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The Story with Dick Gordon brings the news home - through passionate points of view and personal experiences. The program brings together ordinary and extraordinary people to provide perspective on the issues which affect us all. Our goal is to inspire conversation, thinking and understanding. Produced at North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.

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The Story with Dick Gordon brings the news home - through passionate points of view and personal experiences. The program brings together ordinary and extraordinary people to provide perspective on the issues which affect us all. Our goal is to inspire conversation, thinking and understanding. Produced at North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.

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Great Show!

By raaarg - Jun 09 2019
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Still thinking about the Exonerated in America series years later

Miss you Dick

By Sogaia - Dec 22 2016
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Your show was a real treasure. I wonder if you'll come back and do more shows one day.

iTunes Ratings

337 Ratings
Average Ratings
272
33
15
9
8

Great Show!

By raaarg - Jun 09 2019
Read more
Still thinking about the Exonerated in America series years later

Miss you Dick

By Sogaia - Dec 22 2016
Read more
Your show was a real treasure. I wonder if you'll come back and do more shows one day.

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APM: The Story

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The Story with Dick Gordon brings the news home - through passionate points of view and personal experiences. The program brings together ordinary and extraordinary people to provide perspective on the issues which affect us all. Our goal is to inspire conversation, thinking and understanding. Produced at North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.

BEST OF THE STORY: Grizzly Bear Attack [10.1.2013]

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Joe Williams was a 20-year-old looking for adventure at Montana’s Glacier National Park when he ran into a grizzly bear and it mauled him. Also in this show: On the weekend when the hurricane hit the shore, Mike Petro was in his home in Gulfport, Miss. He survived the storm by riding on the roofs of houses that were swept away by the storm surge; and when Miriam Novogrodsky was 8, her father decided to take the family on the only vacation it ever had: a three-week hitchhiking trip.

Oct 01 2013

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Stepping Into The Black: A Hotshot Firefighter’s View [8.15.2013]

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As western forests continue to burn every summer, new technology is helping fight them. But Rick Cowell, a veteran hotshot firefighter, says the work has remained the same. Also in this show: producer Kenny Malone looks into the story behind a collection of salt shakers and a picture left behind in a Florida deposit box; how the rise of Hitler forced great physicists such as Max Born to flee Germany in the 1930s; and producer David Schulman goes on a search for digital sound that can compare to the acoustic sound of a Stradivarius violin.

Aug 15 2013

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Growing Up With Anne Frank [7.29.2013]

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A childhood friend of Anne Frank remembers a vibrant, curious girl. Also in this show: Robert Macfarlane reads from his latest book, "The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot."

Jul 29 2013

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The Modern Midwife: Ina May Gaskin [9.20.2013]

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Ina May Gaskin, the midwifery pioneer, on natural birth in America. Also in this show: Three daughters and one son tell the stories of growing up with their mothers’ kitchens in this story by the Kitchen Sisters producers, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson.

Sep 20 2013

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The Cost of Truth (09.4.2013)

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James Holzrichter became a reluctant whistleblower after finding evidence of misconduct by his employer, Northrop Grumman. He became a pariah in his field, and eventually found himself unemployed, homeless, and unable to protect his family. Also in this show, we honor a former guest, Lindy Linenberger, who survived the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Lindy died this past summer at the age of 88.

Sep 04 2013

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An American And Stalin’s Family [7.25.2013]

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While reporting in Moscow during the Cold War, American journalist George Krimsky found himself entangled in the personal drama of the Stalin family. Also in this show: how the first and only women's professional baseball league came into existence during World War II; and how sound designers make sports sound exciting - even if they have to fake it.

Jul 25 2013

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For Accused Witches, A Last Resort [9.19.2013]

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When Leo Igwe was a child in Nigeria, he saw his father get beaten for being accused of witchcraft. Igwe has made it his life’s work to help people accused of being witches and visits camps where they take refuge. Also in this show: For the last five years, photographer Murray Ballard has followed the practice of cryogenics and the people who choose to freeze themselves after death in the hopes that technology will allow them to come back to life.

Sep 19 2013

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Three Miles Under The Sea [8.14.2013]

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Jon Copley dove more than three miles in the first manned mission to the deepest known hot water vents in the world. And even though the purpose was to study life there, he was captivated by what he saw on his way down – and back up. Also in this show: a whale washes up on the shore of Lubec, Maine, and people have different theories about the meaning of its arrival – and how to get rid of it; and author Jeanine Cummins reads from her novel The Crooked Branch.

Aug 14 2013

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Diary Of A Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma [8.27.2013]

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As friends and collegues were kidnapped and killed, Kelly McEvers continued to report for NPR in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. She has made a documentary about a year there, and speaks with guest host Sean Cole.

Aug 27 2013

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The Clues Behind Amelia Earhart’s Last Radio Transmission [10.11.2013]

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Betty Brown was a teenager when she heard distress radio transmissions of the aviator Amelia Earhart. Decades later, what she heard became a key in the search for the famously disappeared pilot. Also today: One half of the legendary comedy duo Smothers Brothers on how to develop jokes and timing.

Oct 11 2013

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Chef and The Farmer [9.12.2013]

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A southern girl moves to New York City to become a chef and swears she’ll never look back. But now Vivian Howard is home in rural North Carolina, making southern staples fancy at her restaurant Chef and Farmer.

Sep 12 2013

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The Fairy Tales Of The Brothers Grimm [10.18.2013]

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Celebrating the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Oct 18 2013

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After Innocence: Scott Hornoff & Julie Baumer

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This is one episode in our four-part series "After Innocence: Exoneration in America." Guests include Scott Hornoff, a Rhode Island police officer convicted of murder in 1996. Since his exoneration he has been unable to find work in this country so he has become a private security consultant in Afghanistan. Also: Julie Baumer, convicted of child abuse for what later was determined to be “shaken baby syndrome”. She was exonerated. And the man at the Innocence Project who receives thousands of letters from prisoners hoping to be freed.

Aug 29 2013

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President John F. Kennedy’s Last Exhibit [08.15.2013]

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The night before he was killed, President John F. Kennedy spent the night surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of masterpiece artworks. A curator in Dallas has recreated that collection as a tribute. Also in this show: Gore Vidal, the late novelist, speaks with interviewer Studs Terkel in 1961 about John F. Kennedy and the great intellectuals of American history; when a would-be thief tried to get away with Voodoo Donut Kitchen’s prized Holy Donut, clerk Jay Boss Rubin sprung into action. What he didn’t know was the pursuit would take on a life of its own.

Aug 16 2013

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After World War II, Only A Scarf As A Reminder [9.25.2013]

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When Sheila Hutton was a seven-year-old girl growing up in England before the war, her parents shipped her away to the U.S. Six years later, when the war had ended and she’d become a teenager, she returned and had only a navy blue head scarf to recognize her mother. Also in this show: When Becky Cullinan’s husband was deployed to war for a third time, she wrote a list of things to not say to the spouse of a soldier; and when the U.S. led an invasion on the island of Grenada in 1983, an American medical student used his ham radio to send dispatches of the conflict to family and reporters.

Sep 25 2013

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BEST OF THE STORY: A House Divided [10.10.2013]

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All this week, more of our most popular episodes from our eight year history. Mohammed El Kurd grew up in the East Jerusalem house where his family has lived for more than 50 years. In 2009, a group of Israeli settlers moved into a building on the property, claiming it as their own. Also: A trumpet was what got Jack Tueller through childhood, through World War II and was the reason he met his wife.

Oct 10 2013

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BEST OF THE STORY: Growing Up In The White House [9.28.2013]

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Luci Baines Johnson was 16 when her father Lyndon Johnson was thrust into the presidency. When her family moved to the White House, she was fully aware of the tragic reason for their move. ALSO: Buddy Edgerton, a neighbor of the illustrator Norman Rockwell, tells the story of how Rockwell painted people in their small town into what became the most famous portraits of Americana; and John Hope Franklin, who as a young black man in Oklahoma was turned away from and the military, became one of the most respected chroniclers of African-American history.

Sep 30 2013

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Holding It Down: The Poet And The Predator [8.23.2013]

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When Lynn Hill retired from operating Predator drones for the U.S. Air Force, she closed that chapter of her life – until she started writing poetry about having one foot in the war and one foot at home. Also in this show: a Vietnam veteran turned Franciscan friar talks about war and the long journey of finding a place to work and feel at ease.

Aug 23 2013

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Opening A Window: Getting Started As Labor Activists

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Workers from a bankrupt window factory in Chicago have opened their own employee-owned cooperative. We look back at the 2008 worker lock-in of the Republic Windows and Doors factory. Also in this show: Host Dick Gordon speaks with two former Chicago factory workers about starting an employee-owned factory; and since the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, playwright Nicole Anderson Cobb has been thinking about where we, as a country, are.

Jul 24 2013

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A Prisoner And A Guard From The Attica Prison Riots [11.11.2013]

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Memories of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Nov 11 2013

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The Final Show [11.22.2013]

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In The Story’s final show, we check in with guests who came on the program at moments when their lives were in transition, we revisit one of the first times we saw a story doesn’t have to be dramatic to be memorable, and Dick gives his final thoughts on eight years of hosting the program.

Nov 22 2013

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The Opera Couple [11.21.2013]

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Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello are husband-and-wife opera singers. They talk with Dick about the peculiarity of their relationship, which includes competing to see who can hold the longest notes, and trying to get cast in the same productions so that they can spend time together. Also in this show, wildlife photographer Tim Laman tells Dick about his journey to photograph every species of the Birds of Paradise. It took him 8 years and 18 expeditions to do it, and there are still a few he was not able to capture. The feathers and colors are hard to believe.

Nov 21 2013

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After Innocence: Exoneration in America, Day 4 [11.20.2013]

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Jennifer Thompson was a college student when she was raped. During the attack Jennifer tried to memorize what the man looked like so she could identify him later. Jennifer identified Ronald Cotton. Cotton served 11 years before he was exonerated. Also, Lamonte Armstrong was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his elderly next door neighbor. He was exonerated last summer and is still trying to negotiate life in a world he was removed from for years.

Nov 20 2013

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Exonerated By DNA [3.27.2007]

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Over the last 5 years, the state of Texas has proven 12 people innocent by DNA testing. This month, James Waller officially became part of that group when he was exonerated of raping a child in 1982. Also in this episode: a new documentary about the musician John Coltrane.

Nov 19 2013

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After Innocence: Exoneration in America, Day 3 [11.19.2013]

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Jason Puracal was working in Nicaragua when he was wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime.  He was sentenced to 22 years in one of the worst prisons in the country.  His sister Janis led the charge for his release. Also, a forensic DNA expert who has devoted himself to using new DNA technology to free the innocent.

Nov 19 2013

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After Innocence: Exoneration in America, Day 2 [11.18.2013]

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After Innocence: Exoneration in America. Day 2. Guests includeScott Hornoff, a Rhode Island police officer convicted of murder in 1996. Since his exoneration he has been unable to find work in this country so he has become a private security consultant in Afghanistan. Also: Julie Baumer, convicted of child abuse for what later was determined to be “shaken baby syndrome”. She was exonerated.  And the man at the Innocence Project who receives thousands of letters from prisoners hoping to be freed.

Nov 18 2013

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Bryan Ferry's Jazz Age [11.15.2013]

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Known as a vocalist for the 1970's rock band Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry strips some of his classics of vocals and reinvents them in the style of 1920's jazz. Tune in to hear Avalon with trumpet, banjo and bass sax. Also in this show: 99% Invisible explores a Philadelphia park that became a mecca for skaters.

Nov 15 2013

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Final Exit [11.14.2013]

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The Final Exit Network says mentally competent adults have a basic human right to end their lives. Dick Gordon talks with one of the group's guides, Fran Schindler, about her own serious illness and decision to participate.

Nov 14 2013

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Bloods [7.13.2011]

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"I think about Vietnam every day." Many veterans will say the same thing about their time as a soldier. In this oral history, we hear from five veterans, all African-Americans, who fought in Vietnam early on. They were interviewed by the journalist Wallace Terry for his book Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans. Music. Also in this episode: from swords to ploughsares. And a listener story about the song "In Bright Mansions Above."

Nov 14 2013

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To The Soundtrack Of A Violin [11.13.2013]

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Dick speaks with Toby and Itzhak Perlman about their marriage of 46 years, and how they met at music camp and became friends listening to classical music on records.

Nov 13 2013

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Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later [11.12.2013]

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Say your movement is restricted to one zip code - you might get stir-crazy, feel restricted. Sound recordist Tony Schwartz knew there was enough in his NYC neighborhood to keep him recording an entire career. Also in this show: Dick speaks with record collector Ignacio Varchausky of Buenos Aires.

Nov 12 2013

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A Prisoner And A Guard From The Attica Prison Riots [11.11.2013]

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Memories of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Nov 11 2013

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Finding Sanctuary In A Home For Outcasts And Criminals [11.08.2013]

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Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with Neil White, who got sentenced to 18-months for check fraud. He expected a minimum-security prison, but instead found himself in a home for leprosy patients. Then, Phoebe meets some of the people at the Carville National Leprosarium. Also in this show: Booker T. Jones on the rules of the organ, the day he first stepped into Satellite Records, and just how “Green Onions” got on the radio.

Nov 08 2013

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Wolves And The Man Who Hunts Them [11.07.2013]

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Carter Niemeyer has wrestled with wolves to relocate them and examined the scenes of livestock kills to determine if wolves were responsible. He is a wolfer.

Nov 07 2013

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Hearing For The First Time [11.06.2013]

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Sarah Churman talks about how she was able to hear for the first time when she was 29 years old. Also in this show: Producer Marika Partridge shares music, stories and sounds her family gathered in during a world tour in 1968.

Nov 06 2013

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Light And Ice [11.05.2013]

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Camille Seaman's Shinnecock Indian ancestors hunted whale in the Atlantic Ocean, and began to photograph the the wonder of icebergs through her camera lens.We also hear from Elaine Parker who worked at McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica.

Nov 05 2013

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Winning And Losing In Football's Forgotten Town [11.04.2013]

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Dick speaks with a coach and quarterback from the legendary football program of Muck City, Fl.

Nov 04 2013

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Alexandra Fuller [11.01.2013]

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Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with writer Alexandra Fuller about growing up in Africa. She captures her fierce, resilient mother, whom she calls "dangerously imaginative." Fuller says Africa and her mother taught her self-reliance and tenacity.

Nov 01 2013

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Discovering Leonardo [10.31.2013]

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Dick speaks with Dianne Dwyer Modestini, the art restorer who discovered a painting by Salvatore Mundi was actually a painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Also in this show: Photographer Christian Patterson on how he discovered evidence of Charles Starkweather's and Caril Ann Fugate's muder spree - 50 years later.

Oct 31 2013

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Disappearing America [10.30.2013]

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Photographer David Plowden's passion for America's steel bridges, corn fields, boats and steam engines is almost tactile in his photos. He talks with Dick Gordon about what has stopped him from taking photos: namely, the feeling that the America he knew is gone, and with it, many of the people he photographed with such admiration.

Oct 30 2013

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