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Dick Gordon

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
2:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

With Detainees In Guantanamo, Families Await At Home

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Guest host Sean Cole explores the lives of Islamic women and men who have been rounded up, sent to prison or put under surveillance. He speaks with Victoria Brittain, who has spent years meeting and interviewing the families of suspects imprisoned in London and Guantanamo Bay. That is the basis for her book, "Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror."

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The Story
10:20 am
Wed March 27, 2013

A Family Unmade And Made Again

Victor Checuga (seated) and Mike Checuga (standing)
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Mike Checuga was a 25- year old white guy and Victor was a 10 year old black kid. Mike adopted Victor and his family did not approve. As Victor became a young man, he drifted away from his adoptive father, and struggled on his own.

Producers Alex Kotlowitz and Amy Drozdowska capture the unfolding connection between a man and his adopted son. 

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The Story
1:09 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Death Of A Temp Worker

Carlos Centeno, a Chicago-area temporary worker who died after a workplace accident, and his partner, Velia Carbot.
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A man is burned by boiling water and citric acid at work. No one rinses him off or calls 911. Instead, his boss sends him to a small clinic and they finally send him to the hospital. He arrives 98 minutes later. WBEZ's Chip Mitchell and Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity investigate this case, which exposes weak U.S. safety protections for temporary workers.

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The Story
1:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Things To Say And Not To Say To A Vet

'Trying To Find My Way Home,' by Jason Moon.
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Jason Moon, an Iraq War vet, talks to guest host Sean Cole about the seven things people say to veterans that alienate and anger them.  Things like: “Glad you made it back home,” and “What did you do over there?” While they seem like pleasantries, Moon says these comments can trigger trauma.  He tells his story of denying and then facing PTSD, and sharing what he's learned with veterans through music. He has started a non-profit and calls it Warrior Songs.

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The Story
11:55 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Andy Marx, Grandson Of Groucho, On Rescuing The Archives Of ‘You Bet Your Life’

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Guest host Sean Cole speaks to Andy Marx about his grandfather Groucho Marx, and the day they had lunch with Jack Nicholson, Marcel Marceau and Elliot Gould. As they ate, the phone rang, offering Groucho the full archives of “You Bet Your Life.”  Andy Marx had to convince his grandfather that the episodes were worth keeping, especially as the episodes arrived by the truckload. Andy Marx is co-founder of the satirical site Hollywood & Swine.

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The Story
12:22 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Kidnapped During Argentina's Dirty War, Writer Tells The Untellable

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Alicia Partnoy tells guest host Sean Cole about the Little School, the secret prison in Argentina where she was held in 1977.

The choice of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires to become pope has brought waves of memories from the period in Argentina called the Dirty War. Citizens protesting the military coup and junta were kidnapped and disappeared. Tens of thousands died and it was only in the past few years that military members were tried.

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The Story
12:28 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Penpals With The Unabomber

Theodore Kaczynski
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A professor exchanges hundreds of letters with "The Unabomber" about the perils of technology.

To hear the full audio for this interview, visit The Story’s website. Also in this show:  Guest host Sean Cole visits audio collector Randy Riddle, and they listen to vintage transcription disks from WWII.


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The Story
1:26 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Falling Out Of Love, And Figuring Out Divorce

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The writer Alexandra Fuller calls herself a storymaker but the story she tells in her new book “Falling” comes out of an intensely lived experience.

She tells guest host Phoebe Judge that her long marriage was beginning to fray, and she told her husband she wanted to leave. Minutes later, he had a terrible accident and the end of her relationship became entwined with the accident.

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The Story
12:14 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

'When Women Were Birds' - A Conversation With Writer Terry Tempest Williams

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Western writer Terry Tempest Williams was given a gift by her mother as she was dying: her journals - three shelves of them. When she sat down to read them, she found that they were all blank. Terry Tempest Williams spent 25 years sorting out the message her mother meant to give her.

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The Story
5:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

A Gay Priest Fights For A Place Within The Catholic Church

The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
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As the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics get a new leader, Dick speaks with an Irish priest who came out as gay after he made his vows to the Catholic Church. He chose to stay in the church - "it is my church, too," he says - and presses from inside for change regarding the place of women and gays in the church.

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