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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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June 28, 2013

1:22 PM
Artist : Wu-Tang Clan
Album : Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Composer : Wu-Tang Clan
Label : Loud Records
1:32 PM
Dancing in the Dark
Artist : Bruce Springsteen
Album : Born in the U.S.A.
Composer : Bruce Springsteen
Label : Sony Music Distribution
1:36 PM
Ballad of Love and Hate
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : Emotionalism
Composer : The Avett Brothers
Label : Ramseur Records
1:40 PM
The Deserters
Artist : Rachel Zaffira
Album : The Deserters
Composer : Rachel Zaffira
Label : Paper Bag Records
1:57 PM
Here on In
Artist : Rachel Zaffira
Album : The Deserters
Composer : Rachel Zaffira
Label : Paper Bag Records


The Story
7:02 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Hunger Strike: A Protest Across California

Untitled by Zdislav Beksinski
Credit WikiPaintings

For the past two weeks, thousands of California inmates in solitary confinement have been protesting conditions in security housing units with a hunger strike.  Among the demands: that a photograph be allowed in the cell, and that counseling and more nutritious food be provided.

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The Story
5:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A NATO Pilot Meets The Serbian Commander Who Shot Him Down

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Credit U.S. Department of Defense

Dale Zelko and Zoltan Dani had no reason to ever meet. But in 1999, Zelko, a NATO pilot, was flying an F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter over Serbia. And Dani, a colonel with the Yugoslav Army, shot down Zelko’s stealth bomber, becoming a national hero for defending his country.

That was their first meeting. As Zelko parachuted to the ground, he thought about the man who'd hit him.

"I imagined standing next to the Serbian surface-to-air missile officer who shot me down," Zelko says. "I imagined standing next to him at a café, and I imagined saying to him, 'Really, really, really nice shot, but you're not going to get me.'"

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The Story
1:45 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir

Daniel Bellow pictured with his father Saul in 1969
Credit Michael Mauney/Time & Life Pictures

Greg Bellow grew up in the shadow of a famous father, Nobel Prize winning writer Saul Bellow.  For most of their time together the relationship was contentious and their views often clashed, but Greg Bellow says that after his father’s death in 2005, he began to understand how conflicted his father had become as an older man, and he began to appreciate the toll writing had taken on his father’s life.

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The Story
3:01 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

In the Rubble of Rana Plaza

Record Breaking Workers at the Factory Krasnaya Zaria by Pavel Filonov
Credit Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Charles Kernaghan recently saw the wreckage of the factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh that killed over 1000. He talked to the survivors, many of whom lost limbs in the disaster. Charles and his colleagues have been holding secret meetings with garment industry workers to document the conditions they face. He talks with host Dick Gordon about the challenges of fighting for workers’ rights in Bangladesh.

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The Story
11:15 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Getting Arrested At Moral Monday

Jedediah Purdy
Credit Travis Drove

Jedediah Purdy, a law professor at Duke University, is one of more than 700 people who have been arrested in a series of political rallies in Raleigh, N.C., called Moral Mondays.

In this conversation, he tells host Dick Gordon that he didn’t expect to find himself among the singing, chanting protesters. But, he says, North Carolina NAACP president William Barber's blend of religious and constitutional language moved him to come forward and be arrested in an act of civil disobedience against his state’s Republican legislature.

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The Story
6:08 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Poetry From The Atomic City

Kathleen Flenniken at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Credit Alexander Flenniken

Poet Kathleen Flenniken grew up near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington state. At the height of the Cold War, people in her town believed they were helping protect America - and that they were safe, too.

But Flenniken says that when a family friend who worked at the site died from radiation exposure, she realized she had to reexamine her past. She tells host Dick Gordon her book of poetry "Plume" is an attempt to make sense of the pride and betrayal she feels when it comes to her childhood in the center of the atomic age.

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The Story
12:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

On Isle Royale, A New Question About The Future Of Wolves

Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale
Credit Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale

For 55 years, scientists on Isle Royale in Michigan’s Lake Superior have been tracking the relationship between wolves and moose. But this year, for the first time in decades, no wolf pups were born on Isle Royale - jeopardizing both the study and the fate of the island’s pack.

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The Story
4:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nefertiti In A Gas Mask: Street Art In Egypt

Credit Courtesy Soraya Morayef

Egypt’s walls are filled with stenciled images and art. The graffiti there is haunting and powerful. So much so that Egyptian journalist Soraya Morayef has been photographing the walls and charting the role of graffiti in the political discourse. Morayef has a blog called “Suzee in the City.” Her blog documents her exploration of the graffiti in Cairo - both the art and the artists.

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The Story
2:53 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Documenting Domestic Violence

Credit Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

Photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz spent months documenting the lives of a young couple, Shane and Maggie. She was in their home the night that Shane attacked Maggie, and photographed the attack. Although her images were integral in putting Shane behind bars, Sara was widely criticized for not putting down her camera and intervening.

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The Story
10:18 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Chris Thile Reinvents His Music, Over And Over

Host Dick Gordon speaks with mandolinist Chris Thile, of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, about how he reengineered blue grass to create his own sound.

Also in this show: Contributor Sean Cole ventures into Central Park after dark, a no-no.

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