In biographical conversations with jesse helms, airing three consecutive mondays beginning jan. 31 at 9p.M. The senator recounts his childhood in monroe, his early interest in journalism and his introduction to politics. Helms also discusses his career as an editorialist, his 1972 election to the united states senate, and his rise to power as a senator and chairman of the committee on foreign relations. From the outset his unrelenting style made voters either loyally stand with or vigorously oppose, him. Throughout his time in the public eye north carolina's elder statesman has held steadfast to his principles. His views celebrated and controversial are explored through engaging dialogue with unc-tv's john bason.