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HYDE, HAWKE OF STATE'S POLITICAL PARTIES TO APPEAR ON NCPT'S 'NORTH CAROLINA PEOPLE'

 HYDE, HAWKE OF STATE'S POLITICAL PARTIES
 TO APPEAR ON NCPT'S 'NORTH CAROLINA PEOPLE'
 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The chairman of North Carolina's Democratic and Republican parties will be featured in successive interviews on "North Carolina People," William Friday's weekly interview series on North Carolina Public Television (NCPT).
 North Carolina Democratic Chairman Sen. Herbert Hyde will appear Monday, Feb. 10. Jack Hawke, North Carolina Republican chairman, will be interviewed Monday, Feb. 17. Both programs air at 7:30 p.m.
 Both Hyde and Hawke express concerns about the impact of voter apathy and cynicism on the upcoming election. Hawke, who feels a greater importance should be placed on voter registration, notes that N.C. is the fourth worst state in the nation for voter participation. He feels than an increase in public awareness is a key issue in improving this problem.
 Hyde identifies cynicism as the key to the problem. "When you start looking at (the Federal government), people have lost a lot of faith," he says, adding that it is the duty of the public officials to let the people know they are doing their best to do a good job.
 Hyde and Hawke also agree on the negative effects of the increasing trend toward negative campaigning. "The truth has been discovered," Hyde said, "that negative campaigning pays off. What some people don't think of is ... that they're playing to the prejudices of people, ... and to the baser motives of humanity."
 Health care and education are acknowledged as key issues by both. Discussing health care, Hyde articulates the need to address the issue of technological advances and the rising costs accompanying these advances; in regard to education, Hawke suggests a focus on "getting back to the basics" with special attention focusing on teachers and classrooms.
 Other issues addressed in the interviews include the urgent state of the economy; the need to stay responsive to the rapidly changing global political scene; the soaring cost of political campaigns; and the media's role in politics.
 The segment with Sen. Hyde will repeat Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. Hawke's interview will repeat Sunday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m.
 North Carolina Public Television is the program service for the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television, which operates 10 stations throughout the state.
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