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.


150 Pieces

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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
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
Caption: Live Art class Soul Sound, 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: Aug 30, 2015
  • Length: 26:53
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Witch-hunts are a curious phenomena, and thoroughly reactionary in nature. They generally begin with an inexplicable event of one kind or other—cow...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2015
  • Length: 26:55
Caption: Gloria Rhoden, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Gloria Rhoden hails from Saint Mary, Jamaica. She has traveled the United States, up and down the East Coast for years. She knew Bob Marley and san...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2015
  • Length: 24:17
Caption: Bill Kirchen
Bill Kirchen is a showman and a storyteller. Mainly though he’s a singer and a songwriter and a player of the world’s most versatile Telecaster. Th...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2015
  • Length: 27:32
Caption: Bill Kirchen
He’s been called the Titan of the Telecaster, the King of Diesel Billy. Bill Kirchen is all that and a lot more. He’s a master in a league of his o...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2015
  • Length: 27:45
Caption: Master mason Victor Ayala, Credit: CharlesMcGuigan
When he was just a boy, Victor Ayala whose family was struggling in Guadalajara crossed the Rio Bravo on his own, only to be taken back to Mexico. ...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2015
  • Length: 28:06
Caption: The Jollimores raise mussels., Credit: Charles McGuigan
We return to Prince Edward Island where we’ll spend the next half hour with a father and daughter who produce what PEI has come to be known for the...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2015
  • Length: 27:06
Caption: Fields of sunflowers on PEI up near Souris., Credit: Charles McGuigan
The Mig Maw had a name for this place that means cradle on the waves. Which is exactly what Prince Edward Island—PEI as the people here call it—loo...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2015
  • Length: 26:31
Caption: Working waterman on Ocracoke., Credit: Charles McGuigan
Ocracoke Island North Carolina is like a republic unto itself, much like Key West, the Conch Republic. On the Scotch Bonnet Republic islanders have...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 24:36