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.

"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.

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