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
11:26 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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Thursday Commentary
12:27 pm
Thu February 28, 2008

Dark Disney

Quick. What's the first movie you can remember seeing as a child?

Wilmington, NC – Was it a Disney film? Commentator Nan Graham has a few thoughts on the Dark Side of Disney.

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Thursday Commentary
11:45 am
Thu February 14, 2008


Looking for a special something for your Valentine? Commentator Nan Graham has a suggestion for you...

Wilmington, NC – Or maybe not

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Thursday Commentary
1:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2008

Old Dogs, New Tricks

The latest from commentator Nan Graham

Wilmington, NC – Nan recently found that cooking a meal with help from her husband wasn't exactly a recipe for togetherness.

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Thursday Commentary
1:03 pm
Thu January 3, 2008

Relative Inventory

Happy New Year! from commentator Nan Graham

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Nan Graham's granddaughter Caroline has a young friend who is a cousin to pop icon Miley Cyrus. Now Caroline is searching for famous cousins of her own. This set Grandma Nan to thinking...

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Thursday Commentary
11:49 am
Thu December 20, 2007

Nan Graham's Christmas Memory

Commentator Nan Graham has vivid memories of her mother's Christmastime creations.

In commentator Nan Graham's home at Christmastime, the mantelpiece became a little wintertime world unto itself.

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Thursday Commentary
11:44 am
Thu December 6, 2007


Pareidolial! What the heck does that mean, you ask? Nan Graham knows, and the only way to find out is by listening to her new commentary.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham is the author of several books, including "In a Magnolia Minute," a collection of her WHQR commentaries. Her website is

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Thursday Commentary
9:27 am
Thu November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah Josephus Hale

Nan Graham gives us some background on the origins of Thanksgiving.

Wilmington, NC – Thanksgiving wasn't recognized as a national holiday until President Lincoln declared it so in 1863. But the person actually responsible was Sarah Josephus Hale, the author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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Thursday Commentary
11:58 am
Thu October 25, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness

Commentator Nan Graham has a personal connection to October, being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wilmington, NC – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is great to see all the articles and programs about breast cancer. It is a disease which flew under the radar for years, only whispered about or not spoken of at all, says Nan Graham.

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Thursday Commentary
10:11 am
Thu September 27, 2007

I Do!

Left to right: Summer, Caroline, Josh

The latest from commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham loves a century old essay she heard at a wedding brunch. It reflects the changing world of matrimony! The subject? Husbands, of course!

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