Narrative

  Narrative captures stories of South Carolina through interviews and personal conversations.

Begun as an initiative to document the accounts of people recovering from the historic floods that hit the state in October 2015, Narrative explores various themes—from ongoing disaster recovery to the state’s military history, to the journeys of individuals and communities working to better understand issues of race, ethnicity and identity, to the personal struggles and triumphs of those who call South Carolina home.

Narrative is recorded by South Carolina Public Radio and also uses selections recorded separately by StoryCorps for the station. If you have a story to share for Narrative, email news@scpublicradio.org. We are currently seeking stories from people affected by the 2015 floods or Hurricane Matthew and from military personnel and families.

Narrative can be heard on most Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:44 p.m. on all stations, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. (News Stations) and 2:30 p.m. (Classical Stations). 

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Narrative: "I Could See Through My Hands"

Jul 9, 2018
Dean Byrd and Willard Byrd, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voice of our time. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Dean Byrd talked with his father Willard Byrd, a veteran of the Korean War. Willard had a unique role with the army. He was stationed in the Marshall Islands, where he worked as a machinist. He was also witness to something few people have seen. Here, Dean Byrd asks his dad to tell the story of seeing the first test of a Hydrogen Bomb, known as Ivy Mike, on November 1, 1952.

Narrative: The Big Red Barn Offers Help for Veterans Dealing with PTSD

Jun 20, 2018
As co-facilitators at The Big Red Barn in Aiken, Dan Stover and Sheldon Bullock help provide services for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Thelisha Eaddy

This edition of Narrative features an interview with veterans Dan Stover and Sheldon Bullock. Stover served in the Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Bullock served in the Army during the First Gulf War in Iraq. As co-facilitators at The Big Red Barn in Blythewood, they help provide services for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a conversation recorded by South Carolina Public Radio, they discuss how PTSD has affected them personally, especially as they had to confront misconceptions about the disorder.

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Patty Lozon, Amanda Lozon, and Bill Lozon, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Amanda Lozon spoke with her parents, Patty and Bill Lozon. Also her grandparents, Patty and Bill adopted Amanda and raised her from age twelve. Here, Patty and Bill tell Amanda what the experience was like.

Narrative: Turning Up All the Stones

May 9, 2018
Brooke Howard and Barbara Howard, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Barbara Howard spoke with her daughter, Brooke Howard, about her late husband, James William Howard, who was a "one in a million" father to Brooke and her siblings. Here, Brooke asks her mom to share some memories from the early years in their relationship.

Narrative: "Oh, Those Were Yummy Days!"

Apr 10, 2018
Ann Edwards and Thomas Edwards, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Thomas and Ann Edwards sat down to talk about their marriage and the family they made together over 50 years. They both grew up in South Carolina, and here Ann and Thomas remember childhood in the 1950s and their own grandparents.

Narrative: "It Was Like We Hit Lightning in a Bottle"

Mar 27, 2018
Hippie Torrales, Columbia 2018
South Carolina Public Radio

This edition of Narrative features an interview with Columbia resident Hippie Torrales, who came of age in New Jersey with the dream of becoming a professional DJ. By age 20 he was mainstay of the New Jersey club scene, opening one of the biggest clubs of the era, Zanzibar. Here, Hippie explains how he and his contemporaries became the innovators of a new musical style in the 1980s.

Alicia Keys with Marian McPartland in 2003
Piano Jazz Session

This edition of Narrative features an interview by Christian McBride, host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. He had a conversation with South Carolina Public Radio’s own Shari Hutchinson, who produced Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz for more than 25 years.

Narrative: "A Lot Like Grandma"

Feb 27, 2018
Shannon Bobertz and her daughter, Sarah, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Shannon Bobertz spoke with her nine-year-old daughter Sarah about her grandmother, Ann Longwell Furr, who passed away a month before this interview.

Narrative: The Best Wedding Gift

Feb 15, 2018
Kelvin and Chanta Moore, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Kelvin Moore and his wife Chanta Moore remembered how their relationship grew as they got used to living together for the first time.

Narrative: A Daughter's Love Passed Down

Feb 12, 2018
Tonya German and her mother Nancy Wegner, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Tonya German spoke with her mother Nancy Wegner about her early life, starting with the last time Nancy saw her own mother as a child. Here’s Tonya.

George Bradley and Tina Marshall-Bradley, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, George Bradley spoke with his wife and colleague Tina Marshall-Bradley about his term as president of Paine College, a historically black college in Augusta, Georgia. Here’s Tina.

Learn more about HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) here.

Narrative: A Songwriter's Musical Upbringing

Jan 11, 2018
Musician and songwriter Jack "Jackie" Jeffords and his son Jason Jeffords, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Jason Jeffords talked with his father Jackie Jeffords about his life as a musician and songwriter. Here, Jackie describes his musical childhood in a family with eight brothers and sisters.

Narrative: "Together We Grew"

Dec 26, 2017
Marcia Peter and facilitator Felix Lopez, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Marcia Peters talked with facilitator Felix Lopez about her experience raising three children as a single mom.

Narrative: A Freshcut Tree for Christmas

Dec 19, 2017
Jack and Patricia Stewart, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Jack and Patricia Stewart sat down to talk about their marriage of more than 60 years and their seven children. One year, the family had relocated to France for Jack’s job. Here, Jack remembers how he tried to make Christmas special for their kids while living abroad.\

Ilene Fins and her mother Caroline Fins, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Ilene Fins talked with her mother Caroline Fins about moving her family to South Carolina from a large Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York. Here’s Ilene.

Narrative: Growing Up as Preacher's Kids in Georgetown

Nov 21, 2017
Henry "Harry" Bull Jr., Sarah Clarkson, and Margaret Clarkson, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Margaret Clarkson interviewed her uncle and mother about growing up in Georgetown, South Carolina. Both in their late eighties at the time of taping, Henry Bull Jr., who goes by Harry, and Sarah Clarkson, are two remaining siblings of a family of seven children. Here’s Sarah Clarkson with her recollections of their childhood.

Narrative: His Mother Dreamed of Having Her Own Family

Nov 15, 2017
Scotty Barnes with his father, Scott Barnes, and his son, Richard Barnes, Columbia, 2016.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scott Barnes sat down with his son Scotty and his grandson Richard, to tell them about his life and family history. Scott Barnes was celebrating his 92nd birthday at the time of the interview. Here’s Scotty Barnes, speaking to his father.

Lori Risk and her husband James Risk, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Lori Risk talked with her husband James Risk about their family. Here, Lori and James tell the story of how they met and fell in love after being pen pals for 14 years.

Jonathan Dean and his father, Scottie Dean, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scottie Dean talked with his son Jonathan about their family, and why he values every day with them. Here, seven-year-old Jonathan asks his dad how he likes his life now.

Narrative: A Grandfather's Army Career

Oct 17, 2017
Colonel John Paolucci and grandson Jack Paolucci, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. Here, eight-year-old Jack Paolucci asks his grandfather Colonel John Paolucci about his time in the army.

Narrative: Gary Goodman on 33 Years with the State Fair

Oct 10, 2017
Gary Goodman, South Carolina State Fair General Manager, in his office in Columbia, SC (2017).
Laura Hunsberger

This edition of Narrative features an interview with Gary Goodman, General Manager of the South Carolina State Fair. After more than three decades, Goodman is retiring this year. I spoke with him about his memories of his early years on the job and his first fair as general manager in 1986.

Narrative: Remembering Ward One in Columbia

Oct 3, 2017
Richard Caughman and Mattie Anderson-Roberson, Columbia, SC,  2016.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, friends Mattie Anderson-Roberson and Richard Caughman talked about their work to preserve the Ward One community, a neighborhood in Columbia that was replaced, starting in the 1950s, with urban renewal projects.

Narrative: "The Second Draft of the Sketch"

Sep 26, 2017
Glenn Saborosch and Lee Malerich, Columbia, 2016.
Storycorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Glenn Saborosch and his wife Lee Malerich shared how a painting and a dream helped them reconnect after meeting many years before.\

Lucy Wichmann and her grandmother Marianne Wichmann, Charleston, 2012
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. When StoryCorps visited Charleston, Lucy Wichmann talked with her grandmother Marianne Wichmann who grew up in England during World War II and later moved to the states with her husband Fred Wichman. Marianne passed away in 2014 at age 81. In this 2012 interview, Marianne describes her early impressions of America in the 1950s.

Narrative: Ambush in the Vietnam War

Sep 18, 2017
Gary Jackson and Charles Philips, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Charles Philips interviewed his friend Gary Jackson about his experience in the Vietnam War as tank gunner. Here, Jackson talks about what happened to him in March 1971 when he was involved in Operation Lam Son 719.

Narrative: A New Father's Hopes for His Daughters

Sep 11, 2017
L. Kobie Wilkerson and his mother Ida Charmaine Wilkerson-Morton, Columbia, 2016.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, L. Kobie Wilkerson talked with his mother Ida Charmaine Wilkerson-Morton about their family and his hopes for raising his two young daughters after her example.

Lisa Wilcox and Sarah Leverette, Columbia 2016.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. 96-year-old Sarah Leverette graduated from USC', Law School in 1943, one of the first women to attend. Here (in this interview from late 2016), Leverette tells her friend Lisa Wilcox about her experience breaking down barriers to practice law.

Narrative: Everything Changed Overnight

Aug 29, 2017
Jonathan Jackson and Licia Jackson, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Licia Jackson talked with her son Jonathan about his time in the military in the early 2000s.

Narrative: Integrating the Charleston YWCA in the 1960s

Aug 25, 2017
Mary Alice Mack and Christine O. Jackson, Charleston 2012
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Charleston in 2012, Mary Alice Mack talked with her friend Christine O. Jackson, who was the Executive Director of the Charleston YWCA for decades.

Narrative: Cooking Sunday Dinner in Hoboken

Aug 8, 2017
Monica Kessler and George Kessler, Columbia, 2016.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, George Kessler and his wife Monica Kessler talked about their journey to open an authentic Italian restaurant in Columbia. Here, George Kessler shares how he first learned to cook.

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