Commentaries

Tuesday Commentary
8:04 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Watch Your Language!

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston revels in the vagaries and variety of words, from distinctly Southern turns of phrase to tortured mixed metaphors.

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Commentaries
6:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Collecting Gene

Glyn Baker geograph.org.uk

From moonshine jugs to homely tchotchkes, commentator Nan Graham observes that every trinket was once someone's treasure,  and every treasure has a story.   While the "gathering" gene may be hereditary,  it's not limited to the Graham Family... even oxen in the field appreciate a good collector's item.

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Thursday Commentary
6:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

RoboBar

Z_Dead, London, UK

Commentator Philip Gerard gives some serious thought to the state of the service industry.  From airline bottles to steam cleaning, modern hotel rooms provide a full menu of automated amenities.  And yet, it's the human element that's missing.   Sure, there's no one to tip - but nothing is ever on the house and come checkout, there's no such thing as spare change.

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Thursday Commentaries
2:35 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Gluten-Free and Gastronomy: On the Perils of Eating Out

Infrogmation of New Orleans

Eating in public is not as easy as it looks.  Commentator Whitney Ross Gray waxes gastronomical about the pursuit of gluten-free fare: from favorite chefs, to wayward waiters, Gray examines the tenuous relationship between food allergies and brave new kitchens.

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

Tuesday Commentary
2:10 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Time-Out Chair

April 23 2011 Matthew Paul Argall

Asia Brown struggles, like all of us, with the difference between what we want to say - and what we actually do declare.  While spending time ruminating between right vs.  less appropriate words in an official Time-Out Chair, Brown channels her inner - and sometimes outer - Janet Jackson, to find the courage to make the funkiest choice possible at any given moment. 

WHQR welcomes Asia Brown as a new Commentator!

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Tuesday Commentary
1:15 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Bald Men Rule

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston reminisces about hairdos - and hair - gone by.  From surfer-dude shag to ultra-receding razamatazz, Johnston applauds the absence of fussy locks and welcomes the shift to a smooth, shiny scalp.  

There's nothing like a man who grows bald gracefully.


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Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

My Madeleine Moment

Paige_Eliz Flickr Commons

The bone-shuddering recollection that Proust details in Remembrance of Things Past is relatable. Upon tasting  a cookie--a Madeleine, to be specific--he is catapulted into a long-ago moment  spent with his aunt. Who among us hasn't come face to face with her own childhood with the taste of grandma's famous German chocolate cake? For Commentator Nan Graham, her Madeleine moment is hard won, but well worth the effort. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Bully

nicdalic Flickr Commons

Commentator Philip Gerard is a firmly established man of letters, which may explain why it took him a bit longer than others to learn how to count. In today's tale, he remembers when the numbers game finally clicked, and thanks the bully that helped him reach his breakthrough. 

Tuesday Commentary
3:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

The Ugly Duckling (well, caterpillar)

JD Wheaton Flickr Commons

Commentator Andy Wood is a lover of all creatures, great and small. One small creature, the hornworm, is too great a lover of his tomatoes--destroying entire plants without mercy. Yet Andy still finds a reason to appreciate the dreaded glutton: it turns into a moth of immense beauty. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

An Open Letter to Mr. Carter, Reviewed

Noyava Flickr Commons

With Juneteenth just passed, and the petition for the pardons of the Wilmington Ten before Governor Perdue, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reads an excerpt from James Baldwin's open letter to President Carter, pertaining to the  plight of our ten and the Charlotte Three.

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