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  Commentator Peggy Porter believes that when it comes to our oldest veterans, every day is a day to remember.

Peggy Porter is a former teacher of U.S. History and Government in New Hanover County.

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Commentator Philip Gerard remembers spending the night on his aging father's couch and the strange conversation the experience provoked.

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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Recent events have had many of us searching for signs of basic human goodness. But finding such a sign in the plastic wave of a mannequin? Commentator Annie Gray Johnson explains.

What is the perfect time to read The Grapes of Wrath? What about The Catcher in the Rye? This week Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reminds us that the same book can offer a vastly different experience depending on who we are when we read it.

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As tropical storm Colin brings heavy rain to our area, Commentator Shane Fernando remembers a hurricane camp-out at WHQR.


For Commentator Philip Gerard, the retirement of the Ringling Brothers performing elephants conjured a memory of his own encounter with elephants.


"The Camels are coming! I know, the song really refers to the Scots, but I couldn't resist the title," says Commentator Nan Graham. A two-part story to be continued.


The site of childhood memories can make us instantly nostalgic. Recently, commentator Annie Gray Johnston was forced to let go of one of these sites.

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

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That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet. No so fast, Juliet, says Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler. Names may have more power than we think.


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What's the best way to get to know a group of people? Does the answer change if everyone doesn't speak the same language? Shane Fernando suggests that no matter where you are, nothing beats a song.


WHQR Commentary: "Homophones 101"

Apr 26, 2016

Our guest commentator Peggy Porter hasn't taught school in years, but is periodically reminded that while you can take the teacher out of the classroom, you can never quite take the teacher out of the girl.


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This week, from Commentator Philip Gerard, a parable, set in childhood on a web of roads near Washington D.C.

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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Our language, ever-changing, is packed with surprising tidbits from history; eponyms. Named for a person, or event, they're a kind of immortality. Until the next thing comes along. So says Commentator Nan Graham.


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This week commentator Annie Gray makes it clear, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is a rule she chooses to ignore.

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

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Revisiting an old spy novel, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler asks, can the lone wolf ever really act alone?


The subject of this week's commentary is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Shane Fernando takes a closer look at the Ukrainian Easter Egg.


'Tis the season to cast your ballot. This week, Commentator Philip Gerard honors his father, who believed that voting was essential for the health of our democracy.

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This week, commentator Nan Graham takes a look at words derived from history's colorful characters.

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator for over 20 years. At this time, no words derive from her name.

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Care to sample some cannabis-infused honey? How about a stay at a Bud-and-Breakfast? This week, commentator Annie Gray Johnston explores our country's changing relationship with marijuana.

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What happens when we discover one of our favorite works of art was created by someone that makes our skin crawl? Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler has this answer.


"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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"Paint By Numbers"

Jan 5, 2016

Love them or hate them, since their introduction in the 1950s, Paint By Number kits have become a piece of American Culture. Commentator Shane Fernando explains:

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Humanities and Fine Arts at CFCC. He lives with his husband 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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'Tis the season for the annual holiday letter. If these missives secretly fill you with jealousy and bitterness, Commentator Annie Gray Johnston says, take heart. Your day to gush is coming.

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