MBB FINAL: UNC 82 – OSU 74
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.
  • Holding On To Our Humanity

    December 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

    “What is our tolerance for brutality?” A minister asked this question from the pulpit Sunday morning and suggested that his listeners consider recent news stories relating to “enhanced interrogation” procedures by the Central Intelligence Agency. If we think these enhanced tactics or torture could be justified on the grounds that they were effective in providing […]

  • In Love With A Sociopathic Dog

    December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    “Hey, come here, will you? Quick. The dead stuff is over here. Let me show you.” These are the thoughts of Solo, a German shepherd that loves his job. His job is finding the lost remains of dead humans. These dog thoughts have been translated by N.C. State writing professor Cat Warren in What the […]

  • Renewing Our Affection For Our Hometown Newspaper

    December 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    One of the state’s big newspapers almost lost a subscriber last week when she received a notice increasing the annual subscription rate by almost $100. It was not so much the amount of the increase that put her in a cancellation mode; rather, it was some fine print at the bottom of the notice. “Subscribers […]

  • Lefty and Roy — And Their Critics

    November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

    While Martin Harmon was in North Carolina last week to promote his new book, Charles “Lefty” Driesell: A Basketball Legend, he dropped a signed copy by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams’ office. Harmon meant his gift only as an expression of his and Coach Driesell’s admiration for Williams and his accomplishments. Although Harmon did not […]

  • 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 […]

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