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Sunday, June 5 at 10 p.m. – State of the Re:Union: Oakland, CA

(Rochester, NY) – In State of the Re:Union: Oakland CA, airing Sunday, June 5 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2, host Al Letson looks at the costs and rewards for people dreaming big in Oakland.Refugees, swindlers, visionaries, and entrepreneurs are chasing fast money – these are the historic roots of Oakland, California. The city has long been home for people building new lives and imagining even better ones. But dreams that have been deferred also haunt this place, in its empty post-boom skyscrapers, its infamous homicide rates, and deep budget cuts. In the face of entrenched problems, Oakland answers back with diverse, revolutionary solutions.

In the State of the Re:Union SOTRU series, host Letson travels the country to find stories of the ordinary -- and tells them with grace, perspective, and deep curiosity. SOTRU explores the resonating themes, stories, challenges and cultural components that create communities across the country and celebrate the commonality that links us as a people. Letson brings his formidable stage and poetry slam skills to the mic in each episode.

Pictured: Host Al Letson


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