A floating home on the Fontana Lake in North Carolina.
Tim Robison, courtesy of Our State Magazine

In its first season, the “Away Message” podcast from Our State Magazine focused on remote places in the state. For its newly-released second season, the podcast explores lost or forgotten stories in North Carolina’s history.

'Storymakers Durham:' A Restaurant With A Mission

Aug 30, 2016
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Vimala Rajendran grew up in India, and moved to North Carolina in the 1980s with her then-husband.

After her marriage dissolved and she became a struggling single mother, she started to cook for people— first in her home then at the eatery she founded: Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill.

'Storymakers: Durham' Adjusting To Life As A Refugee in Durham

Aug 25, 2016
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North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, a popular destination for people looking for a good place to live. But some transplants don’t really choose North Carolina.

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Kimani Hall, 23, is an African American man who grew up in Charlotte and Durham, and recently graduated from NC State University.

He’s one of the citizen storytellers in our Storymakers: Durham project. In setting out to report a story for WUNC, Hall chose to focus on an experience that he says is all too common among young African Americans: people telling him he’s well-spoken — and "talks white."

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There's a lot of focus right now on the things that divide Americans – race, class, religion, sexual orientation, and more. Sometimes, intense shared experiences can break down those divisions.

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Courtney Smith is a 27-year-old African American who’s lived most of her life in Durham.

She works evenings at Loaf Bakery in downtown Durham with Noah Kessler. He’s white and 32, a lifelong Durham guy. The two got to talking about race and their growing up years in Durham. Along with Noah, and with help from her sister, Courtney explores a loss of innocence - and the gravitational pull of the racial divide. 

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Courtesy of Ian McClerin

Over the past generation, North Carolina has been transformed by immigration. A state in which Latinos were once few and far between is now about 10 percent Latino.

In Durham, immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries now make up about one-sixth of the population. Leaders of the Latino community say discrimination is all too common - though it’s often experienced quietly.

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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.

A Story Circle at SpiritHouse, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina.
John Biewen / Center for Documentary Studies

Can stories help to bring a community together?  

How about radio stories, conceived and made by citizen storytellers?

Listen to a preview of Storymakers: Durham, a project of the national Localore: FindingAmerica initiative.

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WUNC is listening.  What's your story?  Check out WUNC's new partnership here

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David Brower / WUNC


WUNC is one of 15 stations across the country chosen to be a part of an 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.  

As a part of the project, WUNC is partnering with John Biewen, a producer with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and will explore the things that bring us together and divide us as a community, like race, class and faith.

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Charlie Shelton / WUNC

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) announced Monday that North Carolina Public Radio has been selected as one of 15 stations across the country to be a part of a new storytelling initiative "Localore: Finding America."