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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
10:16 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Locked Up In A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Prisoners Exercising by Vincent van Gogh
Credit Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia

Most of us don’t expect to be sent to jail for failure to pay our parking tickets. But in several counties across Ohio, courts are jailing men and women who cannot afford to pay their fines.

Dick Gordon, host of The Story, speaks with Jack Dawley, who’s been to jail three times for failure to pay. He says he’s never seen a judge or been given any opportunity to explain to a judge that he simply cannot afford to pay.

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The Story
1:21 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

A Soldier's Eye: Rediscovered Photos From Vietnam

Charlie Haughey returned home from Vietnam with almost 2,000 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.

In this edition of The Story, 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
1:10 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Real-Life Analysts Who Led The ‘Manhunt’ For bin Laden

Two years ago, when members of an elite Navy SEAL team stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and took out the leader of al-Qaeda, they ended one of the biggest manhunts in American history.

But for a small group of analysts at the CIA, bin Laden's capture was the culmination of a two-decade search that began long before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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The Story
3:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The Tigris, The Euphrates And The Dictator

Azzam Alwash
Credit Goldman Environmental Prize

When Saddam Hussein was in power, he wanted to punish the people who lived in the marshes along the two great rivers in Iraq. He drained the water and the marshes dried up, forcing people to move away.

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The Story
2:50 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

For Chechen Refugee, Bombings Open Wounds Of War

Magomed Imakaev planted a medlar tree in his back yard outside of Boston to remind him of his native Chechnya.

Days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Magomed Imakaev’s seven-year-old daughter asked him a question that he didn’t know how to answer: “Dad, did you hear that the two bombers were Chechen?”

Imakaev, 27, fled Chechnya after years of war. And the violence that once consumed his homeland had found him once again, this time shattering the quiet refuge he and his family had found in the suburbs of Boston.

“As a Chechen, even if they were involved, I wanted to not believe that,” he says. “It’s a complete shock. It’s hard to describe in words.”

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The Story
3:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Texas Volunteer Firefighters Mourn Fellow First Responders, Help Clean After Explosion

Credit Flickr user Vince Alongi

Even as they are mourning the dead from the massive explosion in a fertilizer plant in West, residents are returning to their homes.

In the latest edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon speaks with people as they are still making sense of the disaster, including Nita Gerik, a longtime resident and widow of the fire chief, and her son Jim Gerik, who traveled from Dallas to oversee donations for the community.

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The Story
2:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

How Social Media Helped Inform (And Misinform) During The Boston Bombing Manhunt

People used social media to spread information about the Boston Bombings investigation.
Credit The Story

As news of the Boston Marathon bombings emerged, people at the scene took pictures, tweeted and shared police wanted posters on their phones.

On this edition of The Story, guest host Sean Cole sits down with Brooke Gladstone, host of NPR's On the Media, to figure out what people got right and what they got wrong. She says it’s normal for people to want to know everything right away, but that stories have to be in context and checked out.

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The Story
12:57 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Man Throws Piano In Truck, Plays All The Way To Costa Rica

Dotan Negrin at the Alamo
Credit Dotan Negrin

Take a pianist, his Baldwin upright piano and a van, and you have Dotan Negrin and his musical quest.

On this edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon tracks him down in front of the Alamo, where he dragged his piano into the public square to play. Dotan is traveling and playing music in New York City, New Orleans, San Antonio, and all the way through Central America to Panama.

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The Story
12:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Finding A Way Out Of North Korea

Yoon-Hui, 25, now lives in South Korea.
Credit Liberty in North Korea

As the economy has collapsed in North Korea, a new emerging market economy has begun to germinate. This will likely be more powerful than politics in terms of change. Young North Koreans know about – and at times gets their hands on – illegal cell phones, and that opens up information.

On this edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon speaks with Sokeel Park of the U.S.-based NGO Liberty in North Korea about this and the slowdown of people escaping North Korea as security has tightened in the past year or so.

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The Story
11:57 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF Bomb Expert Explains Boston Marathon Investigation

ATF special agents working inside the blast scene of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
Credit Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

On the afternoon of Feb. 26, 1993, Malcolm Brady led a team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into broken concrete in New York City. Their assignment: find out what had blown up four levels of parking garages - and more than 400 vehicles - below the World Trade Center.

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