Utica is not a city that makes many outsize claims these days. There’s a pervasive sense that a lot of the city’s glory days are in the past, that the time when people boasted about Utica with words like “best” and “biggest” are long gone. Except… when it comes to food. Economic hard times or not, this is a city that takes its eating seriously. Maybe that’s because it was home to so many Italians… (more…)
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and for the Somali Community in the Twin Cities where autism is so prevalent among its children.
When researching stories for SOTRU’s Twin Cities episode, there was one story that the entire team couldn’t stop thinking about after hearing it: within the large community of Somali immigrants that live in the Minneapolis area, there is an alarming trend of autism among their children.
We told the story of a mother, Idil Abdul, turned activist, and a father, Abdi Hassan, who has dedicated his life to the special needs of his child. In the spring of 2009 the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a limited study. As Al says in the segment, “In some ways, the study created more questions than it answers.” After all, the big question, the “Why of Autism” is something the world is still trying to figure out. The public health professionals conceded that even the baseline of whether someone has autism or not is hard to determine.
The segment ended with Al lamenting how there has been talk of several in-depth studies researching what might be happening with these Somali children, but, at the time, nothing concrete had evolved.
However, we were all recently elated to hear the news this month that there is now an in-depth study set to happen!
We got an excited email from Idil letting us know that on Tuesday Jan 18th, 2011, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Health of Institute (NIH) and Autism Speaks announced a study of Autism and Somali children in Minnesota. As Idil wrote to us, “Any family that has a child or children in our case knows it is no day at the park and no parent should accept autism is an unsolved puzzle. We must find cause, cure and better treatments.” With this study, there is a chance for progress on that front!
State of the Re:Union is excited to announce that our Black History Month special, “Bayard Rustin – Who Is This Man?” will be airing on public radio stations across the country during January, February and March.
August 28th, 1963 will forever be tied to Martin Luther King Jr.’s hallowed “I Have a Dream Speech.” This historic moment would probably have never come to fruition if it weren’t for a man standing in King’s shadow, Mr. Bayard Rustin. (more…)
From reflecting on their experiences and healing wounds in unexpected ways to providing purpose and support for their brothers and sisters in arms, this episode explores how veterans are serving each with the same bravery and courage with which they served our country. (more…)
The Moogfest occurred over Halloween weekend, celebrating the legacy of sonic pioneer Bob Moog. A huge list of celebrated acts appeared during the three day event held in Asheville and there were several workshops, panels and even a Moog inspired art exhibition. A portion of the revenue went to raising money for the Bob Moog Foundation. We had the opportunity to discuss the foundation with its Executive Director and Bob Moog’s daughter, Michelle Moog-Koosa, and Brian Kehew, the foundation’s archive historian, one half of the band Moog Cookbook and a close friend of Bob’s. The foundation supplied us with a number of amazing photos, documents and audio. Enjoy! (more…)
In the relatively small public radio documentary world, there is one event that serves as a kind of combination Oscars/family reunion/Christmas morning (at least regarding level of excitement): the Third Coast Audio Festival. Several hundred of the most enthusiastic radio producers in the country (plus a few international folks too!) descend upon Chicago for a couple of days of workshops, listening sessions, and drinking bourbon (well, perhaps that’s an unofficial part of the conference). Just having returned from this year’s festivities, I’m riding on the thrill of connecting with all these other folks who are just as big radio dorks as I am. (There are others out there! Thank God!) (more…)