As we enter debate season in state and national politics, we are looking back at North Carolina's most famous debates and how they compare to today. 

U.S. Senator Jesse Helms and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt were political heavyweights who squared off in 1984. Both men were in their second terms and could not have been any different ideologically. It made for some intense debates where they grilled each other from across the table.  

On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim and Ben talk to the men who made those debates happen. Hear all the behind-the-scenes stories of what was, at the time, the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the nation’s history.  

Gary Pearce and Carter Wrenn's incredible stories and insight are a must listen!  

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With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just sound bites. North Carolina veteran reporter and anchor Tim Boyum is loosening his signature bow tie for candid conversations with power players across the state. In "Tying It Together," Tim uncovers what makes these newsmakers tick, explores fascinating life stories, and helps all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our community.


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