Commentaries

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

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.

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

Sleepwalker

Aug 18, 2015

Commentator Philip Gerard recounts the mystery of his brother's sleepwalking.

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

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

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston reveals her aunts' unspoken competition to rule the realm of Home Economics.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and self-proclaimed general nut.

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

Richard III

Aug 4, 2015

Shakespeare as propaganda artist? Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler argues as much and more.

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

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

Grand Ole Opry

Jul 28, 2015

This week, "country roads" take commentator Shane Fernando to Nashville, for an onstage glimpse of the Grand Ole Opry.

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

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

Great Scott?

Jul 21, 2015

Those who say the Civil War is irrelevant are mistaken. That dreadful and blood-soaked war answered once and for all the question: are we "one nation, indivisible"...? And we are, says Nan Graham. 

WHQR commentator, Nan Graham "Lifelong Southerner" is a serious student of the "Wah"...as it is called in these parts.

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

We've all at least contemplated running away. In this week's commentary, Philip Gerard tells us how he attempted his escape at age five.

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

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

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston got some satisfaction last week.

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

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

Symbols

Jun 30, 2015

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

Hives

Jun 23, 2015

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

Ibis at Battery

Jun 16, 2015

Commentator Nan Graham recounts a trip to view the nesting habits of White Ibis in our area. 

Philip Gerard is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as numerous essays, short stories and documentary scripts for public television. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. 

  

    

 

WHQR - Happy Birthday to Me!

June 2, 2015

Last week, I turned the big 5-0 . . . less horrifying than hitting the Big 2-0-0 but that's another story ...I should have been better prepared because last month, after dying my hair a lovely shade of Clairol Espresso, when checking out at Harris Teeter, I was offered the senior discount.

Clock Tower

May 19, 2015

Rube Goldberg, 1883-1970, was a cartoonist, inventor, engineer, and author who developed wacky convoluted ways of solving tasks. Example: A fourteen step method of finding your misplaced eyeglasses illustrated like a comic strip. My husband was graduate cum laude from the Rube Goldberg school of repair. He was not handy around the house…well, not in the conventional way. Original ways of solving problems was second nature for him. The inclination was reinforced by an inborn gene for frugality. My husband was innovative to say the least.

In honor of  artist, educator and WHQR commentator's Claude Howell's 100th Birthday we have been saluting him with clips from his commentaries. Check out this rather thrilling commentary, in which he describes his arrest in Paris. 

Artist, educator and WHQR commentator Claude Howell was born 100 years ago this week. Howell played key roles in establishing UNCWilmington's art department and the Cameron Art Museum, where a celebration of his life is scheduled tomorrow night at 7 PM. We've been celebrating with some of Claude's WHQR Commentaries this week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  

An icon of Wilmington's arts community, Claude Howell was born 100 years ago today. From an early age, Howell expressed a deep love for his hometown, drawing and painting people and scenes from town to coast. Howell also recorded several stories at WHQR about his days as a Wilmington youth. In honor of Howell's birthday and his great contribution to the Wilmington community,  WHQR will be airing his commentaries all week long during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Here is one that takes us back to his boyhood clubhouse...

Commentator Nan Graham offers us a witty commentary on the trials and tribulations of baby-sitting her grand-dog Buster, comparing him to such old-timey icons as Lillian Gish and Truman Capote. 

The Cherry Orchard

Feb 25, 2015

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler discusses the relevance of the classic play "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov and the importance of trying to find a connection between the past and the present. 

Hello Soup

Jan 27, 2015

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston describes how she dealt with a dental dilemma on Christmas Eve. Instead of Santa Claus, her family needed a visit from the Tooth Fairy. 

Gwenyfar Rohler

Simple and meaningful holiday memories by Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler. 

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

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

Sweater Girl

Dec 18, 2014
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Many have a festive Christmas look when we go out and about: Sprig of holly the lapel, Christmas tree earrings or Christmas jingle bells as a necklace.  Our furry four legged friends are sporting seasonal apparel too.  Or a least some of them are, says commentator Nan Graham.

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

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

Swamp Fox

Dec 9, 2014
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During a recent walk in a Brunswick county forest, commentator Andy Wood was entertained and amused by the hunting antics of a swamp fox.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Income Inequality

Dec 2, 2014

Fresh Voices on Air commentator, Alexei Affemann contemplates the issue of income inequality.

Alexei Affemann is 17 years old and attends Hoggard High School.  He aspires to become an aerospace engineer.  Alexei is passionate about travelling and watching documentaries.  He volunteers with Beta Club and is a junior volunteer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

Gwenyfar Rohler

We live in an age where information is currency, says Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler.  Having everything at our fingertips is something we are willing to pay mightily for, but also expect as a foregone conclusion. 

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

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

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares the peculiar blog postings from her neighborhood friends. 

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

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

Fashionista

Nov 20, 2014
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A recent New York Times Magazine section featured the latest in Candy-colored sunglassess including neon green sunshades by Marc Jacobs for only 350 dollars, says commentator Nan Graham.  Who knew her husband was avant guard in eyewear?

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

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

Coney Island

Nov 18, 2014
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Commentator Shane Fernando recollects a visit to Coney Island and meeting the Great Fradini!

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

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

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