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'Storymakers: Durham' How Realities Of Race And Class Hit Home For One Durham Woman

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Police shootings, the Charleston massacre, Black Lives Matter -- some now familiar terms from our national conversation about race and social class.

Many of us follow the debate through the media but rarely find an opportunity to act, or even to talk, about the issues with people from different backgrounds.
This is a story of how some realities of race and class hit home for one Durham woman after what started as an ordinary exchange with an African-American woman.

Debby Bussel is white and 54. She moved to Durham last summer with her husband and young daughter. Debby is one of the citizen storytellers in our special collaborative project, Storymakers: Durham.

WUNC is one of 15 stations across the country chosen to be a part of the innovative public media project called Localore: Finding America.  The project is being put together by the Association of Independents in Radio and is funded in large part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The project is produced by John Biewen, a producer with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and host of the Scene on Radio podcast. The project will explore the things that bring us together and divide us as a community, like race, class and faith.

Find out more and submit a written story of your own at

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