Presidential Debate/ Ellen Gilchrist/ Kathy Eldon

Presidential Debate: Will the presidential debate sway North Carolina voters? Host Frank Stasio speaks with Steve Greene, professor of political science at NC State, about the first debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. (12:00)

Ellen Gilchrist: Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley wrote, “To say that Ellen Gilchrist can write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing.” Host Frank Stasio speaks with the author about her life as a poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist. Ellen Gilchrist is the recipient of this year’s Thomas Wolfe Prize, awarded by the English department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (20:00)

Kathy Eldon: “Dying To Tell the Story” is an Emmy-nominated documentary about the dangers of frontline reporting and the reasons reporters risk their lives covering war zones. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Kathy Eldon, the film’s executive producer about her son, Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death in 1993 by an angry mob in Somalia while on assignment for Reuters news agency. The film will be screened Friday on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus as part of the Journalism and Trauma seminar. (14:00)

Essay: The history – and future – of race relations in Greensboro is a complicated one. Justin Catanoso, the executive editor of the Triad Business Journal, wonders about the effectiveness of current efforts to bridge the racial divide in Greensboro. (5:00)

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