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New Jim Martin Biography Explores His Contributions To NC GOP

A conversation with former Governor Jim Martin and author John HoodJim Martin was the first and only two-term Republican governor in North Carolina, serving from 1985-1993.

 

A new biography argues that Martin was a trailblazing GOP politician who helped propel the rise of the party and establish a competitive two-party system. “Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans”(John F. Blair/ 2015) documents Martin’s life from his childhood as the son of a Presbyterian minister in South Carolina, to his career as a chemistry professor at Davidson College, to his 26 years in public office, to his post-gubernatorial career in public affairs and medical research.

 

Host Frank Stasio talks with former Governor Jim Martin and John Hood, conservative writer and commentator who authored the biography. 

Martin and Hood will speak at several events around the state this month including:

Jim supported Barry Goldwater and Dottie supported Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
The Martin Family /
Jim supported Barry Goldwater and Dottie supported Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Jim Martin as tight end for the Mt. Zion Wildcats
The Martin Family /
Jim Martin as tight end for the Mt. Zion Wildcats

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.