commentaries

"Life After Prison"

Feb 16, 2016

Commentator Shane Fernando shines light on a key piece of prison reform: the transition back into society.

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"1915"

Feb 2, 2016

"Improving Public Education"

Jan 26, 2016


"Lottery"

Jan 19, 2016

The first successful lottery on record was chartered by Queen Elizabeth in 1566. Since then humans have been fantasizing about what they'd do if they won. Commentator Annie Gray is no exception.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut.

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"Lysistrata"

Jan 12, 2016

In 411 BC, Aristophanes was inspired to write the anti-war play, Lysistrata. What parallels exist between Aristophanes' world and our own? Commentator Gwenyfar Rholer has this answer.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rholer loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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"One Act of Kindness"

Dec 31, 2015

As the year draws to a close, Commentator Philip Gerard makes the case for a kinder, more civil 2016.

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Dark of the Island. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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Commentator Nan Graham gives us the story of a British soldier from the war-torn Europe of another war, a strange story often told about another Christmas Eve 100 years ago.

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator since January 1995.

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Commentator Phillip Gerard describes the best and the worst dining out experiences of his life. But there's a plot twist: they both occurred at the same restaurant.

Phillip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Dark of the Island. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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"The Moon is Down"

Dec 1, 2015

What book do you wish you had written? Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler's answer to this question reveals just how much impact a novel can have.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rholer loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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"Thanksgiving"

Nov 24, 2015

This week, commentator Shane Fernando shares new insight about one of North America's oldest traditions.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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"The Albatross Syndrome"

Nov 17, 2015

Commentator Nan Graham explains why she's become obsessed with Samuel Colridge's poem "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

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"The Ivy"

Nov 10, 2015

Some meals are once-in-a-lifetime events. Commentator Annie Gray Johnston describes one such meal she enjoyed at The Ivy in Beverly Hills.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut.

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Commentator Philip Gerard remembers the inspiring presence of JFK.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW.

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"Infinite Jest"

Oct 13, 2015

What makes an artist truly great? A recent conversation about David Foster Wallace forces commentator Gwenyfar Rohler to weigh in.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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"Word Ancestors"

Sep 29, 2015

We all have them. Ancestors, I mean, says commentator Nan Graham. But some of the origins of familiar terms bear little resemblance to their long ago ancestors.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, "Turn South at the Next Magnolia" and "In a Magnolia Minute."

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The literal minds of children can shed light on just how metaphorical our language is. Commentator Philip Gerard reflects on some of his early word misunderstandings.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares an experience she hasn't spoken of since 1987.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and a Free Lance Nut.

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We are judged not just by our deeds but by our words. Commentator Philip Gerard recalls how the words of one American hero came to haunt him.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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We've all at least contemplated running away. In this week's commentary, Philip Gerard tells us how he attempted his escape at age five.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories & essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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Symbols

Jun 30, 2015

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

Hives

Jun 23, 2015

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

The River Mother

Jun 9, 2015

Philip Gerard is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as numerous essays, short stories and documentary scripts for public television. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. 

  

    

 

WHQR - Happy Birthday to Me!

June 2, 2015

Last week, I turned the big 5-0 . . . less horrifying than hitting the Big 2-0-0 but that's another story ...I should have been better prepared because last month, after dying my hair a lovely shade of Clairol Espresso, when checking out at Harris Teeter, I was offered the senior discount.

Commentator Nan Graham offers us a witty commentary on the trials and tribulations of baby-sitting her grand-dog Buster, comparing him to such old-timey icons as Lillian Gish and Truman Capote. 

The Cherry Orchard

Feb 25, 2015

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler discusses the relevance of the classic play "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov and the importance of trying to find a connection between the past and the present. 

Swamp Fox

Dec 9, 2014
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During a recent walk in a Brunswick county forest, commentator Andy Wood was entertained and amused by the hunting antics of a swamp fox.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Gwenyfar Rohler

We live in an age where information is currency, says Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler.  Having everything at our fingertips is something we are willing to pay mightily for, but also expect as a foregone conclusion. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares the peculiar blog postings from her neighborhood friends. 

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Fashionista

Nov 20, 2014
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A recent New York Times Magazine section featured the latest in Candy-colored sunglassess including neon green sunshades by Marc Jacobs for only 350 dollars, says commentator Nan Graham.  Who knew her husband was avant guard in eyewear?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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