Nan Graham


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


Thursday Commentary
11:47 am
Wed July 30, 2008


"Winnie's only character flaw is that when you do not follow her directives, she gets annoyed and sometimes downright hysterical when I deviate from the instructions."

Wilmington, NC – It is a curious thing about back-seat drivers. They are always perceived as women. In this wondrous age of the electronic back-seat driver, you can have your own satellite nag.

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Thursday Commentary
10:24 am
Wed July 16, 2008

SUV: Subversive Unwanted Vehicle

Chevy Tahoe

"When sandwiched between two such giants, the driver of the normal-sized car has to ease out with zero visibility into the road behind. It tends to make the drive of the regular car a bit huffy and the word "bully" frequently hisses between clenched teeth."

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Thursday Commentary
11:35 am
Wed July 2, 2008

The Glorious Fourth

A vintage Fourth of July postcard

"One gleeful lad of about seven holds a flag while he shoots multiple firecrackers at a terrified cat, beating a hasty retreat."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Nan Graham was never allowed any fireworks as a child. Her daddy's friend had blown his hand off on the fourth of July 1910. Now she learns about a national movement with the same sentiment.

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Thursday Commentary
3:53 pm
Thu June 19, 2008

Becoming a Card-Carrying Southerner

"There is really a need for a card for newcomers..."those from someplace else" as I like to call them, since I consider the "Y" word unkind. Laminated, this card could be carried in your wallet like a tip card."

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham wants to instill confidence in our visitors and newcomers. How better to do this than by adding a card to their wallet?

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Thursday Commentary
4:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Van Gogh's Relatives

"I have never heard it reported that Vincent Van Gogh had a knee-slapping sense of humor."

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham talks about the many relatives of Vincent Van Gogh, like Where Diddy Gogh and Winnie Bay Gogh. Seriously!

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Thursday Commentary
3:57 pm
Thu May 22, 2008

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette

"Then the lungs were trotted out. Grisly specimens that resembled smoked Swiss cheese were passed around. We were assured that if our lungs didn't look like this now, they soon would. On the way home I restocked my cigarette supply at the 7-11."

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Thursday Commentary
4:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2008

Mark My Words

The latest from commentator Nan Graham

Wilmington, NC – "I have made language reform my project. When I thank them for something they usually answer, "No Problem." I have forbidden this dismissive response in my presence."

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Thursday Commentary
4:55 pm
Thu April 24, 2008

O Lost...

Commentator Nan Graham keeps losing things. More and more these days...

More and more things keep dropping out of commentator Nan Graham possession. Today she has some thoughts on how they've vanished and why they disappeared.

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Thursday Commentary
12:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2008

Words from the War

Commentator Nan Graham

Some of the expressions we use today were born of war a hundred and fifty years ago. Commentator Nan Graham explores some language and idioms which survived not only the civil war but the century and a half since.

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Thursday Commentary
11:26 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Surprises from the Civil War

Can war ever be a good thing?

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham doesn't think so. But some of the innovations from war can be surprising, she says...even from the bloodiest of wars, the Civil War.

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