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
4:40 pm
Wed December 3, 2008

Past People from the Twilight Zone

"It has been happening all my life, but lately is seems to be a more frequent occurrence. That circular thing where people from the past reappear without rhyme or reason... people you have not been in contact with or seen for decades."

Wilmington, NC – Is this happening to you? Deja vu with a twist. People who reappear after years. One of those wonderful quirks and surprises which make life interesting.

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Thursday Commentary
1:49 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Pigs at Parlange

Parlange Plantation

"Page after page, year after year starting with the first pig drawings from the late 1930s, the pages chronicled decades of pig drawings and the guests who drew them."

Nan Graham learns a trick for how to turn survive the dinner party from hell.

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Thursday Commentary
1:55 pm
Fri November 7, 2008

Purses, Pocketbooks, and Handbags

The latest from commentator Nan Graham

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Nan Graham still calls it a pocketbook, though most folks say purse or handbag. It is a core necessity for every woman. Chanel designed her iconic bag in February, 1955 and called it the '2.55,' for its creation date. So let's celebrate it!

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Thursday Commentary
11:56 am
Thu October 23, 2008

Names of Consequence

The latest from commentator Nan Graham

Sometimes celebrities get the name right. Name changes can be good. Would Tina Turner be so fabulous if she were still Annie Mae Bullard...her real name?

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Thursday Commentary
1:24 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Wilson Redux

Wilson is known for its antique shops. In a twist, the antique went looking for a person...rather than a person looking for an antique, says commentator Nan Graham, after a recent trip to Wilson...and to the past.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham will be joining Clyde Edgerton and Celia Rivenbark for a benefit for cystic fibrosis, "Puttin' on the Grits" on October 21st at Roudabush's.

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Thursday Commentary
12:51 pm
Thu September 25, 2008

Nan Graham

Commentator Nan Graham feels that a great escape need not be a trip to Europe or the Caribbean. It may be right here in our own YWCA.

Our commentator Nan Graham notes the change in our season by some different ground rules.

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Thursday Commentary
4:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2008

Horsettes

"I have no idea what you do with these charming animals. Too small to ride or to pull anything, they spend their days grazing in lush meadows and breeding."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Nan Graham is the author of two books, "Turn South at the Next Magnolia," and "In a Magnolia Minute." Here website is nangraham.com.

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Thursday Commentary
10:45 am
Thu August 28, 2008

Fat Cat

"Bullet's headshot, in a circle with a diagonal dash through it, was posted on most of the groomers' walls throughout Wake County."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Nan Graham discusses her feline friends.

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Thursday Commentary
11:47 am
Wed July 30, 2008

Re-calculating...

"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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