29 December 2008

Motor City Rebound - Airs Jan. 5 + Jan.12

State of the Re:Union is the effort of two talented radio producers: Zak Rosen and Alfred Letson. Their new show tours the USA, putting a new spin on cities you thought you knew. Their first visit is to Detroit find out how the area creates community and answer the question, “What happens to the people when their local government fails them?”

Segments include:

Letters to Detroit – Heard throughout the episode, residents read their a letter they’ve written to their city.

Walking on Broken Glass – Two young Detroit artists collect broken car-window glass from the streets of the city and transform it into community based art.

Interview with Grace Lee Boggs – 93 year old activist and her young protégé outline the issues Detroit faces and their ideas of how the city can move forward without the promise of industry or government.

Avalon Bakery – Small-business owner Jackie Victor talks about Detroit’s open entrepreneurial landscape and how the city’s lack of infrastructure has brought the community closer together than she thought possible.

Inner City Green – Detroit is leading the country in an urban agricultural revolution. By transforming the city’s many vacant lots into farms and gardens citizens are making communities healthier and bringing people together.

Bakers Keyboard Lounge – An interview with the current owner of the oldest consistently operating jazz club in America. In hearing the history of this well known spot, we learn how it has become a pillar of the community.

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