People tell stories; all the time. The Story searches them out and bundles them up into a daily show full of people whose lives are intersecting with significant issues in the news.
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.
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.
Eight years ago, Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler moved to a brick farmhouse in rural Ohio. Their band Over the Rhine’s latest album is a love letter and an ode to the joys of home. Also in this show: Allen Dorough was cleaning out a barn when he found boxes full of illustrations by a black architect who’d been ahead of his time.
As a young man, Bert Stratton resisted joining his family property rental company. Now that he has two grown sons of his own, he’s trying to convince them that it’s not so bad. Also in this show: Bob Stewart, whose arcade on the Jersey Shore was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last fall, had just re-opened his business when a massive fire tore through the board walk, burning everything he had rebuilt; and after her parents died, Anya Yurchyshyn cleaned her mother’s house, and what she found completely changed her view of her father, her mother, and their relationship.
Paul Corby is a 23-year old Pennsylvania man in need of a new heart, but he has not been placed on a transplant list. Paul is autistic and doctors have deemed him ineligible for the transplant list. Also in this show: Al Golub, a freelance photographer based near Yosemite National Park, has been photographing the nearby Rim Fire, even as it edges toward his own home; lobster wholesaler Joe Ciaramitaro on a monster lobster and one his workers dubbed the “Phantom of the Lobster;” and Jerry Howland, one of the founding teachers of the live homework help TV show “Extra Help,” on one caller he’ll never forget.
Charlie Haughey shot almost 2000 photographs of his fellow soldiers in Vietnam, but left the photo negatives untouched in a box for 45 years. Recently, a friend encouraged him to digitize the images and Charlie says he didn't sleep for days after revisiting the faces from his past.
Plus, at 91 years old, Henry Stone is still at work as a record producer. He remembers producing one of Ray Charles' earliest recordings, and hand-selling early R&B albums in barbershops.