Alfred Turner

Remembering Hurricane Hugo

By Alfred Turner

NOAA satellite infrared image of Hurrricane Hugo, 12:01 a.m., Sept. 22, 1989.

Thirty years ago this month, the strongest and most costly hurricane to strike South Carolina in the 20th century made landfall. Hurricane Hugo was a Category 4 storm when it came ashore just slightly north of Charleston, on Isle of Palms on September 22. The hurricane had 140 mph sustained winds, with gusts to more than 160 mph and brought a storm surge of over 20 feet to McClellanville, SC. Thirty-five people lost their lives to the storm and its aftermath in South Carolina. Damage from Hugo in South Carolina was estimated at $5.9 billion.

The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe

By Alfred Turner

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Cleveland, in 1913.

In his new novel, The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe (2019, Chickadee Prince), Granville Wyche Burgess  imagines Shoeless Joe Jackson, the outfielder disgraced in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, living in Greenville, South Carolina, and finding that sports history has one more twist in store for him.

Country Music USA

By Alfred Turner

Dwight Yoakam plays a Martin D-28 guitar.

Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone’s Country Music USA has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music’s folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio into the twenty-first century. In the 2019,  fiftieth-anniversary edition, Malone, the featured historian in Ken Burns’s 2019 documentary on country music, has revised every chapter to offer new information and fresh insights.

SC Hairstylist for Film Industry Promoting Safety After Tragic Accident

By Alfred Turner

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You may remember the tragic movie production accident in Georgia five years ago when Columbia, SC-native and camera assistant, Sarah Jones, was killed by a train that she had no idea was scheduled to be on the tracks at that time.  Other crew members were severely injured, including our next guest, a hairstylist for the film industry from Charleston, SC, who went on to start up a nonprofit focused on promoting safety awaren


By Alfred Turner

Dr. Richard Silver

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Richard Silver about Scleroderma and ongoing research related to improving treatments for this disorder. Dr. Silver is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at MUSC.

Devil's Walking Stick

By Alfred Turner

Stalk of a Devil's Walking Stick at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina

This plant is in bloom along the highways and at the edges of woodlands this time of year.

How Serious are Social Security Worries?

By Alfred Turner

John Cooper

For decades, the media has been reporting that the social security system is in trouble.  And here are just a few recent news headlines:

Social Security is running out of money, with benefits on track to be reduced by 2035” ABC News - April 22, 2019

How much longer will Social Security last?” AARP - April 23, 2019

Will Social Security be around when I’m ready to retire?” The Washington Post - May 6, 2019