Commentaries

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

"Bob and I had been hitchhiking since sun-up. It was now mid-afternoon..."

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.

"William Faulkner's famous 'The past is never dead. It's not even past,' has never rung truer than it does this year..."

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 Summer Game

Jun 2, 2011

"My boyhood from age six to twelve was one long baseball game..."

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.

Fairy Chimnies

May 31, 2011

"First recorded human settlers who discovered the region over ten thousand years ago were so mystified at its uniqueness that they surmised that it wasn't a natural phenomenon and certainly couldn't be human-made."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Lightning Bugs

May 26, 2011

"One of the million things I remember, as do so many of you, as favorite summer past time was summer stalking..."

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.

 

"One way or another I've been running a Creative Writing program or department for the past dozen years..."

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.

Roller Derby Grandma

May 17, 2011

"It can be a dangerous sport with a great deal of shoving, pushing, and women on skates flying off the track in various directions after losing balance."

Wilmington, NC –

Commentator Shane Fernando invites you to support our local Cape Fear Roller Girls. He lives in historic downtown Wilmington and is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

Joined at the Hip

May 12, 2011

"Mama used that expression a lot: Sally and John are so close it's as if they're joined at the hip..."

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.

 

"I got my start in administration in eighth grade in a very unlikely organization..."

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.

Cowbirds

May 3, 2011

"Cowbird brood parasitism is likely an adaptation to living in the American Great Plains."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

September in D.C.

May 3, 2011

"I rode up the escalator from the Metro underground..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Caterpillars

Apr 26, 2011

"The caterpillars have pretty much finished their larval stage in live and are now in the process of transforming into their pupa stage..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Pysanky

Apr 19, 2011

"...The tabletop is covered with layers of newspaper. Small dishes are scattered about with blocks of beeswax..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Swan Song

Apr 14, 2011

"I have been reading up on swans since I had a chat at Ivy Cottage with a gentleman about a swan decoy..."

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.

 

Secret Serivce

Apr 7, 2011

"Not long ago, my wife Jill and I attended a professional conference in Washington D.C..."

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.

Azalea Festival

Apr 5, 2011

"I sat in the warm Wilmington spring sunshine..."

Wilmington NC – "I sat in the warm Wilmington spring sunshine..."

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Pollen Poetry

Mar 31, 2011

"It is everywhere, and like waves of nausea, it keeps coming back..."

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.

 

Lemonade

Mar 22, 2011

"While running errands this past weekend, I was excited to see the sights and sounds of the warm weather months appearing..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

Railroad Ties

Mar 17, 2011

"Train accidents figure in many climactic scenes in literature..."

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.

 

Curses, Misled Again!

Mar 10, 2011

"Before I was even old enough to read, I spent several hours of a long car trip tracing the letters of a book onto loose leaf paper..."

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.

Going Up!

Mar 8, 2011

"Eighth floor, going down! This is the sound of a project from the latest theater production I worked on, Lobby Hero..."

Wilmington NC – Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW and resident propmaster for Red Barn Studio Theater.

 

The High Rent District

Mar 3, 2011

"My husband and I can't seem to agree on this..."

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.

 

Maine Spring

Feb 25, 2011

"I can remember that defining moment as if it happened this morning..."

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 great backyard bird count is a volunteer-based science project designed so that people of all bird-watching skills can contribute their knowledge to scientists..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Words and Music

Feb 10, 2011

"John Cheever famously wrote that he was of the last generation of American men to wear hats; I think I was part of the last generation of college students for whom the guitar was a fixture of dormitory life..."

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.

Mah Johngg

Feb 8, 2011

"The four of us sit huddled around the mahogany game table..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

Southern Snow

Feb 3, 2011

"That rare snow we had a few weeks back really was a lovely sight..."

 

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.

 

World Wetlands Day

Feb 1, 2011

"The word 'wetland' conjures many images for me because wetlands come in many forms..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

California Bound

Jan 27, 2011

"They picked me up at sundown on the Interstate 70 bypass around Denver..."

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.

Learning Russian

Jan 25, 2011

"There are four of us--three eager students and out teacher..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

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