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
12:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Fighting For Workers' Rights in Bangladesh

In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend tomorrow's Walmart shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she'll try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.

Plus, as part of his series “People Who Work,” producer Richard Paul brings us an audio portrait of Carmen Costello, who drives a city bus through Washington, D.C. early each morning. 

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The Story
10:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Preventive Mastectomy: Two Women, Two Choices

A Preventive Mastectomy at 31

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The Story
11:43 am
Mon June 3, 2013

This Land Is My Land

Julia Trigg Crawford on her family's land

Except when it isn't.

We check back in with Julia Trigg Crawford who is fighting the TransCanada Corporation as it lays pipe for the XL Pipeline. The digging has begun – in spite of ongoing litigation.

Also in this show, Sandra Steingraber was arrested on Earth Day, and spent 15 days in jail, for protesting against hydraulic fracturing (fracking). After many years in laboratories, and speaking at panels, she felt the time had come to use her body in direct-action protest.

Listen to these stories at TheStory.org 

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The Story
10:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Maxed Out on Everest

Mt. Everest
Credit Mark Jenkins for Natioal Geographic.

Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins says the mountain, once tackled only by professional climbers, has become accessible to anyone who can afford to pay to go up and down. And as a result, the mountain is being ruined by garbage, human excrement, and even bodies of deceased climbers.

Also: In a World War II era blimp hangar in California, a prototype of a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft” is being tested. It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.

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The Story
1:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Witnessing The Moore Tornado From Air And Ground

Alonzo Adams took this image of the tornado advancing on a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., on Monday. The tornado, with winds of 200 mph, was close to a mile wide.
Credit Alonzo Adams

As a mile-wide tornado tore across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday night, it destroyed houses, flattenedd schools and threw cars into the air.

Host Dick Gordon speaks with three people who witnessed it from the ground, from the air and from a shelter.

He speaks with Alonzo Adams, a photographer who captured images as a giant black funnel cloud advanced toward a neighborhood. (See a photo gallery.)

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The Story
3:40 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

For IRA Prisoner, Hunger Strike Was Last Resort

A poster in support of the hunger strike in the H-blocks of Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison
Credit Republican Movement

In the fall of 1980, imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Army demanded to be recognized as more than common criminals by the British government. They refused to wear the prison uniform, refused to do prisoner work, and, eventually, refused to leave their cells.

But they were making little progress. So IRA members at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland decided to refuse to eat.

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The Story
12:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Man Who Quantifies Every Moment Of Every Day

Credit Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy keeps metrics on himself for every moment of every day.

He knows the number of steps he travels in a day, his average heart rate, and the amount of food he’s eaten. The “Quantified Man,” says keeping statistics makes him a better employee and it’s in the future of everyone’s work.

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The Story
7:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Piecing Together The Delage Coupe

A 1937 Delage D8-120 Aérosport Coupe outside the October 1937 Paris Salon
Credit Les Amis de Delage

Host Dick Gordon of The Story speaks with David Cooper, the part-sleuth, part-mechanic who restored a rare 1937 Delage Aerosport Coupe.

There were only 12 ever built in the 1930’s in France.They were made by hand, and the interior was handpicked by the few customers.

Cooper says that finding the oversize chrome fenders and original chassis meant researching the story of Millicent Rogers, the American heiress who owned the car and outlined her specifications with her lipstick.

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The Story
3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Melinda Gates On What Mothers Everywhere Want

A child in Nigeria receives an oral polio vaccine.
Credit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

When philanthropist Melinda Gates travels the world, she looks for opportunities to have personal conversations with women. And she listens: about children’s health, about parenting, and about infectious diseases.

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The Story
5:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Editing An Encyclopedia That Changes By The Minute

Credit Flickr user mikeedesign

On April 16, 2007, Sue Gardner was following the news of the Virginia Tech shooting on every major web site she could find. The one where she learned the most was not a news site – it was the free encyclopedia Wikipedia. The content, she says, was more comprehensive.

“It was better than CNN, and better than the CBC,” she says. “I found that fascinating. How could that be?”

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