The Road Paradox

August 31, 2017

For the first 180 years of Charleston’s existence—from the arrival of the first settlers, through the entire colonial era and the American Revolution, through the War of 1812 and the Nullification Crisis, right up to the middle of the nineteen...

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The Omnibus Revolution(s)

August 24, 2017

Let’s roll back the hands of time to talk about a nineteenth-century transportation phenomenon that few people remember, but one that revolutionized the concept of mobility in the Charleston area and continues to impact our community in the twen...

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What (and Where) is Bee’s Ferry?

August 18, 2017

Bee’s Ferry—or more precisely, Bee’s Ferry Road—is a name that’s familiar to everyone who lives west of the Ashley River, or to anyone who has spent time traveling through that area.   If you’re a curious sort of person, perhaps you...

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The “South Carolina Hymn” of 1807

August 10, 2017

Let’s travel back in Lowcountry music history to talk about South Carolina’s first state anthem, or at least the state’s first unofficial anthem.  I’m talking about a piece of music called “the South Carolina Hymn,” which was writ...

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The Fall of the Urban Vultures

August 4, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry natural history to continue and conclude our discussion of vultures in urban Charleston.  In the previous episode, I talked about the presence of these scavenging birds in the early days of Charles...

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The Rise of the Urban Vultures

July 28, 2017

Today we travel back in Lowcountry natural history to explore a very specific aspect of Charleston’s famous public market, which is the oldest institution of its kind in the United States.  Two hundred and ten years ago this August, Charles...

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Huzzah For Bastille Day?

July 21, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history to talk about Bastille Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July by Francophiles around the world.  I wrote an essay about this topic a couple of years ago, before I launched this radio...

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How Longitude Lane Got Its Name

July 14, 2017

Longitude Lane is a short, narrow alley in urban Charleston that has captured the imagination of countless tourists and residents alike.  Measuring approximately 540 feet long and just over ten feet wide, Longitude Lane is parallel to and approx...

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Lord Adam Gordon’s description of Charleston, 1765

June 30, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back to the year 1765 and listen to the words of Lord Adam Gordon, who visited Charleston and the Lowcountry of South Carolina as part of an extended tour of the American colonies.

Adam Gordon was born around the yea...

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Carolina Day: A Primer for Newcomers

June 23, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history to explore the genesis and legacy of a public holiday called “Carolina Day.”  Carolina Day is celebrated on the 28th of June every year, and that’s been the case since 1777.  The day...

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