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
  • Turning defeat into victory the William Friday way

    October 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    By dying on October 12, the 219th anniversary of the university’s founding, UNC President Emeritus William Friday once again turned a seeming defeat into a victory. It was, some were saying, just like Presidents Jefferson and Adams, dying on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the nation’s founding. Friday’s death leaves […]

  • The Lost Colony, Blackbeard, the Wright Brothers and who?

    October 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Who was North Carolina’s greatest civil-rights hero? Hundreds, even thousands, of North Carolinians in the 1960’s can claim hero status. But their quest for justice and equality were inspired by men and women who fought bravely a hundred years before them. My choice for the greatest comes from those early times. About 10 years ago, […]

  • Feeling for Obama

    October 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I know how Obama feels. Or in the words of the acknowledged champion debater and explainer, Bill Clinton, “I feel his pain.” Why and how can I make such a claim? Because I was a political candidate who had the opportunity to debate my opponent several times in front of live TV cameras. I understand […]

  • Writing about what keeps you up at night

    October 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

    What is it about our families that brings love and hate so close together? How can siblings go for years without speaking to each other? You know folks who are estranged tragically from the very people who could and should be their best friends, their brothers and sisters, or their parents or their children. How […]

  • The myth of divided government

    October 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Is there anything good that has come from the last two years of deadlocked government in Washington? Will our current “My way or no way, no compromise” political culture have any beneficial result? Maybe it is this: the myth that a divided and deadlocked government is a good thing for our country, that myth is […]

  • Remembering the Dixie Classic

    September 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    “It was late, close to midnight, one December night in 1956.” These are the opening lines of “The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big-Time Basketball to the South,” Bethany Bradsher’s book about The Dixie Classic, which will be featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend. She continues, “A thirteen-year-old boy named […]

  • 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 […]

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