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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
3:23 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

How Easy Is It To Replicate A Famous Painting?

The painting at left is ‘Young Woman in a Small Ruff’ by Amedeo Modigliani. The one at right is Susie Ray's copy.
Credit Wikipaintings and Susie Ray Originals

Susie Ray, a painter in London, recently opened an art gallery called Susie Ray Originals. Inside, Ray displays what she calls her “original copies” of famous masterworks by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and many others. Her copies are so good they’ve fooled the art auction firm Sotheby’s, but she tells guest host Sean Cole she has no intention to deceive anyone. “You don’t want to get into that world,” she says. “A lot of former forgers have ended up dead.” Trained as a scientific illustrator at London’s Kew Gardens, Ray has an uncanny ability to look at a something and reproduce it perfectly, without tracing or using computer tricks.

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The Story
4:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Lining Up Your Surfboard With The 38th Parallel

Credit Shannon Aston

On a good surfers’ beach, usually everyone is in the water, but there was a day that Shannon Aston and the other surfers watched a military parade that included tanks, soldiers and guns. That’s because their surfing spot lies beside the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, watched over by old guard towers and decoy stands left from the Korean War.

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The Story
5:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

My Summer At An Indian Call Center

Credit barracuadz via Flickr

Every day thousands of Indians leave their small towns and look for big cities to work in business outsourcing.  Andrew Marantz spent a summer at call center in India and wrote about it for Mother Jones magazine. He details the reaction he got when he showed up, the accent that is encouraged - a neutral one, he says - and the classes offered to work at there.

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The Story
1:15 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

How Fire Ants Are Taking Over North America

Credit Roby Edrian via Flickr

Justin Nobel wasn’t always an expert on fire ants. But ever since he was swarmed by them on a picnic in New Orleans, he has been writing about them. The search began in Mobile, Ala., and it is marching up north.

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The Story
5:12 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

President John F. Kennedy’s Last Exhibit

'Angry Owl' by Pablo Picasso
Credit Dallas Museum of Art

When managers of the Hotel Texas learned President Kennedy would be staying with them in November of 1963, they wanted to make it a memorable experience. In the five days leading up to his visit, the hotel, working with art curators, gathered a collection of masterpiece artworks to fill the rooms for the president and Jacqueline Kennedy. They had no way of knowing it would be the last art Kennedy would ever see. Fifty years later, curator Olivier Meslay has recreated that art collection for the Dallas Museum of Art.

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The Story
2:24 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Hotshot's View Of The Wildfires Of The West

Rick Cowell and a crew of hotshot firefighters
Credit Kyle Dickman

Rick Cowell has spent the last 36 years fighting wildfires in the West.  This past December, he retired and is now watching his crew take on what is turning out to be a busy wildfire season.  Cowell says that over the years much of the new technology has made locating fires easier. But the work of hotshots, an elite group of wilderness first responders, has remained the same: lots of cutting, digging and intentional burning.

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The Story
2:33 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

My Journey Three Miles Under The Sea

Anemones and shrimp at a hot water vent
Credit NERC

Dr. Jon Copley has been studying life forms deep in the oceans for years. But he’s made most of his expeditions using machines operated from above the surface. This summer, he dove in the first manned mission to the deepest known hot water vents, located in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean Sea. He tells guest host Sean Cole that, even though the purpose of the expedition was to study life near the vents, he was captivated by what he saw on his way down – and back up.

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The Story
1:13 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

A Basketball Coach Tells His Team He’s Gay

Anthony Nicodemo and his team
Credit Out Sports

Anthony Nicodemo is the varsity basketball coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, N.Y. Earlier this summer, he called a meeting with his players and their parents and told them he was gay. Nicodemo tells guest host Sean Cole he’d been keeping his personal life to himself for 17 years because he was afraid of disclosing anything that might keep him from coaching. So far, parents, players, administrators and alumni have rallied around him.

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The Story
11:59 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A Detroit Photographer In Search Of A Human Touch

Portrait of Hakeem in his Detroit home
Credit Dave Jordano

Photographer Dave Jordano, a native of Detroit and long-time resident of Chicago, has returned to his hometown to make portraits of people who did not leave. In his online exhibit “Detroit Unbroken Down,” he passes up the grand spaces in ruin or crumbling homes that have become symbols of the Motor City, but focuses on the faces of the city.

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The Story
7:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Faced With Common Problems, Long-Time Chicago Rivals Meet To Break Bread

Credit Derrick Durr

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