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Porch Frogs

Aug 20, 2012

Commentator Andy Wood kicks back on a hot summer night and enjoys the soundtrack of sunset, as interpreted by hungry porch frogs humming about the colorful food chain in the yard.


Museo Correr, Venice

Commentator Whitney Ross Gray has a new favorite way of moving in the world - and it's pretty juicy.  Gray shares her thoughts on coconut oil, lard and best of all, her meaty little secret.

Cellular Gap

Aug 14, 2012
Geoff Sterns

Asia Brown ponders the technological age gap and investigates the somewhat inverse ratio between age and android expertise, malleable brain matter and an advanced grasp of gadgetry. 

Commentaries on WHQR do not necessarily reflect the views of its board, members, or staff.


Aug 9, 2012
Arnold Genthe / Libary of Congress

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler revisits Prufrock and consults the classics on the topic of love.  Some things are timeless, and what rang true then still resonates with life - and love - in modern times.

Commentaries on WHQR do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its Editorial Staff, or its Members.

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston revels in the vagaries and variety of words, from distinctly Southern turns of phrase to tortured mixed metaphors.

Commentaries on WHQR do not necessarily reflect the views of its board, members, or staff.

The Collecting Gene

Aug 2, 2012
Glyn Baker /

From moonshine jugs to homely tchotchkes, commentator Nan Graham observes that every trinket was once someone's treasure,  and every treasure has a story.   While the "gathering" gene may be hereditary,  it's not limited to the Graham Family... even oxen in the field appreciate a good collector's item.

Commentaries on WHQR do not necessarily reflect the views of its board, members, or staff.


Jul 26, 2012
Z_Dead, London, UK

Commentator Philip Gerard gives some serious thought to the state of the service industry.  From airline bottles to steam cleaning, modern hotel rooms provide a full menu of automated amenities.  And yet, it's the human element that's missing.   Sure, there's no one to tip - but nothing is ever on the house and come checkout, there's no such thing as spare change.

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

Infrogmation of New Orleans

Eating in public is not as easy as it looks.  Commentator Whitney Ross Gray waxes gastronomical about the pursuit of gluten-free fare: from favorite chefs, to wayward waiters, Gray examines the tenuous relationship between food allergies and brave new kitchens.

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

Time-Out Chair

Jul 17, 2012
April 23 2011 / Matthew Paul Argall

Asia Brown struggles, like all of us, with the difference between what we want to say - and what we actually do declare.  While spending time ruminating between right vs.  less appropriate words in an official Time-Out Chair, Brown channels her inner - and sometimes outer - Janet Jackson, to find the courage to make the funkiest choice possible at any given moment. 

WHQR welcomes Asia Brown as a new Commentator!

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Bald Men Rule

Jul 11, 2012

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston reminisces about hairdos - and hair - gone by.  From surfer-dude shag to ultra-receding razamatazz, Johnston applauds the absence of fussy locks and welcomes the shift to a smooth, shiny scalp.  

There's nothing like a man who grows bald gracefully.

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

My Madeleine Moment

Jul 5, 2012
Paige_Eliz / Flickr Commons

The bone-shuddering recollection that Proust details in Remembrance of Things Past is relatable. Upon tasting  a cookie--a Madeleine, to be specific--he is catapulted into a long-ago moment  spent with his aunt. Who among us hasn't come face to face with her own childhood with the taste of grandma's famous German chocolate cake? For Commentator Nan Graham, her Madeleine moment is hard won, but well worth the effort. 

The Bully

Jun 28, 2012
nicdalic / Flickr Commons

Commentator Philip Gerard is a firmly established man of letters, which may explain why it took him a bit longer than others to learn how to count. In today's tale, he remembers when the numbers game finally clicked, and thanks the bully that helped him reach his breakthrough. 

JD Wheaton / Flickr Commons

Commentator Andy Wood is a lover of all creatures, great and small. One small creature, the hornworm, is too great a lover of his tomatoes--destroying entire plants without mercy. Yet Andy still finds a reason to appreciate the dreaded glutton: it turns into a moth of immense beauty. 

Noyava / Flickr Commons

With Juneteenth just passed, and the petition for the pardons of the Wilmington Ten before Governor Perdue, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reads an excerpt from James Baldwin's open letter to President Carter, pertaining to the  plight of our ten and the Charlotte Three.

Annie Gray Johnston

No one who knows Commentator Annie Gray Johnston would call her stuck in her ways. She keeps up with the new and improved with the best of them, swishy iPad and all. But there are some things that can't be altered or updated, no matter what. For Annie Gray, The Andy Griffith Show and the mythical town of Mayberry, are sacred. 

An Endangered Acessory

Jun 14, 2012
Nan Graham

When Commentator Nan Graham recently acquired a rattan rhino, she couldn't have been happier. She and her new companion, the  copper-eyed "Barbara Streisand," drove around the Port City endlessly--an unexpected and attention-drawing duo. But she soon found out that keeping a woven rhino in the car can be endangering for the animal--and the owner.


Jun 11, 2012
Jasmeet / Flickr Commons

Last week, Commentator Shane Fernando took a trip back in time as he helped Tony Rivenbark restore a slide show of Wilmington's history. Of course, a fair bit of nostalgia was in order. Not for Old Wilmington, necessarily, but for the slides depicting her glory. 

Whitney Ross Gray

Today, we welcome Commentator Whitney Ross Gray who tells us how it feels to be two years clean and sober--from gluten. As it turns out, kicking the habit isn't half-bad, especially if there's a crispy batch of celebratory kale chips to look forward to. 

*Regarding all matters of diet and overall health heard in WHQR commentaries, please consult a medical professional.

Beryl Blessing

Jun 5, 2012
Michael @ NW Lens / Flickr Commons

One year ago, our area was parched and thirsty for rain following a rather dry winter, which came on the heels of a dry fall, and a hot (and, you guessed it) dry summer. It was so dry that when lightning struck a tree in Holly Shelter Game Land on June 19th, 2011, not only did a wildfire erupt to engulf trees and shrubs, the 30,000-acre fire also consumed the soil in which the plants were rooted.

Dennis Barnes / Flickr Commons

With Shakespeare on the Green's upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler contemplates what makes this play so attractive to audiences everywhere, generation after generation. 

Courtesy of Annie Gray Johnston

When Annie Gray Johnston begins to get a little too big for her britches, the world has a way of letting her know. Today, she shares some of the cosmic smackdowns that have kept her in check over the years.

Mad Men Mania

May 24, 2012
Island Vittles / Flickr Commons

The Sixties are back, man, and no, it's not a hallucination. 

Bill Gracey / Flickr Commons

When Commentator Shane Fernando was a kid, this area of Southeastern North Carolina was far less populated, and popular. 

Kara Allyson / Flickr Commons

When literary commentator Gwenyfar Rohler first met J.D. Salinger, it wasn't through his famous, angst-ridden, teenage protagonist, Holden Caulfield.

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston held a few jobs in her time, from a high-profile secretary up north to a devoted stay-at-home mom. 

With the 42nd Annual Earth Day just behind us, Commentator Andy Wood has been thinking about not just the health of our planet, but of its people.

Signs and Such

Apr 19, 2012
Piblet / Flickr Commons

Signs appear most everywhere nowadays: on the sides of buses, the backs of cars, sometimes on the back of the head of the person in front of you.

Jennuine Captures / Flickr Commons

Though a great painter and supporter of the arts, the late Claude Howell is remembered for more than his talents. 

Mario Sergio Santos / Flickr Commons

As a budding journalist with his first front-page byline, Commentator Philip Gerard was understandably smug. 

At a recent routine eye exam, Commentator Annie Gray Johnston, who refuses to even keep a diary, realized her life was already an open book--whether she liked it or not.