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.

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.

Asia Brown

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. 

Mama Misinformation

Mar 14, 2013
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We've all had some time in our time: questionable advice from mom. It's precious, and sometimes treasured, but it can also be dead wrong. Today, Nan Graham, shares some of her favorite tidbits from her beloved Alabama Mama.

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

I Got My Thrill...

Feb 7, 2013
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Opening someone else’s mail is a federal offense—for humans. For Commentator Nan Graham’s dog Lilly, it only made her a little blue.

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

Let's Hear It for Those Eyebrows!

Jan 23, 2013
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If the eyes are the windows to the soul, eyebrows could be the most important window dressings in the world. Nan Graham’s opinion: show yours some much-needed attention.

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

Demopolis, Re-imagined

Dec 12, 2012
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Nan Graham's mother was a fabulous storyteller, but sometimes craft got in the way of fact. Here, Nan tells the true tale of the rise and fall of Demopolis, Alabama.

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

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Nan Graham has been teaching English for decades, so she's no rookie when it comes to MacBeth--even when it's in Zulu. Today, she tells us how Shakespeare (and literary expertise) transcend the confines of language.

Going Up

Sep 27, 2012
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We owe a lot to Elisha Otis--carriage maker, doll maker, inventor par excellence. He's the man who made skyscrapers possible, says his biggest fan, Nan Graham.

Nan Graham has two collections of WHQR commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website can be found at nangraham.com. 

COMMENTARIES HERE ON WHQR DON'T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.

Commentator Nan Graham revisits one of literature's favorite birds for a closer look at that certain "je ne sais quoi. "  From Dickens to Poe, The Raven is revered, evermore.

The Collecting Gene

Aug 2, 2012
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From moonshine jugs to homely tchotchkes, commentator Nan Graham observes that every trinket was once someone's treasure,  and every treasure has a story.   While the "gathering" gene may be hereditary,  it's not limited to the Graham Family... even oxen in the field appreciate a good collector's item.

Commentaries on WHQR do not necessarily reflect the views of its board, members, or staff.

My Madeleine Moment

Jul 5, 2012
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The bone-shuddering recollection that Proust details in Remembrance of Things Past is relatable. Upon tasting  a cookie--a Madeleine, to be specific--he is catapulted into a long-ago moment  spent with his aunt. Who among us hasn't come face to face with her own childhood with the taste of grandma's famous German chocolate cake? For Commentator Nan Graham, her Madeleine moment is hard won, but well worth the effort. 

An Endangered Acessory

Jun 14, 2012
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When Commentator Nan Graham recently acquired a rattan rhino, she couldn't have been happier. She and her new companion, the  copper-eyed "Barbara Streisand," drove around the Port City endlessly--an unexpected and attention-drawing duo. But she soon found out that keeping a woven rhino in the car can be endangering for the animal--and the owner.

Mad Men Mania

May 24, 2012
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The Sixties are back, man, and no, it's not a hallucination. 

Signs and Such

Apr 19, 2012
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Signs appear most everywhere nowadays: on the sides of buses, the backs of cars, sometimes on the back of the head of the person in front of you.

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After Hurricane Irene, Commentator Nan Graham was counting her blessings that the storm had brought no damage her way. 

Lucky Lindy

Mar 8, 2012
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In her 7th grade English class, Nan Graham wasn't the only one who grimaced at the thought of diagramming sentences. 

The Offal Truth

Feb 17, 2012
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"'Plato observed a long while ago that those stomachs are not the best that reject all sorts of food,'" both a quote from Voltaire's Candide and a wise observation. Nan Graham's, however, has been rejecting food of a certain sort from a young age, when cow's tongue was a regular feature on her dinner table. From liver to haggis, she examines how offal cuisine can be.

Bridge, Anyone?

Jan 26, 2012
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When Commentator Nan Graham heard the news that a couple of brothers from Pennsylvania had stolen a bridge in nearby New Castle, she wasn't as shocked as others.

Patriots, Arise!

Jan 5, 2012
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Commentator Nan Graham is not one to catch the vapors easily.

Yule for Y'all

Dec 22, 2011
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'Tis the season when filling your home with cheer is standard practice.

Mother Load

Nov 24, 2011
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Nan Graham is no stranger to old-fashioned, home-spun wisdom.

Euphemisms Are Us

Nov 17, 2011
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Though known for her molasses-thick southern accent, Nan Graham is not always a sweet-talker.

When can't know the minute when it began...

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

The Devil Made Me Do It

Sep 29, 2011

"Some are known for their fabulous cooking..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Exotics at the Aquarium

Sep 15, 2011

"My fourteen-year-old granddaughter Caroline..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

The Victorian Rat Pack

Sep 1, 2011

"I have long had a thing about the PRB..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Pass the Potatoes

Aug 18, 2011

"Grandmother's Alabama house was full of large, colored lithographs..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Lizzie Lives

Aug 4, 2011

"The year was 1892..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

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