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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.
  • All kinds of new North Carolina books

    September 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Summer has suddenly come to an end. And I bet there is a stack of books by your bed or somewhere in your house, ones you meant to read this summer. Watch out! Here comes another batch of new North Carolina books, some of which belong at the top of your pile and others you […]

  • Badminton players, Tokyo Rose, and waiting for 2016

    September 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “We hope we lose this contest so we can have a better chance to win when it counts.” Does that comment sound like something from Olympic badminton players during the recent London games? They were trying to lose some preliminary matches because losing would get them a better draw in the next round. What does […]

  • Blame it on William Jennings Bryan

    September 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Are you are already tired of the presidential campaigns and the barrage of television ads, glad the conventions are over, and dreading the upcoming debates? Blame it on William Jennings Bryan. It used to be different. That was before radio, television, and airplanes. It was not so long ago that presidential candidates did very little […]

  • The basket of lost trust

    September 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What does a lesson learned from a Mecklenburg County district court judge many years ago and a recent experience of Duke Energy have to do with this year’s presidential election? Trust. It has been almost 45 years since a brand new Charlotte lawyer presented a proposed order to Judge J. Edward Stukes. It was a […]

  • Can Latin fried chicken beat your mama's?

    August 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    “Nothing says ‘South’ more than fried chicken,” says Sandra Gutierrez, who was born in the U.S., grew up in Guatemala, and now lives in Cary. She is author of “The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South” and a recent guest on UNC-TV’s […]

  • Paul Ryan: Romney's "Seer Stone"

    August 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    “It doesn’t make any difference.” That seems to be the one thing that TV and other media political prognosticators agree on these days. When the impact of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate is discussed, the end line seems always to be, “of course, as history shows, in the end […]

  • A Wilmington widow’s secret mission in World War II Washington

    August 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    It is 1942. German spies are operating at the New York ports. Sicilian dockworkers, maybe connected to the Mafia, want to help the USA.  Louise Pearlie, a young widow from Wilmington, becomes the contact person and more. Louise had moved to Washington and gotten a low level clerk’s job at the Office of Strategic Services […]

  • "Slicker than that" in Madison County

    August 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    “Amazing,” I told my friend the other day. “Three of this year’s best North Carolina novels are set up in Madison County, just north of Asheville along the Tennessee line.” “Interesting,” my friend said, but his eyes were glazing over. He wanted to talk politics, not books. Still I continued, “And in each of them […]

  • Standing up a mountain, standing up themselves

    August 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    What is it about Jay Leutze’s new book, “Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” that has created so much buzz? You can make your own judgment this weekend (Friday 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.), when Leutze is a guest on UNC-TV’s North […]

  • Searching for the real Black Beard and the real Jesus

    August 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What does North Carolina coastal historian Kevin Dufuss have in common with New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman? If you asked them, each  might tell you he is a truth seeker about a man whose life is shrouded in myth. In his book, “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate,” Dufuss challenges some fundamental beliefs […]

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