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March 31, 2017
Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history in search of something to drink. Time travel can make a body thirsty, you know. Let’s imagine that we’re traveling back to colonial South Carolina, that is, sometime between the arrival ...
March 23, 2017
We’ve followed the adventures of John Laurens from his childhood in Charleston to the America siege of British-held Yorktown, and now we conclude this dramatic story by tracing the last ten months of his tragically short life. Award-winning ...
March 16, 2017
This week we continue our narrative adventure through the life of John Laurens (1754–1782), with comparisons to his portrayal in the hit musical, Hamilton.
We rejoin the story in the early months of 1778, after John has asked his father, ...
March 8, 2017
Over the past several months I’ve spoken with a number of people around Charleston, fans of the hit musical, Hamilton, who asked me what I thought of the portrayal of John Laurens in the musical—was it accurate, was it fair, and wasn’t it...
March 2, 2017
The cultivation of rice in early South Carolina had a tremendous impact on the development of Lowcountry culture and history. It inspired the forced migration of thousands of people from West Africa, created a wealthy elite, and dominated the ec...
February 23, 2017
November 2016 marked the 250th anniversary of the first concerts of the most significant musical organization in the early history of the United States—Charleston’s St. Cecilia Society. In this episode, we’ll take quick tour of the society...
February 17, 2017
Rather than following one large topic from beginning to end, this episode offers a bowl of Charleston alphabet soup—an A-to-Z feast of 25 short biographies profiling (mostly) obscure Charlestonians, each of whom would make a great subject for y...
February 10, 2017
Hurricanes are an inescapable part of living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and our community has weathered quite a few storms over the past three centuries. Join me for a look back at the most memorable and significant hurricanes to hit ...
January 24, 2017
Benne (or sesame) seeds are a staple ingredient of many Lowcountry dishes and desserts, but when and from where did it come to Charleston? In this episode, we’ll explore the earliest descriptions of benne cultivation and use here, and the col...
January 17, 2017
I’m pleased to announce the publication of my first podcast: a digital audio version of my recent “Invasion of 1706” radio program. You can listen to the program here on the Charleston Time Machine whenever you like, and soon you’ll be...