Culture

Narrative: "A Lot Like Grandma"

By Laura Hunsberger

Shannon Bobertz and her daughter, Sarah, 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, Shannon Bobertz spoke with her nine-year-old daughter Sarah about her grandmother, Ann Longwell Furr, who passed away a month before this interview.

Sand Collars

By Alfred Turner

A sand collar, the egg capsule of a moonsnail.

They look like they might be man-made, but, they are not.

"W" is for Wofford College

By Walter Edgar

South Carolina from A to Z logo

 “W" is for Wofford College. A four-year liberal arts college in Spartanburg, Wofford was founded with a bequest from the Methodist minister and Spartanburg native Benjamin Wofford. The General Assembly granted a charter in 1851 and the then all-male college opened in 1854. In the late 19th century Wofford played Furman in the first intercollegiate football game in South Carolina, allowed fraternities on campus, and its faculty participated in the founding of the Association of Southern Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls

In 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved crew-member of the CSS Planter, steals the boat, sails it past the heavily armed defenses of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and delivers it into the hands of the Union forces further out. The bold act makes Smalls a hero in the North, an outlaw throughout the Confederacy and a powerful symbol of hope and freedom to the enslaved people of the South.

"S" is for Shaw Air Force Base

By Walter Edgar

South Carolina from A to Z logo

"S" is for Shaw Air Force Base. Established in 1941 on the outskirts of Sumter to train pilots for World War II, Shaw Air Force Base later evolved into a home for U.S. Air Force tactical units. The facility was named after Sumter native Ervin Shaw, a pilot shot down over France in July 1918. In 1948 the base became part of the Tactical Air Command and in 1950 home to the Ninth Air Force. Its planes played an active role in the cold war, including reconnaissance patrols over Cuba during the 1962 Missile Crisis. In 1993 Shaw became the permanent home of the Twentieth Fighter Wing.

Pro Bono Program Teaches Law Students the Value of Giving Back

By Tut Underwood

USC Law School's Pro Bono program provides student volunteers for legal services throughout South Carolina.

It’s tax season, and many people are working with tax preparers.  But some preparers are giving away their services for free to elderly or low income clients.  They’re tax law students in the Pro Bono program at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  The Pro Bono program provides volunteer services to many causes year round: clerks for pro bono lawyers, research, wills and other areas of the law. 

Cedar Waxwings

By Alfred Turner

Cedar Waxwing

A listener finds a flock of Cedar Waxwings drinking in his backyard.

The Willcox

By Tabitha Safdi

The Willcox

The Willcox Hotel, located in Aiken, South Carolina was built in the late 19th century for Yankees seeking warmth. Closely located to downtown Aiken and Hitchcock Woods, the hotel embodies the history and culture of the area. The Willcox inn was said to have had the first bathtub in the South connected with hidden plumbing. The hotel was voted one of the Best 50 Small U.S. Hotels.

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