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.
  • 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” […]

  • Outside the banks—the Mississippi and you and me

    May 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    The Mississippi River has gone “wild” again. When it happened back in 1993, it led me to compare the challenges of managing a river and managing our lives, both sometimes moving outside their defined channels. Here is what I wrote back then: *** “It will probably fall back into the same channels in most places. […]

  • “Aerotropolis.” Is it for us?

    May 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.” Yogi Berra’s seemingly contradictory wisdom could be a subtitle for a new book about airports and the surrounding landscapes that grow up around them. “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay, catalogs the world’s major international airports, explaining which ones work well, […]

  • North Carolina books for spring reading

    May 3, 2011 at 3:18 am

    What should I be reading this spring? Some of you know that I get this question from my friends each year when the weather starts to warm up. And, you remember, I often respond with a list of a variety of books, each of which has a North Carolina connection and, often, just happen to […]

  • Legislative trading and sausage making

    April 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    “If someone ties a love note to a nuclear bomb, do you take ‘em both?” That was State Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt, a Democrat, complaining about the legislature’s Republican majority tying a controversial budget cut provision to a popular proposed extension of unemployment benefits. Of course, as Sen. Nesbitt knows, this kind of posturing […]

  • “They are trying to eat Big Bird”

    April 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The hundreds of William Friday’s friends and fans who gathered to hear him speak last week might not have guessed that the institutions he worked so hard to build were threatened by the just-released legislative budget proposals. But he gave them a big clue when he opened his remarks with, “They are trying to eat […]