Walter Edgar's Journal

Walter Edgar's Journal

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From books to barbecue, from current events to colonial history, Walter Edgar's Journal delves into the arts, culture, history of South Carolina and The South.More from Walter Edgar's Journal »

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Garden...and Gun?

Yes, Garden & Gun--a magazine that covers "the best of the South," including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas. With a national audience of more than one million passionate and engaged readers, the magazine has won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and overall excellence. The publication was launched in the Spring of 2007. The company and editorial team are headquartered in Charleston, SC, with advertising sales offices across the United States. Joining Dr. Edgar to talk about the founding and success of Garden and Gun are Rebecca Wesson Darwin, Founder, President and CEO; and David DiBenedetto, Senior VP and Editor in Chief. All Stations: Fri, Sep 03, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Sep 05, 4 pm

Natural Treasures: Wynyah Bay, Pee Dee River Basin

(Originally broadcast 10/30/16) - Dr. Maria Whitehead is Project Director of Winyah Bay and Pee Dee River Basin for The Nature Conservancy. Winyah Bay is comprised of 525,000 total acres and encompasses the lower drainage of the Black, Big Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Sampit, and Waccamaw rivers. This vital watershed sustains 123,000 acres of forested wetlands and 23,000 acres of tidal freshwater marshes that support the annual use of up to 40,000 migratory waterfowl, 6 federally threatened and endangered species, and numerous species of migratory songbirds. These wetlands and associated uplands are of national significance. In collaboration with the Winyah Bay Task Force, The Nature Conservancy has also protected Sandy Island, located in Winyah Bay. All Stations: Fri, Aug 26, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Aug 28, 4 pm

We Are Charleston

This week's guests on Walter Edgar's Journal are the authors of the book We Are Charleston (2016 Thomas Nelson), a multi-layered exploration of the tragic events experienced by South Carolina's famed Mother Emanuel in June of 2015. Written by Herb Frazier (award-winning journalist and childhood member of Mother Emanuel), Dr. Bernard Edward Powers (A.M.E. Church member and professor of history at the College of Charleston) and Marjory Wentworth (South Carolina's Poet Laureate), the book is based on extensive interviews with family and friends of "The Emanuel Nine" – the church members who lost their lives on June 17, 2015, when a young man opened fire on a prayer meeting at the church. We Are Charleston details the 230-year history of the A.M.E. Church – the largest body of African-American Methodists with 7.5 million members world-wide – and its role in America's social justice story from slavery to the civil rights movement. The book also discusses the importance of Mother Emanuel

A New Partnership Works to Save South Carolina's Revolutionary War Battlefields

(Originally broadcast 04/08/16) - Doug Bostick, of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, and Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust, talk with Walter Edgar about their ongoing efforts to preserve important Revolutionary War sites in South Carolina. The trusts are currently working to obtain and preserve key portions of sites for the battles of the Battle of Hanging Rock and the Battle of the Waxhaws. All Stations: Fri, Aug 12, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Aug 14, 4 pm

A New Partnership Works to Save South Carolina's Revolutionary War Battlefields

Jefferson Davis: American

(Originally broadcast 02/07/15) -In an encore from the 2015 series, Conversations on the Civil War, sponsored by the University of South Carolina's College of Arts and Humanities, William Cooper talks with Walter Edgar about the life of Jefferson Davis, an American soldier and politician who became president of the Confederate States of America. Dr. William J. Cooper, Jr., is the Boyd professor of history at Louisiana State University, and the author of Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era (2013, LSU Press) and Jefferson Davis, American (2000, Knopf) winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. All Stations: Fri, Aug 05, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Aug 07, 4 pm

Art and Craft

(Originally broadcast 03/25/16) - Art and Craft presents the hand-picked fruit of Bill Thompson's three decades covering writers and writing as book review editor of Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier. Beginning with a foreword by Charleston novelist Josephine Humphreys, this collection is a compendium of interviews featuring some of the most distinguished novelists and nonfiction writers in America and abroad, including Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Bragg, and Anthony Bourdain, as well as many South Carolinians. With ten thematic sections ranging from the Southern Renaissance, literature, biography, and travel writing to crime fiction and Civil War history, Art and Craft also includes a sampling of Thompson's reviews. He joins Walter Edgar to talk about the book and his career. All Stations: Fri, Jul 29, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jul 31, 4 pm

The Cane Creek Regulators

(Originally broadcast 11/20/2015) - Timmonsville native and Santa Fe resident Johnny D. Boggs He talks with Walter Edgar about his latest novel, The Cane Creek Regulators (Five Star, 2014), which is set in a time when the western "frontier" of South Carolina included the Upstate. Boggs has called "[one of] the best western writers at work today." He has won the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America six times. He's also the author of numerous non-fiction articles about the American West. All Stations: Fri, Jul 22, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jul 25, 4 pm

Religion and the Struggle for European Union

(Originally broadcast 02/12/16) - In their book, Religion and the Struggle for European Union: Confessional Culture and the Limits of Integration (Georgetown University Press, 2015), Furman University professors Brent F. Nelsen and James L. Guth delve into the powerful role of religion in shaping European attitudes on politics, political integration, and the national and continental identities of its leaders and citizens. Catholicism for centuries promoted the universality of the Church and the essential unity of Christendom. Protestantism, by contrast, esteemed particularity and feared Catholic dominance. Nelsen and Guth compare the Catholic view of Europe as a single cultural entity best governed as a unified polity against traditional Protestant estrangement from continental culture and its preference for pragmatic cooperation over the sacrifice of sovereignty. As the authors show, this deep cultural divide, rooted in the struggles of the Reformation, resists the ongoing

The War the South Won

(Originally broadcast 03/04/16) - General U.S. history courses in many high schools depict the American Revolutionary War as a series of battles in the Northeast--Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, etc.--that lead inexorably to British General Charles Cornwallis's surrender of 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a French and American force at Yorktown, Virginia, October 19, 1781. The truth is much more complicated, of course. And a major component of the war, one that paved the way to Yorktown, was the fighting that took place in 1780 - 81 in the South. In essence, according to Dr. Jack Warren and Dr. Walter Edgar, the war was won in the South. Earlier this year, the University Of South Carolina College Of Arts and Sciences' Institute of Southern presented a series of public conversations with Dr. Walter Edgar and guest scholars: "Conversations on Colonial and Revolutionary South Carolina." In this fourth conversation from the series, Jack Warren, Executive Director of The Society of


(Originally broadcast 07/05/13) - Dr. Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, takes part in this discussion of the battle of Gettysburg, which marked the beginning of the end of the Confederate States' rebellion in the American Civil War. Smith is widely considered America's leading practitioner of the new and burgeoning field of "sensory history." This encore presentation is from a series of "Conversations on the Civil War, 1863," which took place at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in the spring of 2013, and was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. All Stations: Fri, Jul 01, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jul 03, 4 pm

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