State of the Re:Union in Utica NY

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Pictured: Utica NY Railroad Station

State of the Re:Union looks at how Utica has opened its doors to the world's needy, and how that's bringing fresh energy to a city in dire need of it.

A couple of decades ago, Utica, New York was dying; a popular bumper sticker in the '90s read "Last One Out of Utica, Please Turn Out the Lights." Once a bustling textile city perched on the edge of the Erie Canal, Utica lost its mills in the mid-20th century, and has lost population ever since. But something has changed in recent years, with a surprising influx of refugees to this part of snowy, upstate New York -- the newcomers have given Utica hope for second chance. State of the Re:Union "Utica, NY" airs Sunday, May  29 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2. 

Please note: This episode will replace the Miami, Florida program, which was originally scheduled for this date.

State of the Re:Union host Al Letson travels the country in search of real stories of the people working to make homes, lives, and neighborhoods across the country.