The Story-logo

The Story

North Carolina PR

A daily radio show and podcast of remarkable personal stories, hosted by Dick Gordon. From American Public Media & North Carolina Public Radio.

A daily radio show and podcast of remarkable personal stories, hosted by Dick Gordon. From American Public Media & North Carolina Public Radio.

Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Description:

A daily radio show and podcast of remarkable personal stories, hosted by Dick Gordon. From American Public Media & North Carolina Public Radio.

Language:

English

Contact:

120 Friday Center Dr Chapel Hill, NC 27517 1-888-966-9862


Episodes

Checkmate [10.25.2013]

10/25/2013
Rojelio Garcia was a teenager in jail, playing chess behind bars, when he remembered the fifth grade teacher he used to spar against. He wrote a letter to the teacher, Paul Karrer, and eventually the two started playing chess, writing on pieces of paper and sending it over the mail. Soon it became clear that, for both of them, it was more than a game. Also in this show: Ron Carter, a jazz double bass player, has been recorded in more than 2,000 albums.

Duration:00:51:10

Knock Out Therapy [3.27.2009]

10/24/2013
Stacy Nakell has one of the toughest jobs there is. She's a social worker. But she has an extra edge when she tells women that they can find the courage to stand up to a violent person in their lives. Stacy is a boxer in her off-hours. Also in this episode, Lucy Carnaghi about her favorite job, we couldn't resist. For a time, Lucy drove a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Chicago.

Duration:00:49:58

James On His Own [07.15.09]

10/24/2013
James Morrow had some problems growing up and ended up in foster care. That experience was a nightmare. He returned home to try living with his mother again, but ended up dropping out of high school. Shortly after, his family was evicted. For a time, James was living completely on his own - staying with a friend's family, avoiding both school and the state foster care program. That's when he met Dianne Reinhardt, an artisan baker who gave James a job. Also in the show: Life as a school...

Duration:00:49:58

Staying Afloat [8.5.2010]

10/24/2013
The recession has made new jobs few and far between, and applicants for entry-level positions can range in age from baby boomers to current college grads. In 2008, Liam Daniel Pierce had an offer to intern at The New Yorker and a degree from an Ivy League school in hand. But then he got the news that his internship had been cut under new budget restraints. Undeterred, he moved to New York anyway and began a several month stretch of temp work and odd jobs. But this former college newspaper...

Duration:00:49:58

A Tourist And Terrorists [12.2.2008]

10/23/2013
Back in 1970, Rich Preyer was on a return flight from Europe when a group of terrorists boarded the plane. He and the other passengers narrowly escaped with their lives. In the years since, Rich has thought often about his chance encounter with a then-nascent militant Palestinian group. He talks with Dick Gordon about what it was like to find himself in the middle of an international terrorist incident long before the world was so familiar with terrorism. Also in this episode: a brush with...

Duration:00:49:58

The House Eudora Built [10.23.2013]

10/23/2013
Host Dick Gordon visits the home of Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty and finds piles of books, letters from other writers of her time, and a type writer.

Duration:00:51:10

Dark Eyeliner And Pringles [10.22.2013]

10/22/2013
Dick speaks with Andrea Morales, a photographer who captured the lives of young people in a small town of Ohio. Also in this show: photographer Nina Berman; and the story of a photo of the Cincinnati River in 1848.

Duration:00:51:10

Fix A Well, Change The World [10.21.2013]

10/21/2013
A bartender talks about working to bring clean water to people in Darfur. Also in this show: A visit with Cyro Baptista, a percussionist who plays with objects most people wouldn’t consider instruments.

Duration:00:50:13

Give My Poor Heart Ease [10.17.2013]

10/17/2013
Bill Ferris grew up in Mississippi, going to church with his family's housekeeper and falling in love with the music and drama of the church. He discovered the blues and made recordings in the 60s and 70s that capture the roots of Mississippi blues.

Duration:00:51:10

Fishing Perfect [02.22.2010]

10/17/2013
Rick Jackson takes his dad out fishing every year on his dad's birthday, February 22. One day, Rick took his father out, and they caught more bass, and bigger bass, than either one of them had ever seen. Rick's a serious fisherman and he couldn't make sense of it, until he realized that they were fishing on the anniversary of his younger brother's accidental death. Also in this show: Getting Home Again

Duration:00:49:59

Haiti: A View From The Street [6.14.10]

10/16/2013
Sandro Linden isa street merchant in Port-au-Prince. Hecompetes with dozens of other vendors to sell goods and earn moneyfor his family of five. He carries hisgoods inabackpack - teeshirts, deodorant, you name it. He talks with Dick about how he and hisfamily has been faring since the quake. Also in the show: A check-in with Abdi, in Somalia. And an 11-year old discovers a boneyard.

Duration:00:49:58

Remembering Katyn [4.16.2010]

10/16/2013
We remember the Katyn Massacre, the killing of over 20,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia at the start of World War II. Anna Wojtowicz’s father perished on that plane. Also in this episode, Bob Porto is a member of the Tea Party.

Duration:00:49:58

Poetry From The Atomic City [10.16.2013]

10/16/2013
Poet Kathleen Flenniken says her book “Plume” is an attempt to make sense of the pride and betrayal she feels from growing up near a Cold War nuclear plant. Also in this show: After World War II, Warsaw wasn’t restored. It was re-imagined.

Duration:00:51:12

Uncle Charlie [10.15.2013]

10/15/2013
Three-decades of photographs, depicting the tough life and descent of "Uncle Charlie." Plus, an eerie coincidence captured on film, and a story about distance on the highway.

Duration:00:50:12

Maxed Out On Everest [10.14.2013]

10/14/2013
Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic's 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 this show, we learn about a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft." It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a...

Duration:00:50:13

Where Are They Now? [10.11.2013]

10/11/2013
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.

Duration:00:51:11

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

10/11/2013
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.

Duration:00:51:10

BEST OF THE STORY: A House Divided [10.10.2013]

10/10/2013
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.

Duration:00:51:11

BEST OF THE STORY: Did The Beatles Steal A Song My Father Wrote? [10.09.2013]

10/9/2013
When Michael Humphrey was growing up, he would sometimes hear his father telling strangers a story about how the Beatles stole the composition for “Lady Madonna” from him. Eventually, he looked into the story himself. ALSO TODAY: Jim Sadwith had written the script for his high school play based on J.D. Salinger’s classic “The Catcher and the Rye,” when he decided to look for the reclusive author to get permission to do the play; and Mark Hagerty tells host Dick Gordon how New York City...

Duration:00:51:12

BEST OF THE STORY: Love At Ninety [10.08.2013]

10/8/2013
Nate Kalichman was 90 and Paula Givan was 67 when they got married. They share their stories of finding love late in life and making plans. Also: Tending Monet’s Garden, and Judy Garland’s flight attendant on a cross-country flight.

Duration:00:51:13