Narrative

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  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 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). 

Ways to Connect

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.

Narrative: Growing Up on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement

Aug 1, 2017
Millicent Brown and Minerva Brown King, Charleston 2012
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other.

Narrative: Husband and Wife Puppeteers Continue the Family Business

Jul 24, 2017
Puppeteers John and Karri Scollon demonstrate bringing two marionettes to life.
Makayla Gay/SC Public Radio

This edition of Narrative features an interview with John and Karri Scollon of the Columbia Marionette Theater. John’s mother, Allie Scollon, began creating puppet shows in the sixth grade, which grew into a lifetime of traveling the country, putting on shows with her husband and children. Allie is a contemporary of Jim Henson, and the family started one of world’s largest companies producing walking character costumes.

Corie Hipp and Earnest Parks, 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 the StoryCorps mobile booth visited Charleston in 2012, Corie Hipp interviewed with her friend and colleague Earnest Parks. As a Civil War re-enactor, Earnest has played the role of a soldier in the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, a union infantry made up of African American soldiers.

Narrative: WWII Veteran Remembers the Battle of the Bulge

Jun 30, 2017
Vernon Brantley and friend Shannon Poteat, 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, WWII Veteran Vernon Brantley shared his story with his friend Shannon Poteat. As a driver in the Army, Vernon fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s last major campaign. Here, Shannon asks Vernon about his memories of the battle, which began on December 16, 1944.

Narrative: Her Grandparents from Lebanon Met and Made a Life in the US

Jun 27, 2017
Bud Tibshrany and Sally Tibshrany McKay, 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, Sally McKay sat down with her father, Bud Tibshrany, to talk about her grandparents, who both emigrated from Lebanon and met in the US.

Narrative: Finding Strength as a Family

Jun 20, 2017
Kimberlyn Hicks and Taylor Hicks, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. In 2016 at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia, Kimberlyn Hicks and her daughter Taylor Hicks talked about an experience that strengthened their relationship and made them determined to succeed.

Narrative: A Father's Advice on Respect

Jun 13, 2017
Joseph H. McGee and Madeleine McGee, Charleston 2012
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 Charleston in 2012, Madeleine McGee interviewed her father, Joseph H. McGee. In honor of Father's Day, South Carolina Public Radio's Haley Kellner presents a selection of this father-daughter interview.

Narrative: Living and Working with Transverse Myelitis

Jun 5, 2017
Annette Nielson and Tina Arnoldi, Charleston 2012
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. In 2012, Annette Nielson talked with her friend Tina Arnoldi at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Charleston. A few years before, Annette had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a disease similar to muscular sclerosis. Here, Annette talks about how this diagnosis has affected her life and her work as an ordained pastor.

South Carolina broadcasters Joe Pinner and Tut Underwood.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the mobile booth in Columbia this past fall, South Carolina Public Radio’s Tut Underwood talked with veteran Bradley I oadcaster Joe Pinner. South Carolina Public Radio's Makayla Gay produced a selection from their interview.

Narrative: Memories of a Childhood in Ansonborough

May 29, 2017
Herb Frazier and Erin Dickey, 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, journalist and author Herb Frazier talked with facilitator Erin Dickey about growing up in the Ansonborough neighborhood during the Civil Rights era.

 

Narrative: A Spoleto Festival After-Party

May 25, 2017
John Hagerty and his friend Susan Ravenel in 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 the StoryCorps mobile booth visited Charleston in 2012, John Hagerty and his friend Susan Ravenel sat down to talk about the Spoleto Festival, and some of the memorable moments from the early years, including a party hosted by John's mother, Mary Hagerty.

Narrative: Mama Doe's Contagious Laugh

May 15, 2017
Jane Marshall and Cameron Blazer, 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, Jane Marshall sat down with her daughter Cameron Blazer, to talk about her mother, Lois, Cameron’s grandmother, who was known as "Mama Doe."

Narrative: A Mother and Daughter's Journey

May 8, 2017
Dr. Felicia McGowen and her mother Hattie Williams, 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. Here, Dr. Felicia Williams-McGowen interviews her mother Hattie Williams, who donated a kidney to her as a child.

Narrative: A Reading by Author Ron Rash

May 4, 2017
Samples of Rash's personal archive, on display at the University of South Carolina Libraries.
Laura Hunsberger/SC Public Radio

This edition of Narrative features audio recorded live at the University of South Carolina Thomas Cooper Library, at a talk by South Carolina writer Ron Rash.

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