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
  • UNC professor who writes about the struggle lived it in Chapel Hill

    April 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wouldn’t it be great if Carolina had a professor of African American history who actually lived through the Civil Rights struggles and the desegregation of the public schools? Wouldn’t it be even better if that professor had grown up in the town where the university is located and experienced the tough adjustments that came with […]

  • The Primary of All Primaries – Still Not Over

    April 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Early voting is under way this week in North Carolina’s primary elections. So far there is not much excitement. Sixty-two years ago we had a much different primary and run-off election experience. Voters came out in record numbers. Today, a surprising number of people still remember that election and can tell you how the bitter […]

  • Ron Rash's "The Cove" – Laurel Shelton or Shelton Laurel

    April 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Laurel Shelton is the central feature of a new and powerful anti-war novel set in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. If I made that statement to anyone familiar with North Carolina’s Civil War history, I would be quickly corrected. “No, you’ve got this name reversed. It is Shelton Laurel, the place in Madison […]

  • Praying for Bad Things to Happen

    April 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Why are so many people these days praying for bad things to happen to good people? And what does the answer to that question have to do with the Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare? Here is a short answer to the first […]

  • Bookwatch returns with authors who were worth waiting for

    March 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Those who missed North Carolina Bookwatch on UNC-TV while it has been off the air to make room for “Festival’s” special programming can look forward to this Sunday afternoon at five o’clock. Bookwatch returns with an encore lineup of books, authors, and characters. It all begins next Sunday with Rachel, the blue-eyed child of a […]

  • The Etch A Sketch problem is not with Romney's campaign

    March 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    “What you need to do as soon as you can is to move as far to the right as you can in good conscience.” A very liberal and savvy North Carolina political advisor gave that advice to the winner of a Democratic primary in a conservative congressional district almost 30 years ago. Why would a […]

  • There goes my Britannica status

    March 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    It was a great run. You know what I am talking about: since the news about the end of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s print edition, as Scott Hollifield, editor of the McDowell News, writes: “Writers and commentators have waxed nostalgically on the demise of these revered tomes of knowledge in the wake of the digital revolution.” […]

  • A Chapel Hill Soldier's World War II Uniform – Safe in Austria

    March 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    In May 1945, the war in Europe was racing towards an end. General George Patton’s Third Army was chasing the broken German forces into Austria. A young North Carolinian, also named Patton, was part of General Patton’s forces. On May 2, Staff Sergeant Robert Patton, along with other soldiers of the 65th Infantry Division were […]

  • Do the lessons of Vietnam still haunt us?

    March 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Afghanistan is not Vietnam. True enough. But does that obvious truth mean that there are no lessons from our experience in Vietnam? Are there no haunting legacies that affect today’s leaders? Does the Vietnam War have an impact on Americans as they decide on actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, and other places that call […]

  • Who can tell us how North Koreans really live?

    March 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Charles Robert Jenkins. Does that name ring a bell? Jenkins is a North Carolina native whom I have wanted to meet for a long time. Why? I would like to talk to somebody who knows how North Korea works and how North Koreans think and live. As an outsider living half a world away, I […]

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