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
11:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Gun Stories: A Gun Is Freedom

Yang Li at a rally in Boston
Credit Alex Jones

Dick speaks with Yang Li, who was born and raised in China. As soon as he got his citizenship in the U.S., he bought a gun. He considers it a tool that defends against tyranny, and he has joined gun rights groups and spoken at rallies.

The Keystone XL Pipeline From Start To Finish

Dick checks back in with Ken Ilgunas, who finished his walk from Alberta, Canada, to Port Arthur, Tx. - the proposed 1,700 mile pipeline. He talked with people along the way who welcome the pipeline and others who oppose it. Hear a conversation with him early in his journey.

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The Story
2:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Seaside Heights N.J. Rebuilds The Boardwalk

A ruined home on the Jersey Shore
Credit Dick Gordon

Seaside Heights N.J. Rebuilds The Boardwalk

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The Story
11:47 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Writers Justin Torres And Dorothy Allison Share Inspiration

Justin Torres and Dorothy Allison
Credit the authors

Writers Justin Torres and Dorothy Allison Share Inspiration

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The Story
12:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

How to Travel the World, Have a Successful Career, And Be Happily Married

'The Violin' painting by Juan Grix
Credit Juan Gris

To the Soundtrack of a Violin

Dick speaks with Toby and Itzhak Perlman about their marriage of 46 years, and how they met at music camp and became friends listening to classical music on records.

Being married, they say, is constant work and one way they managed it was to always be a family. Their five children went on tour with them and so days were filled with grocery shopping and playgrounds, which grounded them. And then the music was always there to help them take flight.

Illegal Mail and Love Notes

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The Story
11:07 am
Wed February 13, 2013

How the Gun Ban in England Was Passed

An officer outside at Dunblane Primary School.
Credit Dunblane Documentaries


After a killing spree in Scotland in 1996, public pressure for a ban on guns grew. Dick speaks with then British Parliament member Jack Straw about how the ban became law and his thoughts on "America's love affair with guns." He says that the U.S. still has frontier states and that there are reasons to own a gun in Texas and Arizona. [Photo: Dunblane Documentaries]


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The Story
10:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Years After South African Woman Disappears During Apartheid, Family Still Searches For Answers

Credit Zulu Love Letter


From South Africa, Thembi Simelane and her lawyer Howard Varney speak about their effort to uncover the truth about her sister, who is still missing. She was a courier for the African National Congress during the apartheid struggle, and she was taken, interrogated and tortured. No one has admitted to the murder, and this is one of many cases of disappeared people still unresolved in South Africa.

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The Story
11:54 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Rape Should Not Be Tolerated, Says India's First and Highest Ranking Female Police Officer

India's First Female Police Chief on Rape

We speak with Dr. Kiran Bedi about how she managed the Indian police when she was in charge, making sure they treated rape cases seriously and properly. She says the case of the young woman who was raped in December and died from her injuries has shaken many in India and she predicts changes across society.

Rita Jahanforuz Sings for Israel and Iran

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The Story
10:23 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Story: The Paper Mill Worker Who Was Fired For Keeping His Pistol In His Truck


In this edition of our series Gun Stories, Dick speaks with Larry Mullens, who was fired from his paper mill job in Oklahoma because he kept a pistol in his locked truck in the parking lot. That incident became the origin of a bill that has moved through various state legislatures. In Tennessee, the NRA targeted Debra Maggart as a roadblock - even though she has a 100 percent pro-gun voting record. She tells the story of the campaign for the bill and against her candidacy.


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The Story
9:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

How a Team of Green Berets Fought an Ambush in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding


A team of elite soldiers were sent into a mountainous area to capture an insurgent leader and were ambushed. Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding talks about the attack, and how he and his team kept fighting while pinned to a rock ledge for six hours.


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The Story
1:21 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

The Story: The Assistant Principal Who Stopped a Shooter at His School

Gun Stories

We continue our series of conversations about guns in America with Joel Myrick in Mississippi. In 1997, he was an assistant principal at Pearl High School when a student walked into the school and started shooting. Myrick ran to his car and got his legally-owned .45 Colt pistol and pointed it at the shooter to stop him.


We share listener letters about Gun stories. 

A Table's Return

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