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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Thursday Commentary
3:53 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Etymology

"So to say Rio Grande River, is to say Big River River."

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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Thursday Commentary
12:33 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Awards Show

"Remember these students were born after 1992? so most have never even seen a black-and-white motion picture."

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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Thursday Commentary
10:19 am
Thu April 29, 2010

The Mule

"The mule had no name?just mule?an anonymity I find sad."

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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Thursday Commentary
1:54 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Retro Thanksgiving

"After forty-something years of it, I am happy to watch the gravy spill on somebody else's tablecloth."

Wilmington, NC – Retro is in... in foods and fashion! Recently, the "Wedge," that ubiquitous triangle of iceberg lettuce topped with blue cheese or Thousand Island dressing has reappeared on menus. But before Alice Waters or Julia Child we never knew we were unenlightened.

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Thursday Commentary
1:25 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Wedgwood: A Man of Parts

"But Josiah was born on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution and he changed the potter cottage industry into a factory system."

Wilmington, NC – Josiah Wedgwood, grandfather of Charles Darwin, has an interesting part in North Carolina history as an inventive entrepreneur.

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Thursday Commentary
2:55 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Nine Lives: Genesis

"As he hit the water, it struck him that he had just done a foolish thing. He was not tethered to the boat. He did not anticipate the wind that blew up and caught the bimeni top and propelled the whaler off into a current that quickly sped north. He watched as the boat receded over the waves."

Wilmington, NC – It is not only a day which changed one life but changed a whole family's life. A gift that should make us think twice about organ donation.

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Thursday Commentary
2:34 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Gribbit

"A Wilmington native, Claude Howell was instrumental in establishing the art department at UNCW and for many years was the southern voice in the early days of WHQR commentaries. He knew Wilmington as few did."

Wilmington, NC – In remembrance of Claude Howell, Nan Graham paints a portrait of the man and artist, as she ponders about his reincarnation... into a frog.

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Thursday Commentary
3:49 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

A Party of Five, Please...

"Names for groups of animals, birds, people, sea creatures are more imaginative. We are familiar with some, but others are startling in their poetry. Lions, we know, come in a pride when congregated. The onslaught of our coastal jellyfish at the beach is known as a smack of jellyfish."

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Thursday Commentary
1:32 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

And Beyond...<p>

"In huge, black, quivering letters, it read: Sylvia's Birdbath and Beyond. I laughed out loud at its whimsy, proud to be a native of this quirky part of the world."

Wilmington, NC – "[My] annual trip back to Alabama always has a few happy surprises," says commentator Nan Graham.

This year happened to be no exception.

 

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Thursday Commentary
12:10 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

The Navelectomy

"What will I do with with my wardrobe of Britney midriff tops? How will I stroll along Wrightsville Beach in my pink bikini?"

Wilmington, NC – We all expect changes as time goes on, but some come as total surprises and take some getting used to.

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