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Grady And Marie Jefferys, A Raleigh Couple 'Keeping It Together'

Grady and Marie Jefferys
Andrew Tie
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The marriage between Grady and Marie Jefferys began under uncertain circumstances.

Marie had just left a violent ex-husband, Grady had withdrawn from college, and neither of their parents approved of their relationship.

  It was a marriage that defied the social norms of North Carolina in the 1950s, when Grady started his career as a prominent Raleigh journalist and communications consultant.

More than 60 years later, the Jefferys’ marriage has survived challenges that often end relationships: a life-threatening cancer diagnosis, a fallout with one of their children, and a long separation.

Keeping it Together” is the memoir of an unconventional courtship that has led to a lasting marriage.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Grady and Marie Jefferys about how they have stayed together at a time when the institution of marriage itself has changed dramatically.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.