Commentaries

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

"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.

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

www.surlalunefairytales.com

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.


www.karaokekontrol.com

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.

www.wikipedia.org

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.


www.lasvegas.com

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.

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

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.

Melissa Stone

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.

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

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.

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

"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.

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

"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.

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

"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.

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

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.

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

'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.

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

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.

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

"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.

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

"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.

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

"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.

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

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