Commentaries

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"Infinite Jest"

Oct 13, 2015

What makes an artist truly great? A recent conversation about David Foster Wallace forces commentator Gwenyfar Rohler to weigh in.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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"Word Ancestors"

Sep 29, 2015

We all have them. Ancestors, I mean, says commentator Nan Graham. But some of the origins of familiar terms bear little resemblance to their long ago ancestors.

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 literal minds of children can shed light on just how metaphorical our language is. Commentator Philip Gerard reflects on some of his early word misunderstandings.

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 UNC Wilmington.

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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares an experience she hasn't spoken of since 1987.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and a Free Lance Nut.

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We are judged not just by our deeds but by our words. Commentator Philip Gerard recalls how the words of one American hero came to haunt him.

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 UNC Wilmington.

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"Frankenstein"

Sep 8, 2015

For commentator Gwenyfar Rohler, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein isn't just a great horror story. It's a meditation on the act of creation.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

This week, commentator Shane Fernando takes us on a ride around the historic Kenan Memorial Fountain.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Emerging Voices: The Case for Debate

Aug 27, 2015
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Argumentativeness is not generally considered a desirable trait, but don’t curb your tongue just yet.   

According to our Emerging Voices Commentator Zaida Marquis, the urge to disagree can be transformed into a useful set of skills. After her experience on the debate team, she argues for the value of debate in the middle school curriculum.  

The Devil You Say

Aug 25, 2015

Language today is undergoing radical change. Some say this is a good thing. Commentator Nan Graham says, not always!

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator for over 20 years. She too has undergone some changes. Not always a good thing.

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