A Grain of Sand

Series produced by Charles McGuigan

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Weekly series featuring real stories that spring from the well of memory. Every narrative illuminates our shared human experience. At least that's the hope of producer Charles McGuigan.

I want to achieve the effect of a short story but told in a way that makes the listener feel part of evolving action.I love stories and believe narrative that flows directly from the well of experience illuminates like arc light, strikes with the force of iron.


155 Pieces

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Caption: C.F. Sauer sign,
A modern-day nativity story that takes place in a garage on Suitcase Alley in Richmond, Virginia's Fan District.

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:24
Caption: Mark Lerman
A hundred years before Frank Kapra ever dreamed up a wonderful life, Charles Dickens had already penned the seminal Christmas classic. For the past...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 27:05
Caption: Nativities at Church of the Redeemer., Credit: Charles McGuigan
Every year, at the Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, Virginia, people exhibit exhibit hundred of Nativities from all over the world. And ea...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 27:00
Caption: Virginia State Penitentiary
The Virginia State Penitentiary in its early years was considered an extremely progressive prison. That didn't last long. Not long after it opened...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 27:05
Caption: Ed Peeples
Edward Harden Peeples V was born to be a racist. It almost seemed preordained. One of his ancestors had owned 250 slaves and his father loathed bla...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 25:37
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ed Peeples
Edward Harden Peeples, V was one of the least likely candidates for civil rights activist. His ancestors traced their roots back to 1649 and a land...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Charles McGuigan
David Hudson has been principal of Linwood Holton Elementary School for thirteen years now. When he took over the reins of command, the school—thou...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 27:19
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
David Hudson had been principal of Linwood Holton Elementary School for thirteen years now. When he took over the reins of command, the school—thou...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 27:11
Caption: Hardy and Patti Plyler, Credit: Charles McGuigan
this is the conclusion of The Scotch Bonnet Republic, Ocracoke Island, and how local fisherman saved their way of life.

  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 24:42
Caption: James Gaskil, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Ocracoke Island is the Key West of the southeast. And where that notable Key claims the conch as its emblem, this remote island off North Carolina...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 27:26
Caption: The Clarys on their front porch., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Anthony Clary grew up in the largest public housing project in Richmond, Virginia, a place called Blackwell. In its day it was notorious for the am...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 26:22
Caption: The Clarys on the front porch of their home in Blackwell., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Anthony Clary grew up in the bricks. Buildings linear as Legos, lining block after block of city streets, stretching from Porter to Dinwiddie, from...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 26:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Will Turner, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Will Turner of Richmond, Virginia now holds the world record for the number of Ironman triathlons completed in a single calendar year—Sixty one. ...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 27:16
Caption: Iron Man Will Turner in Grand Teton., Credit: Chris Defestano
Will Turner is the Real Iron Man. No special effects, no suit of armor, no comic book fiction. Will is the genuine article. He now holds the world ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 26:14
Caption: Jonathon Austin, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Jonathan Austin is a North Side Richmonder who began juggling when he was just 12-years old. Two years later he performed his first professional gi...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 23:44
Caption: Abigail Spanberger, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Abigail Spanberger swore an oath at age twenty-four “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and d...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 21:33
Caption: Chris Peace, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Christopher Kilian Peace is a classical conservative informed by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Edmund Burke and other great thinkers of the Enlightenm...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2018
  • Length: 24:19
Caption: Chris Peace with his mother's shingle., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Christopher Kilian Peace is a classical conservative informed by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Edmund Burke and other great thinkers of the Enlightenm...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2018
  • Length: 27:46
Caption: Jones Mountain cabin
It started with the red wolves at Alligator River, took me out to the Blue Ridge Mountains, then down to a tribal gathering of the Chickahominy in ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 26:43
Caption: Jones Mountain cabin.
I’ve been on the road eight days now, living out of the trunk of my car, and though I pass straight through Richmond, which is my home, I skirt the...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 27:54