The Story

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The Story
2:58 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Inside The Mind Of A CIA Analyst

Credit Central Intelligence Agency

Cindy Storer joined the CIA in 1986, and was tracking radicals in Afghanistan long before the names Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda were common knowledge. She attempted to warn policy makers of threats before the Sept. 11 attacks, and we spoke with her about that in April. In this conversation, she talks with guest host Sean Cole about the ways in which the CIA gathers intelligence.

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WUNC Updates
12:17 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Award Winning Program "The Story" To End Eight-Year Run Due To Departure Of Host Dick Gordon

Dick Gordon, host of the The Story
Credit Indaia Whitcombe

"The Story,” a nationally syndicated public radio news interview program hosted by the award-winning journalist Dick Gordon, will broadcast its final program on North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC on October 11, 2013.

Gordon plans to return to his native Canada, where he started his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, to be closer to his family.

Connie Walker, WUNC’s president and general manager, said Gordon recently made the difficult decision to step away from the program, which is produced at WUNC and offers an hour of stories, five days a week, in a long-form conversation format.

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The Story
1:22 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ex-Drone Operator Captures Experiences In Poetry

MQ-1 Predator
Credit MQ-1 Predator

When Lynn Hill served in the U.S. Air Force, she helped operate Predator drones that flew over Iraq and Afghanistan – but she did it from a base in Las Vegas. When her tour was up in 2006, she closed the door on that part of her life - until she started writing poetry delving into what it meant for her to have one foot in the war and one foot at home. In this conversation, Hill tells guest host Sean Cole about a performance she has created called "Holding It Down."

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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
5:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

My Summer At An Indian Call Center

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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

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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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