Friday, December 13, 2013The Weight of Mercy - Deb Richardson-Moore
Deb Richardson-Moore, a middle-aged suburban mom and journalist was inspired to become a pastor after writing a story exploring God’s call in our lives. Seven years ago, a recent graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, she took a position as pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center, an inner-city mission to the homeless in Greenville, S.C. “What I found there absolutely flattened me,” she says. It also inspired her. Today, she and a dedicated staff continue to build a worshiping community that focuses on drug rehab, jobs and housing for the homeless.
Walter Edgar visits Pastor Richardson-Moore in her study at the Center to talk about the growth of its ministry and her journey, as well as her recent memoir, The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets (Monarch Books, 2012)
Friday, December 20, 2013Protests, Prayers, & Progress: Greenville’s Civil Rights Movement
Walter Edgar’s Journal drops by the Upcountry History Museum - Furman University, in Greenville, SC, to talk with the Museum’s Dr. Courtney Tollison; Dr. Margaree Crosby, Professor Emeritus, Clemson University; and Greenville City Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming. The discussion centers on an upcoming exhibition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Greenville County schools. Protests, Prayers, & Progress, January 18 through June 5, 2014, details the people, events, and culture of Greenville’s Civil Rights Movement through oral histories, artifacts, images, and children’s activities.
Friday, December 27, 2013Jefferson’s Freeholders
(Originally broadcast 06/28/13) - Dr. Christopher Curtis’ new book, Jefferson's Freeholders and the Politics of Ownership in the Old Dominion (Cambridge University Press, 2012), explores the political transformation of citizenship from an agrarian republic to a 19th century, slave-owning state. Curtis, former chair of the Department of History and Sociology at Claflin University, talks with Dr. Edgar about the manner in which changing conceptions of property and changes in the legal system at once underpinned and reinforced changes in politics and the political order in one key southern state.
Friday, January 03, 2014Benjamin Dunlap, Presdient Emeritus of Wofford College
(Originally broadcast 09/20/13) - In July of 2013, Dr. Benjamin Dunlap retired after 13 years as president of Wofford College. He was only the 10th chief executive in the 150-year history of the school. A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard PhD, Dr. Dunlap joins Walter Edgar to talk about his years working in higher education, at Wofford, the University of South Carolina, and at Harvard.
Friday, January 10, 2014Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s - John Shelton Reed
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.
Friday, January 17, 2014Remembering Marian McPartland
Pianist, composer, and radio host Marian McPartland died in August of 2013 at the age of 95. Born in England, she became a fixture of the post World War II American jazz scene. In 1978, she became host of ETV Radio’s series Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, which went on to become NPR’s longest running music program. Joining Walter Edgar to remember Ms. McPartland’s life and career are ETV Radio’s Shari Hutchinson and the Seattle Times’ Paul de Barros, author of Shall We Play That One Together? - The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland (St. Martin’s Press, 2013).
Shari Hutchinson is General Manager of South Carolina ETV Radio and TV Programming. She is an award-winning producer of ETV’s national radio programming, including Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, Piano Jazz with John Weber, and Chamber Music from the Spoleto Festival USA. Seattle Times music coordinator Paul de Barros has written about jazz and pop music for the paper since 1982 and is also the author of Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle.
Friday, January 24, 2014A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa - Elaine Neil Orr
Elaine Neil Orr talks with Dr. Edgar about her first novel, A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa (Berkley Books, 2013). Orr was born in Nigeria to medical missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain forests of that country. She left West Africa at age sixteen and attended college in Kentucky.
Orr is an award-winning Professor of English at North Carolina State University and serves on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. She reads and lectures widely at universities and conferences from Atlanta to Austin to San Francisco to Vancouver to New York to Washington D.C., and in Nigeria.