Commentaries

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

Hatters! / Flickr Commons

Charles Dickens's classic story set during the French Revolution tells of one people at a singular time.

Annie-Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie-Gray Johnston knows that life is filled with the inexplicable...

Patriots, Arise!

Jan 5, 2012
simon.stamm / Flickr Commons

Commentator Nan Graham is not one to catch the vapors easily.

Farm and Home

Dec 29, 2011
Katie Weilbacher / Flickr Commons

Author and creative writing professor Philip Gerard is more likely to need a pen than a hammer in his day-to-day life.

Yule for Y'all

Dec 22, 2011
AndrewEick / Flickr Commons

'Tis the season when filling your home with cheer is standard practice.

My Mother, Beth

Dec 20, 2011
Annie Gray Johnston

Most parents leave their children scratching their heads from time to time, but Annie Gray's mother is a hoot all her own.

orijinal / Flickr Commons

Five-year-old Philip Gerard had little to look forward to on his annual back-to-school trip to the mall.

Leaving Nigel

Dec 13, 2011
hkase / Flickr Commons

Leaving work one evening in Washington D.C., Shane Fernando thought the most he had to look forward to was a warm meal and a comfortable chair.

The Kiss of Mistletoe

Dec 6, 2011
Fool-on-the-Hill / Flickr

Mistletoe has been  a staple of the Christmas season for as long as we all can remember.

dougtone / Flickr Commons

Road trips always seem to be filled with unexpected mishaps. 

Working amidst powder pink and egg shell blue bundles at a children's clothing store years ago, Annie Gray Johnston imagined that motherhood would be sweet and rewarding.

magnuscanis / Flickr Commons

For Shane Fernando, the magic of Christmas does not stop at egg nog, logs crackling in the fireplace, and gifts under the tree.

Mother Load

Nov 24, 2011
Racing Mix / Flickr Commons

Nan Graham is no stranger to old-fashioned, home-spun wisdom.

Life Is Good / Flickr Commons

For the typical American, Thanksgiving conjures up images of pilgrims, Indians, and Turkeys browning in the oven.

Euphemisms Are Us

Nov 17, 2011
Christopher Dale / Flickr

Though known for her molasses-thick southern accent, Nan Graham is not always a sweet-talker.

Strike Vote

Nov 17, 2011
Kr. B. / Flickr

As the deciding vote in a teacher's strike, Philip Gerard must choose with whom he sides--

Corn Maze

Nov 15, 2011
mrsdkrebs / Flickr Commons

Taken with the beauty of autumn, commentator Shane Fernando does not go the usual route of pumpkin picking or hay rides.

Global Awareness

Nov 8, 2011
thegoldguys.blogspot.com / Wikimedia Commons

The wealth of  sometimes contradicting information about the health of our environment can be overwhelming.

Backyard Boat

Nov 7, 2011
Geo Swan / Wikimedia Commons

Visiting his grandfather as a child, Commentator Philip Gerard found the boat eternally docked to a neighbor's back porch laughable.

The Maco Light

Nov 1, 2011
By Josh Bluntschli / Wiki Commons

Following a long-standing New Hanover High School tradition, commentator Shane Fernando and six of his friends  headed out...

Squirrely Like a Fox

Oct 25, 2011

"Not since the winds of hurricane Irene..."

The Big Year

Oct 15, 2011

"The Big Year has to be a refreshing..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

When can't know the minute when it began...

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.

 

Moving Man

Oct 6, 2011

"For a summer I worked..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

The Devil Made Me Do It

Sep 29, 2011

"Some are known for their fabulous cooking..."

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.

 

The fire burned through more...

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

Juvenile Delinquents

Sep 22, 2011

"Freedom. I was ten years old..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Exotics at the Aquarium

Sep 15, 2011

"My fourteen-year-old granddaughter Caroline..."

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.

 

Post-Irene Beaches

Sep 13, 2011

"When Sandy and I arrived at the beach..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

"It was a scenario right out of a slasher matinee..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

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