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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
12:25 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Ashley Bryan: I’m Going To Sing

Dick speaks with Ashley Bryan, best known for his children's books, about the Harlem Renaissance, Black American spirituals, and the power of voice.

Also in this show: the day players used a potato  in the minor leagues, and poet Martin Espada reads a poem about going to a baseball game with his father.

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The Story
1:24 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Return To West, Texas

We check back in with Nita Gerik of West, Texas. Dick Gordon spoke with her in April, after an explosion in a fertilizer factory killed fourteen people, including eleven volunteer firefighters. Nita Gerik's husband was fire department chief for 25 years. Also from West, James Hand says writing music has not come easily since the explosion.

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The Story
11:53 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Remembering The Mann Gulch Fire of 1949

As investigators try to determine what happened to the nineteen firefighters who died this past weekend near Yarnell, Arizona, we remember the Mann Gulch canyon wall fire of 1949.  Smokejumper Bob Sallee is now the lone survivor of that fire, which burned 4,500 acres in Montana.

Also in this show: Christine Byl spent more than ten years clearing trails and building rock walls as a seasonal worker in Glacier National and Denali National Parks. She talks with Phoebe Judge about her new book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods.

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The Story
11:14 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Sex Offender Village

In Florida’s remote sugar cane country, there’s a place where sex offenders can live without violating the state’s strict sex offender residency requirements. It’s called Miracle Village, and is the subject of a documentary by filmmakers Lisa Jackson and David Feige. They tell host Dick Gordon that they've learned that many of the people on sex offender registries shouldn't have to bear that label, but no one will stand up for them. 

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The Story
4:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How To Rap With Your Hands

Holly Maniatty at a Phish concert
Credit Holly Maniatty

When Holly Maniatty, who interprets musical performances into sign language, was preparing for a show with the hip-hop super group Wu-Tang Clan, she studied the movements of each member, studied their biographies, and listened to their music for 50 hours.

So when she interpreted their music at the Bonaroo music festival this month, she animated each of their lines with such precision and emotion that a video of the performance instantly became an Internet hit. Some music blogs said she almost stole the performance.

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The Story
7:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

This One Goes Out To Kate

Credit Charlene Strong

Charlene Strong became an activist for equality after she was denied entrance into the hospital of her dying partner Kate.

In 2006, there was a flash flood in their home and Charlene tried to save her life. When she arrived at the hospital, Charlene initially was not allowed in the emergency room because she did not have legal proof that they were a couple.

This spurred her to become an advocate for equality and civil rights.

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The Story
7:18 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

For Patients With Face And Hand Tattoos, Doctor Offers Free Ink Removal

Credit Per Liljas via

Dr. David Ores, also known as Dr. Dave, is a physician on the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has his own ideas about the health care system. He’s a general practitioner, answers his own phone and does not accept insurance. In fact, he says it’s a scam.

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The Story
4:13 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Eight Years Old With An AK-47

Credit The Telegraph

Combat photographer Sebastiano Tomada filmed a video of an eight-year old Syrian boy on the front lines of the civil war, working alongside Free Syrian Army soldiers.  The boy is carrying an AK-47. 

Tomada tells guest host Sean Cole about meeting the little boy, who, in spite of his tough appearance, is with the Free Syrian Army because he has nowhere else to go.

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The Story
4:03 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

A Journey To The Center Of Cloud Computing

Arctic Landscape by Roy Lichtenstein
Credit Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Even on a clear day, the cloud is up there: computing things, storing messages and information.

Today, guest host Sean Cole joins Benjamen Walker from the Theory of Everything podcast, and they dissect the cloud: how it works, what powers it and what we gain from it.

Benjamen talks to people who know the ins and outs of cloud computing and where the power comes from, rare earth dug up mostly in China. Then, Benjamin travels to China in search of visiting one of the mines that produce rare earth elements for the cloud.

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The Story
1:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

One Man's Mission To Keep Drivers From Idling Their Cars

Credit Verdant Vigilante

A few years ago, New Yorker George Pakenham approached an idling limousine and asked the driver to turn off his engine. To George's surprise, the driver obliged. Emboldened, Pakenham started approaching drivers of other idling cars and trucks in an effort to curtail pollution. He's approached more than 2,900 drivers.

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