Commentaries

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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.

You can hear more from Andy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR-DOT-ORG. Just click on “Commentary.

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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!"

Farewell, Soapbox

Jul 3, 2013

Wilmington's music scene suffered a tremendous blow when news broke that the Soapbox would be closing its doors in late July.  The loss won't really be felt until it's gone.  But already the news is causing heartache throughout the creative community.  Sure, there are other venues.  Nice ones, too.  But the Soapbox is the center of it all.  It's almost a symbol of Wilmington itself.  It's a large part of the character of downtown.  John Staton of the Star News rightfully said "It's not quite the

Negative Space

Jul 2, 2013
Nina Bays

All she wanted was a little rest and relaxation… in a small space… in a small, dark, space that just seems to be getting smaller. Community Commentator Nina Bays tries to keep it together in a sensory deprivation tank in today’s commentary, "Negative Space."

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Were Henry David Thoreau living, he might be one of the many citizens raising his voice at the Moral Monday Protests. Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler explores the author's radical roots as Independence Day approaches. 

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Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Jun 25, 2013
Annie Gray Johnston

If you haven’t seen the viral video that inspired Annie Gray’s commentary, take a moment and treat yourself… you have time for that.

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Accidental Southerner: Edgar Degas

Jun 20, 2013
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Continuing on her theme of accidental southerners, Commentator Nan Graham explains why celebrated French painter Edgar Degas left his heart in Dixie--kinda, sort of. 

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Cameron Art Museum

Commentator Shane Fernando fell in love with the work of Alonzo Wilson long before the costume designer wowed audiences of  HBO’s hit series Tremé—but that doesn’t mean he’s beyond shock and awe. In fact, if you listen to today’s commentary closely, you can almost hear his jaw drop.

Well Suited, the Costumes of Alonzo Wilson, will be on exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum now through November 3rd. 

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When Size Matters

Jun 13, 2013
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Commentator Philip Gerard is renowned for his literary prowess, genial nature, and smashing good looks. Less known, perhaps, is his penchant for sticking to his guns, even when he's arguably (and obviously) off the mark. In this commentary, he shares his trouble with IQ tests and farm animals.

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The recent poaching of a number of wild Venus fly traps from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden has Commentator Andy Wood thinking about what has actually been stolen. Something precious has been invaded--our wild home--and Andy Wood thinks the incentive to protect that space is high.

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Natural Loafer

Jun 5, 2013
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Commentator Whitney Ross Gray had to leave her home to record this commentary, which is a sign of true dedication for a woman who would rather not leave home at all. Not to say that she's a hermit--just a woman who prefers the comfort of a blanket and a book over most alternatives. Today, we're serving up Thursday's commentary a day early, but at its own pace. Listen to "Natural Loafer" and you might find a reason to take your pace down a few ticks as well.

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Secret Garden

May 30, 2013
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Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. We've probably all heard this line more often than we've felt its sting. Today, commentator Gwenyfar Rohler gets what she wanted in literary proportions when her family moves into a home with a few, thorny secrets.

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Fling It!

May 28, 2013
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It's always a good idea to do a little spring cleaning... once a year, in your own home. Commentator Annie Gray Johnston has done more than her share in the past couple of years, as she and her parents (and her grandparents) have up-sized, downsized, and uncovered a heap of undesirable memorabilia. Today, she shares some of her favorite finds with us, and gives us her advice on what to do with our accumulated junk: fling it!

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Commentator Nan Graham is more than familiar with the needle-in-the-hay-stack method of finding southerners, so she wasn’t nervous when Louisa May Alcott seemed to be resisting the mold. Here, she makes her case for Louisa May Alcott as an accidental southerner.  In the process, she takes a trip to Georgetown before it was a fashi0nable corner in the District of Columbia, and remembers one of her favorite quotes about Washington D.C.: "Washington has all the efficiency of the South and the manners of the North."

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Projection

May 21, 2013
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Every upgrade is not necessarily an improvement. Commentator Shane Fernando opts for the tried and true (and the legendary) as he designs this year’s Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green.

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No Excuse

May 16, 2013
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Excuses come a nickel a dozen, and few are worth repeating. Over his lifetime, Philip Gerard has certainly heard his fair share. But the excuse he'll share with us today is, if not singular, certainly outstanding. 

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