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.
  • “A Mountain Populist To The Very End”

    March 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

    When long-time legislator and lawyer Martin Nesbitt died last week at age 67, he was already on my mind for a column. The news of his stomach cancer, followed quickly by his death, shocked those who remembered his powerful presence as a representative and then state senator. Nesbitt was one of North Carolina’s all-time great […]

  • North Carolina’s Tribal Rivalries

    March 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Have we gotten used to all the national attention on North Carolina and our tribal rivalries? Do we mind the reports of the mean-spiritedness, the rudeness, the shouts and ranting, the unsupported ugly comments about the opposition and its motives, and the hateful remarks about the leaders of the other group? Am I thinking about […]

  • Planting Native, Saving Our Diversity

    February 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “First question for you,” says UNC-TV’s Exploring North Carolina host, Tom Earnhardt, when he begins his talk to a Rotary club or other civic group, “is how many of you have spare parts somewhere in your body?” A few hands go up. “I’m not just talking about new knees or organ transplants,” he prods on. […]

  • Documenting Down East’s Disappearing Way Of Life

    February 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “Down East” in North Carolina does not mean what you think it means. Larry Earley, former editor of “Wildlife in North Carolina” magazine and author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest, moved to the community of Atlantic in 2006 to live one week a month while photographing the working […]

  • Truth In Fiction: How Bad Did The Recession Hurt?

    February 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

    The good news for all of us in North Carolina is that the unemployment rate is declining and the increase in economic activity is opening up new jobs to replace some of those we lost during the recession. The bad news is that some North Carolinians are never going to recover from the disruption the […]

  • Novel Follows An Athlete’s Rest-Of-Life

    February 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

    What happens to a promising young athlete’s career when it comes to an end earlier than expected or hoped? In major college athletics – football, basketball, and possibly baseball – almost every player hopes for a chance to play in the pros. Most won’t get it. Will the educational experience given in exchange for the […]

  • A Richly Complex Response To A Simple Call

    January 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” These words from Isaiah 6:8 inspired the daughter of a pre-Civil-War Southern slaveholder to travel to Africa as the wife of a Baptist missionary to bring the Word of the Lord to the Yoruba people in what […]

  • Adventure And History On A Trip Down The Cape Fear

    January 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

    What could you learn from a trip down the Cape Fear River? Starting, say, at a few miles below Jordan Lake where Haw River joins Deep River to form the Cape Fear, canoeing downstream and passing by Raven Rock State Park before reaching the bridge at Lillington, getting through three sets of dams and locks, […]

  • Remembering Franklin McCain

    January 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

    When Franklin McCain died last week, I remembered how often his acts and his words inspired me. McCain was one of the four North Carolina A&T State University students who first sat down in 1960 at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro and quietly asked to be served, sparking a wave of sit-ins across the […]

  • Ninety Is The New Sixty

    January 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Famed Chapel Hill author Elizabeth Spencer has proved a North Carolina rule again. “Ninety is the new 60.” Or 50. Spencer, like academic leader William Friday and historian John Hope Franklin a few years earlier, shows that the nineties can be incredibly productive years. The evidence in Spencer’s case is her latest book of short […]