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.

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Commentaries
6:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Collecting Gene

Glyn Baker geograph.org.uk

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.

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

My Madeleine Moment

Paige_Eliz Flickr Commons

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. 

Thursday Commentary
2:40 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

An Endangered Acessory

Nan Graham

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.

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Mad Men Mania

Island Vittles Flickr Commons

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

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Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Signs and Such

Piblet Flickr Commons

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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Thursday Commentary
7:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Kirk Douglas Doppelganger

mike3k Flickr Commons

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

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Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Lucky Lindy

PhotoMatt28 Flickr Commons

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

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Thursday Commentary
2:28 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

The Offal Truth

rajthesnapper Flickr Commons

"'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.

Thursday Commentary
1:51 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Bridge, Anyone?

Vito Flickr Commons

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.

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Thursday Commentary
6:06 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Patriots, Arise!

simon.stamm Flickr Commons

Commentator Nan Graham is not one to catch the vapors easily.

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