About The Story
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.
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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As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the Voting Rights Act of 1965, host Dick Gordon speaks with an activist and a resident who were at the center of the civil rights fight in Holmes County, Miss.
Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with Michael Patrick McDonald, who is covering the Whitey Bulger trial. He grew up in South Boston, where Bulger is a legend. Also in this show: Haley Morris-Cafiero, an overweight photographer, has been taking photos of people who mock her body; and Kristen Ulmer, who became one of the best skiers in the world by taking jumps without fear.
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.
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.
Jason Puracal was working in Nicaragua when he was wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime.
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
Guests include Gloria Killian, released after discovery of evidence suppression. Ray Towler, exonerated by DNA evidence. Brian Banks, exonerated and signed with football
William Binney has worked in intelligence since the Cold War. As
In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed in Bangladesh when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend tomorrow's