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: 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.

Clair DeLune and Benjamin Franklin V, USC professors and authors
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. Recently two local authors and professors at USC, Benjamin Franklin V and Clair DeLune, sat down to talk about their lifelong passions for music.

Chip and Robin Harriford, at the StoryCorps booth, Columbia, 2016.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. Here Robin Harriford asks her husband Chip to talk about his childhood and his father, Willie Lloyd Harriford Jr.

Narrative: Living with Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder

Apr 10, 2017
Meredith Robb and Felix Lopez, at the StoryCorps booth in 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. Recently, Meredith Robb shared her story with Felix Lopez at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia.

Narrative: If Milk Sold for $20 a Gallon...

Apr 3, 2017
photo of two adults, a daughter and a father
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. Here, Ashley Faulkenberry talks with her dad, Larry Faukenberry, about his childhood in Kershaw.

Narrative: A Real-Life "Meet-Cute" with a WWII Soldier

Mar 27, 2017
Photo of two women, Carol and Helen Antman.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. In 2012, Carol Antman came to StoryCorps mobile booth in Charleston with her mother-in-law, Helen Antman, who was 96 at the time of taping. Here, Carol asks Helen about her memories of World War II.

Helen Antman currently lives in the Charleston area, close to her children, grand- and great-grandchildren. She turns 101 this April 18th.

Lynda O'Bryon
SCETV

In 1971, Linda O'Bryon started her first broadcast journalism job. During a recent Story Corp conversation in Columbia, O'Bryon talked about the barriers that blocked many paths for women, during that time.

In this edition of Narrative, O'Bryon (now President and CEO of SC ETV and SC Public Radio) shares how her career included opportunities to break some of those barriers. 

How a Conversation With Warren Buffett Led to A Memorable Story

Narrative: Love Letters from a Soldier in World War One

Mar 17, 2017
Weathered envelope to Caroline Reese, postmarked November 25, 1918.
Wilson McElveen

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. In 2012, Wilson McElveen went to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Charleston to share letters written to his grandmother, Caroline Wardlaw Reese, during World War One.  Her boyfriend at the time, a young man named Augustus Jerome Beck, enrolled in the army in Columbia 1918 and wrote to her throughout his time serving in Europe.

Here, Wilson McElveen shares a selection of letters from Jerome Beck.

Cokie Roberts, Author and political commentator
Thelisha Eaddy/SC Public Radio

Cokie Roberts is an author and political commentator for ABC News and NPR. Recently, she spent time at two Columbia-area schools to share her new book with students. In Ladies of Liberty, The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, Roberts uses the letters and journals of women to give another perspective of what was happening during the early years of the nation. 

In this edition of Narrative, Roberts shares how she selected the women featured in her book.

Narrative: Sharing in an Aunt's Historic Medical Career

Feb 28, 2017
Left: Juliette Satterwhite, Right: Maude Callen
Courtesy of Juliette Satterwhite

When Juliette Satterwhite was a young girl, she spent many Sunday afternoons in rural Berkeley County at her aunt Maude Callen's house in Pineville, South Carolina. These family gatherings introduced Satterwhite to the medical work Callen provided to people in the area. In December of 1951, Life magazine published a 12-page photo essay of Callen and work she did. She is credited with delivering some 800 babies. Callen's story is also featured in the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Sitting at a restaurant on Two-Notch Road in Columbia, I.S. Leevy Johnson, along with family and friends, waited to hear election results. The year was 1970 and later that night, the group celebrated as Leevy Johnson was elected to the state's General Assembly. He, along with two other African-American men, became the first to serve in that office since the end of Reconstruction.

In this edition of Narrative, the Columbia attorney talks about the community effort that helped him win and ultimately add to South Carolina history.

James Felder during his Narrarive interview at SC Public Radio
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

In 1967 James Felder had recently returned to South Carolina to run the Voter Education Project.  In the span of a few years, Felder helped register thousands of black South Carolinians to vote. In 1970 those votes proved to be beneficial for him and two other African Americans. That year Felder, along with I. S. Leevy Johnson and Herbert Fielding, became the first African-Americans voted to the state’s general assembly since Reconstruction. In this edition of Narrative, Dr. James Felder talks about traveling the state to register people to vote.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin with daughters Bethany and Jordan Grace
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. Recently City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was interviewed by his daughters Bethany and Jordan Grace.

StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people to create an oral history of America. Recently, Columbia resident Al Black interviewed his friend Jean Williams about her life growing up and living in the South and how she first became aware of racial injustice. Here, Black asks Williams to share a moment that opened her eyes to racism and prejudice.

Narrative: Family Rescued by Boat from Historic Floods

Dec 21, 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. Recently, Columbia resident Beki Gettys and her eleven-year-old son Eli sat down to talk about the 2015 floods.

When Highfill assisted in volunteer efforts to aid flood recovery in rural Williamsburg county, he and other volunteers coordinated with county officials to provide water, food, and sanitation kits to flood victims.
Credit: Charles Highfill.

Charles Highfill has long been an avid HAM radio operator, and has assisted in volunteer emergency weather response in that role for many years. During the flood of October 2015, Charles assisted in water rescues and in communicating road safety conditions to state agencies. Several weeks after the flood, he helped to coordinate assistance for flood victims in rural Williamsburg County. Ironically, Charles himself has received little help since his home was condemned due to flood damage.

Harriet Mealing is planning to move into a house soon, but is waiting until she has the financial ability to furnish it with appliances.
Olivia Aldridge/SC Public Radio

Harriet Mealing's trailer home was severely damaged by the flood. Ceilings caved in, holes opened in the floor and mold and mildew ruined most of Harriet's belongings. She sought help from a myriad of flood recovery organizations, but received very little assistance, and she received no financial support from FEMA. Over a year later, Harriet is still living in the same situation, resigned to Clorox her home every week to keep the mold at bay. 

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