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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 unctv.org/ncbookwatch.
  • North Carolina’s British Queen

    July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Here is a North Carolina history question: Which North Carolina counties were named in honor of women?   Dare, of course, in honor of Virginia Dare, the first child of English parents born in America. Wake was named for Margaret Wake, wife of Governor William Tryon. And then, Mecklenburg, named in honor of the wife […]

  • The Civil Rights Revolution—inside and on the ground

    July 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Do you remember seeing photos of the 50th anniversary reunion of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg? Aging veterans from both sides of that war gathered to remember together the horrors of the battle and to celebrate their common homeland. As we begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights struggles of the […]

  • Fiction tells the truth about North Carolina’s changing rural landscape

    July 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    We have changed. More urban. Less rural and farming. At least that is what the latest Census is telling us. But the story is more complicated. It is more interesting, too. Out in the formerly all-rural counties of our state, new kinds of residents have moved in. But lots of the old-time residents are still […]

  • More help for farm fresh food eaters

    July 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Last week I introduced you to two authors of new food books that celebrate the joys of preparing and eating fresh farm food in season. In that column I wrote about Andrea Reusing’s “Cooking In The Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes,” which, as the title suggests, is organized by season, and “Sara Foster’s Southern […]

  • Help for farm fresh food eaters—part one

    June 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    What is North Carolina’s most widely available summertime pleasure that we most often pass by without partaking? It is the bounty of delicious fresh foods that are available throughout the state all summer long. I have been spoiled by the year-round availability and wide selection of fruits and vegetables at our grocery stores. So I […]

  • Why do North Carolinians love pirates so much?

    June 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Pirates in North Carolina again? Yes, we remember Black Beard. Most authorities now agree that the shipwreck we thought was Black Beard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge is just that. The big news about the recovery of the ship’s anchor has us talking about pirates again. The new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, although not as big […]

  • North Carolina books for summer reading

    June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Summer is here. Are there some North Carolina books in your summer reading book bag? If not, here are some possibilities from authors who will be featured on upcoming programs on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch. Rachel, the blue-eyed child of a black American GI and a Danish mother, is the central character in an award-winning […]

  • Another war we cannot win?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    One lesson America is reluctant to learn: Wars are easer to declare than to win. Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya elude the kind of total victory our country achieved in World War II.   And we have other declared wars that command national resources even though finding a strategy for a decisive victory […]

  • A short North Carolina history lesson

    May 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Here is my list, compiled about 10 years ago of the most important events in 20th Century North Carolina. It is a good time to reassess, but I am sticking with what I wrote back then. The election of 1900. The white supremacy Democratic Party returned to power and Charles Brantley Aycock became governor. The […]

  • An aerotropolis in North Carolina?

    May 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    But what about North Carolina airports? How do our major airports and associated metropolitan areas fit into the concepts for the future of the world’s mega airport cities discussed in the new book, “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” by UNC-Chapel Hill’s John D. Kasarda 
and Greg Lindsay? Does any one of our “airport cities” […]