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.


162 Pieces

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Caption: State Senator Jennifer McClellan, Credit: Charles McGuigan
This is part 1 of A Monumental Change about how the brutal murder of George Floyd has propelled the entire country forward toward a more perfect Un...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2023
  • Length: 26:48
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Sammy Marques, descended from Portuguese seamen, was expatriated from his native America by his missionary father. When he returned stateside he ma...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2023
  • Length: 27:56
Caption: On the National Mall, Credit: Charles McGuigan
From where we stood, in every direction, as far as the eye could see, there were people holding placards above their heads, all of them moving, som...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2023
  • Length: 25:44
Caption: Rev. Pat helps unload food from the FeedMore van
Gurus and evangelists, swamis and proselytizers, new agers and mystics—they immediately arouse my suspicions and raise my hackles as I prepare for ...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2022
  • Length: 27:49
Caption: Poet Rita Dove, Credit: Fred Viebahn
Pulitzer-prize winning poet Rita Dove.

  • Added: Jul 28, 2022
  • Length: 24:10
Caption: Page Wilson
Page Wilson was a singer and a song writer and host of the most popular music show in Richmond, Virginia. Called the Out of the Blue Radio Revue, i...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 27:53
Caption: Page Wilson
Page Wilson ten years ago this month, and the Richmond music scene will never be quite the same. Page was a player and host of the most popular “re...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 25:55
Caption: Night Noises graphic illustration, Credit: Catherine McGuigan
“Everything can change just like that.” That’s what Jane says. But there is no snap of fingers. This is the preamble to a story she’s retold a hun...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2021
  • Length: 27:43
Caption: Brooke Ullman, author of Bellevue Porchella., Credit: Charles McGuigan
COVID-19 cancelled Richmond's premier music event--the Richmond Folk Festival, which annually attracts a couple hundred thousand people to three da...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2020
  • Length: 26:59
Caption: Rose Simmons
How the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers led to an ever-expanding ripple of protests across the country and...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2020
  • Length: 27:51
Caption: Chris Gough, scientist and professor at VCU.
It is the most expansive war in human history, and it is occurring on every continent. Unlike all previous wars, this one is truly a world war beca...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 27:37
Caption: C.F. Sauer sign,
A modern-day nativity story that takes place in a garage on Suitcase Alley in Richmond, Virginia's Fan District.

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:24
Caption: Mark Lerman
A hundred years before Frank Kapra ever dreamed up a wonderful life, Charles Dickens had already penned the seminal Christmas classic. For the past...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 27:05
Caption: Nativities at Church of the Redeemer., Credit: Charles McGuigan
Every year, at the Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, Virginia, people exhibit exhibit hundred of Nativities from all over the world. And ea...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 27:00
Caption: Virginia State Penitentiary
The Virginia State Penitentiary in its early years was considered an extremely progressive prison. That didn't last long. Not long after it opened...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 27:05
Caption: Ed Peeples
Edward Harden Peeples V was born to be a racist. It almost seemed preordained. One of his ancestors had owned 250 slaves and his father loathed bla...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 25:37
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ed Peeples
Edward Harden Peeples, V was one of the least likely candidates for civil rights activist. His ancestors traced their roots back to 1649 and a land...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Charles McGuigan
David Hudson has been principal of Linwood Holton Elementary School for thirteen years now. When he took over the reins of command, the school—thou...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 27:19
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
David Hudson had been principal of Linwood Holton Elementary School for thirteen years now. When he took over the reins of command, the school—thou...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 27:11
Caption: Hardy and Patti Plyler, Credit: Charles McGuigan
this is the conclusion of The Scotch Bonnet Republic, Ocracoke Island, and how local fisherman saved their way of life.

  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 24:42