Community commentators

Exploring The Unknown

Jan 30, 2014
Fidias Reyes

Fresh Voices-On-Air commentator Caroline Puckett seeks to understand the universe, our beliefs and our existence.

Caroline Puckett is a junior at Hoggard High School. She’s an active member of the Science Olympiad team, the girls cross country team, Beta club, and tutoring program. She aspires to have a career in international business.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at opservices@WHQR. org.

Green Lynx Spider

Sep 10, 2013
Andy Wood

  

Our commentator and naturalist, Andy Wood recently observed another real-life natural drama in his own backyard.

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

You can hear more from Andy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR-DOT-ORG. Just click on “Commentary.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

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Moliere’s Tartuffe offers us comical, over the top characters that make us laugh, but his themes about appearances and hypocrisy are the focus of Gwenyfar Rohler’s commentary. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Annie Gray Johnston tries to channel her inner Ogden Nash.  In addition to being her paternal grandmother's first cousin, Mr. Nash was also the mac-daddy of light verse, famous for his pun-like rhymes. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Public Art

Aug 20, 2013
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Shane Fernando comments on how Wilmington's art scene is finding ways to enhance, educate and build a more liveable community.

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

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Communicating with Body Language

Aug 8, 2013

While tutoring a child from Saudi Arabia, who could not speak a word of English, community commentator, Maryann Nunnally, realizes that communicating with any child is the same in any language.

Maryann Nunnally is a former teacher, principal, and Board of Education member in New Hanover County with over 45 years of experience. She is now retired from paid work, and volunteers tutoring at-risk children.

Commentaries on WHQR.org don’t necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Time Magazine

Gwenyfar rediscovers Orwell's 1984, Animal Farm and Burmese Days in the wake of the Snowden scandal. 

"Don't just read Orwell and shake your head, please, read Orwell and examine the double speak in our own culture."  -Gwenyfar Rohler

Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Molecular Memory

May 7, 2013

The science behind olfactory memory--recalling a person or moment in connection with a scent--requires an understanding of the limbic system, the hippocampus, and other, complicated processes taking place in the human brain.  Or, just a close listen to the poetically rendered memories of Community Commentator Paige Owens. In today's commentary, she shares a few of her treasured memories with her late father.

Paige Owens is the Assistant Director of the New Hanover County Public Library, and author of George the Library Duck Finds a Friend. Her philosophy: if life hands you a lemon, turn it into a great story. Do you have a story or idea you just have to share? Find out how you can become a community commentator. 

Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

NPR

Karen Gilbert of Southport wrote:

NPR is discarding the enlightening, wonderful program, Talk of the Nation and Neal Conan, the fine unbiased, gentleman journalist. This program made me feel NPR was fair and balanced but I know differently especially highlighted when 91.3 brought in Diane Rehm, who no NPR employee can honestly say is fair and balanced, just too much to ask of most of today's journalists. This is a great loss. Shame on NPR.