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By D.G. Martin D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information or to view prior programs visit unctv.org/ncbookwatch.
  • Jim Leutze Wants His State Back

    November 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

    “I am mad as hell and I want my state back.” Former UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jim Leutze wanted to use this phrase as the title for his new book about modern North Carolina history and politics. Eventually, he settled on another provocative title, Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years, which the Charlotte Observer book […]

  • The Battle For Political Dominance

    November 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner? Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that. Isner is known for his three-day 2010 Wimbledon match against French tennis player Nicholas Mahut. Isner won in the fifth and deciding set, with no tiebreaker, 70-68. As painful […]

  • Crowther on Mencken—Don’t Miss This Treat

    November 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Hillsborough writer Hal Crowther is widely admired for his provocative columns and ability to shock us by his creative use of words, phrases, comparisons, and images as powerful weapons that can persuade or provoke us. For this rare talent and his willingness to attack the sacred cows of our generation, Crowther draws comparisons to H.L. […]

  • Remembering The Wise Words Of A Public Intellectual

    October 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Who are North Carolina’s public intellectuals? Over the years, we have been blessed with influential and thoughtful people whose wise commentaries about the state’s concerns often moved public opinion. Think about the late William Friday, who reminded us at every turn of the consequences of failing to address the basic needs of the state’s poorer […]

  • A 60s Radical Returns, With Conservative Allies

    October 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book,  No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform. Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. Some North Carolinians remember Fuller as a community organizer in […]

  • North Carolina’s Last Liberal 

    October 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

    What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history? Old timers will tell you that it was Kerr Scott’s victory in the Democratic primary for governor in 1948. Scott, a dairy farmer from Alamance County, beat the favored candidate of the conservative wing of the party. Once in office, he adopted a liberal […]

  • Mountain Music: Where It Came From, Where It’s Going

    October 8, 2014 at 5:00 am

    As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking: where did bluegrass music come from, anyway? North Carolinians have a quick and certain answer: It came out of the hills and hollows of our Appalachian region. And where did that […]

  • A More Interesting Senate Race, In Fiction

    October 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

    While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations? For instance, what if you could take on the role as the top aide to an incumbent North Carolina U.S. senator running for reelection against a top […]

  • North Carolina’s Scottish Connection

    September 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week’s referendum in Scotland? Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its […]

  • New Lessons From Old Wars

    September 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

    At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS. I will tell you about his response in a minute. The World War I conference was one of a […]

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