Retro Local

Retro Local explores the historical seeds of issues in communities across the country.


  • The Repeating History Behind the FAMU Hospital Closure

    A glance at the role integration played in the closing of an African-American hospital.
  • The Urban Renewal and the Legacy of Smokey Hollow

    A look at urban renewal through the lens of a small African-American neighborhood.
  • Redlining: The Jim Crow Laws of the North

    A state’s severe racial disparities are traced back to restrictive real estate covenants.
  • Past and Present – Immigration in Humboldt County

    A city once known for expelling Chinese residents becomes a Sanctuary city.
  • The Return of Indian Island

    After over 150 years, Indian Island is returned to the Wiyot Tribe.
  • Searching for Solutions to Ohio's Roadway Woes

    Ohio’s failing infrastructure seeks innovative solutions by examining the past.
  • How Algae Led to a Lake Erie Bill of Rights

    A water crisis led to the Lake Erie Bill of Rights and prompted a push for new solutions.
  • The History of the Memphis' Kendrick Consent Decree

    Political surveillance echoes the past and violates a 1978 court decision.

About Retro Local

Retro Local is a companion initiative to Retro Report on PBS, highlighting local headlines and the historical seeds that were planted years ago in communities across the country. We’ll explore stories from eight PBS member stations on topics ranging from the environment to civil rights, from mental health to immigration, learning more about today by diving into the past.