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
12:53 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

“I Was A Friend Of Hugo Chavez.” A Classmate Remembers A Latin America President

Before joining the military, Chavez dreamed of becoming a major league pitcher.
Credit Cuentos del Arañero

Rafael Simón Jiménez was a high school friend of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who died this week. As the country mourns, Dick speaks with him about what the leader was like as a young man and young politician. Rafael Simón Jiménez was part of the Chavez administration until they had a break over political ideals. He says Chavez loved baseball, but learned politics.

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The Story
11:58 am
Thu March 7, 2013

For Whistleblower Of Lance Armstrong Doping, Public Confession Gives Little Closure

Credit Pierre Metivier via Flickr

Betsy Andreu is married to a former cycling teammate of Lance Armstrong and she's known for years that he took banned drugs. He admitted it in front of her when he was in the hospital for cancer treatment. She wasn't the only one who heard the admission, but she was the one who called him on it and spoke out in the press and was reviled for her statements.

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The Story
10:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

After Seeing Fish Kills, Western Pa. Residents Track Chemicals From Coal And Fracking Sites

Ken Duffala says acidic mine drainage flows from the Clyde Mine into nearby rivers.
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Ken Dufalla keeps an eye on the rivers and streams in Green County, Pa. He and other trained citizens watch for fish kills and chemicals in the water from coal and fracking sites, and they have identified contamination. He works with the Izaak Walton League.

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The Story
12:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

How To Hunt Down A Meteor

Credit Mike Hankey

Here is what's in this program of The Story:

When a meteor exploded over Russia a few weeks ago, the meteor hunters packed their cold weather gear and headed for the cold and snow to search out fragments of the explosion. Dick speaks with Mike Hankey about how he got his start hunting down these fragments in rural Amish farmland. He has designed a software program used by the American Meteor Society.

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The Story
11:13 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Fastest Electric Car In The World

The Buckeye Bullet
Credit The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research

Here's what's on the latest program from The Story

Start Your Engines

Building a car, a battery powered car that can go up to 400 miles per hour. It's under way at Ohio State University and the racing team, the Buckeye Bullets, plan to race their car at the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer. Dick speaks to professor Giorgio Rizzoni and David Cooke, one of the students who work 40 to 80 hours a week on the project.

Searching for the Spitfires: An Update

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The Story
9:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Return To Fuling, China

Peter Hessler
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When Peter Hessler first arrived in the remote Chinese river town of Fuling, the only way to get there was by boat. There was only one other foreigner living in town, and a trip to the market could cause a sensation among the people as they had almost never seen non Chinese visitors. It was 1996, and Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps teacher and stayed two years. Recently, he went back for a visit to explore the changes that the Three Gorges Dam has made in Fuling. Much of the old city is under water, but there are ways to glimpse the past.

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The Story
11:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Pistol, A Shotgun And A Rifle

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Today we have three gun stories about how and why people own a firearm. Hal Stucker lived in New York City in the 1980's at a time when crime was rampant. After being mugged several times, he began to carry a pistol on the subway. 

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The Story
12:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Anatomy Of A Kidnap Negotiation

Claudia and Eunice, who were charged with kidnapping, photographed at the Ciudad Juarez women's prison.
Credit Katie Orlinsky

Negotiating With Kidnappers

Dick speaks with Richard Wright, who has negotiated the release of kidnap victims in Mexico and other countries. He says almost always, the kidnappers have done their homework and know the family has money. He has supervised negotiations and says that waiting is the hardest part - both for him and the families.

Prison Portraits - The Ciudad Juarez Women's Prison

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The Story
10:17 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Real Story Behind 'Argo'

The six Americans who were rescued from Tehran and President Jimmy Carter, including Mark and Cora Lijek, second and third from right.
Credit The White House

Mark Lijek was working in the American embassy in Iran when it was taken over Nov. 4, 1979. Americans were taken hostage, but he and five others were able to escape the compound and make their way to an apartment. The CIA ultimately helped them leave Tehran with the help of a cover story and false identities that passed the group off as a Hollywood crew making a sci-fi film called Argo. Mark later wrote a memoir called The Houseguests.


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The Story
10:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Follow That Painting: A Conversation with Art Detective Charles Hill

The Scream by Edvard Munch
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Charles Hill has a list of paintings he loves - some have been stolen, some he has recovered. He was the chief art detective at Scotland Yard, England, and now solves cases on his own.  He went undercover to rescue The Scream by Edvard Munch and found it in a hiding place under a floor. He likes to go visit the paintings he has recovered when they are re-hung in museums - in their proper place.

Cinéma Vérité - A Film On Marriage Ends In Divorce

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