Narrative: "Together We Grew"

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

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.

Reuse your Christmas Tree

Dec 26, 2017

You’ve been enjoying that Christmas tree all month long, and while it’s sad to think about taking it down and packing away your decorations, start planning for how you’ll reuse that live Christmas tree.

Christmas Carols

Dec 25, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Nobody knows for certain where the word “carol” comes from.  It may come from the Latin, “chorus,” by way of the Greek “khoros,” and both words have to do with dancing in a circle, probably while singing.

Allergic to Christmas?

Dec 25, 2017

This time of year is magical- unless you’re allergic to the holidays!  No, I’m not talking about Scrooge, but think about all the allergy irritants this time of year.  First, those decorations have been sitting in the attic for a year collecting dust, and anyone with indoor allergies knows that dust can be a real headache.

Narrative: A Freshcut Tree for Christmas

Dec 19, 2017
Jack and Patricia Stewart, Columbia 2016

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

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.

photo of a roasted, whole turkey
Tim Sackton [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

(THE CONVERSATION) - 'Tis the season for giblets, wattles and snoods – oh my. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans consume about 68 million turkeys – one for about every five of us. In fact, 29 percent of all turkeys gobbled down in the U.S. are consumed during the holidays.

photo of turkey
Ryan McDonough [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

(THE CONVERSATION) - Intensive livestock farming is a huge global industry that serves up millions of tons of beef, pork and poultry every year. When I asked one producer recently to name something his industry thinks about that consumers don't, he replied, "Beaks and butts." This was his shorthand for animal parts that consumers – especially in wealthy nations – don't choose to eat.

Narrative: Growing Up as Preacher's Kids in Georgetown

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

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.

Martin Luther King Day

Jan 16, 2017

It’s Martin Luther King Day.   While many state and federal workers have the day off, I hope you’ll take the time today to celebrate the life and ideals of the influential civil rights leader.  Today is a great time to start donating your time and working with a volunteer or community action group in your area.

Reuse Paper for Wrapping Paper

Dec 16, 2016

Unwrapping gifts this season is so much fun, but that gift wrap accounts for much of the twenty five per cent spike in waste during the holiday season.  So reuse paper you already have to avoid extra waste.

Homemade Holiday Gifts

Dec 12, 2016

If you haven’t begun your holiday shopping yet, it’s time to start thinking about your gift list.  Save yourself the stress of long lines and crazy holiday traffic by staying home and making gifts.

LED Holiday Lights

Dec 9, 2016

Holiday decorating is a fun part of the season, but all those extra lights can really pack a punch on your power bill!  What’s a decorator to do?  Opt for LED holiday lights.  LED's consume seventy five per cent less energy than traditional bulbs and because they emit less heat than traditional bulbs, using LED's reduces the risk of a home fire.  LED's aren’t made of glass, so they’re less likely to break, and they last twenty five times longer than traditional bulbs. 

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Oct 7, 2016

Pumpkin recipes are everywhere this time of year and if you’ve got a holiday party on the calendar, this pumpkin pie dip recipe will really please a crowd!  You’ll need one package, or eight ounces, of cream cheese softened, two cups of confectioners’ sugar, one cup of canned pumpkin, half a cup of sour cream, one teaspoon ground cinnamon, one teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and half a teaspoon ground ginger. 

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year!  This is the perfect day of new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions, and a new outlook for the New Year.  But if you partied a little too hearty last night, you may not be ready to face the New Year quite yet!  Your hangover is just a result of your liver trying to process all that alcohol.

July 4th Travel

Jun 30, 2015

Many South Carolinians will be traveling this weekend to see friends and family and celebrate Independence Day.  With gas prices historically high, the price of your trip could really tug on your monthly budget. 

Green July 4th

Jun 29, 2015

The 4th of July is just a few days away, so as you prepare for your Fourth of July weekend celebrations, keep these tips in mind to make your holiday green.  Many people like to barbeque, so try to get recycled paper plates or use good old fashioned dishes that you can wash after the feast. 

Romeo & Juliet

Feb 13, 2015

Host Miles Hoffman discusses the different variations on the story of Romeo and Juliet on this Valentine's Day themed Minute with Miles.

A Minute with Miles- a production of ETV Radio, made possible by the JM Smith Foundation.

Handel's Messiah

Dec 23, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Choral groups all over the country are gearing up for performances of Handel’s Messiah. Or is it “Haen-del’s” Messiah?  Maybe we should clear this up.

  Novelist Sharyn McCrumb talks with Dr. Edgar about her new book Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past (2014, Abingdon Press) When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when the new owners decide to stay in their summer home through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.  Nora agrees to help sort things out, and is drawn into a time and place she never expected to revisit.