Columnist: DG Martin

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Martin: Four books for Black History Month

What are you doing to commemorate Black History Month?


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM

An adult learning to read? Like learning new language

One of my favorite annual events in our community is the Writers for Readers Book & Author celebration sponsored by Orange Literacy, the organization that brings the gift of reading ability each year to hundreds of the thousands of people in our community who can’t read.


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

Martin: Tom Ross in William Friday’s footsteps 30 years later

“He's got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross' job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC’s board of governors changed.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

D.G. Martin: Milton Julian’s surprising connections

When Milton Julian died the other day at 96 years, we lost another precious personal connection to the village of Chapel Hill as it was in the post-World War II era.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

Leaving proudly, but not with enthusiasm

“Fired with enthusiasm.”

Last week I was reminded of that quote attributed to Clark Kerr, the legendary president of the multi-campus University of California. It is what he said when, shortly after Ronald Reagan’s election as governor in 1966, university regents ousted Kerr. He joked that he left the university the same way he came in, “fired with enthusiasm.”


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Martin: Politics and literature come together

Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics?


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Another reason to celebrate our connection to movies

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 this yea


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

Four different looks at North Carolina life

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.

 

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:59 PM

Remembering the past, but not chained to it

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.


Dec. 16, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Holding on to our humanity

“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.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

D.G. Martin: For whom the Hillsborough bell tolls

For some people in Hillsborough, the bell in the historic St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church rings a little more poignantly these days thanks to a chance meeting between a prominent retired businessman who lives at Governors Club, and an Orange County poet.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

D.G. Martin: A river journey through the heart of N.C.

Philip Gerard talks about “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

Why the Mediterranean way works

What is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it such an icon for healthy living?


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Why the Mediterranean way works

What is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it such an icon for healthy living?

 

Two Chapel Hill residents explain the hows and whys of this phenomenon in their new book, “The Mediterranean Way of Eating: Evidence for Chronic Disease Prevention and Weight Management.”


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

She helped Americans fight the Depression

John Kasson will talk about “The Little Girl Who  Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m. (Note: The regular Sunday noon airing will be pre-empted by special fundraising programming)