Governor’s Bridge and the Sinkhole of 2017

September 29, 2017

One of the most dramatic local effects wrought by the recent passing of Hurricane Irma was the opening of a large sinkhole on East Bay Street. According to the good folks at Charleston Water Systems (CWS), a main water pipe measuring ten inches i...

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Mr. Duncan’s Trees

September 15, 2017

I’d like to share with you a little mystery that I’ve been trying to solve recently.  Late one evening in early May 1822, a group of four men gathered on a Charleston street, under the cover of some overhanging tree branches, to discuss a sec...

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The Tornado of 1811

September 8, 2017

Hurricane season brings its share of anxiety, so I’d like to offer a bit of distraction from our current weather uncertainties.  At the risk of adding to your stress, let’s turn back the calendar to early September of 1811, when a tornado mea...

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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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