We’ve been to North Carolina!

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Dick Gorden - host of "The story"

Dick Gorden - host of "The story"

We had a wonderful radio interview with Dick Gordon from “The Story” yesterday. “The Story” is a public radio show produced at the University of North Carolina and distributed by American Public Media. The show is on more than 100 public radio stations in the US.

We were contacted by Janet, the producer of the show, who wanted to speak to us about our quest for zero waste.

“The Story” is unlike many of the radio programmes I’ve listened to before. Each interview is around half an hour or more long and instead of focusing on the ‘news soundbites’ as we are used to, The Story interviews ‘ordinary people’ who have experienced extraordinary circumstances that have transformed their lives in some way.

They focus on individuals and employ personal experience as their window on current events.

Dick Gordon is an experienced, seasoned journalist with an extensive background in both international and domestic reporting. He was a war correspondent and back-up host for the CBC’s This Morning, the national current affairs radio program. An award winning journalist, he has also served as a parliamentary reporter, Moscow correspondent and South Asia correspondent for both radio and television.

The interview was fantastic; superbly put together and if you want to know more about the real Mr and Mrs Green and the reason we set this whole thing up in the first place, give yourself a 25 minute break and tune in to ‘Our Story’.
You’ll find a “listen Now” prompt at the bottom of our trashless page, underneath a great story of an artist,  Vince Hannemann, who created his “Cathedral of Junk” from 6 tonnes of ‘rubbish’. This cathedral is used to host weddings, parties, theatre groups and attracts thousands of visitors per year!

You can also follow “The story” on Facebook to keep up with their latest shows.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Peter says:

    Congrats. And all that way with so few GHGs involved. Double win!

  2. Jackie says:

    Just wanted to let you know I am from Torquay but now live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and heard you on the radio yesterday. You both did a great job. You’ve made me think twice about what I throw out. And I was intrigued by the Boscastle part of the story and hope to visit that village when I go back for a visit.

  3. Alyson says:

    Have just listened to the interview. Lovely to listen to, well done. Made me smile about being the bin police because I call myself the tramp! rummaging through the bins and rescuing the recyclable bits. If my family had their way, they just wouldn’t bother. Actually, they don’t, thats why I’m still the tramp.And I must admit, I probably wouldn’t have got much further beyond kerbside collection if I hadn’t come across your blog.So, thank you.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Peter: Thank you, but I can’t figure out what GHG means **scratches head**

    @Jackie: Hi Jackie; thank you for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. Glad you enjoyed the video – send me an email when you’re next coming over!

    @Alyson: Thanks Alyson; I’m so pleased our blog has inspired you to do more. You’re doing brilliantly without the support of your family …

  5. Peter says:

    Whoops… too much me trying to play with the big boys and picking up their jargon. Sorry.

    Green House Gasses. Sort of a catch-all for all the nasties pumped out by travel, manufacturing, etc. Stuff we probably should cut back on if we can.

  6. Lisa says:

    I heard this interview!

    It was quite inspirational!

    Thank you for your candid reporting of this zero waste journey.

    My husband and I recently watched No Impact Man ~ THEN I heard your story. We’re already making changes and approaching life differently as a result.


  7. Jane says:

    Just listened to this. That wildlife film must have been the BBC one about Hawaii. It is frightening what our lack of thought and care is doing to our world.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Peter: Ah I see – thank you!

    @Lisa: Thanks Lisa and welcome to the site. So glad you found us and have been enjoying the no Impact man too – he’s great isn’t he?

    @Jane: Hi Jane, it is frightening indeed; but at least we and our readers are now being part of the solution and that’s the part to focus on 🙂

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