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Biography

Soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has garnered Al Letson national recognition and devoted fans. In 2008 Letson created, hosted, and executive produced State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). Every episode SOTRU examined America through the lens of community. The program aired on more than 300 NPR stations, receiving critical acclaim, and numerous awards, including a Peabody Award (2014), three consecutive National Edward R. Murrow Awards (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2015 SOTRU ended production and Letson joined the Center for Investigative Reporting to help launch and host public radio's first hour-long investigative journalism show, Reveal. Reveal’s first pilot, The VA’s Opiate Overload, won a Peabody Award (2013). Since that time Reveal has gained a large audience and is heard on over 400 public radio stations and over 1 million downloads a month. In 2016 Letson launched his own podcast, showcasing a little bit of errthang. Errthang is just that, everything: storytelling, radio drama, pop culture reviews, and interviews. Letson is basically taking all the things that are floating in his head and turning it into a mixtape of delight for listeners.

A true renaissance man, Letson got his start on stage as a performance poet where he established himself as a heavyweight in the Poetry Slam community, being a featured on venues such as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and CBS’s 2004 Final Four PreGame. Drawing on his background as a performance poet, Letson seamlessly weaves spoken word into the fabric of his theatre work. Several of his plays produced on stages across the country. His solo performance Summer in Sanctuary opened at the Abingdon Theatre company off-Broadway in the summer of 2012 and ran for nine months at the Marsh in San Francisco.

A self-described comic nerd, in 2017 Letson was picked by DC Comics to join the DC Comics Writer’s Workshop. The workshop trains writers to work for DC Comics, writing iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. While it may seem like his interests are varied, they are all aspects of who Al Letson is, a storyteller for the new millennium.

Articles

COVID-19

Quarantine nation

Quarantines are supposed to contain the new coronavirus, but are the right people going into isolation, and are federal guidelines strong enough?

Mar 28, 2020
COVID-19

COVID-19 in the ER

An ER doctor in Seattle gives a firsthand account of treating COVID-19 patients. Plus, an Iraqi man seeks justice for atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison.

Mar 21, 2020
COVID-19

Containing the coronavirus

How the coronavirus came to California and whether the response could have been better. Plus, a forgotten lynching in Atlanta raises new questions.

Mar 14, 2020
Sustainability

The refuge revealed

Oil rigs may soon be coming to the nation’s largest wildlife refuge. We find out what that could mean to the people who live there.

Mar 7, 2020
Sustainability

The tell-tale hearts

Trump’s deregulatory fervor bolsters the chemical industry and Defense Department’s effort to debunk the science linking TCE to fetal heart defects.

Feb 29, 2020
Sustainability

Scuttling science

Advisory panels slashed, environmental regulations rolled back – how the Trump administration uses questionable science to justify its policies.

Feb 22, 2020
Kids on the Line

Six years separated

A 10-year-old girl is separated from her family at the border and enters U.S. custody. Now she’s 17 and still in a shelter. Her family can’t find her.

Feb 15, 2020

The honor walk

A new ritual at hospitals is bringing solace to the families of organ donors by paying tribute to the gift of life that’s being passed on.

Feb 12, 2020
Accountability

Lost in transplantation

Getting organs to patients waiting for a transplant is a matter of life and death. Yet transportation errors are putting patients in danger.

Feb 8, 2020
Accountability

Don’t count on the census

As the 2020 census approaches, experts warn the count will be inaccurate. A look at why the census is struggling and whether efforts to save it can work.

Feb 1, 2020