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
  • 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 […]

  • Birds from Dinosaurs? Not so fast, says one North Carolinian

    February 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    The publication of a new book by retired UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Alan Feduccia could make our state a battleground in an argument among evolutionary scientists. This fight between evolutionists could make creationists as happy as Democrats watching the Republican presidential candidates tear each other apart. This difference of opinion between two groups of scientists, all […]

  • Celebrating George Washington's failures

    February 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    George Washington was a failure. But that is not the reason we do not celebrate his birthday (February 22) anymore, unless you count Monday’s President’s Day.   Washington’s failures are not the reason there are no more cherry pies or axes to help us remember the legends of his honesty and character. We just don’t […]

  • Gen Zers – your Social Security may depend on them

    February 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Gen Z, I thought to myself, what in the world is that? Because it was the theme of the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh last week, I knew I was behind the times. Just so you will not be so far behind, here are some basics. Gen Z is shorthand for Generation Z, young […]

  • My coach did not spit on anybody's hand

    February 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    It is too bad that sports reporters and historians at Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters are not reading “ACC Basketball.” This UNC Press book by Sam Walker was published last year and chronicles the game during the conference’s first 20 years. On the other hand, maybe it is a good thing for my old basketball coach, […]

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