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10:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The Imposter Revived

Tartuffe
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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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7:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Gettin' Jiggy with Ogden

Annie Gray Johnston tells her story.

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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Commentary
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Under the Dome: Rafael Guastavino

Carnegie Mellon Staircase
unca.edu

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. 

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Commentary August 20, 2013
11:37 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Public Art

Artscene
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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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Thursday Commentary
7:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Clown for a Day

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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Commentaries
7:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Resilience of Frogs

Ranatoadamphibian

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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7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Communicating with Body Language

Maryann Nunally

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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Commentary, August 5, 2013
5:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The Healing Garden

Deborah Creasy

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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.

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Commentary -July 29, 2013
4:08 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Rediscovering George Orwell

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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Thursday Commentary
12:45 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Famous Last Words

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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