Nan Graham

Commentator

Nan Graham has deep roots in Alabama and Carolina soil. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with an AB in English. She obtained her Masters degree from The Citadel in Charleston. In 1995 Nan began broadcasting her bi- weekly commentaries on WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. She continues these bi-weekly broadcasts along with teaching at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the Honors College. She has taught for thirty-eight years...everything from first grade to graduate level university courses...(the last is far easier than first grade!).

A lifelong Southerner, Nan Graham's spirited view of her cock-eyed family and friends has delighted public radio listeners for years. Nan's second book, In a Magnolia Minute...Secrets of a Late Bloomer as well as her first, Turn South at the Next Magnolia: Directions from a Life-long Southerner, were both on the SEBA (Southeastern Booksellers' Association) bestseller list. The books are compilations of her best and most popular radio commentaries which have been broadcast continuously since January 1995.

Nan is presently working on her third book of commentaries and a novel set in post WWII Wilmington.

You can visit her website at nangraham.com.

Your pet peeves may be different from mine, but my sermon on words may become one of your pet peeves.

Nan Graham celebrates her twenty-first continuous year as a WHQR Commentator. She loves every minute of it.

How about laughing over lunch with these deceased wits? WHQR Commentator Nan Graham says, "Yes!" and, of course, will gladly pick up the check!

Nan Graham celebrates her twenty-first continuous year as a WHQR Commentator. She loves every minute of it.

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

During the Thanksgiving season, some turkeys have it better than others. Commentator Nan Graham celebrates her 21 years as a WHQR commentator by exploring the presidential tradition of pardoning a turkey, or as she likes to call it -- TOTUS (Turkey of the United States).

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For WHQR Commentator, Nan Graham, the popular October/Halloween mantra "Boo!" has a triple meaning: 

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"The Camels are coming! I know, the song really refers to the Scots, but I couldn't resist the title," says Commentator Nan Graham. A two-part story to be continued.


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Our language, ever-changing, is packed with surprising tidbits from history; eponyms. Named for a person, or event, they're a kind of immortality. Until the next thing comes along. So says Commentator Nan Graham.


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This week, commentator Nan Graham takes a look at words derived from history's colorful characters.

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator for over 20 years. At this time, no words derive from her name.

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

"1915"

Feb 2, 2016

Commentator Nan Graham gives us the story of a British soldier from the war-torn Europe of another war, a strange story often told about another Christmas Eve 100 years ago.

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator since January 1995.

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

"The Albatross Syndrome"

Nov 17, 2015

Commentator Nan Graham explains why she's become obsessed with Samuel Colridge's poem "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

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

"Word Ancestors"

Sep 29, 2015

We all have them. Ancestors, I mean, says commentator Nan Graham. But some of the origins of familiar terms bear little resemblance to their long ago ancestors.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, "Turn South at the Next Magnolia" and "In a Magnolia Minute."

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

The Devil You Say

Aug 25, 2015

Language today is undergoing radical change. Some say this is a good thing. Commentator Nan Graham says, not always!

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator for over 20 years. She too has undergone some changes. Not always a good thing.

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

Rube Goldberg, 1883-1970, was a cartoonist, inventor, engineer, and author who developed wacky convoluted ways of solving tasks. Example: A fourteen step method of finding your misplaced eyeglasses illustrated like a comic strip. My husband was graduate cum laude from the Rube Goldberg school of repair. He was not handy around the house…well, not in the conventional way. Original ways of solving problems was second nature for him. The inclination was reinforced by an inborn gene for frugality. My husband was innovative to say the least.

Commentator Nan Graham offers us a witty commentary on the trials and tribulations of baby-sitting her grand-dog Buster, comparing him to such old-timey icons as Lillian Gish and Truman Capote. 

Sweater Girl

Dec 18, 2014
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Many have a festive Christmas look when we go out and about: Sprig of holly the lapel, Christmas tree earrings or Christmas jingle bells as a necklace.  Our furry four legged friends are sporting seasonal apparel too.  Or a least some of them are, says commentator Nan Graham.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

Fashionista

Nov 20, 2014
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A recent New York Times Magazine section featured the latest in Candy-colored sunglassess including neon green sunshades by Marc Jacobs for only 350 dollars, says commentator Nan Graham.  Who knew her husband was avant guard in eyewear?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

Magnolia Murder

Jul 17, 2014

Tree-hugger and commentator Nan Graham underwent a painful arboreal experience last week, suffering separation anxiety.  Her favorite magnolia tree has gone to that great magnolia grove in the sky.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute

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

Me, Me, Me, Meeee...!

Jun 19, 2014

It is a linguistic epidemic…a plague among us.  OK. So it’s not exactly on the level of saving the elephants, but commentator Nan Graham wants to restore the abused objective pronoun to its rightful place. 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

Our most important meal, experts and our mothers say: Breakfast! How was yours this morning?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

Aunts in the House

Mar 20, 2014

Commentator Nan Graham can hardly remember a time when her fabulous aunts were not part of her childhood.  There was always an aunt boarder…..on board.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

The Borrowers

Jan 16, 2014
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You will have to overlook any errors in pronunciation in these observations.  Commentator Nan Graham says she hopes you will forgive her rendering of world-wide languages.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

My Kindergartener

Dec 19, 2013
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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."

Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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. 

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

Voice Recognition

Oct 17, 2013
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Having a voice that speaks for itself has helped Commentator Nan Graham out of a pinch more than once. She shares those moments today, and tips her hat to other memorable voices of our time. 

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.

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

Grave Considerations

Sep 19, 2013
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The very last word is the one on the tombstone, says commentator Nan Graham, but you may not want this to be a last minute decision. 

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.

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

Architectural domes were the masterpieces of Rafael Guastavino whose amazing structures were built on the principle he created and patented: The Guastavino Tile Arch System. 

This Spanish immigrant’s work can be seen here in Wilmington at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, which he designed in 1908.

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. 

Famous Last Words

Jul 18, 2013

In this age of twitter and texting...will our last words be electronically transmitted?  Commentator Nan Graham hopes SOMEBODY will write them down.  As Poncho Villa said with his last breath, "Don't let it end like this.  Tell them I said SOMETHING!"

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Commentator Nan Graham is more than familiar with the needle-in-the-hay-stack method of finding southerners, so she wasn’t nervous when Louisa May Alcott seemed to be resisting the mold. Here, she makes her case for Louisa May Alcott as an accidental southerner.  In the process, she takes a trip to Georgetown before it was a fashi0nable corner in the District of Columbia, and remembers one of her favorite quotes about Washington D.C.: "Washington has all the efficiency of the South and the manners of the North."

Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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John Sallis said, "We are all of us who believe passionately in literature, all of us who write professionally... we are all Poe's children." Nan Graham claims he is not only the first real American author, but the first Southern writer too.

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

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