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4:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Black Child In A Mostly White School: Story Spans 13 Years

Idris Brewster and Seun Summers
Credit American Promise film

Over the course of 13 years, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson filmed their son's progress through the elite New York City prep school called Dalton. As an African-American family in a predominantly white school, the years were challenging for everyone.

Their documentary American Promise airs on  UNC-TV Thursday 2/6/14 at 10 p.m.

A year ago, Dick Gordon talked with Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson when they were in Durham N.C. for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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Education
10:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

What's On The State Of Things Today? (Friday)

Ethan Tillman is a first-year teacher in Kinston, NC. Here, he helps a student put on his own college graduation robe as part of a “vision statement” class assignment.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Why do teachers stay and why do they go? Dave DeWitt has been reporting on this subject around the state in recent weeks. He's been meeting teachers and students and today he'll preview his series with Frank.

Plus the latest in the court battle over the state’s controversial new voting laws.

And, "rockin' country" with Raleigh's Erin Nenni Band.

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The State of Things
10:44 am
Fri December 6, 2013

'The Voice' Finalist Comes Home To Raleigh

Kat on "The Voice"

Kat Robichaud was a musician long before she got her big break on this season of NBC’s  “The Voice.” She was in a cover band for years before landing a spot on the hit television series. She was eliminated from the show a few weeks ago, but said on the State of Things today that her time there was a highlight of her career.

"It was a dream come true," she said. "It was amazing."

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The Story
11:44 am
Fri October 11, 2013

The Story, The Final Show: Where Are They Now?

Mohammed, Mais and little Lamees wait in the airport in Amman to come to the U.S.
Credit Ahmed Fadaam

In the last show of WUNC's The Story, we check in with guests who came on the program at moments when their lives were in transition.

When Deyanira Chavez was first on the show, she’d come to the United States from Mexico, undocumented, and was about to begin studying architecture in college.  Today, after much difficulty, we find her back in Mexico.

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WUNC Updates
7:57 am
Fri October 11, 2013

A Farewell To Dick Gordon

Dick Gordon
Credit Indaia Whitcombe

Friday is the last day for The Story on WUNC.  The program's host, Dick Gordon, is leaving the station after eight years with the nationally distributed show.  He spoke with Morning Edition's Eric Hodge one last time Friday morning.

ERIC HODGE: Good morning Dick.

DICK GORDON: Hi, Eric.

HODGE: So, why the move, Mr. Gordon?

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The State Of Things
11:55 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The World Tilts In New Collaboration

The Tilted World

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly are both accomplished writers, but their latest work, "The Tilted World," is their first collaboration as husband and wife (Macmillan, 2013). A thriller set against the backdrop of the 1927 Great Flood of Mississippi, "The Tilted World" draws upon extensive research by Fennelly and a short story by Franklin. The original story was set in a zombie apocalypse, but the pair found that devastating floods can provide just as much grist for the apocalyptic plot mill.

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WUNC Updates
5:05 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Goodbye To The Story & Hello To Two New Programs

Rachel McCarthy (left) & Carol Jackson with Dick Gordon plan for the very special last show of The Story - Friday at 1p
Credit Jorge Valencia / The Story

New evening time for State of Things, debut of On Being and Q as The Story broadcasts end on WUNC 

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The Story
3:10 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Did The Beatles Steal A Song My Father Wrote?

'Lady Madonna' single cover
Credit Capitol Records

When Michael Humphrey was growing up, he would sometimes hear his father telling strangers a story about how the Beatles stole a song he wrote. People would almost always be confused and bewildered – and Michael would wish he weren’t there. “It didn’t matter to me whether it was true or not. It was just embarrassing that something so outrageous was being said,” he remembers. In this conversation, Humphrey tells host Dick Gordon how he eventually looked into his father’s claim that the Beatles stole the composition for “Lady Madonna.” Humphrey interviewed his father, and set out to find sheet music and anyone close to Paul McCartney who would speak to him.

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The Story
2:53 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Newly And Happily Married At 90

Nate Kalichman and Paula Givan
Credit Paula Givan

Nate Kalichman was 90 and Paula Givan was 67 when they got married. Sit with them and it seems like their love is brand new and like they’ve been married for years. In this 2012 conversation with host Dick Gordon, they share their stories of finding love late in life and making plans.

Also in this show: Tending Monet’s Garden, and Judy Garland’s flight attendant on a cross-country flight.

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The Story
5:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

In A Classroom, Two Longtime Rivals Meet

Michael Wilder (left) and Yafinceio Harris
Credit Peace During War

When Yafinceio Harris and Michael Wilder were growing up in a tough neighborhood of Kalamazoo, Mich., they were members of rivaling crews that often came close to armed confrontation. Once, Harris, also known as "Big B," followed Wilder, known as "Too Short," and almost killed him in a street fight. They both spent time in prison, and eventually had a meeting neither expected – in the classroom of a community college.

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