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 Teaches us How To Live – And Die?

    December 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Alzheimer’s. Just the word scares you to death, doesn’t it? A few years ago, I saw an article that described and gave examples of a new mental test that can make a very reliable preliminary diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. I read every word. I answered every question. I will tell you why in a […]

  • One more year of believing

    December 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    What does my brief appearance last month on stage in “The Murphey School Radio Show” have to do with Christmas memories? It is a little bit of a long story, starting with the confession that for a long time I wanted to be a ventriloquist like Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy. Okay, “The […]

  • Missing someone special at holiday time

    December 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Harder, isn’t it, when the loss of a best friend or a loved one comes at holiday time? Maybe we already had a present picked out. And we are left wondering what gift for us might have been in the plans of our lost one. Harder still, isn’t it, when an accident or health crisis […]

  • Winter reading suggestions from North Carolina Bookwatch

    December 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    It is time to talk about books again. If you are looking for some special holiday gifts for some hard-to-give-to friends, I may have some help for you, thanks to UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch’s programs during the next few weeks. Here is a book for lovers of history or politics: One of North Carolina’s most […]

  • The ACC's first 20 years

    November 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

     Just as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is poised to expand again, North Carolina’s basketball victory over South Carolina in Las Vegas last week brought back memories. They are memories of a time when the ACC was young and South Carolina was part of the small family. Well, sort of. That “sort of” story is […]

  • Prime Minister Bowles?

    November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    We are following in the footsteps of Greece and Italy. Just like them, we have lost control of our nation’s budget, and along with them, our economy is tanking. Just like them, we have a bunch of people who are hooked on government subsidies and unwilling to give up any part of them. We also […]

  • Eleven-Eleven-Eleven

    November 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    November 11, 2011. It will be remembered by many of us as the day Carolina beat Michigan State in the inaugural NCAA Carrier Classic on the deck of the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson. Others of us still remember the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the […]

  • Still weaving for a living

    November 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    There was a time when events near Kinston a few days ago would have been headline news. Here is what happened. A Russian military-style cargo airplane took off from the Kinston Regional Jetport loaded with a North Carolina woven product worth millions. The product was transported to France where it will be assembled into a […]

  • Top Screwups Doctors (and Politicians) Make

    October 31, 2011 at 1:22 am

    What are the top screwups that politicians make? Joe and Terry Graedon, radio hosts of “The People’s Pharmacy,” have a new book, “Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them.” Could politicians and doctors be making the same mistakes? Here is the Graedon’s top 10 list of medical screwups and the similar errors our […]

  • The Republican nominee: It's going to be Rick Perry

    October 25, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Don’t write off Rick Perry. You ask, why not? Because he is going to be the Republican nominee for President and will give Barack Obama a heck of a race next fall. You are laughing, aren’t you? If I had made this prediction six weeks ago, you would not have laughed. No, you would have […]