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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
  • 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 […]

  • Autumn reading suggestions from North Carolina Bookwatch

    October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    It is reading time again.   So, courtesy of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, I have some autumn reading (and early Christmas gift) suggestions for your consideration.   Charles Frazier’s new book “Nightwoods” will be on this Sunday’s New York Times best seller list for the second week in a row. “Nightwoods” may not be the […]

  • Sparks' new book is good news for the East

    October 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    The launch of a North Carolina author’s book this week will give economic development in eastern North Carolina a nice boost. New Bern’s Nicholas Sparks’s “The Best of Me” made its way on to the bestseller lists before its official October 11 release date. It is bound to be another blockbuster for Sparks, who has […]

  • A smaller glass, filled to the top

    October 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Why does Cold Mountain’s Charles Frazier’s new book make me think about the joys of dining at a popular restaurant in Carrboro near Chapel Hill? Read on, and when I explain, you will understand why I think the new book, “Nightwoods,” is going to give Frazier a host of new readers, ones who never read […]

  • Is Perry 'Roast' in North Carolina?

    September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    “After what he said about our barbecue, he is a dead duck in North Carolina.” A Democrat was celebrating the report that Texas Governor Rick Perry once made a disparaging remark about our favorite food. According to a news report that quoted one of my favorite books, “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina […]