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Former Gov. Jim Hunt Talks COVID, The Wilmington Ten, And Jesse Helms

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Jim Hunt was first elected Governor of North Carolina in 1976 when he was just 39 years old. He served four terms in the Executive Mansion, spanning four different decades. 

During his time in office, Hunt remained a steadfast supporter of public schools and prioritized education policy. In 1984, Hunt also set his sights on the U.S. Senate, and lost a bitter race to longtime Senator Jesse Helms.

On this episode of the Politics Podcast from WUNC, Hunt discusses his legacy as a governor, recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and a time he hitchhiked to the Midwest.

 

Music in this episode includes:
Brain by Lobo Loco

Jeff Tiberii covers politics for WUNC. Before that, he served as the station's Greensboro Bureau Chief.