The Story with Charu

The Story with Charu

What are the stories we are told and what are the stories we believe? In most newsrooms across the world there is a morning meeting where reporters discuss the most important stories of the day and which ones to put resources into covering. We live in a time where information comes at us fast. It’s hard to take a breath or know what to trust. Knowledge is power, and when you know better you do better. I want to explore the questions we need to be asking, the stories we need to hear and what exactly is the truth.


December 15, 2022 23 mins

Video game director Jennifer Estaris talks about how the role of women in the development of games has changed - and where it’s headed.

Jennifer Estaris (she/her) is a game director at ustwo games, a B Corp studio known for Monument Valley and Alba: A Wildlife Adventure. At ustwo games she directed Monument Valley 2's DLC The Lost Forest and is game directing the next Monument Valley. She has worked in the game indust...

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Carla Carlisle fell in love with her son in an instant, but he was placed back with his birth mother and for several years suffered in traumatic situations.
The process led her to write and speak about her work.

In this interview she talks about how everybody can benefit from being trauma informed.

Carla Carlisle is TEDx speaker, multiple award-winning author, trauma expert, and child advocate. A proud boy mom...

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December 1, 2022 22 mins

The legend, the myth, the theory - whatever you want to call it - of  Big Foot has captivated our imaginations for generations.

In her new book journalist, podcast host and author Laura Krantz breaks down  the science and the myth of the legendary creature for the middle school set (or anyone else who is just curious…)

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November 17, 2022 23 mins

John Dabrowski is co-creator of  Local, Eat, Drink, Celebrate, a Pawley’s Island, SC restaurant noted for creating inspired dishes using local sourced ingredients served in an inclusive environment.

That welcoming nature to all people has its detractors.. as Dabrowski talks about in this interview.

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November 10, 2022 32 mins

Kelly Dunbar is the Gilder Lehrman American History Teacher of the Year, representing North Carolina.

Kelly Dunbar comes on the show to talk about her area of research and fascination  - Black women pioneers  in North Carolina right after the American Civil War.

Dunbar’s Research Presentation:

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November 3, 2022 33 mins

It’s well known among people of color, type 2 diabetes runs in our families.  Often thought to be due to diet or lack of exercise, now research shows that if your ancestors faced famine or food insecurity you may be at risk.

In this interview Dr. Ananya Banerjee, Assistant Professor and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDIAR) Lead at the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health School ...

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October 27, 2022 31 mins

Doula and co-founder of SistasCaring4Sistas Cindy McMillan talks about her experience losing an infant in an extreme act of medical neglicance that is too common for Black patients.

Cindy McMillan was born in Chicago, Ill and spent most of her teenage and adulthood in the Sunshine State of Florida. Cindy became a resident of Asheville NC in 2012. She’s an amazing mother of four who has experienced infant loss, trauma, PTSD...

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October 20, 2022 30 mins

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer takes over a rural medical practice, replacing Dr. Vince Gilmer who is serving time for killing his father.

It doesn’t take long for the new Dr. Gilmer to start wondering what happened to the other Dr. Gilmer, what caused him to snap?

In this 3 part look into the case, journalist Charu Kumarhia re-examines her own encounter with Vince Gilmer and Benjamin Gilmer talks about his relationship with...

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October 13, 2022 28 mins

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer takes over a rural medical practice, replacing Dr. Vince Gilmer who is serving time for killing his father.

It doesn’t take long for the new Dr. Gilmer to start wondering what happened to the other Dr. Gilmer, what caused him to snap?

In this 3 part look into the case, journalist Charu Kumarhia re-examines her own encounter with Vince Gilmer and Benjamin Gilmer talks about his relationship with...

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Almost two decades ago a young reporter is sent to cover a brutal homicide of a man, detectives suspect his physician son.

In this season premiere Charu Kumarhia remembers that evening and her first impressions of Dr. Vince Gilmer.

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December 16, 2021 16 mins

After 9 seasons, 80 plus episodes content creator/writer/journalist/speaker Charu Kumarhia talks about the show going on a hiatus.

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December 9, 2021 29 mins

Karen Petersen always knew there was a problem she needed help with, in 2002 she was ready to do something about it.
Growing up with an alcoholic father she was familiar with the disease.  Alcohol became a way for her to cope with other anxieties but soon she realized she was addicted.
In this interview she shares her story and how others may be struggling as well.

Petersen wrote this blog post in 2021 about her st...

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December 2, 2021 62 mins

Roopa Pai is one of India’s best-known writers for children. The Bangalore-based author has written over 25 books and  given countless talks and lectures related to heritage.
Her two most popular books are the award-winning Indian national bestseller “The Gita For Children” and its prequel “The Vedas And Upanishads For Children.”
She recently co-authored fitness evangelist and supermodel Milind Soman’s memoir – “Made In Ind...

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November 18, 2021 35 mins

William Dissen is a renowed chef with 3 popular restaurants in North Carolina.  He’s also known for his efforts to be sustainable.
In this interview Kumarhia and Dissen talk about the love of food, cultural traditions and how to celebrate Thanksgiving without the myth of its origin.

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November 11, 2021 45 mins

Family therapist Ann Dillard has built a following among folks who want to better their parent/child dynamic - no matter the age of the child.
She offers conversation prompts for parents, especially mothers, who are eager to listen and repair generational  patterns of trauma and neglect.
In this interview, content creator Charu Kumarhia and Dillard talk about being raised in immigrant households and how to do the work of me...

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Ainsle MacLeod is a past life psychic who never wanted to believe in psychics.  His path has led him to work with famous clients (he often has a waiting list) and in front of Oprah Winfrey for her Soul Sunday podcast.

In this interview, the second he’s done with creator Charu Kumarhia, the two talk about a soul’s mission and about the general basic stuff that makes up the life of a famous psychic.


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Matthew Raiford was winning accolades  in the food world, traveling, writing amazing cookbooks,  meeting other foodie folks - but something was drawing him back to Georgia.

His family has owned and operated Gilliard Farms in Burnswick, GA for centuries.  For context, this is the same part of the southeast where Ahmaud Arbery was brutally killed while jogging, the crime covered up until the public outcry grew to a zenith.  ...

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October 21, 2021 28 mins

Michael Muller was a first grade teacher and a man committed to creating and supporting things of beauty in this world.. then came along a furry little rascal that was full of personality - Mirabelle.

Mirabelle was a Boston Terrier gifted to him, soon she was inspiring him to create children’s books.  The Adventures of Mirabelle was born.

In this conversation, Charu Kumarhia and Muller talk about their shared love...

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October 14, 2021 31 mins

Sunya Folayan ventured  into something new in  2003.  After working as a family and marriage therapist she decided to follow her heart and work as an artist.  She especially wanted to explore fabric and processes used across the globe.

In this interview she talks about how keeping these ways alive relates to her work as an activist.

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October 7, 2021 24 mins

Yvonne Liu could not stop herself from writing and her best work is when she tells her own story.
She was found on a Hong Kong staircase as a baby and then spent the next several months in an orphanage.  A Chinese-American couple adopted her but her childhood  was full of  emotional and physical abuse.
In 2021 she submitted a brief synopsis of her story to the New York Times Tiny Love Stories section.  Even though it was a ...

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