Parachuting In
Al Letson, Tina Antolini, and Laura Starecheski


Third Coast Conference, USA, 2012
Conference Audio
Cities, How to, Humorous, Identity
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(aka: State of the Re:Union’s Secret Recipe for Serious Place-based Storytelling… in Practically No Time!)

State of the Re:Union takes listeners to one place in America at a time, conveying a strong sense of place through great storytelling—with limited time and resources. Host Al Letson and producers Tina Antolini and Laura Starecheski reveal SOTRU’s secret recipe for how to arrive in an unfamiliar place, stay for 5-7 days and leave with a whole hour’s worth of sound-rich, scene-based radio stories.


Al Letson (@Al_Letson) is a poet/playwright/actor/comic book writer and host and Executive Producer of NPR and PRX’s State of the Re:Union. As a performance poet his work has been on stages and television screens. His plays have received critical acclaim and have been performed across the country, including an off broadway run. State of the Re:Union has won several national awards and is aired on more than 320 stations coast-to-coast.

Tina Antolini is a Peabody-Award-winning storyteller and radio producer. She serves as the host and producer of Gravy, a podcast with the Southern Foodways Alliance, which was named the James Beard Foundation's Publication of the Year for 2015. Tina's worked in public radio for more than 10 years, including at State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) and New England Public Radio, and has produced stories on everything from Iraqi religious minorities to the sex lives of lobsters. Antolini won a Peabody and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her work on SOTRU. She attended Stanford, Hampshire College, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Laura Starecheski (@Starecheski) reports on health for NPR's Science Desk. She spent three years traveling the U.S. with the State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) crew. Her work has garnered a National Edward R. Murrow Award, among others. She was a 2014 Knight-Wallace Fellow and serves on the board of AIR.


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