Sacramento, CA: All Hands on Deck

There’s been a lot of bad news coming out of Sacramento lately: homelessness, the foreclosure rate, unemployment, political gridlock in a state crippled by the recession.  Add to that a stubborn case of politics fatigue, and you’ve got a lot of reasons to write off this city.  But we trekked to California’s beleaguered state capital to peek behind the national headlines and find out who keeps this city running—day in, day out—despite all that’s going wrong.  And we left with the realization that people in Sacramento are remaking the American city, in surprising and deeply moving ways.


Go behind the scenes with host Al Letson and producer Laura Starecheski as they produce the Sacramento episode of State of the Re:Union.

Episode Music

The Alchemist40 Bars
The AlchemistThe Main Event
The AlchemistVictory or Defeat
Balanescu QuartetLife and Death
Balanescu QuartetModel
Balanescu QuartetWaltz
Binary StarConquistadors (instrumental)
BlackaliciousDecepticon (instrumental)
Jurassic 5Action Satisfaction (instrumental remix by DJ Numark)
Jurassic 5Concrete Schoolyard (instrumental)
Leo KottkeEaster
Leo KottkeThe Fisherman
Library TapesKlosterg
Michael NymanTime Lapse
Sufjan StevensJohn Wayne Gacy Jr. (TOR remix)
A Tribe Called QuestCan I Kick It? (instrumental)
Yo La TengoSea Urchins


  • Lisa V.

    Please post the “Love Letter to Sacramento” by Joshua (?) on your site. It was part of the “State of the Re-Union-Sacrament” episode re-broadcast on Tuesday, 9/24. It was so poignant and one of the best I’ve listened to so far!!

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