Real People, Real Stories

Monday at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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.

If you have a story to share on Real People, Real Stories, or if you'd like to give us feedback about the series, please e-mail us at wfddnews@wfu.edu.

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Commentary
10:33 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Paying It Forward

Lorreen Sample (left) and Shannon Brooks (right) are founders of Moms United. The group helps Winston-Salem families in need.
Credit StoryLine / StoryLine

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

In 2011, Lorreen Sample and Shannon Brooks formed Moms United, an organization that provides a variety of support services to mothers struggling to raise children, maintain homes and build businesses.

In this StoryLine segment, they explain the importance of ‘giving back’ and ‘paying it forward’.

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Commentary
9:51 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Poetry's Social Edge

Candide Jones embraces the powerful impact of poetry.
Credit Ken Bennett / WFU

April is National Poetry Month. For years, this art form has shaped the life and work of Candide Jones. She is the assistant director of Wake Forest University Press, the major publisher of Irish poetry in North America. In this segment of WFDD's Real People, Real Stories, Jones describes how poetry also shapes our view of social events.

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Commentary
11:16 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Man Challenges Judge to Save Dog

One homeless man pushed back against a small town court system to rescue his dog.
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Imagine doing all you can to help someone but still their life is difficult. Richard Groves understands this very well. While leading a Boston congregation, he met Tigerman, who was homeless. Over the years, Tigerman endured some tough storms. But on this occasion, he turns the odds in his favor. WFDD’s Real People Real Stories guest commentator Groves explains.

Minister Richard Groves is retired from the pulpit of Wake Forest Baptist Church at Wake Forest University. Now he’s teaching religion and philosophy at High Point University.

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Commentary
1:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

How Special are Those Ordinary Days

Stacy Stanley with her husband, Mark.
Credit Stacy Stanley / Stacy Stanley

For most of us, holidays mean decorating, eating delicious meals and getting together with family and friends. Stacy Stanley and her family lived in North Carolina for more than 30 years and their home was always a central place where people gathered for these special occasions. They've recently relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee.  In her WFDD's Real People, Real Stories essay, Stanley says while she loves celebrating holidays, she also believes the really important times in our lives are ordinary days. And according to her, they deserve more of our attention.

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Radio 101
10:31 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Catch The Korean Wave

Channell Jordan-Grier is a fan of Korean pop-culture, especially the music.
Credit Lopa Shah / WFDD

Channell Jordan-Grier is fascinated with South Korean culture. She delved more into it while participating in WFDD's Radio 101 education program. Radio 101 teaches high school students journalism skills that they use to explore issues important to them.



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Commentary
11:28 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Leaving Their Birthplace to Go Home

Dr. Bansi Shah (left), Lopa Shah (daughter, center), Dr. Sumati Shah (right)
Credit StoryLine / StoryLine

Launching a new medical practice is difficult. But imagine being from another country, not having much money and trying to open an office.

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Radio 101
2:59 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

All Things Digital Are Not Equal

Na'Qwon McGirt doesn't take his 24/7 internet access for granted anymore. Find out why.
Credit Lopa Shah / WFDD

Na'Qwon McGirt is a proud member of the digital generation. He says electronic tentacles keep him connected to things happening in his home city of Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as to the latest global trends.

The National Retail Federation reports more than half of 2012 holiday shoppers purchased gifts online.
According to this group, this was an all time high. But imagine life for consumers who don’t have access to the internet.

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Commentary
11:50 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Pickens Buddies

Carol Ann Harris (left) & Loree Armstrong (right)
Credit Storyline

Pickens, South Carolina is about the size of Lewisville here in the Triad. Almost everyone knows each other and some people can still walk from their homes into downtown. It's a long-time cotton mill town. It is home to late 60's folk-pop star Browning Bryant. And it’s the thread connecting Carol Ann Harris and Loree Armstrong together.

 

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Radio 101
6:47 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Finding Her Voice

Natasha McMasters
Credit Lopa Shah / WFDD

Natasha McMasters discovers how journalism skills can help her overcome one family trait.

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Radio 101
3:43 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Day I Grew Up

Darius Underwood attended Carver High School in Winston-Salem. In his Radio 101 story, Darius describes how his mother's cancer diagnosis motivated him to leave behind child-like thinking.

Commentary
12:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Medical Missionary of Eastern North Carolina

Dr. James Jones is a Lumbee Indian. In the mid 1950's, he was the first American Indian to graduate from Wake Forest University and from Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
Credit Kathryn Mobley / WFDD

He was born in the 1930's to a very poor Lumbee Indian family in eastern North Carolina. His parents deserted him. And few expected much of him. So James Jones became a doctor, a medical missionary and a social activist.

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Commentary
1:10 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Let's Grow Old Together

Sam & Nannie White with granddaughter Loretta, Terri's mother
Terri Kirby Erickson

Most of us have grown up hearing family stories. This was certainly true for guest commentator Terri Kirby Erickson

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Commentary
3:24 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Daddy's Little Girl

Tim and Taylor Johnson
Credit Tim Johnson

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

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Commentary
9:12 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lovings Enable Me to Love Who I Choose

Susan Ladd and husband Herb relax at the beach with their daughters, 11-year-old Camille and 14-year-old Abby.
Credit Ladd family friend / Ladd family friend

This week, advertisements for diamond rings, romantic dinners and crimson roses will fill television and computer screens. Valentine's Day is this Thursday. But guest commentator Susan Ladd peers beyond these commercial trappings. And in this segment of Real People, Real Stories she realizes, for some couples, falling in love can spark deep social divisions. Ladd and her husband, Herb, live in Greensboro and are raising two daughters, an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old. She is also a reporter and a columnist for the Greensboro News & Record.

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Commentary
4:12 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Befriending the Enemy

 StoryLine gives voice to everyday people throughout our community as they share the experiences that shape their lives.  It is a project of the ECHO Network, dedicated to building trusting relationships in our community.  Gerry Reinhardt was drafted into World War II when he was 20 years old. His primary duty was to build bridges. In this segment of StoryLine, Reinhardt describes to his good friend Molly North one unusual encounter with some German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. 

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Commentary
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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Health
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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Commentary
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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Christmas
2:43 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

When You Believe, There is Hope

Ed Robson, writer and poet
Credit Ed Robson

A busy calendar of Christmas parties, plays and sugary treats can be overwhelming.  WFDD’s Real People, Real Stories guest commentator Ed Robson attempts to cut through the chaos by emphasizing the timeless importance of this season. Robson first presented this poem in 2007 at Parkway United Church of Christ. He's a member of the Winston-Salem Writers group and has published poetry, drama, nonfiction and essays. Robson is also a clinical psychologist and a Unitarian Universalist.

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Faces of Courage
3:27 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Be a Superhero: A Wake Forest University Student Learns A New Side Of Courage

Deanna Margius works with a blind camper at See Camp. The Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind operates the camp.
Credit Wake Forest University

50 years ago, Wake Forest University integrated its student body. Now it's commemorating this historic decision with the year-long project Faces of Courage. It honors those who have and continue to enrich Wake Forest's diverse and inclusive community.

In this segment of WFDD's Real People, Real Stories, guest commentator Deanna Margius describes the benefit of going down the path less traveled. She is studying biology and Spanish at Wake Forest to become an interpreter and a healthcare provider.

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Commentary
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Breaking Family Tradition

David Matthews
Credit Wake Forest University / Wake Forest University

David Matthews says he's proud to be the product of a small Piedmont town in North Carolina. He grew up in the 1940's, surrounded by uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents from both sides of his family. And as he ventured to college, he was confident in the young man his environment had molded. 

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Commentary
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Humbling Yourself For Success

WFDD's Real People Real Stories guest commentator Mike Wells says one of the key skills to professional and personally success is something most people don't do well.

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Commentary
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

The Andy Taylor Style of Conflict Resolution

As long as there are people in this world, there will be conflicts. So one Triad man recommends people take a page out of Andy Taylor's book of conflict resolution.

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Commentary
12:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Escape the Emotional Quicksand of Resentment

The idea of being slighted or 'done wrong' makes most people bristle. And one very natural and human response is to resent the perceived offender. But guest commentator, Winston-Salem lawyer Michael Wells, cautions not to fall into this toxic trap. He explains why in this segment of WFDD's Real People Real Stories.

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Radio 101
12:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

The Poison of Colorism

18-year-old Sierra Lee says being dark-skinned means your own culture may reject you.
Credit Kathryn Mobley / WFDD

Every day Sierra Lee wakes up, she says she goes to war. Sierra describes her life as a dark-skinned African American as a continuous fight. Now she's 18 and a senior at James Benson Dudley High School in Greensboro. She's participated in WFDD's education program, Radio 101.  It inspires confidence, creativity, critical thinking and community engagement while teaching radio journalism skills. In her essay, Sierra sheds light on a type of modern-day prejudice she struggles to overcome. 

     

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Commentary
12:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Learn From the Bumps in the Road

Most professionals reach a point in their career when they believe they've "made it". But too often that's when the unexpected happens and everything changes.

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Commentary
12:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Double Vision

Just when you think you've got a clear vision of something, you find out you didn't know the full story. Guest commentator Michael Wells calls this double vision.

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Commentary
12:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

The Shadow Rarely Knows

You make a decision. You feel good about it. But then you get a queezy feeling in your stomach and you're no longer sure.

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