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North Carolina, a state rich in history and tradition. It is the Old North State, the Tar Heel State, our state. Over the decades and centuries since its inception, our state has produced artists, writers, politicians and athletes that have erupted onto t



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Harvey Gantt: Episode 3: Trailblazing Designs

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:52:30 -0500

Though Mr. Gantt lost his bid for a third Mayoral term to Sue Myrick in 1987, he was back on the campaign trail three years later, to take a leading role in one of the most talked-about and followed races of 1990. Mr. Gantt’s bid to unseat the four-term incumbent Republican Senator Jesse Helms became an international news story.


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Harvey Gantt: Episode 2: Mayor of Charlotte

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:20:42 -0500

Episode two of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt explores the political path that led him to become a City Council member and the Mayor of Charlotte.


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Harvey Gantt: Episode 1: The Young Pioneer

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:17:39 -0500

Episode one of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt traces the future Charlotte mayor’s path from his childhood in Charleston, SC, to his solo integration of Clemson University, at the age of 20, in January 1963.


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Eva Clayton: Episode 3 - Tireless Campaigns

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:01:02 -0500

In Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton begins with the five-term US Representatives’ recollections of the 1994 mid-term elections, which saw Republicans assume majorities in both chambers of Congress. Eva Clayton shares insights to what forced the government into two government shutdowns, which lead to some government workers being furloughed…other people—services were denied


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Eva Clayton: Episode 2 - The Road to Congress

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:37:26 -0500

In episode 2 of Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton, after her 1968 congressional campaign, Mrs. Clayton decided to devote her time and energy to Soul City, a project funded by the federal government. Eva Clayton worked closely with the Civil Rights pioneer and attorney Floyd McKissick in creating a new town model that featured a design for an entire community.


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Eva Clayton: Episode 1 - From Georgia to Warren County

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:31:20 -0500

In episode 1 of Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton, the future US Representative discusses her childhood in Augusta, Georgia. The show also reflects on Eva Clayton’s high school and college eras, as well as, the time she met and married her husband, TT Clayton. The shows final minutes shares with viewers how Eva Clayton and her husband were first attracted to politics.


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Chuck Davis: Peace, Love, and Respect: Part 3

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:49:48 -0400

Despite his passionate embrace of African heritage and tradition, Chuck Davis did not get to travel to the continent until the late 1970s. But as he explains in Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis, it was worth the wait. “It’s a different feeling when you are on the sacred Earth. From the land where you know all of life form began.


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Chuck Davis: Pursuing the Authentic: Part 2

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:52:40 -0400

Episode 2 begins with Dr. Davis’ first performances in New York City, as a member of the legendary drummer Babatunda Olatunji’s company. Dr. Davis reveled in the city’s vibrant culture, and recalls an encounter with Duke Ellington. In the meantime, Dr. Davis studied a wide spectrum of dance, sneaking into Julliard to catch a class with the Martha Graham.


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Chuck Davis: Dance is the Prevention: Part 1

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:46:43 -0400

In Episode 1 of Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis, the dance maestro describes his childhood in a close-knit neighborhood of Raleigh. “Nowadays, says Dr. Davis, we have adopted the old Nigerian adage that it takes a village to raise a child. In our community, that was taken for granted. Young Charles Davis grew up surrounded by elders who demanded respect. “


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Bob Timberlake: Part 3

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:06 -0400

Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Bob Timberlake shares how the artist, in 1991, had expanded his business to include making furniture. Timberlake's furniture has continued to enthrall. And though his pieces are among the most popular in the world, he has insisted that his furniture continues to be made in the USA. An entrepreneur who has fought and successfully against outsourcing..


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Bob Timberlake: Part 2

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:56:59 -0400

Episode Two begins with Bob giving his account of viewing an issue of Life Magazine and being inspired by artist Andrew Wyeth to paint. Then, in 1969, Bob began to paint full-time and later had his first show, at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, in Old Salem. Timberlake's painting career continued to expand with showing his works at national galleries.


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Bob Timberlake: Part 1

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:53:38 -0400

Episode One of Biographical Conversations with Bob Timberlake begins with Bob sharing the Timberlake's family history.Bob tells of the heroic tale of two Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, against the British general Charles Cornwallis. The two war heroes, Leonid Valentin and Woolrich Fritz, were both assassinated on the same night by British mercenaries.


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James Gardner: The Political Journey

Sat, 24 May 2014 11:16:04 -0400

Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Jim Gardner, the Republican statesman talks about the barbecue restaurants he opened with his brother. Mr. Gardner also talks about Jim Martin winning the 1984 North Carolina Governorship and the Jim Martin's reelection in 1988. Mr. Gardner concludes the show with some reflections of North Carolina Republicans have made during the past half-century.


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James Gardner: Ups and Downs

Fri, 16 May 2014 15:49:35 -0400

Jim Gardner recalls his early political years serving as an NC US House member and being sword into office by George H.W. Bush. “The show also reveals why Mr. Gardner felt isolated during his two years in the House; a conservative Republican in a chamber dominated by Democrats. He tells why in 1968, he made the decision to run for North Carolina governor rather than seek another house term.


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James Gardner: From Rocky Mount to Capitol Hill

Fri, 9 May 2014 18:43:49 -0400

Much of Part 3 of Biographical Conversations with Wendell Murphy focuses on the challenges confronting Mr. Murphy during the later part of his tenure as chief executive officer of Murphy Family Farms. By now the top hog-producing company in the nation, the Murphy enterprise was on the front line of any controversy surrounding the effects of the industry upon the environment. In a 1995 series of reports, the Raleigh News and Observer investigated that topic. It also examined Wendell Murphy’s career as a legislator, and suggested that the hog-farming entrepreneur used his political influence to loosen environmental restrictions on agriculture laws. The N&O reports won a Pulitzer Prize. It also had a tremendous personal impact on Wendell Murphy.


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Wendell H. Murphy: Toward Merger

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:40:39 -0500

Much of Part 3 of Biographical Conversations with Wendell Murphy focuses on the challenges confronting Mr. Murphy during the later part of his tenure as chief executive officer of Murphy Family Farms. By now the top hog-producing company in the nation, the Murphy enterprise was on the front line of any controversy surrounding the effects of the industry upon the environment. In a 1995 series of reports, the Raleigh News and Observer investigated that topic. It also examined Wendell Murphy’s career as a legislator, and suggested that the hog-farming entrepreneur used his political influence to loosen environmental restrictions on agriculture laws. The N&O reports won a Pulitzer Prize. It also had a tremendous personal impact on Wendell Murphy.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO160343_WendellMurphy3_QTCC.mov




Wendell H Murphy: Business & Politics

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:39:42 -0500

Episode 2 of Biographical Conversations with Wendell Murphy describes a booming and rapidly expanding opportunities for the young entrepreneur. Soaring profits from grinding feed allowed Murphy to pay off his bank loans almost immediately, and the father-and-son team decided to extend their business, raising a few hogs on their property as well. Within a few months it became clear that raising hogs was more profitable than providing food for other farmers; by 1968, the Murphys stopped selling feed completely and devoted themselves solely to harm farming.


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Wendell H. Murphy: Hard Work & Inspiration

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:38:36 -0500

Born on a small family farm in Eastern North Carolina during the midst of the Great Depression, Wendell Murphy learned the merits of hard work from his father, Norman Holmes Murphy. "Somehow it was ingrained at in him that he had to work almost every day, all day long, at something,"Wendell Murphy says of his father. "He didn’t want to do things the easy way."


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Henry Frye : Supreme Justice

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:52:58 -0400

Biographical Conversations with Henry Frye shares how Henry Frye served as the first African American assistant district attorney in the South, after Robert Kennedy appointed him in 1963. He had also became the first African American to win a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives, when he triumphed in the 1968 election.


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Henry Frye : State House and Senate

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:30:28 -0400

Biographical Conversations with Henry Frye highlights Henry Frye's graduation from of University of North Carolina Law School in 1959, and opened his own practice in Greensboro.


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Henry Frye : An Officer and a Scholar

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:37:47 -0400

Biographical Conversations with Henry Frye traces the future statesman’s journey from farmer’s son to law school graduate. The eighth of Walter and Pearl Frye’s twelve children, Henry Eli Frye was born in August 1932 in Ellerbe, North Carolina, and spent his early years toiling on his father’s farm.


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Gen. Hugh Shelton: Chairman of the Chiefs

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:19:44 -0500

The fourth and final episode of Biographical Conversations with General Hugh Shelton focuses on his tenure as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff - a term that spanned four years and two presidents. Nominated to the position by President Bill Clinton in 1997. Within weeks he was advising the President and his cabinet on strategies to weaken the al-Qaeda network, led by Osama bid Laden.


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Gen. Hugh Shelton: General in Command

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:19:27 -0500

Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with General Hugh Shelton discusses the military leader’s rise in the ranks. Beginning with a 1972 move to Alabama so the then-Major could attend the Air Command Staff College at Maxwell Air Force, to North Carolina, in 1991, to command the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO200343_HughShelton3_QTCC.mov




Gen. Hugh Shelton: Tours of Vietnam

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:18:44 -0500

Episode 2 of Biographical Conversations with Hugh Shelton explores his two perilous tours of Vietnam. Days after he arrives for the first time in Southeast Asia, Lieutenant Shelton is assigned to Project Delta, an outfit known for its highly dangerous missions.


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Gen. Hugh Shelton: Becoming a Soldier

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:15:51 -0500

The first episode of Biographical Conversations with General Hugh Shelton introduces the future military leader with a lively discussion that spans from his childhood to his early years as an Army officer.


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John Medlin Part Three: John Medlin: John Medlin: The Wachovia Way

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:13:48 -0400

John Medlin recalls the unexpected message left by one of the bank's greatest predecessors, after he became Wachovia CEO. John Medlin also shares how he expanded the company's banking business beyond the North Carolina borders.


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John Medlin Part Two: John Medlin: Sure and Steady

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:51:40 -0400

John Medlin retraces his steps to becoming the top Chief Operations Officer at Wachovia Bank. John Medlin also shares some of Wachovia's sacred business principles that earned the company great success in the banking industry.


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John Medlin Part One: John Medlin: The Boy from Johnston County

Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:06:50 -0400

Junior Johnson retires from racing to manage his own racecar company. His company, Junior Johnson and Associates, raced into NASCAR history by setting a number of winning records before Junior retired in 1995.


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Junior Johnson Part Three: Making NASCAR History

Thu, 24 May 2012 10:22:19 -0400

Junior Johnson retires from racing to manage his own racecar company. His company, Junior Johnson and Associates, raced into NASCAR history by setting a number of winning records before Junior retired in 1995.


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Junior Johnson Part Two: From Prison Jump Suit to Race Car Suit

Tue, 22 May 2012 15:02:17 -0400

Junior Johnson decides to leave the troubling moonshine business for a promising career in racecar driving. Junior's early racing success led to winning the 1960 Daytona 500. His Daytona win help propel him to the front of an elite team of early NASCAR legends.


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Junior Johnson Part One: Growing up in rural North Carolina

Tue, 22 May 2012 15:02:12 -0400

Junior Johnson decides to leave the troubling moonshine business for a promising career in racecar driving. Junior's early racing success led to winning the 1960 Daytona 500. His Daytona win help propel him to the front of an elite team of early NASCAR legends.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO180143_JrJohnson1_iPod_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Howard N. Lee 3

Tue, 22 May 2012 09:49:10 -0400

Serving the State Part three of Biographical Conversations with Howard N. Lee explores the pioneers' political career; his three terms as mayor Chapel Hill, which culminated in the public bus system he brought to the city in 1973; his ground-breaking selection as secretary of the Department of Natural and Economic Resources in Governor Hunt's state cabinet in 1977; his terms as state senator; and his ensuing entry into the North Carolina educational leadership.modern, and multi-cultural leader in the New South.


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Biographical Conversations with... | Howard N. Lee 2

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:54:45 -0400

From Korea to Chapel Hill Episode 2 of Biographical Conversations with Howard N. Lee traces the future educational director from his army days to his successful and barrier-breaking mayoral candidacy. In 1959, freshly armed with a college degree, Private Howard N. Lee traveled from basic training in Fort Bening, GA, to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for six weeks of medical training. So highly successful at Fort Sam Houston that he was invited to apply to officer candidacy school (an offer he declined), Private Lee fully expected to be reassigned to the same base. Instead, his orders placed him at Fort Hood, where he would no longer be training as a medical corpsman, but instead, working in the motor pool.


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Biographical Conversations with... | Howard N. Lee 1

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:59:19 -0400

Child In Georgia
In Biographical Conversations with Howard N. Lee, we explore the many contributions of this legendary North Carolina politician. This original series takes a penetrating look at the life and times of the renowned North Carolina statesman, from his election as mayor Chapel Hill in 1969 - making him the first African American mayor of a predominantly white southern city - to his service in the state legislature to being the first African American to serve in the state cabinet. Howard Lee helped shepherd North Carolina through its transition to a dynamic, modern, and multi-cultural leader in the New South.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO140143_HowardLee1_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Betty McCain Part 3

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:47:51 -0400

Secretary of Cultural Resources In part three of Biographical Conversations with Betty Ray McCain, McCain describes the U.S. Senatorial campaign of 1984--a race between Governor Jim Hunt and Senator Jesse Helms. Although Hunt launched the campaign with a double-digit lead over the Republican incumbent, his advantage eroded. By the beginning of November, polls showed Senator Helms leading Governor Hunt by three points. On Election Day, despite what McCain calls, "a superhuman effort by everybody that worked in every precinct, in every county, in every congressional district and throughout the state," Helms prevailed.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/biocon_bettymccain_3_iPod_480.m4v




Biographical Conversations with... | Betty McCain Part 2

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:46:05 -0400

Head of the Party Episode Two of Biographical Conversations with Betty Ray McCain takes us to Wilson, North Carolina, where the McCains moved in 1956. Dr. McCain took a position at Wilson Memorial Hospital, eventually serving as chief of staff. The couple moved into their Wilson home just in time to welcome their first child, Paul Pressly McCain. Two years later, the family expanded again with the birth of Paul’s sister, Mary Eloise McCain. Despite diapers and bottles, McCain found the time to roll up her sleeves and work for the Democratic Party. She volunteered for the 1960 Terry Sanford gubernatorial campaign and, four years later, worked for Richardson Preyer in the Democratic primary. Preyer’s loss to eventual governor Dan Moore broke her heart, yet she still canvassed for Moore because, she offers, “as Jim Hunt and Terry Sanford teach you, you’ve got to come back together.


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Biographical Conversations with... | Betty McCain Part 1

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:44:04 -0400

Fireball from Faison In episode one of Biographical Conversations with Betty Ray McCain, McCain shares stories and memories of her colorful childhood in Faison, North Carolina. She calls her father, Horace Ray, and her mother, Mary Perret Ray, the dearest, sweetest people.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/biocon_bettymccain_1_iPod_480.m4v




Biographical Conversations with... | James Hunt Part 4

Sat, 26 Apr 2008 10:06:49 -0400

To The Mansion Episode four of Biographical Conversations with James B. Hunt, Jr. focuses on Hunt’s final two terms as governor of North Carolina. Hunt begins by noting how he had changed in the eight years since he left office. He ran unsuccessfully for Jesse Helms’ U.S. Senate seat in 1984; returned to practicing law in 1985; and became a grandfather.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/BioCon_Jim_Hunt-4_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | James Hunt Part 3

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 17:50:51 -0400

The First Two Terms
Part 3 of 4
Running for the Senate Biographical Conversations with James B. Hunt, Jr. begins with Hunt's recollections of President Ronald Reagan, elected to the country's highest office in 1980. Though critical of some of Reagan’s policies—such as the president's tax cuts—Governor Hunt respected the charismatic leader’s positive attitude. "For him it was always morning in America," Hunt says of the 40th president. Reagan’s optimism made him the overwhelming favorite to win reelection in 1984. Throughout his presidency, Reagan remained enormously popular among North Carolina Republicans and Independents, as well as some Tar Heel Democrats.


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Biographical Conversations with... | James Hunt Part 2

Sat, 12 Apr 2008 09:28:40 -0400

The First Two Terms
Part 2 of 4
In part two of Biographical Conversations with James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor Hunt discusses his four-year term as lieutenant governor, as well as his first two terms as governor. He begins with recollections of Bob Scott, who served as governor from 1968 to 1972, and then describes his own first campaign for statewide office, announcing his candidacy for lieutenant governor in 1971.


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Biographical Conversations with... | James Hunt Part 1

Wed, 9 Apr 2008 16:31:36 -0400

Early Life and Political Career
Part 1 of 4
In part one of the four-part Biographical Conversations with James B. Hunt, Jr. series, North Carolina Governor James Hunt takes you from his childhood on his family’s Rock Ridge, N.C., farm through his political beginnings as president of the Wilson County Young Democrats Club.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/BioCon_Jim_Hunt_1_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Jim Holshouser Part 1

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 08:32:07 -0400

Early Life and Political Career
Part 1 of 3
In the first installment of the three-part series Biographical Conversations with…Jim Holshouser , join this prolific policymaker as he shares candid recollections from his childhood in the North Carolina mountains, remembrances of serving in the state legislature and his work to reform the state’s higher education system.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_holshouser_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Jim Holshouser Part 2

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 08:32:10 -0400

Governor of North Carolina
Part 2 of 3
In the second installment of Biographical Conversations with…Jim Holshouser , the legendary state politician reminisces on leading a growing state Republican Party, his inauguration as the first Republican governor in 72 years and fostering economic development during challenging times.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_holshouser_2.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Jim Holshouser Part 3

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 08:32:13 -0400

The UNC Board of Governors
Part 3 of 3
In the final installment of Biographical Conversations with…Jim Holshouser , the renowned public servant candidly recounts his life after the Governor’s mansion, his return to private law practice, his work on the UNC Board of Governors and political and public service as a way of life.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_holshouser_3.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Ruth Easterling Part 1

Tue, 18 Apr 2006 08:29:05 -0400

Childhood to City Council
Part 1 of 3 Parts
Born December 26, 1910, in Gaffney, NC, Ruth Moss was one of four children. When she was very young, her family moved from Gaffney to Blacksburg so that her father could have a job that paid one dollar a week more than he was making.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_reasterling_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Ruth Easterling Part 2

Tue, 18 Apr 2006 08:29:01 -0400

Election to and Service in the House of Representatives
Part 2 of 3 Parts
The second part of Biographical Conversations with…Ruth Easterling concerns her election to the state House of Representatives. Ruth first ran for representative in 1974 and was elated when she came in 3 rd in the primary,as it was rare for women to run for political positions at this time. Her main issue was ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, and she vowed to run until it was ratified or until she was 91.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_reasterling_2.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Ruth Easterling Part 3

Tue, 18 Apr 2006 08:28:57 -0400

The House of Representatives to the Present
Part 3 of 3 Parts
Ruth Easterling begins the conclusion of Biographical Conversations with a recollection of her experience in 1994, when the Republicans won the majority in the House. As she states, she went from seat 5 to seat 106—not too dissimilar to her placement during her first term, when she was in seat 104 because there were so many Democrats. She says that even though she disagreed with the Republican platform, she had many good friends who were Republicans.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_reasterling_3.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Bob Scott Part 1

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:16 -0400

A Legacy of Public Service
Part 1 of 3 Parts
Part 1 begins with Bob Scott’s memories of his grandfather, Robert Walter Scott. Raised on a farm and intensely interested in agriculture, Robert Scott wanted to learn more about farming practices. However, North Carolina had no agricultural training program. As a result, he went to a school in New York State and returned full of ideas about new methods of propagating and raising crops. Often others in the area would ask his advice, and he became known as “Farmer Bob.”


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_bscott_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Bob Scott Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:16 -0400

Serving As Governor
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Bob Scott begins part 2 by recounting his decision to run for lieutenant governor in 1964. Ironically, his decision to become involved in politics began after a short newspaper article surmised that he would be running for governor. Several phone calls from supporters and conversations with close colleagues made him realize that he did have support to run for political office, but by the time he formerly decided to run, the major gubernatorial candidates already had significant backing. After he held a press conference to announce that he would not be running for governor, his colleagues suggested the lieutenant governor’s race because they said it was a “sleeper” race and that the position of lieutenant governor had little governing power of its own.


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Biographical Conversations with... | Bob Scott Part 3

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:16 -0400

Scott’s Continued Legacy
Part 3 of 3 Parts
After Scott’s term as governor ended, three of the major state agricultural leaders asked if he would take a new full-time position with the Agribusiness Council. Scott agreed, knowing he had a strong agricultural background and could benefit the council. While he was serving with the council, he encouraged his wife to run for labor commissioner after the incumbent commissioner decided not to run for reelection. She won the first primary, but a close primary count forced a runoff, which she lost. Scott got a disappointment of his own; his application for the position of president of the community college system was denied, a decision that Scott says was recommended by the governor.


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Biographical Conversations with... | Julius Chambers Part 1

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:13 -0400

Growing Up In The South
Part 1 of 3 Parts
The first installment of Biographical Conversations with.Julius Chambers begins with Chambers' remembrances of growing up in racially divided North Carolina, his college years and his beginnings in the civil rights movement.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_jchambers_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Julius Chambers Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:13 -0400

Life & Career Challenges Life & Career Challenges
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Part two of Biographical Conversations with.Julius Chambers , deals with many unexpected and unusual situations Chambers faced in his career-including the legal legend's recollections of his hand in landmark civil rights litigation and overcoming the adversity and challenges faced during his life-long work.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_jchambers_2.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Julius Chambers Part 3

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:13 -0400

The Future of Education & Civil Rights
Part 3 of 3 Parts
In the conclusion of Biographical Conversations with.Julius Chambers , the civil rights leader recounts his ascent to the helm of North Carolina Central University as its chancellor, his battle with cancer and his thoughts on the future of civil rights.
Throughout the 1970s and '80s, Chambers continued to fight for civil rights legislation and affirmative action programs as director-counsel of the NAACP LDF. Yet he remained devoted to education and in 1993, returned to his alma mater where he served as NCCU chancellor for eight years. Chambers has published numerous books, continues teaching at various law schools and remains a member of many boards and organizations. In this final episode, the unflappable civil rights activist discusses his passionate, four decades-long crusade for equality and the future of the movement to which he has dedicated his life.


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http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_jchambers_3.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Hugh Morton Part 1

Fri, 24 Mar 2006 09:55:47 -0400

Summers in the Mountains
Part 1 of 3 Parts

Hugh Morton begins the first episode of Biographical Conversations talking about his grandfather, Hugh MacRae. MacRae lived in Delaware but decided to move to the North Carolina mountains because of his interest in mining mica, an expensive stone at the time. As he familiarized himself with both east and west North Carolina, he began buying property on both the coast and in the mountains, including a 16,000 acre tract of land that included Grandfather Mountain. Morton says that his grandfather's original intent for the land was to use it as a summer resort.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_hmorton_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Hugh Morton Part 2

Fri, 24 Mar 2006 09:55:43 -0400

Adult Life and Grandfather Mountain
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Morton's portrayal of his wife and three children opens the second part of our series. He describes his wife, Julia Hathaway Taylor, as "smarter" than he is and dedicated to her causes, as are his two daughters and one son, who help him with the family business.
Morton sometimes fell into his leadership positions, as he recalls when he relates how his absence from a meeting landed him the position of president of the Wilmington Azalea Festival. The Azalea Festival was no small fair, he says, as he names some of the former Azalea Queens-Elizabeth Dole for one.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_hmorton_2.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Hugh Morton Part 3

Fri, 24 Mar 2006 09:55:54 -0400

Fighting for Clean Air
Part 3 of 3 Parts
Hugh Morton's story of Mildred's arrival to Grandfather Mountain begins the final installment of Biographical Conversations. Morton explains how Mildred and her kindred black bears became a protected species on the mountain.
Politics began to be more and more a part of Morton's life, beginning with a campaign to institute liquor by the drink in North Carolina. In the early 1970s, he followed the suggestion of some of his friends in the travel industry to run for governor, but he pulled out of the race before the primary. After Jim Hunt was elected for governor, Morton assisted him with some of his agendas, including a campaign to change the state Constitution so that governors could run for more than one term. Morton did not always automatically comply with Governor Hunt's requests, however. When Governor Hunt asked him to campaign for an unpopular gas tax in the early 1980s, Morton suggested that he ask Arthur Smith for help instead.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_hmorton_3.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Mary Semans Part 1

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:08 -0400

Childhood & The Duke Legacy
Part 1 of 3 Parts

Well known for carrying on the Duke University founding family's legacy of philanthropic contributions to the community, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans has become one of the state's principal philanthropists supporting education and arts programs across the Carolinas. This influential matriarch begins her one-on-one biographical conversations by discussing her rich family legacy beginning with her great-grandfather, Washington Duke, for whom the Duke University is named.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_msemans_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Mary Semans Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:08 -0400

Duke University & Marriage
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Mary Semans opens the second half of Biographical Conversations With. by explaining the background of the endowment that James "Buck" Buchanan Duke gave to Trinity College, benefiting both North and South Carolina. She also recalls the life of her cousin, Doris Duke, and recounts the many times that the press made her a target of sensational news.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_msemans_2.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | Mary Semans Part 3

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:08 -0400

Politics & Philanthropy
Part 3 of 3 Parts
The conclusion begins with a discussion of Mary Seman's political career after she won the election for the Durham City Council. Her involvement with the precinct meeting, which initiated black voter registration, inspired suggestions that she run for a council seat. In addition, groups wanted women to have more of a voice in Durham government, so Mary and another woman ran for and won seats on the Durham City Council. Mary and her female counterpart fought hard to keep their seats among male members who suggested that they "stay home" during meetings because it made them uncomfortable to discuss issues with women present. Only a year later she was elected as mayor.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_msemans_3.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | William Friday Part 1

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

Early Years
Part 1 of 3 Parts

UNC President Emeritus William Friday begins the first part of Biographical Conversations with an endearing recollection of his parents. His father was a bookkeeper in a textile company. In addition, he was mayor for the town of Dallas. His mother loved and taught music, and Friday talks about the musical instruments that he and his siblings played. He then describes Dallas, a small town near Gastonia, where he grew up. Some of his opinions about issues were formed during this time, as he first became aware of segregation when he was playing baseball in high school. Friday also recalls his experience with growing up during the Depression and how it affected not only his political affiliation but his attitude about life in general as well.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_wfriday_1.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | William Friday Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

University Life
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Part 2 opens with William Friday's recollection of his experience at the University of North Carolina in the office of university president Frank Porter Graham, president of the university. He speaks openly about the challenges of President Graham's job and about his impressions of Billy Carmichael, who worked in UNC administration. Friday then discusses President Graham's appointment in Washington, D.C. and Graham's eventual brutal Senate race against Willis Smith. During the race, Friday, who was still assisting the new president of the university, tried to keep the university out of the mudslinging that occurred between Smith and Graham.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_wfriday_2.mp3




Biographical Conversations with... | William Friday Part 3

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

University & Beyond
Part 3 of 3 Parts
In the conclusion to Biographical Conversations, William Friday begins by reminiscing about his retirement from the presidency of the university. He then discusses the several opportunities he had to run for public office--and why he ultimately decided not to pursue them. As a result, he presided over the William R. Kenan fund, after chairing a statewide commission on literacy. Because of his involvement in literacy and education, he reorganized the Trust to help people, especially single mothers, gain their high school equivalency and qualify for a job that will pay for their living expenses. Friday was very concerned about poverty in North Carolina. He remarked in one instance that North Carolina should not tolerate having children live in poverty. He and his wife visited a homeless shelter one night, an experience that Friday says will live with him forever and one that reminded him of his own childhood circumstance of poverty during the Depression.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/bcw_wfriday_3.mp3













Biographical Conversations with... | Jesse Helms Part 1

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

Early Life and Reporting
Part 1 of 3 Parts
Jesse Helms, Jr., was born and raised in the small, quiet town of Monroe, North Carolina. His parents owned a small farm in Monroe, and they both had been raised in the town as well. His father held a dual job of chief of police and fire chief and taught young Jesse about religion and respecting people.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/4BIO020101_iPod_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Jesse Helms Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

The U.S. Senate
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Part II of Biographical Conversations begins with Helms discussing some of the issues he discussed on his Viewpoints show at WRAL-TV. Host John Bason asks about his views on desegregation, in particular, to which Helms responds that he feels desegregation should have been encouraged and modeled rather than enacted by law. While he disagreed with the terms of our involvement in the Vietnam War, he stood by the soldiers who fought and expresses repulsion against many of the protests.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO020201_iPod_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Jesse Helms Part 3

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

Personal and Political Views
Part 3 of 3 Parts
John Bason picks up the final episode with a questions about Helms’ opinion of President Bill Clinton. While Senator Helms feels that President Clinton was weak in personal areas, he thinks he is a great speaker and very personable. Senator Helms talks about a comment he made about President Clinton’s visit to North Carolina, Clinton’s impeachment trial and his views on and admiration for Madeline Albright.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO020301_iPod_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Terry Sanford Part 1

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

Early Years and Ambitions
Part 1 of 3 Parts

Host Robin Minietta hosts the first of this series of Biographical Conversations. In the first episode, Senator Terry Sanford shares his early years as a boy and college student, leading up to his eventual political ambitions. Terry was born and raised in Laurinburg. His father owned a hardware store named JD Sanford and Son, and his mother was a teacher. After his parents started having children, his mother took a leave of absence from teaching, but she returned when the Depression forced his father to close his store. Sanford says that his experiences growing up during the Depression made him more sensitive to the plight of people in poverty and especially to the black population.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO010101_iPod_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Terry Sanford Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

Governorship of North Carolina
Part 2 of 3 Parts
Part two begins with Sanford’s association with John F. Kennedy. According to Sanford, supporting Kennedy publicly was one of the most risky things that he did politically, primarily because North Carolina was not ready for some of Kennedy’s ideas. Even though Sanford supported Kennedy privately, he was reluctant to support him publicly until Bobby Kennedy asked him to second Kennedy’s nomination. Many of Sanford’s colleagues supported Humphrey, and they expressed feelings of betrayal when they discovered Sanford’s choice. However, with the same ability he had to win voters’ approval of a new tax plan, Sanford sold the Kennedy plan to North Carolina voters, and with a combined Presidential and governor campaign, Kennedy and Sanford won two major races for the Democratic party.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO010201_iPod_QTCC.mov




Biographical Conversations with... | Terry Sanford Part 3

Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:11:04 -0400

Duke University and the U.S. Senate
Part 3 of 3 Parts

Terry Sanford begins the final installment of Biographical Conversations with comments about the late 1960s and the Vietnam War, which he states was a “terrible political mistake.” After his term as governor was over, he went back to practicing law and set up a study of American States to student other state governments. From his findings, he thought that states were becoming too dependent on the federal government and were not showing the excellence and leadership that he felt state governments should model.


Media Files:
http://podcast.unctv.org/biocon/4BIO010301_iPod_QTCC.mov