Who’s Talking

Who’s Talking

August 10, 2019

Howard Covington, author of “Fire and Stone: The Making of the University of North Carolina under Presidents Edward Kidder Graham and Harry Woodburn Chase”, He talks about the new book and the University of North Carolina during the years between World War I and the Great Depression

August 3, 2019

Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, talks about the continuing work at the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel and about her new book, “Masada From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.” More info at http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/

July 27, 2019

Elaine Neil Orr, professor of English at North Carolina State University and the author of “Swimming Between Worlds”, talks about the new book and the two worlds on the American South in 1959 and the worlds of Nigeria.

She will be a guest on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 11am on Sunday, July 28, and 5pm Tuesday, July 30.

July 20, 2019

Etaf Rum, the author of “A Woman Is No Man”, talks about her new book, her life in Brooklyn in the Palestinian immigrant community, and how her new life in North Carolina led a book set in Brooklyn and Palestine.

She will be a guest on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 11am on Sunday, July 21, and 5pm Tuesday, July 23.

July 13, 2019

Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the UNC Law School, director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) and author of “The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens.” He talks about the new book and the consequences of rampant poverty in North Carolina.

July 6, 2019

David Silkenat, a Duke grad with a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill and now a senior lecturer of American History at the University of Edinburgh, talks about a new way to study the Civil War–through the lens of surrender at he describes in his new book,

“Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War”

Read D.G. Martin’s column about the new book at


June 29, 2019

On June 29, 1905, Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham a Carolina grad and older brother of President Frank Graham appeared as a right fielder in a single major league game for the New York Giants and then became a beloved doctor in Minnesota. That story was popularized in the movie, Field of Dreams. This weekend WCHL is remembering that game by re-airing a 2009 conversation with Brett Friedlander and Bob Reising, authors of “Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham.”

June 15, 2019

Clark Church, former Chapel Hill-Carrboro restaurateur, talks about his book, “Tales of Moonshine and a Vanished Mountain Culture,” and his growing up years in the mountains of Ashe County North Carolina, including when hauling, selling, making and drinking illegal “Sugarhead” liquor was a way of life along with fighting chickens and going to church, sometimes all in the same day.