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
  • Political Power Grabs in 1875 and 2013

    April 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    “We could use your help in the Republican Party. We need more moderate voices.” One of my longtime friends was tempting me, noting that his political party was in charge now. If I wanted to participate in the new regime in North Carolina, I should change my registration. “And,” he said, “we could use some […]

  • Life According To Jill McCorkle

    March 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Is there really “Life after Life”? People asking me that question are not talking about survival of the soul. They are teasing me about my excitement about popular writer Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years. The book was officially released this week. So it is time to evaluate the results. The novel is set […]

  • Remembering Reynolds Price at his 80th Birthday

    March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

    If Reynolds Price has not died two years ago he would have celebrated his 80th birthday last month. Why am I thinking about Price today? I noticed that next Wednesday morning one of UNC-TV’s cable-only channels is re-airing a 10-year-old Bookwatch program featuring Price talking about one of his most provocative books, “A Serious Way […]

  • North Carolina Writers Serve Up Spring Reading Options

    March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Ready or not, spring is here and it is time for a seasonal update on new books important to North Carolinians. This month’s most important literary news is the release of “Life After Life,” popular author Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years. McCorkle fills a southeastern North Carolina retirement facility with quirky residents, staff, […]

  • Lottery and Drones Bring Bipartisan Divisiveness

    March 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Are you tired of the partisan divisiveness that is poisoning the political environment of our state and nation? Do you wish that the politicians from the two parties would work together more often on issues of common concern? Me too. Maybe we are getting what we wished for, thanks to the North Carolina lottery and […]

  • Good Results From Virtual Education Won't Come Cheap

    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Mention on-line education around some of my friends and you will get an emotional reaction. Some senior university faculty members teach classes filled with several hundred students and they worry that famous on-line lecturers could take their places. Others wonder if they can transfer their talents to the on-line market and, if so, how much […]

  • The Eerie Quietness Of A Once Thriving Island

    February 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Portsmouth where? Maine? Virginia? Like many North Carolinians, my friend had not heard of Portsmouth, North Carolina. He was resisting my push to visit Portsmouth in connection with a planned trip to Ocracoke Island to participate in a program for public school teachers organized by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, known […]

  • Is North Carolina Manufacturing Dead?

    February 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” So said Mark Twain after hearing that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal. And many of the more than 1,000 people who attended the Emerging Issues Forum last week are saying something similar about the reported death of manufacturing in North Carolina. “Manufacturing […]

  • Holding Back The Tide

    February 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

    North Carolina Republicans are trying to do what the Democrats did in our state for 50 years: Hold back the tide! Until about 1960, North Carolina was part of a “Democratic Solid South.” But a Republican “Southern Strategy” and changing loyalties brought about a rising GOP tide that attracted conservative Democrats who followed Strom Thurmond […]

  • Reacting to Governor McCrory's Higher Education Remarks

    February 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    It was as if aliens had attacked and taken over the state’s university system. At least that is how upset my university friends and faculty reacted to Governor Pat McCrory’s remarks about higher education. He said, “I think some of the educational elite have taken over our education where we are offering courses that have […]

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