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The Story archived on WUNC.

Produced in the studios of WUNC, the program is hosted by Dick Gordon.  The Story offers an hour of stories, five days a week. The show begins with a long form conversation with host Dick Gordon; some days we are linked to the news and other days we mix it up; if a person has a great story to tell we might give them most of the show, another show might have 5-6 segments.

The program ended its run on WUNC in the late fall of 2013.

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The Story
5:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

A Pilgrimage For Photographer Annie Leibovitz

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Cananda, 2009
Credit Annie Leibovitz from 'Pilgramage.' 2011

Photographer Annie Leibovitz started shooting celebrity portraits for Rolling Stone in 1970, and today she regularly shoots the covers for magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue. After the loss of her partner, Susan Sontag, and a significant financial upheaval , Leibovitz needed to get out of the studio.

She wanted to shoot whatever she liked, whenever she liked. Traveling to a series of historic locations, including Emily Dickinson's house, Thoreau's cabin, and Virginia Woolf's writing room, she photographed objects and places. The photos, lit only by natural light, show us a very different side of Leibovitz's work.  Guest host Phoebe Judge asks Leibovitz about her new collection.

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The Story
5:12 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

After The Lebanese Civil War, An Apology

Assaad Chaftari walking through an exhibition of people who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War.
Credit Sleepless Nights documentary

During the Lebanese Civil War of the 1970s and 1980s, Assaad Chaftari served as a soldier and an intelligence official for the Christian militia. He was responsible for the death of many Lebanese Muslims, and it wasn’t until years after the war ended and he heard his son making disparaging remarks about Muslims that he decided to repent publicly for his actions. He sent a letter to a local news agency and received some surprising responses.

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The Story
3:08 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

After World War II, Mother Had Only A Scarf To Recognize Daughter

Sheila (left) and her sister Kathleen before their parents sent them to Boston
Credit Sheila Hutton

As rumblings of the war were heard in England in the late 1930s, thousands of families began sending their children to countries they thought would be safer. So when Sheila Hutton was 7, her parents shipped her from her home in an English coastal town to Boston. Six years later, when the war had ended and she’d become a teenager, she returned and had only a navy blue head scarf for her mother to recognize her.

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The Story
2:59 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Writer Wilton Barnhardt: Avoiding The South, Then Finding It

Credit St. Martin's Press

When Wilton Barnhardt graduated from high school in North Carolina, he left for college with no plans to return. He went on what would become a two-decade tour of New York City, Oxford, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Then, even though he’d bet he’d never go back home, he ended up teaching in Raleigh, N.C.

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The Story
5:39 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

For Accused Witches In West Africa, A Last Resort

A 'Witch Camp' in Kukuo, a small community near the Oti river in the northern region of Ghana.
Credit Leo Igwe

When Leo Igwe was a child in Nigeria, he saw his father get beaten for being accused of witchcraft. Igwe has made it his life’s work to help people accused of being witches and visits the camps where they take refuge.

Also in this show: For the last five years, photographer Murray Ballard has followed the practice of cryogenics and the people who choose to freeze themselves after death in the hopes that technology will allow them to come back to life.

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The Story
5:50 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Couple's 'Edge Of the World'

Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist
Credit All Eyes Media

About eight years ago, long-time musicians and partners Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler moved from their native Cincinnati to an 1830s brick farm house in rural Ohio. The latest album their band Over the Rhine put out is inspired by the place they live, and is a love letter and an ode to the joy of home. They speak with host Dick Gordon about the place they call “Nowhere Farm” and their album “Meet Me At The Edge Of The World.”

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The Story
5:15 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Autistic Man, Denied A Heart Transplant, Fights To Be Put On List

Paul Corby
Credit Karen Corby

Paul Corby is a 24-year old Pennsylvania man in need of a new heart, but he has not been placed on a transplant list. Paul is autistic and doctors have deemed him ineligible. His mother Karen Corby tells host Dick Gordon how she’s been fighting for two years to get Paul a new heart. She says time is running out.

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The Story
6:42 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A Soldier's Eye: Rediscovered Photos From Vietnam

Credit Charlie Haughey

Charlie Haughey returned home from Vietnam with almost 2000 photo negatives of his fellow soldiers.  He put them in a box and left them there for 45 years, untouched, until a friend encouraged him to digitize them. Charlie says seeing them brings back the war, and "things I did not take pictures of. And there are some that are, to me, just the scariest pictures in the world."

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The Story
2:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Embedded With Medical Unit, Photographer Brings Images Of Afghan War

A helicopter preparing to land in a field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Credit Louie Palu

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The Story
4:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

From The Military Base To The Marshlands: A Soldier Returns to Iraq

Carina Roselli flew a Boeing CH-47 Chinook in Iraq.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense

Carina Roselli faced enemy fire in Iraq while flying helicopters to move soldiers and cargo between bases. She never stepped foot in the rest of the country – until this summer when she returned as a civilian environmental worker and found herself having candid and surprising conversations with Iraqis about violence in their country.

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