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.


The Story
11:27 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Puppeteer Basil Twist And The Rite of Spring

Puppeteer Basil Twist

The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky almost caused a riot when it was first seen 100 years ago. The music, the choreography was so unusual and dissonant that the audience rebelled. There was laughter and fistfights. Today it has become a classic piece and is being celebrated on its centenary- yet eyebrows can still be raised when a puppeteer stages The Rite of Spring. Basil Twist and Dick Gordon speak on the day of a new world premiere.

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The Story
7:01 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Dick Gordon And Interpreter Ahmed Fadaam Recall Baghdad After U.S. Invasion

Ahmed worked with Dick Gordon over 10 days of reporting in Baghdad. They continued to collaborate for several years.
Credit Ahmed Fadaam

Ten years ago today, the massive statute of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was toppled, and there was a feeling that a new country was ready to rise. The past decade has seen continuous war and violence: at first there were U.S. troops and now there are constant bombings and attacks between factions.

Host Dick Gordon covered the days after the U.S. invasion with his translator Ahmed Fadaam. They recall the destruction, and we hear reports from that time. Then, they call back to Iraq and talk to two Iraqis about life there now.

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The Story
2:43 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mom’s Death Changed Reporter's Thinking About End-of-Life Care

Charles Ornstein with his mother, Harriet Ornstein, on his wedding day
Credit Charles Ornstein

Charlie Ornstein, a reporter for the investigative newsroom ProPublica, had covered healthcare in America for more than 15 years, and he thought he understood the decision a family would face if a relative were being kept alive through artificial life support.

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The Story
7:24 am
Fri April 5, 2013

How The Loyola Ramblers, 1963 NCAA Champions, Changed The Color Of College Basketball

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers played against Cincinnati in the 1963 N.C.A.A. tournament title game.
Credit Ramblers

The 1963 NCAA Championship game was much more than a battle to decide the best college basketball team in America. It was a loud statement the civil rights movement had begun.

Jerry Harkness was the African American captain of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers.  He tells Dick Gordon about the moment he realized he was part of history, and about his anticipation now of his induction into the NCAA Hall of Fame.

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The Story
12:10 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Stop And Frisk On Trial In New York City

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Some New Yorkers have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the New York City Police Department 's "Stop and Frisk" policy unfairly targets African Americans and Latinos. We hear from one of the young men behind the lawsuit, Nicholas Peart, who has been stopped by police three times.

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The Story
11:40 am
Wed April 3, 2013

A Veteran's Wife Is Diagnosed With PTSD - From Reliving The War With Him

Credit Rob Bates

Kat Honaker’s husband survived the war in Iraq. Now that he’s home, he’s fighting for his life again. Dealing with her husband’s trauma has meant that she, too, has a diagnosis of PTSD from reliving the war with him.

Kat blogs about her family’s experiences, and provides resources for those facing the same battles.

Then, we hear from Dr. Stephen Xenakis, a retired Army psychiatrist, about new approaches for coping with Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, including hyperbaric oxygen and cranial electrical stimulation.

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The Story
12:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Taken To Auschwitz, Poet Buried Work In Jars

Zofia Abramowicz
Credit Courtesy Cherie Braun

Zofia Abramowicz was Polish and Catholic, but was still rounded up and imprisoned at Auschwitz during World War II. During that time, Zofia wrote poetry - really strange, scary, beautiful poetry.

She then buried it in jars in the camp. After the war, the jars were dug up and returned to her.

Sean Cole talks to the woman who is the keeper of these poems, Cherie Braun.

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The Story
12:14 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

'When Women Were Birds' - A Conversation With Writer Terry Tempest Williams

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Western writer Terry Tempest Williams was given a gift by her mother as she was dying: her journals - three shelves of them. When she sat down to read them, she found that they were all blank. Terry Tempest Williams spent 25 years sorting out the message her mother meant to give her.

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The Story
5:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

A Gay Priest Fights For A Place Within The Catholic Church

The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Credit Wikimedia

As the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics get a new leader, Dick speaks with an Irish priest who came out as gay after he made his vows to the Catholic Church. He chose to stay in the church - "it is my church, too," he says - and presses from inside for change regarding the place of women and gays in the church.

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The Story
1:34 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

A Fukushima Farmer Tills His Soil For Radiation

Mitsuo Sato points to his fields.
Credit Yuri Yamamoto

Dick calls Japanese farmer Mitsuo Sato, who lived close to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor when it began to meltdown in 2011. We have spoken to him twice now and check back on whether there has been any progress in returning to his farm. He is part of a crew that is decontaminating the soil in his community, and says he might be able to work the soil again by 2015.

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