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
2:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

For Congress Freshman, First Six Months Teach Patience

Credit Smithsonian Institution

If there’s one thing Markwayne Mullin has figured out during his first six months in congress, it’s that even after 18-hour days of meetings, hearings and study sessions, he may still feel like he accomplished little.

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The Story
1:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

One Man's Mission To Keep Drivers From Idling Their Cars

Credit Verdant Vigilante

A few years ago, New Yorker George Pakenham approached an idling limousine and asked the driver to turn off his engine. To George's surprise, the driver obliged. Emboldened, Pakenham started approaching drivers of other idling cars and trucks in an effort to curtail pollution. He's approached more than 2,900 drivers.

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The Story
7:46 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

Credit Bruce Davidson

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to allow extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was intended to stop southern states from denying black Americans the right to vote. Many people, especially those who were at the center of civil rights fight, say the law is still needed.

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The Story
11:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

South Boston And Whitey Bulger

Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with Michael Patrick McDonald, who is covering the Whitey Bulger trial. He grew up in South Boston, where Bulger is a legend.

Also in this show: Haley Morris-Cafiero, an overweight photographer, has been taking photos of people who mock her body; and Kristen Ulmer, who became one of the best skiers in the world because she could not feel fear.

Listen at 1PM and 8PM on WUNC, or online here.

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The Story
9:28 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Opera Couple

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello are husband-and-wife opera singers. They talk with Dick about the peculiarity of their relationship, which includes competing to see who can hold the longest notes, and trying to get cast in the same productions so that they can spend time together.

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The Story
10:43 am
Thu June 13, 2013

After Innocence: Exoneration in America, Day 4

Jennifer Thompson, 2013
Credit Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Jennifer Thompson was a college student when she was brutally raped. During the attack, she tried to memorize what the man looked like so she could identify him later. She identified Ronald Cotton as the man who raped her, and he spent 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Also, LaMonte Armstrong was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his elderly next door neighbor. He spent the next 17 years fighting for his freedom and was exonerated last summer and is still trying to negotiate life in a world he was removed from for years.

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The Story
10:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

After Innocence: Exoneration In America, Day 3

Jason Puracal was working in Nicaragua when he was wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime.  He was sentenced to 22 years in one of the worst prisons in the country.  His sister Janis led the charge for his release.

Also in this show, a forensic DNA expert who has devoted himself to using new DNA technology to free the innocent. 

Listen at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., or online here.

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The Story
10:49 am
Tue June 11, 2013

After Innocence, Exoneration In America, Day 2

Scott Hornoff, 2013
Credit Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Guests include Scott Hornoff, a Rhode Island police officer convicted of murder in 1996. Since his exoneration he has been unable to find work in this country so he has become a private security consultant in Afghanistan. Also: Julie Baumer, convicted of child abuse for what later was determined to be “shaken baby syndrome”. She was exonerated.  And the man at the Innocence Project who receives thousands of letters from prisoners hoping to be freed. Listen at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., or online here.

The Story
10:06 am
Mon June 10, 2013

After Innocence: Exoneration in America

Gloria Killian, 2013
Credit Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Gloria Killian was a a 35 year old law school student in the 1980’s when she was convicted of murder and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.  Gloria claimed her innocence from the outset.  After 17 and a half years her conviction was overturned.

Also in this show, Ray Towler, exonerated by DNA evidence. Brian Banks, exonerated and signed with football’s Atlanta Falcons. John Thompson, freed after prosecutor’s deathbed admission of suppression of evidence.

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The Story
1:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Americans Spying On Americans

William Binney has been working in intelligence since the Cold War. As a cryptomathemetician, he helped create a new surveillance system called Thin Thread. When he discovered Thin Thread was being used to spy on American citizens, he spoke up and eventually left the agency.

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