Dick Gordon

Host, "The Story"

Before coming to North Carolina Public Radio to host The Story, Dick Gordon was host of The Connection, a daily national call-in talk show produced in Boston, from 2001 to 2005.  Gordon is well-known in the profession as 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, a 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. 

In his career Gordon has covered the conflicts in Bosnia, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka as well as the unrest in South Africa, Mozambique, Pakistan, India and the Middle East.  He has received two Gabriel Awards, two National Journalism Awards and has been nominated twice for the ACTRA Award for excellence in reporting. He is a graduate of Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and the Kent School, Kent, Connecticut.

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The Story
1:45 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir

Daniel Bellow pictured with his father Saul in 1969
Credit Michael Mauney/Time & Life Pictures

Greg Bellow grew up in the shadow of a famous father, Nobel Prize winning writer Saul Bellow.  For most of their time together the relationship was contentious and their views often clashed, but Greg Bellow says that after his father’s death in 2005, he began to understand how conflicted his father had become as an older man, and he began to appreciate the toll writing had taken on his father’s life.

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The Story
11:15 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Getting Arrested At Moral Monday

Jedediah Purdy
Credit Travis Drove

Jedediah Purdy, a law professor at Duke University, is one of more than 700 people who have been arrested in a series of political rallies in Raleigh, N.C., called Moral Mondays.

In this conversation, he tells host Dick Gordon that he didn’t expect to find himself among the singing, chanting protesters. But, he says, North Carolina NAACP president William Barber's blend of religious and constitutional language moved him to come forward and be arrested in an act of civil disobedience against his state’s Republican legislature.

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The Story
6:08 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Poetry From The Atomic City

Kathleen Flenniken at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Credit Alexander Flenniken

Poet Kathleen Flenniken grew up near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington state. At the height of the Cold War, people in her town believed they were helping protect America - and that they were safe, too.

But Flenniken says that when a family friend who worked at the site died from radiation exposure, she realized she had to reexamine her past. She tells host Dick Gordon her book of poetry "Plume" is an attempt to make sense of the pride and betrayal she feels when it comes to her childhood in the center of the atomic age.

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The Story
12:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

On Isle Royale, A New Question About The Future Of Wolves

Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale
Credit Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale

For 55 years, scientists on Isle Royale in Michigan’s Lake Superior have been tracking the relationship between wolves and moose. But this year, for the first time in decades, no wolf pups were born on Isle Royale - jeopardizing both the study and the fate of the island’s pack.

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The Story
4:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nefertiti In A Gas Mask: Street Art In Egypt

Credit Courtesy Soraya Morayef

Egypt’s walls are filled with stenciled images and art. The graffiti there is haunting and powerful. So much so that Egyptian journalist Soraya Morayef has been photographing the walls and charting the role of graffiti in the political discourse. Morayef has a blog called “Suzee in the City.” Her blog documents her exploration of the graffiti in Cairo - both the art and the artists.

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The Story
2:53 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Documenting Domestic Violence

Credit Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

Photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz spent months documenting the lives of a young couple, Shane and Maggie. She was in their home the night that Shane attacked Maggie, and photographed the attack. Although her images were integral in putting Shane behind bars, Sara was widely criticized for not putting down her camera and intervening.

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The Story
10:18 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Chris Thile Reinvents His Music, Over And Over

Host Dick Gordon speaks with mandolinist Chris Thile, of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, about how he reengineered blue grass to create his own sound.

Also in this show: Contributor Sean Cole ventures into Central Park after dark, a no-no.

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The Story
12:25 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Ashley Bryan: I’m Going To Sing

Dick speaks with Ashley Bryan, best known for his children's books, about the Harlem Renaissance, Black American spirituals, and the power of voice.

Also in this show: the day players used a potato  in the minor leagues, and poet Martin Espada reads a poem about going to a baseball game with his father.

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The Story
1:24 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Return To West, Texas

We check back in with Nita Gerik of West, Texas. Dick Gordon spoke with her in April, after an explosion in a fertilizer factory killed fourteen people, including eleven volunteer firefighters. Nita Gerik's husband was fire department chief for 25 years. Also from West, James Hand says writing music has not come easily since the explosion.

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The Story
11:53 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Remembering The Mann Gulch Fire of 1949

As investigators try to determine what happened to the nineteen firefighters who died this past weekend near Yarnell, Arizona, we remember the Mann Gulch canyon wall fire of 1949.  Smokejumper Bob Sallee is now the lone survivor of that fire, which burned 4,500 acres in Montana.

Also in this show: Christine Byl spent more than ten years clearing trails and building rock walls as a seasonal worker in Glacier National and Denali National Parks. She talks with Phoebe Judge about her new book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods.

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