Walter Edgar's Journal

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Walter Edgar's Journal delves into the arts, culture, history of South Carolina and the American South. (A production of South Carolina Public Radio.)

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on Walter Edgar's Journal are not necessarily those of South Carolina Public Radio.

The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera

Jun 8, 2015
Cover detail from "The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera."
University of Georgia Press

      (Originally broadcast 10/30/12) - In his book, The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera, Dr. Harvey H. Jackson III traces the development of the Florida-Alabama coast as a tourist destination from the late 1920s and early 1930s, when it was sparsely populated with "small fishing villages," through to the tragic and devastating BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.

America at the Movies: Greenville Chatauqua

Jun 1, 2015
Walt and Mickey
Greenville Chautauqua

  Greenville Chautauqua has been performing educational interactive historical theater continuously since 1999. The group's administrator, Caroline McIntyre is our guest, along with local historian Judy Bainbridge and presenter Leslie Goddard. They will talk about this year's program, America at the Movies. Presenters will portray Mary Pickford, Orson Welles, Gordon Parks, and Walt Disney.

The first Chautauqua, the New York State Assembly, was organized in 1874 by Methodist minister John Heyl Vincent and businessman Lewis Miller at a campsite on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State as an outdoor adult education program for Sunday School teachers. In the outdoor setting on a lake resort the education program merged with family entertainment and recreation.

Preserving our History for our Future

May 25, 2015

  - All Stations: Fri, May 29, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 31, 4 pm - 

(Originally broadcast 01/09/15) - The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit organization operating in South Carolina since 1990, dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic structures of our state. Executive Director Michael Bedenbaugh drops by our studio to talk with Walter Edgar about some recent success stories—including the preservation of Greenville’s Wilkins House, and the rehabilitation of the Frances Jones House as part of the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program.

---All Stations: Fri, May 22, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 24, 4 pm--- (Originally broadcast 01/10/14) - In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with low rent, a faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square became the center of a vibrant but short-lived bohemia. A young William Faulkner and his roommate William Spratling, an artist who taught at Tulane, were among the "artful and crafty ones of the French Quarter." In Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (LSU Press, 2012) John Shelton Reed introduces Faulkner's circle of friends ranging from the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender-bending Mardi Gras costume designer and brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the jazz age.

Dr. John Shelton Reed is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science for twelve years and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South and the quarterly Southern Cultures.

On Walter Edgar's Journal: Hometown Teams

May 8, 2015
Home plate

----All Stations: Fri, May 15, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 18, 4 pm----

  Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns.  Six South Carolina communities, in cooperation with The Humanities Council SC, will celebrate this connection as they host Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.

Hometown Teams will be on view through December 13, 2015 in South Carolina.  Upcoming locations, in order, are Gaffney; Belton; Georgetown; Slater; and Manning. Each community has been expressly chosen by The Humanities Council SC to host Hometown Teams as part of the MoMS program, which is a unique national/state/local partnership that brings exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

Joining Dr. Edgar to talk about Hometown Teams are T. J. Wallace from the Humanities Council SC, Fritz Hamer from South Caroliniana Library, and Alison Darby from Belton Area Museum Association.

At Home - Charleston

May 4, 2015
Colonial style window
iStock photo © Massimo Fanelli

- All Stations: Fri, May 8, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 10, 4 pm ---

In Catherine H. Forrester’s At Home-Charleston (Wimmer Cookbooks, 2006), the historic Thomas Rose House serves as the stunning backdrop to the intriguing tales of Forrester’s grandmother Juliette Wiles Staats’ entertaining and the distinctive social traditions of one of America’s most celebrated cities.

Gathering lively tidbits from Staats’ meticulous records—handwritten file cards, detailed party books and hand bound journals, Forrester leads readers into the peninsula’s private world of elegant entertaining. Cathy Forrester talks with Dr. Edgar about the book, her family, and life in Charleston.

Walter Edgar's Journal Pre-empted this Week

May 1, 2015

  Walter Edgar's Journal is pre-empted Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3 (News Stations)  by the ETV Radio special Women in Public Media. The Journal will return May 15 and 17.

The Other Brother

Apr 13, 2015

- All Stations: Fri, Apr 17, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Apr 19, 4 pm -

  (Originally broadcast 09/05/14) - The Other Brother is a film about the ‘genetics’ of art and sibling estrangement. The subject is art but the story is universal. Two brothers, estranged since 1948, share an exceptional bond. One is an art-world insider, and one lived alone in a world of art.

The younger brother, Tom Flowers (who is now 85), received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. He returned to Furman University for a 35-year teaching career in painting, during twenty-five of which he served as Chair of the Art Department.

 The older brother, Jesse Flowers, joined the service right after dropping out of high school and became a recluse soon after serving as a medic during the end of WWII. He lived in a dirt-floor shack without plumbing. The only visitors he allowed were his mother and, after her passing, his sisters.

Tom Flowers, his son, artist Mark Flowers, and Mark's wife, artist and filmmaker Kristy Higby talk with Dr. Edgar about The Other Brother.

Dr. John Marzsalek
Mississippi State University

--- All Stations: Fri, Apr 10, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Apr 12, 4 pm ---   In his book, Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order (Free Press, 1992) John F. Marszalek presents general William Tecumseh Sherman as a complicated man who, fearing anarchy, searched for the order that he hoped would make his life a success.

Dr. Marszalek talks with Dr. Edgar about Sherman as a military commander who came to abhor what he saw as the senseless slaughter of the War, and who sought a different strategy to bring the South to surrender.

Dr. Heather Andrea Williams
Steve Exum

- All Stations: Fri, Apr 3, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Apr 5, 4 pm -

  Dr. Heather Andrea Williams of Pennsylvania State University joins Dr. Walter Edgar for another "Conversation on the Civil War, 1865." The subject: emancipation and freedom. Williams is one of the world’s leading historians of the experience of slavery in the 19th century. Her award-winning first book, Self-Taught: African-American Education in Slavery and Freedom (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), argued that education was inseparable from the fight against slavery.

- All Stations: Fri, Mar 27, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Mar 29, 4 pm -  

Charleston’s Middleton Place was established early in the life of the Carolina colony and served as a base of operations for a great Low Country planter family and was home to a dynamic African-American slave community. Charles Duell, President of the Middleton Place Foundation, and Tracey Todd, Vice President of Museums for the Foundation, talk with Dr. Edgar about the history and future of Middleton Place.

---All Stations: Fri, Mar 20, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Mar 22, 4 pm ---In a remarkable reappraisal of Lincoln, the distinguished historian O. Vernon Burton shows how the president’s authentic Southernness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right to be expanded to all Americans. In the violent decades to follow, the extent of that freedom would be contested but not its central place in what defined the country.

Dr. Richard Porcher
Kristine Hartvisen

  In The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice: An Illustrated History of Innovations in the Lowcountry Rice Kingdom (USC Press, 2014), Dr. Richard D. Porcher and co-author William Robert Judd have amassed a great body of previously unknown information on the history of South Carolina’s rice culture.

Dr. William J. Cooper, Jr.
Louisiana State University

  The University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Humanities and Institute for Southern Studies concludes its series Conversations on the Civil War with a look back to 1865, the end of the war, the beginning of freedom for thousands of slaves, and the period of Reconstruction in the South.

  (Note: this program was originally scheduled  for 02/20/15)

  The University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Humanities and Institute for Southern Studies concludes its series Conversations on the Civil War with a look back to 1865, the end of the war, the beginning of freedom for thousands of slaves, and the period of Reconstruction in the South.