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.
In the 1960s, Hollis Watkins helped convince blacks in Mississippi that registering to vote was worth the risk. Now, he says he is concerned this year’s Supreme Court decision striking down part of the voting rights act will keep people from going to the polls. Also in this show: activists were fighting for equal access to schools and the voting booth, George Wallace gave a speech when he was inaugurated as Alabama governor: “Segregation now, segregation forever;” and two boys – one black and one white – make friends and music in this story by Clyde Edgerton.
Basel used to cross from the side of Aleppo that’s controlled by rebels to the side controlled by the regime. But now, he says, that one-mile stretch has become too dangerous. Also in this show: a country veterinarian gets a phone call at 3 a.m. in this short story by Ron Rash; and Sister Mary McCaffrey spent more than 50 years in a once-thriving convent in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y. But when she was 80, and the number of nuns there had declined, she had to find herself a new home.
Photographer Dave Jordano got tired of the negative press about his native Detroit, so he set out to make portraits of creativity and humanity. Also in this show: An FBI investigator gives his theory of what happened to the union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared almost 40 years ago; and Charlie Rizzo shares the story of his lifelong journey with his father Matt Rizzo, who died in 1986 but remains a constant presence in Charlie's life.
Derrick Durr was laid off as one of Chicago’s violence interrupters earlier this year. He continues to do the work, without a paycheck. Recently, he coordinated a dinner for sixty young men in his neighborhood, many of them rivals. Also in this show: Walking along the Hudson River, guest host Sean Cole and his friend Malissa O’Donnell discovered a monument to two of his poetry heroes.
Biologist Lynn Rogers has been putting radio collars on bears and feeding them for years in Ely, Minn. Now, town residents are trying to get the license for his scientific project revoked. Also in this show: Writer Jo Ann Beard reads an essay from her book “The Boys of My Youth;” Booker T. Jones on the rules of the organ, the day he first stepped into Satellite Records, and just how “Green Onions” became a hit.
Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with Neil White, who got sentenced to 18-months for check fraud. He expected a minimum-security prison, but instead found himself in a home for leprosy patients. Then, Phoebe meets some of the people at the Carville National Leprosarium. Also in this show: A man named Thanatos roams the streets of Vancouver in a mask.