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

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.

 

"My children claim it is a curse to be the offspring of an English teacher..."

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.

 

Snowfall

Jan 18, 2011

"My home sits surrounded by open long leaf pine savanna, and when I looked out at what has become a familiar sight, I was immediately disoriented..."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

Models

Jan 13, 2011

"I am the youngest of three brothers. When we were kids, one of our perennial fads was building model cars..."

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.

Bread

Jan 11, 2011

"I crane my neck upwards to perch my chin on the edge of the kitchen counter..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

"I was a cub reporter for a small weekly newspaper fresh out of college..."

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.

Misidentification

Jan 4, 2011

"It was with a wholesome piece of humble pie that I admit I misidentified a bird during a recent and important Christmas bird count..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Madame Malaprop

Dec 30, 2010

"Although malapropisms have probably been around since man's first utterances in the cave, it was in 1775 that Richard Sheridan wrote his play 'The Rivals'..."

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 had been interviewing World War Two veterans all over the country for a book project..."

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.

Christmas Bird Count

Dec 21, 2010

"The Christmas Bird Count is structured into survey areas called count circles, each 15 miles in diameter..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Unintended Consequences

Dec 16, 2010

"Countless women have had an economic and historic impact around the world..."

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.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner

Dec 14, 2010

"It's my favorite meal of the year..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Hang 'Em High

Dec 9, 2010

"It was back in the days when every little boy in America owned a toy six-gun and our national character was formed in half-hour TV episodes..."

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.

Lizard Thermometer

Dec 7, 2010

"Hanging from an overhead joist of my little work shed at home is a twiggy, leafless piece of a crepe myrtle branch..."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

A Night at the Opera

Dec 2, 2010

"I had an extended driveway moment a few weeks ago..."

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

You can visit her website at: Nan Graham.

 

Meteors

Nov 30, 2010

"My brother Joel and I were woken up late at night..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

My Father's War

Nov 25, 2010

"My father used to tell me stories about the war, his war..."

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.

Amish Turkey

Nov 23, 2010

"I had read the specifics about Amish turkey in the brochure..."

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.

 

Woodpeckers

Nov 23, 2010

"My heart skipped a beat when I realized the tapping was coming from a special tree not far from our house, where a rare little bird has begun work on his own house..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

For the Duration

Nov 16, 2010

"Some of the lingo I grew up with in World War II, I never knew the meaning of..."

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.

 

Capture

Nov 16, 2010

"In this digital age, capturing inspiring moments or places is so easy..."

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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