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
  • Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

    March 31, 2015 at 10:13 am

    “Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?” David, my five-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool. He knew that I had been in the Army many years ago. So, of course, he wondered if my “many years ago” coincided with this and other incidents […]

  • My Trip To Norlina

    March 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Come on and go to Norlina with me! Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain: I have agreed to write a new book for UNC Press, an expended and updated version of an earlier one I wrote several years ago, about North Carolina family-owned, home-cooking […]

  • Four Good North Carolina Books For The Spring

    March 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

    If you are looking for an interesting book for springtime reading, I have four suggestions: A cookbook that will be fun to read; A book of stories from one of North Carolina’s rising stars; The story of a ’57 Chevy and its complicated, troubled and fascinating 13th owner who took it to Moyock in Currituck […]

  • Who And What Do You Believe?

    March 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Last week, two men claimed they had been robbed of about $5 million worth of gold bars they were transporting along I-95 in Wilson County. According to their story, when they pulled over on I-95 to fix their truck or attend to an illness, three armed men appeared, took the gold, tied them up, and […]

  • Two Good Books By People Who Already Work For Us

    March 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

    It is a dream come true for me. A mixture of North Carolina public affairs and North Carolina books. Only rarely does a prominent North Carolina public figure write a book that promises to be a success and maybe even a bestseller. Now it is happening twice. First, there is North Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation […]

  • The ’57 Chevy: Two Stories About The Same Car

    February 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

    What is it about a 1957 Chevrolet? Like The New York Times offering on its store page a “1957 Bel Air 50th Anniversary Edition $99.95. Numbered, limited edition of 1,957.” Before you order, let me tell you about the North Carolina connection to the car. Make that “connections,” as there are more than one. First, […]

  • A Black History Month Valentine

    February 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Each February we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Black History Month. There is an important, but seldom (if ever) mentioned, connective link. Here it is briefly: Valentine’s Day’s symbol is a heart, and an African American doctor performed the first reported open-heart surgery. That doctor’s story is the first chapter of N.C. State University professor Rob […]

  • Who Could Succeed Tom Ross?

    February 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Five years ago, when the University of North Carolina board of governors was searching for a candidate to replace Erskine Bowles, I wrote in this column, “The Board will be looking for the new president who has two critical qualifications: A good feel for North Carolina’s traditions and the state’s needs, and, Successful experience at […]

  • Four Books For Black History Month

    February 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

    What are you doing to commemorate Black History Month?

    You might read a book, one that you might not otherwise consider.

  • 30 Years Later, Ross In Friday’s Footsteps

    January 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

    “He’s got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross’s job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC’s board of governors changed. He explained, “Look, if the board fires him, he will run for governor—not something they would welcome.” Now that the board has […]

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