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: Maureen and Lucky Cole, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Two of the only human inhabitants of the Everglades live just off Loop Road less than a mile before it links back up with Tamiani Trail. Their comp...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2014
  • Length: 26:16
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For the next hour we’ve got three Christmas stories. From A Christmas Carol on Wheels, which is performed in 20 minutes, to an event called No Roo...

Bought by WLRN


  • Added: Dec 12, 2014
  • Length: 54:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: No Room at the Inn., Credit: Charles McGuigan
In the parish hall of the Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, Virginia there are hundreds of nativities commemorating the birth of Christ. A ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 27:20
Caption: Lester Blackiston, the Pirate of Shockoe Bottom.
Lester Blackiston was the pirate of Shockoe Bottom. He was a minor Beat poet, a questionable inventor, a man who avoided work at all costs. He had ...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 23:46
Caption: Lester Blackiston
Lester Blackiston, a poet of the Beat generation, was kind of, sort of, an inventor, a businessman, a seamen, and other things,too. Mainly, though,...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 25:57
Caption: Chickahominy Assistant Chief Gene Adkins.
There are eleven tribes of Indians who call Virginia home, among them the Chickahominy. And though they all now enjoy state recognition, the federa...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2014
  • Length: 28:31
Caption: Rolanda Scott, Credit: John MacLellan
Art teacher and glass sculptor Rolanda Scott was first diagnosed with breast cancer years ago, but she kept teaching and for the longest while surv...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 28:20
Caption: Rolanda Scott , Credit: John MacLellan
Sometimes art can ease your pain, maybe even save your life. And the medium you started working in sometimes becomes another form all together. Rol...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 25:30
Caption: Richmond Folk Festival 2014
RVA does something extraordinary for three days each fall. And these may be the best days in the long calendar of the year for this old city. Our s...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2014
  • Length: 19:17
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. This is part one. It’s about that place where we do some of our living and all of our sleeping, Where we eat. Raise children or pets. Entertain ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2014
  • Length: 27:09
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This story's about that place where we do some of our living and all of our sleeping, Where we eat. Raise children or pets. Entertain friends. Thes...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 24:15
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Charles McGuigan
David Hudson, principal at Holton Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, saved a school that was on the verge of collapse. He works tirelessly--t...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2014
  • Length: 27:19
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Charles McGuigan
David Hudson, principal at Holton Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, saved a school that was on the verge of collapse. He works tirelessly--t...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2014
  • Length: 27:11
Caption: Reverend Death Alane Cameron Miles, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Alane Cameron Miles was groomed throughout her life to be comfortable with death and the dying. She had a knack for it and would ultimately become ...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2013
  • Length: 27:26
Caption: No Room At The Inn, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Three Christmas stories. In the first story family nativities build homes in Haiti. The second story is about a man and a machine in Williamsburg, ...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WHRV, KWIT, and WLRN


  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 54:55
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Frances Hilary McGuigan, Credit: Doug Dobery
This journey begins in the deepest recesses of the human brain--the hippocampus, and ends in the memory support unit of a retirement community. It'...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
Caption: PM was one of the North Side witches., Credit: Catherine McGuigan
Witch-hunts are curious phenomena, and thoroughly reactionary in nature. They generally begin with an inexplicable event of one kind or other—cows ...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 26:55
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Alzheimer’s sucks an entire life away, bit by bit at first, almost imperceptibly. By degrees memories--short-term, and then long-term--begin to fad...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2013
  • Length: 27:30
Caption: Madison County, Credit: Charles McGuigan
More than 75 years ago Shenandoah National Park opened to the public for the first time. One of the most scenic routes in Virginia— Skyline Drive w...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2013
  • Length: 53:40
Caption: Bill Kirchen
Bill Kirchen has been called the Titan of the Telecaster, the King of Dieselbilly. He got his start back in the late sixties with Commander Cody an...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2013
  • Length: 27:32