Jacksonville is the largest city in the whole country: 841 acres of sprawl, highways, and strip malls dotted with tiny, unique neighborhoods. How does a place this huge and diverse lurch forward to keep pace with the rest of the country?
In the fall of 1960, the writer John Steinbeck drove across the country with his poodle, Charley, and a question: "What are Americans like today?" Half a century later, "Travels with Mike" retraces Steinbeck’s steps to hear America’s story today and reflect on its history.
This week, State of the Re:Union travels through Appalachia. We’ll learn about mountain-top-removal mining through the miners and communities of West Virginia. In Kentucky, we hear a local radio DJ who’s gone from bluegrass and blues to Blackalicious, with an unexpected key audience.