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

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 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 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 


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.