A Grain of Sand

Series produced by Charles McGuigan

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Weekly series featuring real stories that spring from the well of memory. Every narrative illuminates our shared human experience. At least that's the hope of producer Charles McGuigan.

I want to achieve the effect of a short story but told in a way that makes the listener feel part of evolving action.I love stories and believe narrative that flows directly from the well of experience illuminates like arc light, strikes with the force of iron.


139 Pieces

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Caption: Laura Ann Singh, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo.
Laura Ann Singh has a voice that can bring you to tears one moment, crush you with melancholy the next. Then lift you beyond your wildest expectati...

  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 27:26
Caption: Bob Buntin, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Back in 1933 when Bob Buntin was just a little boy, shortly after an event that rocked the entire structure of his family, he heard part of a speec...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 27:48
Caption: Tip McClure of the Estate Experts., Credit: Charles McGuigan
this is the conclusion of 2828 Story of a House. It’s about a man named Leroy Basham who hoarded for several decades, and the people who dug throug...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2018
  • Length: 22:09
Caption: Carter McClure of the Estate Experts in front of 2828., Credit: Charles McGuigan
2828: Story of a House is about hoarding, and two people who can make order of chaos and find treasure in trash. It's also about a man whose life w...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 26:05
Caption: Darian Wyatt., Credit: Charles McGuigan
At High Noon, March 24, there was a showdown of sorts at the State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. As the bell in the clock tower near ninth and Fra...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 27:55
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Beth Stanford at Hardywood., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Snowflakes form blizzards, and a single voice, of the right pitch, can create an avalanche. Disgusted by the views of the president-elect, Teresa...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 27:30
Caption: Terry Menefee Gau, Kathi Shiff, Didi Tremblay, Mary Carpenter and Melissa Gray. , Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
We continue with the stories of five brave women—Terry Menefee Gau, Melissa Gray, Kathi Shiff, Mary Carpenter and Didi Tremblay—who like so many ot...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 27:31
Caption: Melissa Gray, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
This is part 3 of a series called #metoo. We continue with the stories of five remarkable women—Terry Menefee Gau, Melissa Gray, Kathi Shiff, Mary ...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 27:53
Caption: Didi Tremblay, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Five women over a couple of weeks and in a number of different locations shared their stories of micro-aggressions, sexual assault, abuse, molestat...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 27:05
Caption: #metoo, Credit: Catherine McGuigan
The day after Alyssa Milano tweeted the hashtag ‘me to’, my Facebook page lit up like a nuclear Christmas tree. Dozens of Facebook friends responde...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 27:52
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America has a long, long, long history of embracing immigrants one day, generally because it needed them for economic reasons, a variation of slave...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 27:50
  • Purchases: 1
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A Nation of Immigrants is what we are, always have been, and always will be, as long as we remain the United States of America. Bans on immigrants ...

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  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: 27:58
  • Purchases: 1
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My son Charles was so severely bullied in middle school he is currently being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. The bullies came in many ...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 23:54
Caption: Charles climbing the summit of Cadillac Mountain., Credit: Charles McGuigan
The schools claim there is zero tolerance for bully, but one school system practices bullying against students and parents alike.

  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 21:35
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Rolanda Scott can take a chunk of solid glass, drop it in a flower pot then super heat it in her kiln, turning it into liquid, which she then pours...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2011
  • Length: 53:46
Caption: Kaity Kasper, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Kaity Kasper vdoes not wear her heart on her sleeve. But her right arm tells a tale. From wrist to shoulder, this appendage bears a polychromatic n...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 27:11
Caption: Charles Brandon Rapp McGuigan, Credit: Charles McGuigan
My son and I arrived shortly after noon, boarding the orange line at the West Falls Church Metro Station where I parked our Honda CRV. A hundred p...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 25:44
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BLEEP loved the city of his birth, the pearl of the west, Guadalajara, second largest city in Mexico. He wandered its streets as a boy visited the...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 28:07
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Karla, Lula and Jamie, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Karla Helbert is many things. An accomplished writer and veteran therapist. Wife, mother, artist. A seeker, too. Libertine in matters spiritual. A...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2016
  • Length: 27:11
Caption: Steve Moore
He left the East Coast for the West Coast to become an actor. Instead he became a comedian. And just as his career was taking off, he was diagnosed...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2016
  • Length: 26:34