Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hodding Carter III on WUNC-FM today

Hodding Carter III, will be interviewed today at noon by Frank Stasio on The State of Things. Carter has a quite notable history having served as a Jimmy Carter campaign manager, advisor, Edward R. Murrow and Emmy-winning Mississippi journalist and, most recently, as executive director of the Knight Foundation. Live streaming audio is available to those outside the North Carolina Public Radio network beginning at 12 noon EDT (1700 GMT).

Hodding's father was a revolutionary, Pulitzer prize-winning Southern journalist who turned his back on the racism of the times. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Carter contributing his equally lofty stature to our community at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has been Professor of Leadership and Public Policy since January. I'm also quite fond of him for his support on the Board of Directors of the Stetson Kennedy Foundation.

Coincidentally, I had the pleasure of listening to Professor Carter speak on Sunday at a panel discussion following the world premiere of the documentary, Terry Sanford and the New South, a beautiful 55-minute examination of the influences and accomplishments of the late NC Governor and Duke President, revered by many here (including former Sen. John Edwards), but little-remembered outside of the state. Moderated by Judy Woodruff, the panel included former two-time NC Gov. Jim Hunt, Judy's husband and Bloomberg News executive editor Al Hunt, former NC House Speaker Dan Blue, and documentary producer Thomas Lennon. In fact, Al Hunt noted that if history books were written on the top US governors and university presidents in US history, Sanford would be included in both.

Gregory Phillips from the Durham Herald-Sun wrote, "Measured against contemporary leaders, like Alabama Gov. George Wallace and his infamous "segregation forever" speech, Carter said Sanford "stood out from a crowd as dismal and dark as any in the South's history."

I personally appreciated the juxtaposition evident from another Carter quote that Sanford was central, "to the liberation of the white man from his own curse."

Stasio is a great host, with his recent interview of Durham's Branford Marsalis ranking among one of my favorite of his shows.

Today's interview with Hodding Carter should be quite insightful, particularly given new developments in the Duke lacrosse team rape allegations and the larger issue of race relations here in the New South.

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