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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.


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




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Staying Afloat [8.5.2010]

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...


The House Eudora Built [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.


Dark Eyeliner And Pringles [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.


Fix A Well, Change The World [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.


Give My Poor Heart Ease [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.


Fishing Perfect [02.22.2010]

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


Haiti: A View From The Street [6.14.10]

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.


Poetry From The Atomic City [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.


Maxed Out On Everest [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...


Where Are They Now? [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.


The Clues Behind Amelia Earhart’s Last Radio Transmission [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.


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

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...


BEST OF THE STORY: Love At Ninety [10.08.2013]

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.


BEST OF THE STORY: In a Classroom, Two Longtime Rivals Meet

Growing up, Yafinceio Harris and Michael Wilder were members of rival crews and came close to armed confrontation. They eventually had a meeting neither expected – in the classroom of a community college. Also in this show: A dreamy trip to Brazil, Argentina and France through the music of Dom la Nena.


BEST OF THE STORY: Mr. Ishiyama [10.04.2013]

Dana James and Patricia Coleman were newlyweds traveling across Asia on a tight budget when they met a friendly man who wanted to give them a generous present. Also: Jacques Vroom used to have a pass to fly anywhere in the world aboard first class. And: A U.S. Air Force serviceman tells the story of dating a Japanese woman whose family distrusted Americans.


BEST OF THE STORY: Looking To Clean India’s Holy Ganges River [10.3.2013]

We continue listening back to some of the most memorable stories we’ve aired. Today, Producer Phoebe Judge visits the Ganges River, one of the holiest yet most polluted places in India, and meets people who want to clean it up. Also in this show: Arun Gandhi was 10 years old when he was beaten up and bullied because of the color of his skin. He wanted revenge, so his parents sent him to spend time with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi; and for more than 25 years, few people have been allowed...


BEST OF THE STORY: Grizzly Bear Attack [10.1.2013]

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.


A Pilgrimage For Annie Leibovitz [9.27.2013]

Photographer Annie Leibovitz on the project that saved her. She calls it “Pilgrimage.” Also in this show: Robert MacFarlane talks about walking the world's ancient paths; and organizer Laurie Jo Reynolds offered prison inmates in solitary cells to take photos and send them to them. The requests she got were remarkable.


Avoiding The American South, Then Finding It [9.24.2013]

For years, the writer Wilton Barnhardt avoided living in his home state of North Carolina or writing about it. But in his newest novel, he dives into the ups and downs of a prominent family from Charlotte, N.C. Also in this show: The song writer and banjo player Old Man Luedeke talks about the inspiration he draws from old country and Canada’s northwestern reaches of Yukon province.


From The Classroom To The Graduation Stage [9.23.2013]

Over the last 20 years the rate of students dropping out before graduation has steadily declined. But a stark figure remains: On average, about one million leave every year before graduation. Host Dick Gordon speaks with students and educators about traditional and new ways to help young people succeed.