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
  • Who’s cleaning up for the convention company coming?

    June 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    “Working with a bunch of orthopedic surgeons.” This was Dr. Dan Murrey’s answer to my question about why he thought he could handle a task that seems so unmanageable. Murrey is the executive director of Charlotte’s host committee for the National Democratic National Convention in early September. He manages an effort to raise $36 million, […]

  • Phillip Manning and Andrea Reusing on Wednesday's Bookwatch

    June 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Good news for book fans! Two authors, Phillip Manning and Andrea Reusing, will be featured this week on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch. Manning and Reusing will appear Wednesday, June 6, on UNC-TV’s MX channel, which is available on Time-Warner Cable digital channels #172 or 4.4. Phillip Manning’s “Islands of Hope: Lessons from North America’s Great […]

  • "Aftermathing" the Edwards trial

    June 2, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I wish Jimmy Johnson had given, and John Edwards had heeded, the same warning Johnson gave me when I first ran for political office almost 30 years ago. Johnson, a successful businessman, helped Bob Scott win the governor’s election in 1968. He knew North Carolina politics inside and out. Here is what he told me […]

  • Doris Betts and Reynolds Price: Filling the empty space

    May 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Who writes for us now? The question came up again with the death of Doris Betts, the beloved teacher and writer, a few weeks ago, reminding us that we have still not gotten used to a North Carolina without Reynolds Price although he died more than a year ago. Even non-readers miss them. Their storytelling […]

  • Charles Frazier talks about Nightwoods (paperback June 12)

    May 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    “No writer today crafts more exquisite sentences than Charles Frazier. The North Carolina native is famous for ‘Cold Mountain,’ his best-selling and critically acclaimed 1997 debut novel about the Civil War.… Frazier’s third novel, ‘Nightwoods.’ This one also burbles with achingly lovely descriptions of the Appalachian mountains, the history, the trees, the rich, multi-layered culture […]

  • Facing the college challenges: Getting in and paying for it

    May 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    By pricing college out of reach to many American families and loading up students with burdensome debt, is our country breaking the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights? Article 26 of that Declaration provides in part “…higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” Does the United States measure up? […]

  • 425 years apart, two real estate promoters pick the same spots

    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What does a resort real estate sales brochure have to do with Sir Walter Raleigh and with the Lost Colony that disappeared from North Carolina’s coastland 425 years ago? The colorful brochure that was delivered to my house last week promoted “A Retreat from the Ordinary” at Scotch Hall Preserve, a 950-acre resort community in […]

  • Great reviews for Baldwin’s new book; brings back buzz for his first

    May 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    While we were getting ready for out primary elections last week, the people of France elected a new president. Out with Nicolas Sarkozy, in with the Socialist Francois Hollande. Who can explain to us what it means and why we should care? Maybe it could be done by Chapel Hill author Rosecrans Baldwin, whose latest […]

  • How did God vote on Amendment 1?

    May 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Where was God in all this, really? North Carolinians heard God speaking in contradictory voices during the weeks leading up to the vote on May 8 when voters approved Amendment 1, which added to the state constitution a provision that “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall […]

  • Ben Fountain's long wait brings us the "Catch-22" of the Iraq War

    May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    What is really going on inside their minds when the soldiers come home? Before they can tell us, the call comes to go back to the Middle East for another long tour. In North Carolina, such brave soldiers and their families surround us. We try to honor them and show our appreciation for what they […]

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