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The Story is a daily interview program designed to bring great stories to public radio middays in a way that will help listeners understand what is going on in their world and why it matters to them.

Dick Gordon
A veteran radio journalist, host Dick Gordon interviews people whose real-life experiences help us understand the news of the day or ongoing issues of importance.

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The end of The Story (October 11, 2013)

Hello Friend,

Thank you for your support of The Story.  As a trusted friend, I wanted to be the first the share the news with you.

My wife Barbara and I have decided to move back to Canada, and say farewell to both WUNC and The Story later this fall.

This is not a decision we make lightly. 

As you may know, we moved to the Triangle eight years ago, largely at the invitation of listeners and supporters of WUNC.  We made our home in Chapel Hill.  We’ve made wonderful friends here and we have felt very much a part of the community. 

However, as we all know, the tug of family is strong, and that has lately increased for both of us.  My mother is getting older and her health is more of a concern, and she has recently asked me if I might live a little closer.  Also, our two daughters both make Canada’s capital city of Ottawa their home base, and we are not seeing as much of them as we’d like. 

And to be perfectly honest, I’m ready for a break.  I started working in daily radio broadcasting in September 1977.  That’s 36 years of early mornings and long days.  I’d like to slow things down a little.

I have informed the senior managers at WUNC of my intentions and they have been very gracious in making way for us to leave.

WBURRecent items from The Story podcast
Nov 22, 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.

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Nov 21, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 20, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 19, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 19, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 18, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 15, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 14, 2013 -

"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."

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Nov 14, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 13, 2013 -

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.

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Nov 12, 2013 -

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.

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