Frustrated Artist Finds Way To Make Art

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Al Letson came out of nowhere in public radio. Back in 2007, Al was a rapper, a playwright, a comic book writer, a poet… He was well-known in the poetry slam community. But, he’d never done radio. Despite his lack of radio experience, he submitted an idea for a radio program to the Public Radio Talent Quest — and won.

Al’s winning entry eventually became State of the Re:Union (SOTRU), a documentary program featuring sound-rich, provocative stories from a different city each week. Over the years, SOTRU won a Peabody and three Murrow awards.

Al is now the host of Reveal, a radio program and podcast from PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting. But, despite how satisfied he is with SOTRU and Reveal, Al still has a scratch to itch. Enter Errthang.

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By “whatever I want to do,” Al means first-person essays, interviews, drama, poetry, stories from friends. As he puts it, he’s a frustrated artist who, through Errthang, has found a way to make art with the complete freedom to do it his way.

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