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
  • Don't like my election answers? You can get different ones almost everywhere you

    November 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    There are many different answers to the questions we are asking about last week’s elections. Why and how did Obama win? Was Romney’s team really surprised that they lost? Why, when Democrats were making gains throughout the rest of the country, did they lose so much in North Carolina? You can get answers anywhere and […]

  • North Carolina books for post-election reading and holiday giving

    November 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Just in time to bury your head in something other than politics, here is a new group of books to help you forget any disappointing election results. There are new authors you should know about even if you are not ready to read their work, and there might be a good holiday gift for a […]

  • Mending broken families after slavery

    November 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    See if you can guess where this advertisement came from. “Information is wanted of my two boys, James and Horace, one of whom was sold in Nashville and the other was sold in Rutherford County. I, myself, was sold in Nashville and sent to Alabama by Wm. Boyd, and my children belonged to David Moss… […]

  • What the data shows about North Carolina voters

    October 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm

     “It is the greatest thing that could happen to the conservative cause in North Carolina.” Back in 1988, former state representative Ivan Mothershead, a Mecklenburg Republican, was commenting on my move from Charlotte to Chapel Hill. “Your move will make two communities a lot more conservative.” Ivan’s humor pointed out an uncontested fact. Chapel Hill […]

  • Another fine book set in the segregated South of the 50s and 60s

    October 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    If the setting and theme of Walter Bennett’s new book, “Leaving Tuscaloosa,” remind you of other books by North Carolina authors, you will not be alone. Bennett will be the guest on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend. A former lawyer and judge in Charlotte and law professor at the UNC School of Law, Bennett […]

  • Still Grieving and Remembering

    October 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    All over North Carolina, people are still grieving the loss of UNC President Emeritus William Friday. At the same time they are enjoying sharing memories of how Friday touched them. I want to be a part of the storytelling by sharing a few things I remember about visiting him in his office about three years […]

  • Codes of loyalty lead to corruption in a new novel

    October 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Close friendships and lifelong loyalty: these are good things, aren’t they? Don’t we admire the way some childhood friends look out for each other all their lives? And don’t the close bonds that develop among participants in sports, camping, and hunting activities lead to life enriching relationships? Yes, says author Jon Buchan, the guest on […]

  • 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 […]

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