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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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September 30, 2013

1:17 PM
Saturday Morning
Artist : Melodium
Album : Music for Invisibe People
Composer : Melodium
Label : Autres Directions in Music
1:37 PM
Ann Arbor Jimmy Edgar Remix
Artist : Fulgeance
Album : Smartbanging - EP
Composer : Fulgeance
Label : One Handed Music
1:57 PM
Flowers in the Window
Artist : Travis
Album : Singles
Composer : travis
Label : Epic Soundtrax


The Story
9:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Return To Fuling, China

Peter Hessler
Credit HarperCollins

When Peter Hessler first arrived in the remote Chinese river town of Fuling, the only way to get there was by boat. There was only one other foreigner living in town, and a trip to the market could cause a sensation among the people as they had almost never seen non Chinese visitors. It was 1996, and Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps teacher and stayed two years. Recently, he went back for a visit to explore the changes that the Three Gorges Dam has made in Fuling. Much of the old city is under water, but there are ways to glimpse the past.

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The Story
11:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Pistol, A Shotgun And A Rifle

Credit Flickr photo

Today we have three gun stories about how and why people own a firearm. Hal Stucker lived in New York City in the 1980's at a time when crime was rampant. After being mugged several times, he began to carry a pistol on the subway. 

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The Story
12:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Anatomy Of A Kidnap Negotiation

Claudia and Eunice, who were charged with kidnapping, photographed at the Ciudad Juarez women's prison.
Credit Katie Orlinsky

Negotiating With Kidnappers

Dick speaks with Richard Wright, who has negotiated the release of kidnap victims in Mexico and other countries. He says almost always, the kidnappers have done their homework and know the family has money. He has supervised negotiations and says that waiting is the hardest part - both for him and the families.

Prison Portraits - The Ciudad Juarez Women's Prison

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The Story
10:17 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Real Story Behind 'Argo'

The six Americans who were rescued from Tehran and President Jimmy Carter, including Mark and Cora Lijek, second and third from right.
Credit The White House

Mark Lijek was working in the American embassy in Iran when it was taken over Nov. 4, 1979. Americans were taken hostage, but he and five others were able to escape the compound and make their way to an apartment. The CIA ultimately helped them leave Tehran with the help of a cover story and false identities that passed the group off as a Hollywood crew making a sci-fi film called Argo. Mark later wrote a memoir called The Houseguests.


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The Story
12:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Growing Up With Anne Frank: Barbara Rodbell's Story

A group of children sit in an Amsterdam sandbox in 1937. Anne Frank is second from left and Barbara Rodbell is second from right.
Credit Barbara Rodbell

In 1933, when Nazi power was surging, Barbara Rodbell's family left Germany for Amsterdam. There, in the Jewish community, Barbara and her sister became good friends with Anne Frank and her family. The Nazis began to round up Jews in Amsterdam and at age 17, Barbara chose to hide in plain sight - to pass as a non-Jew. She took off her yellow star and obtained false identification papers. She connected with a group of resistance activists, and this is how she survived.

Barbara was featured in the documentary Daring to Resist.

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The Story
10:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Follow That Painting: A Conversation with Art Detective Charles Hill

The Scream by Edvard Munch
Credit WebMuseum at ibiblio

Charles Hill has a list of paintings he loves - some have been stolen, some he has recovered. He was the chief art detective at Scotland Yard, England, and now solves cases on his own.  He went undercover to rescue The Scream by Edvard Munch and found it in a hiding place under a floor. He likes to go visit the paintings he has recovered when they are re-hung in museums - in their proper place.

Cinéma Vérité - A Film On Marriage Ends In Divorce

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The Story
11:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Gun Stories: A Gun Is Freedom

Yang Li at a rally in Boston
Credit Alex Jones

Dick speaks with Yang Li, who was born and raised in China. As soon as he got his citizenship in the U.S., he bought a gun. He considers it a tool that defends against tyranny, and he has joined gun rights groups and spoken at rallies.

The Keystone XL Pipeline From Start To Finish

Dick checks back in with Ken Ilgunas, who finished his walk from Alberta, Canada, to Port Arthur, Tx. - the proposed 1,700 mile pipeline. He talked with people along the way who welcome the pipeline and others who oppose it. Hear a conversation with him early in his journey.

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The Story
2:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Seaside Heights N.J. Rebuilds The Boardwalk

A ruined home on the Jersey Shore
Credit Dick Gordon

Seaside Heights N.J. Rebuilds The Boardwalk

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The Story
11:47 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Writers Justin Torres And Dorothy Allison Share Inspiration

Justin Torres and Dorothy Allison
Credit the authors

Writers Justin Torres and Dorothy Allison Share Inspiration

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The Story
12:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

How to Travel the World, Have a Successful Career, And Be Happily Married

'The Violin' painting by Juan Grix
Credit Juan Gris

To the Soundtrack of a Violin

Dick speaks with Toby and Itzhak Perlman about their marriage of 46 years, and how they met at music camp and became friends listening to classical music on records.

Being married, they say, is constant work and one way they managed it was to always be a family. Their five children went on tour with them and so days were filled with grocery shopping and playgrounds, which grounded them. And then the music was always there to help them take flight.

Illegal Mail and Love Notes

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