness. Season Three of State of the Re:Union seeks to continue the exploration of American communities, cities, towns, and cultures and the incredible stories found across the nation.