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
  • Celebrating NC On Screen

    January 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

    North Carolina loves its connections to the production of movies and television programs. But our political decision-makers did not love that connection enough to appropriate sufficient funds or extend tax credits to persuade movie and television producers to site their programs in North Carolina. That decision in the last legislative session will surely be revisited […]

  • Four Different Looks At North Carolina Life

    December 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

    We can’t read them all. It is what people say to me when I start talking about four important North Carolina related books that UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch will feature in January. Even so, I say, you should know something about each of them. For instance, Bookwatch kicks off its new season with one of […]

  • Remembering The Past, But Not Chained To It

    December 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

    They just could not bring themselves to shake hands with their former enemies. A few weeks ago on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we remembered earlier reunions when some American servicemen met the Japanese pilots who had attacked them so many years earlier. Some Americans shook hands with their former enemies […]

  • Holding On To Our Humanity

    December 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

    “What is our tolerance for brutality?” A minister asked this question from the pulpit Sunday morning and suggested that his listeners consider recent news stories relating to “enhanced interrogation” procedures by the Central Intelligence Agency. If we think these enhanced tactics or torture could be justified on the grounds that they were effective in providing […]

  • In Love With A Sociopathic Dog

    December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    “Hey, come here, will you? Quick. The dead stuff is over here. Let me show you.” These are the thoughts of Solo, a German shepherd that loves his job. His job is finding the lost remains of dead humans. These dog thoughts have been translated by N.C. State writing professor Cat Warren in What the […]

  • Renewing Our Affection For Our Hometown Newspaper

    December 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    One of the state’s big newspapers almost lost a subscriber last week when she received a notice increasing the annual subscription rate by almost $100. It was not so much the amount of the increase that put her in a cancellation mode; rather, it was some fine print at the bottom of the notice. “Subscribers […]

  • Lefty and Roy — And Their Critics

    November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

    While Martin Harmon was in North Carolina last week to promote his new book, Charles “Lefty” Driesell: A Basketball Legend, he dropped a signed copy by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams’ office. Harmon meant his gift only as an expression of his and Coach Driesell’s admiration for Williams and his accomplishments. Although Harmon did not […]

  • Jim Leutze Wants His State Back

    November 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

    “I am mad as hell and I want my state back.” Former UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jim Leutze wanted to use this phrase as the title for his new book about modern North Carolina history and politics. Eventually, he settled on another provocative title, Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years, which the Charlotte Observer book […]

  • The Battle For Political Dominance

    November 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner? Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that. Isner is known for his three-day 2010 Wimbledon match against French tennis player Nicholas Mahut. Isner won in the fifth and deciding set, with no tiebreaker, 70-68. As painful […]

  • Crowther on Mencken—Don’t Miss This Treat

    November 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Hillsborough writer Hal Crowther is widely admired for his provocative columns and ability to shock us by his creative use of words, phrases, comparisons, and images as powerful weapons that can persuade or provoke us. For this rare talent and his willingness to attack the sacred cows of our generation, Crowther draws comparisons to H.L. […]

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