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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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March 26, 2013

8:17 PM
En Route
Artist : Balmorhea
Album : Balmorhea
Composer : Rob Lowe, Michael Muller
Label : Self-Released
8:47 PM
Artist : Trombone Shorty
Album : Backatown
Composer : "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
Label : Verve Forcast


The Story
11:57 am
Wed March 13, 2013

A Look Inside The Conclave In Rome

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Credit Wikimedia

We listen in on the selection of the pope in 2005. It comes from the history program Witness, which is a BBC production distributed in the U.S. by American Public media. Rebecca Kesby speaks to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who was inside the Vatican in 2005, and describes the process of voting and deciding who would become the new pope.

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The Story
11:10 am
Tue March 12, 2013

With Heavy Caseload, Public Defender Works 24/7

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Travis Williams talks with Dick about the heavy caseload he carries in Hall Country, Ga. The promise of a free attorney was established 50 years ago in the Supreme Court’s ruling of Gideon v. Wainwright. Williams says he represents people he might normally avoid; an open racist, for example. But he says people value their freedom more than those kinds of beliefs. Travis Williams is featured in Gideon's Army, a movie opening the Full Frame Festival on April 4.

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The Story
1:34 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

A Fukushima Farmer Tills His Soil For Radiation

Mitsuo Sato points to his fields.
Credit Yuri Yamamoto

Dick calls Japanese farmer Mitsuo Sato, who lived close to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor when it began to meltdown in 2011. We have spoken to him twice now and check back on whether there has been any progress in returning to his farm. He is part of a crew that is decontaminating the soil in his community, and says he might be able to work the soil again by 2015.

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The Story
12:53 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

“I Was A Friend Of Hugo Chavez.” A Classmate Remembers A Latin America President

Before joining the military, Chavez dreamed of becoming a major league pitcher.
Credit Cuentos del Arañero

Rafael Simón Jiménez was a high school friend of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who died this week. As the country mourns, Dick speaks with him about what the leader was like as a young man and young politician. Rafael Simón Jiménez was part of the Chavez administration until they had a break over political ideals. He says Chavez loved baseball, but learned politics.

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The Story
11:58 am
Thu March 7, 2013

For Whistleblower Of Lance Armstrong Doping, Public Confession Gives Little Closure

Credit Pierre Metivier via Flickr

Betsy Andreu is married to a former cycling teammate of Lance Armstrong and she's known for years that he took banned drugs. He admitted it in front of her when he was in the hospital for cancer treatment. She wasn't the only one who heard the admission, but she was the one who called him on it and spoke out in the press and was reviled for her statements.

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The Story
1:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Over 20 Years, Correspendent Meets Russians, Mujehedeen and Taliban In Afghanistan

Terence White and mujahideen guerrilla leader Commander Ahmad Shah Masood in 1998.
Credit Terence White

A conversation with the longest serving foreign correspondent in Afghanistan. He has traveled in the country when the Soviets were fighting. He spent time with the Mujahedeen and watched the rise of the Taliban and the invasion by U.S. Forces in 2001. He no longer files stories and has begun to do contract work in the country saying that he's well equipped to operate in a war zone. He has written a memoir about his work called "Hot Steel."

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The Story
10:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

After Seeing Fish Kills, Western Pa. Residents Track Chemicals From Coal And Fracking Sites

Ken Duffala says acidic mine drainage flows from the Clyde Mine into nearby rivers.
Credit PublicSource

Ken Dufalla keeps an eye on the rivers and streams in Green County, Pa. He and other trained citizens watch for fish kills and chemicals in the water from coal and fracking sites, and they have identified contamination. He works with the Izaak Walton League.

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The Story
12:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

How To Hunt Down A Meteor

Credit Mike Hankey

Here is what's in this program of The Story:

When a meteor exploded over Russia a few weeks ago, the meteor hunters packed their cold weather gear and headed for the cold and snow to search out fragments of the explosion. Dick speaks with Mike Hankey about how he got his start hunting down these fragments in rural Amish farmland. He has designed a software program used by the American Meteor Society.

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The Story
2:39 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Bryan Ferry's Jazz Age

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Here's what's on the latest show from The Story.  

Known as a vocalist for the 1970's rock band Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry has stripped some of his classics of vocals and reinvented them in the style of 1920's jazz. "I wanted the spotlight on the songs," he tells guest host Sean Cole.

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The Story
11:13 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Fastest Electric Car In The World

The Buckeye Bullet
Credit The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research

Here's what's on the latest program from The Story

Start Your Engines

Building a car, a battery powered car that can go up to 400 miles per hour. It's under way at Ohio State University and the racing team, the Buckeye Bullets, plan to race their car at the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer. Dick speaks to professor Giorgio Rizzoni and David Cooke, one of the students who work 40 to 80 hours a week on the project.

Searching for the Spitfires: An Update

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