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My Kindergartener

Dec 19, 2013
Nan Graham

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Nan Graham is a proud mother of two. So, of course, she was no less than thrilled to find out that one of her children had been selected to perform in a holiday presentation. Well... maybe shocked too. And a little confused. Hear why in today's commentary, "My Kindergartner."

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Wilmington Faith and Values

All over the world, people are celebrating the life and mourning the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Commentator Philip Stine recalls another man whose spiritual transformation made him an unlikely but essential partner with Mandela in forging a post-apartheid South Africa:

I grew up in a country neighboring South Africa whose laws essentially copied apartheid. Separation was our life, and race was a constant topic of conversation.

You Are Beautiful

Dec 5, 2013

Fresh Voices commentator Callie Hill overcomes society’s obsession with physical perfection and discovers her own definition of beauty. 

Callie Hill is 15 years old and was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She’s an honor student at New Hanover High School where she participates in Key Club and Literary Club. She has a twin brother who plays baseball at New Hanover and supports him by going to every game. 

The Sad End of Real Music

Dec 3, 2013
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Spencer Carlson, takes a stance against the music industry’s auto-tuning trend.

Spencer Carlson is a 16 year old sophomore at New Hanover High School.  He's been playing guitar since he was nine years old.  He enjoys playing with many local musicians and someday hopes to become a musician himself.

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2 Thanksgivings

Nov 28, 2013
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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler encapsulates what she believes Thanksgiving should really be about.

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

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Dead Leaf Echo

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston tries to improve her cool factor during the Cucalorus Film Festival.

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

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Summer of '59

Nov 21, 2013
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F. Kaplan’s book, 1959: The Year That Changed Everything, states that this was the year every aspect of American life was transformed…the pre-cursor to the explosive 60’s.  It was for her, say Commentator Nan Graham.

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com. 

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No Boundaries

Nov 19, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando finds inspiration from the cross-cultural artists’ collaboration, the No Boundaries International Art Colony. 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life, Arts and Programs at UNCW.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Bucket of Joy

Nov 14, 2013
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Commentator Philip Gerard goes on one more solitary adventure the summer before he turns six and is forced to start attending school. 

Phillip 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.

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Insect Invasion

Nov 12, 2013
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Our commentator and naturalist, Andy Wood alerts us about the two invasive species plaguing homes in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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

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How Can We Love Learning But Hate School?

Nov 7, 2013
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Fresh Voices On-Air commentator, Eleni Stoycos, focuses on a failed educational system that short- changes the youth and inadequately prepares them for real world challenges.  She asks: "How can we love learning but hate school?"

Eleni Stoycos is a sophomore and honor student at New Hanover High School.  She plays volleyball and soccer and likes running.  In her free time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Transitive Love

Nov 5, 2013
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices On-Air debuts with Andrew Escobar’s Transitive Love.  A six-year-old boy manages to satisfy his desire for a mouse, his first pet, only to realize that the true treasure lies beyond his immediate vision.

Andrew Escobar is 16 years old, and is a Junior at Isaac Bear Early College High School.  He enjoys soccer and reading and is active in his church youth group where he plays drums.  He aspires to become an innovative engineer in the near future.

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D.H. Lawrence's novel, Lady Chatterly's Lover, was banned in 1958 and finally published in 1992. Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler, asks what made this book so terrifying that it could not be published?  She receives her answer in a very unusual way.  

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

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Free Willie!

Oct 22, 2013
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The last time commentator, Annie Gray Johnston, tried to see good ole' country bad boy, Willie Nelson perform, he was arrested for marijuana use minutes before he was to appear onstage. 

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

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Voice Recognition

Oct 17, 2013
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Having a voice that speaks for itself has helped Commentator Nan Graham out of a pinch more than once. She shares those moments today, and tips her hat to other memorable voices of our time. 

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com.

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Grave Considerations

Sep 19, 2013
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The very last word is the one on the tombstone, says commentator Nan Graham, but you may not want this to be a last minute decision. 

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com.

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Conrad Meister

Sep 17, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando sifts through city directories, maps and newspapers and discovers the fascinating history of the man who built his home almost 100 years ago.  

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs at UNCW and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Green Lynx Spider

Sep 10, 2013
Andy Wood

  

Our commentator and naturalist, Andy Wood recently observed another real-life natural drama in his own backyard.

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

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From Hair To Eternity

Sep 5, 2013
Mike Johnson

While some people use clothing and makeup to enhance their appearance, community commentator, Mike Johnson, experiments with goofy hair styles. 

Mike Johnson is a graduate of UNCW and lives in Leland with his wife and two young children. His spare time is spent writing and brushing his magnificent mane.

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The Dog Season

Sep 3, 2013
Lisa Bertini

Labor Day has come and gone, but the summer heat is still with us. And that has community commentator Tim Bass saying hot diggity dog.

When he isn't roaming around in the mean summer heat, Tim Bass teaches creative writing at UNC Wilmington.

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The Dog Season

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Moliere’s Tartuffe offers us comical, over the top characters that make us laugh, but his themes about appearances and hypocrisy are the focus of Gwenyfar Rohler’s commentary. 

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Annie Gray Johnston tries to channel her inner Ogden Nash.  In addition to being her paternal grandmother's first cousin, Mr. Nash was also the mac-daddy of light verse, famous for his pun-like rhymes. 

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Architectural domes were the masterpieces of Rafael Guastavino whose amazing structures were built on the principle he created and patented: The Guastavino Tile Arch System. 

This Spanish immigrant’s work can be seen here in Wilmington at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, which he designed in 1908.

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com. 

Public Art

Aug 20, 2013
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Shane Fernando comments on how Wilmington's art scene is finding ways to enhance, educate and build a more liveable community.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs at UNCW and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Clown for a Day

Aug 15, 2013
Philip Gerard

Commentator Philip Gerard nigh has it all. As a writer and musician, he already possesses two enviable talents. Throw his clown experience into the mix, and you've got a rare specimen. Today the renowned author explain why he spent a day yucking it up, in "Clown for a Day."

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The Resilience of Frogs

Aug 13, 2013
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Abundant rains in 2013 have been a boon to frogs that use rain-filled ponds as nurseries for their tadpoles. Commentator, Andy Wood asks: Does the resilience of frogs have something to offer us as we plan for an unpredictable future?

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

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Communicating with Body Language

Aug 8, 2013

While tutoring a child from Saudi Arabia, who could not speak a word of English, community commentator, Maryann Nunnally, realizes that communicating with any child is the same in any language.

Maryann Nunnally is a former teacher, principal, and Board of Education member in New Hanover County with over 45 years of experience. She is now retired from paid work, and volunteers tutoring at-risk children.

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The Healing Garden

Aug 5, 2013

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In an effort to deal with various challenges of the aging process, a local listener reflects on the healing properties of her garden.

Deborah Creasy is a transplant from The Delmarva Peninsula.  When she's not working part-time at a local independent bookstore, she spends her time writing, reading, making jewelry, and sitting quietly in her garden.

Time Magazine

Gwenyfar rediscovers Orwell's 1984, Animal Farm and Burmese Days in the wake of the Snowden scandal. 

"Don't just read Orwell and shake your head, please, read Orwell and examine the double speak in our own culture."  -Gwenyfar Rohler

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Famous Last Words

Jul 18, 2013

In this age of twitter and texting...will our last words be electronically transmitted?  Commentator Nan Graham hopes SOMEBODY will write them down.  As Poncho Villa said with his last breath, "Don't let it end like this.  Tell them I said SOMETHING!"

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