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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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December 26, 2012

8:17 PM
Sonate fur Klavier Und Violine Nr. 5 F-Dur Op. 24 "Fruhling": IV Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Artist : Kei Ito; Keisuke Okazaki
Album : Duo 2
Composer : Ludwig van Beethoven
Label : Fontec
8:29 PM
Sonate fur Klavier Und Violine Nr. 5 F-Dur Op. 24 "Fruhling": IV Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Artist : Kei Ito; Keisuke Okazaki
Album : Duo 2
Composer : Ludwig van Beethoven
Label : Fontec
8:37 PM
Sonate fur Klavier Und Violine Nr. 5 F-Dur Op. 24 "Fruhling": IV Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Artist : Kei Ito; Keisuke Okazaki
Album : Duo 2
Composer : Ludwig van Beethoven
Label : Fontec
8:57 PM
Ice Dance
Artist : Danny Elfman
Album : Edward Scissorhands Motion Picture Soundtrack
Composer : Danny Elfman
Label : MCA


The Story
10:03 am
Fri May 31, 2013

When I Was Kidnapped

Credit courtesy of Rose Maura Lorre

 Rose Maura Lorre was kidnapped in 1982 in New Jersey. She was seven years old. While many kidnapping survivors aren't able to tell their stories, Rose says she told her story a lot. Too much, she says.

Also in this show, an audio portrait from Moore, OK, where a tornado tore through town killing 24 people. Plus, a reading from writer Robert Macfarlane, and a sculptor who recreated Rome’s Trevi Fountain…in cardboard.

Listen on The Story's site.

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The Story
10:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Maxed Out on Everest

Mt. Everest
Credit Mark Jenkins for Natioal Geographic.

Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins says the mountain, once tackled only by professional climbers, has become accessible to anyone who can afford to pay to go up and down. And as a result, the mountain is being ruined by garbage, human excrement, and even bodies of deceased climbers.

Also: In a World War II era blimp hangar in California, a prototype of a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft” is being tested. It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.

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The Story
10:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Journey from North Korea

Image from Ann Shin's film, The Defector.
Credit Ann Shin

Young-gum Kim was starving in her home country of North Korea. She lost two children to the famine of the 1990s, and her husband was killed in a mining accident. Eventually, she fled to China in search of safety and refuge.

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The Story
1:57 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Free Help Guy Wants To Make Your Life Better

The Free Help Guy allowed a hypnotist to practice hypnotizing him.
Credit The Free Help Guy

A man in London – who shall remain anonymous – took leave from work earlier this year, and undertook a six-month mission of offering help to anyone who asks for it.

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The Story
1:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Witnessing The Moore Tornado From Air And Ground

Alonzo Adams took this image of the tornado advancing on a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., on Monday. The tornado, with winds of 200 mph, was close to a mile wide.
Credit Alonzo Adams

As a mile-wide tornado tore across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday night, it destroyed houses, flattenedd schools and threw cars into the air.

Host Dick Gordon speaks with three people who witnessed it from the ground, from the air and from a shelter.

He speaks with Alonzo Adams, a photographer who captured images as a giant black funnel cloud advanced toward a neighborhood. (See a photo gallery.)

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The Story
3:40 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

For IRA Prisoner, Hunger Strike Was Last Resort

A poster in support of the hunger strike in the H-blocks of Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison
Credit Republican Movement

In the fall of 1980, imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Army demanded to be recognized as more than common criminals by the British government. They refused to wear the prison uniform, refused to do prisoner work, and, eventually, refused to leave their cells.

But they were making little progress. So IRA members at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland decided to refuse to eat.

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The Story
12:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Man Who Quantifies Every Moment Of Every Day

Credit Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy keeps metrics on himself for every moment of every day.

He knows the number of steps he travels in a day, his average heart rate, and the amount of food he’s eaten. The “Quantified Man,” says keeping statistics makes him a better employee and it’s in the future of everyone’s work.

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The Story
7:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Piecing Together The Delage Coupe

A 1937 Delage D8-120 Aérosport Coupe outside the October 1937 Paris Salon
Credit Les Amis de Delage

Host Dick Gordon of The Story speaks with David Cooper, the part-sleuth, part-mechanic who restored a rare 1937 Delage Aerosport Coupe.

There were only 12 ever built in the 1930’s in France.They were made by hand, and the interior was handpicked by the few customers.

Cooper says that finding the oversize chrome fenders and original chassis meant researching the story of Millicent Rogers, the American heiress who owned the car and outlined her specifications with her lipstick.

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The Story
3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Melinda Gates On What Mothers Everywhere Want

A child in Nigeria receives an oral polio vaccine.
Credit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

When philanthropist Melinda Gates travels the world, she looks for opportunities to have personal conversations with women. And she listens: about children’s health, about parenting, and about infectious diseases.

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The Story
5:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Editing An Encyclopedia That Changes By The Minute

Credit Flickr user mikeedesign

On April 16, 2007, Sue Gardner was following the news of the Virginia Tech shooting on every major web site she could find. The one where she learned the most was not a news site – it was the free encyclopedia Wikipedia. The content, she says, was more comprehensive.

“It was better than CNN, and better than the CBC,” she says. “I found that fascinating. How could that be?”

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