Alfred Turner

The Orangeburg Massacre 50 Years On

By Alfred Turner

Dr. Cleveland SellersOn Feb 8, 1968, three South Carolina State College students were killed and 27 others were wounded by State Highway Patrolmen. Civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers and Journalist Jack Bass reflect on the events which many consider a stain on South Carolina's reputation that remains, five decades later. Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel, examine the tragedy of the Orangeburg Massacre in depth in the special “Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968.” Through interviews and archival material, this documentary examines the tumultuous events of that day from a variety of...

South Carolina Women and World War I

By Alfred Turner

A Red Cross nurse with an American flag and the Red Cross symbol. (Artist: Howard Chandler Christie)Dr. Amy McCandless, professor emerita of history at the College of Charleston, joins Dr. Edgar for a public Conversation on South Carolina History, World War I: S.C. Women during the War. The conversation took place at USC’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on January 16, 2018. It was part of a series presented in January and February, 2018, and sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences . All Stations: Fri, Feb 02, 12 pm | News & Talk Stations: Sun, Feb 04, 4 pm

Journalist Robert Cox and the Newspaper That Published Dangerous Truths

By Alfred Turner

Robert Cox (with Maria Hinojosa, WGBH, Boston)The Buenos Aires Herald ceased publication in July of 2017, almost 141 years after its founding. The paper became famous, however, only in the latter part of the 20th century, for exposing the forced disappearances of Argentinians during the 1976-83 military dictatorship. Other newspapers in the country whitewashed this chapter of Argentina’s history. The English-language paper’s editor during this dangerous, violent period was British journalist Robert Cox. The Charleston resident joins Walter Edgar to talk about how and why he transformed his newspaper into one that risked seeking the truth...

Hentz's Orb Weavers

By Alfred Turner

Hentz's Orb weaver, Neoscona crucifera, ventral view.This spider hides during the day and comes out into the center of its web at night.

The History of the South Carolina State Fair

By Alfred Turner

An advertisement for the fair appears in the Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, S.C.), October 18, 1905.(Originally broadcast 05/05/17) - With October come two certainties: Trick-or-Treaters will be abroad on the 31st, and the South Carolina State Fair will attract thousands to Columbia. In this edition of Walter Edgar's Journal , from May 5, 2016, Dr. Rodger Stroup, retired Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, takes listeners on a deep dive into the history of the South Carolina State Fair, sharing his research for an upcoming book on the subject. Stroup talks with Walter Edgar about the history of South Carolina’s fair—which goes back farther than you think—in...

Apprenticeship Program Gives High School Students a Head Start in the Working World

By Alfred Turner

Megan Scharetthas apprenticed with a prestigious restaurant in Charleston and attends Trident Technical CollegeToday's job market is changing rapidly, and whether the field is health care, advanced manufacturing or information technology, there are high paying jobs for trained workers with a two-year associate’s degree from one of South Carolina's technical colleges. The Youth Apprenticeship Program at the state’s tech colleges acts as a "middleman" between businesses needing trained workers and students looking for meaningful careers. But not just college students. In Charleston, the program works with Trident Technical College and area high schools to train high school students who take tech college...