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.


157 Pieces

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Caption: Elisheva and Amaris, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Elisheva and Amaris, mother and daughter, know a thing or two about uphill battles where every inch of gained ground costs dearly. Each in her way ...

  • Added: May 07, 2016
  • Length: 27:49
Caption: Movie Nights at Once Upon A Vine, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Today’s show is called Prelude to Summer. We end up on a parking lot late at night on the first day of summer, sprawled out on sleeping bags and lo...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2016
  • Length: 22:10
Caption: Triptych photo illustration, Credit: Doug Dobey.
For the longest while I would think of my mother as a husk like the shell left behind by a cicada, all the internal meat gone, just a crisp skin re...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2016
  • Length: 27:38
Caption: Frances Hilary McGuigan
As a boy I always thought it would be terrifying to be a tree rooted in the ground when developers arrived with backhoes and chainsaws. How you cou...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2016
  • Length: 27:22
Caption: Erin Frye and Charles, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Live Art, sponsored for the past three years by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), is the only program of its kin...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2016
  • Length: 27:38
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Basil Smith considers music an essential ingredient of life, as necessary as water and air for the well-being of spirit, body and mind. As vice-pre...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2016
  • Length: 24:14
Caption: Jay Ipson, Credit: John MacLellan
Jay Ipson is a survivor of the first magnitude. He learned his survival skills under the most harrowing conditions known to man. As a young boy, he...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 26:37
Caption: Jay Ipson, Credit: John MacLellan
Jay Ipson is a survivor of the first magnitude. He learned his survival skills under the most harrowing conditions known to man. As a young boy, he...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 26:41
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Jay Ipson is a survivor of the first magnitude. He learned his survival skills under the most harrowing conditions known to man. As a young boy, he...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 26:28
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The Mummers Day Parade is as quintessentially South Philadelphia as Ben Franklin or Willy Penn, a Philly cheese steak or Italian water ice. It’s u...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 08:35
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A Nativity story on Suitcase Alley.

  • Added: Dec 01, 2015
  • Length: 24:24
Caption: Mark Lerman.
A hundred years before Frank Kapra ever dreamed up It's a Wonderful Life, Charles Dickens had already penned the seminal Christmas classic, a story...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2015
  • Length: 27:05
Caption: Steve Moore
Charmed lives lack for something. If you’re born in a state of nirvana or somehow privileged as a member of the elect, what’s the point? It’s only ...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2015
  • Length: 26:34
Caption: Steve Moore
Charmed lives lack for something. If you’re born in a state of nirvana or somehow privileged as a member of the elect, what’s the point? It’s only ...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2015
  • Length: 26:07
Caption: Singer/songwriter Susan Greenbaum. , Credit: Charles McGuigan
Live Art,sponsored by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), is the only program of its kind in the country. It’s the...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2015
  • Length: 25:54
Caption: Chief Gene
In Virginia, there are eight Indian tribes, some several thousand people in all. Yet the United States doesn’t believe they exist. The seeds of thi...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2015
  • Length: 27:39
Caption: Students at Live Art., Credit: Charles McGuigan
Live Art, sponsored by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), is the only program of its kind in the country. It’s th...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 25:38
Caption: Melvin Major
Aristotle said it best: “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Whenever there is a void in our lives we fill it, consciously or otherwise. Too often, people tr...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2015
  • Length: 26:45
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Live Art,sponsored the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, is the only program of its kind in the country, or the world for t...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2015
  • Length: 24:21
Caption: Soul Sound, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Live Art is the only program of its kind in the country, if not the world. It’s the brainchild of Erin Thomas Foley and what it manages to do is as...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 25:59