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.


153 Pieces

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Caption: Abigail Spanberger, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Abigail Spanberger swore an oath at age twenty-four “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and d...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 21:33
Caption: Chris Peace, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Christopher Kilian Peace is a classical conservative informed by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Edmund Burke and other great thinkers of the Enlightenm...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2018
  • Length: 24:19
Caption: Chris Peace with his mother's shingle., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Christopher Kilian Peace is a classical conservative informed by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Edmund Burke and other great thinkers of the Enlightenm...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2018
  • Length: 27:46
Caption: Jones Mountain cabin
It started with the red wolves at Alligator River, took me out to the Blue Ridge Mountains, then down to a tribal gathering of the Chickahominy in ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 26:43
Caption: Jones Mountain cabin.
I’ve been on the road eight days now, living out of the trunk of my car, and though I pass straight through Richmond, which is my home, I skirt the...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 27:54
Caption: Chickahominy Pow Wow
Although American Indians in Virginia now enjoy both state and federal recognition--that came fairly recently. For many years American Indians didn...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2018
  • Length: 27:52
Caption: Ida Valley, Credit: Charles McGuigan
It all started with the red wolves who now live, for the most part, in eastern North Carolina at Alligator River. These wolves had once numbered in...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 24:33
Caption: Katrina Powell, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Just as the red wolves were dispossessed of their homes so too were the people who had inhabited the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for many gene...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2018
  • Length: 25:06
Caption: The Blue Ridge Mountains, Credit: Charles McGuigan
The Mountain People had settled in the Blue Ridge long before the United State gained its independence. They followed the Great Wagon Road from Lan...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Aug 07, 2018
  • Length: 26:06
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Red wolf howling.
Encountering one of the last red wolves in the wild at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. And a run in with a black bear.

  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 24:57
Caption: Red wolf howling.
Kim Wheeler is the Wolf Lady. She knows more about red wolves than just about anybody in the world. And the more I learn about these remarkable ani...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2018
  • Length: 24:51
Caption: Red wolf howling.
Red wolves used to roam free across most of the eastern United States, from Maine to Florida, from Missouri to Texas, one of the top dogs in the fo...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2018
  • Length: 24:08
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For the next four weeks we’ll be looking for a highly social animal called the red wolf, or rufus canis. Under the current administration, the red ...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 24:59
Caption: Laura Ann Singh, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Laura Ann Singh, as her very name suggests, seemed destined to sing. In the Kingsport, Tennessee home where she grew up music was ever-present. Her...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2018
  • Length: 26:21
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...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KVSC


  • 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