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Directions

Jan 9, 2014
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Commentator Philip Gerard finds that understanding directions is shaped by our personal memories and experiences.

Phillip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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Following one of his commentaries last April, on the subject of managing water as an essential natural resource, someone asked via this station’s website, “Andy, what’s the solution?” As we enter 2014, commentator Andy Wood offers these thoughts regarding the imperative issue of wise resource management.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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My Kindergartener

Dec 19, 2013
Nan Graham

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Nan Graham is a proud mother of two. So, of course, she was no less than thrilled to find out that one of her children had been selected to perform in a holiday presentation. Well... maybe shocked too. And a little confused. Hear why in today's commentary, "My Kindergartner."

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Wilmington Faith and Values

All over the world, people are celebrating the life and mourning the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Commentator Philip Stine recalls another man whose spiritual transformation made him an unlikely but essential partner with Mandela in forging a post-apartheid South Africa:

I grew up in a country neighboring South Africa whose laws essentially copied apartheid. Separation was our life, and race was a constant topic of conversation.

You Are Beautiful

Dec 5, 2013

Fresh Voices commentator Callie Hill overcomes society’s obsession with physical perfection and discovers her own definition of beauty. 

Callie Hill is 15 years old and was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She’s an honor student at New Hanover High School where she participates in Key Club and Literary Club. She has a twin brother who plays baseball at New Hanover and supports him by going to every game. 

The Sad End of Real Music

Dec 3, 2013
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Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Spencer Carlson, takes a stance against the music industry’s auto-tuning trend.

Spencer Carlson is a 16 year old sophomore at New Hanover High School.  He's been playing guitar since he was nine years old.  He enjoys playing with many local musicians and someday hopes to become a musician himself.

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2 Thanksgivings

Nov 28, 2013
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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler encapsulates what she believes Thanksgiving should really be about.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Dead Leaf Echo

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston tries to improve her cool factor during the Cucalorus Film Festival.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and general nut.

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Summer of '59

Nov 21, 2013
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F. Kaplan’s book, 1959: The Year That Changed Everything, states that this was the year every aspect of American life was transformed…the pre-cursor to the explosive 60’s.  It was for her, say Commentator Nan Graham.

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com. 

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No Boundaries

Nov 19, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando finds inspiration from the cross-cultural artists’ collaboration, the No Boundaries International Art Colony. 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life, Arts and Programs at UNCW.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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