Real People, Real Stories

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Each week on Real People, Real Stories, 88.5 WFDD brings you the thoughts and perspectives of North Carolinians who are staying connected with the community and the world.

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6:18 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Retiring Beyond the Boardroom

  A growing number of middle-class Americans plan to postpone retirement until they are in their 80’s.  

But guest commentator Justin Catanoso recalls one man who stepped into his golden years at 65. Catanoso is a regular contributor to WFDD’s Business Report and is director of Journalism at Wake Forest University. He  describes this retired man as an expert at carving out a passionate life.  

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12:24 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Getting a New Father

StoryLine gives voice to everyday people throughout our community as they share the experiences that shape their lives. It's  a project of the ECHO Network, dedicated to building trusting relationships in our community. 

 In the 1950’s, Lydia Cavanaugh grew up on a farm in Middle Georgia with her brother and sister. At the age of four, her father died.  In this segment of StoryLine, she describes to StoryLine Facilitator Jeffrey Pegram the big surprise the family later received.  

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3:44 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Some Things Are Not As They Appear

Linda Hall Vaughn
Credit Linda Hall Vaughn

Most of us have heard the phrase, ‘some things are not as they appear.’ WFDD’s Real People, Real Stories guest commentator Linda Vaughn says those words well describe her life’s journey.

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Dixie Land Politics
12:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

How Much Should We Remember?

For many of us, holidays and national events trigger powerful memories. Today's Presidential Inauguration has WFDD's Real People, Real Stories guest commentator Richard Groves remembering his childhood and growing up in Northern Louisiana during the 50's.

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Genetically Modified Food
2:38 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Are You Sure You're Eating A Corn Chip?

If my initial gut reaction to hearing about genetically modified food is correct then I think I have reason to worry. I’ve heard that 85 percent of all corn grown in the United States has been genetically altered. I find that terribly stressful because as my friends won’t hesitate to point out, I eat far more than my fair share of the chips and salsa appetizer. If all those chips I’ve eaten were from genetically modified corn... I may have genetically altered myself by now.

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