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New Jim Martin Biography Explores His Contributions To NC GOP

Jim 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:

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
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.