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Walter Edgar's Journal

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 American South.

Friday at noon on all ETV Radio stations. Repeats Sunday at 4:00 pm on ETV Radio’s News Stations. Podcasts are published each Friday. Stream the podcasts below or subscribe to the podcast OR subscribe with iTunes.

The Whiskey Baron: John Sealy; The Last Original Wife: Dorothea Benton Frank

Friday - August 01, 2014

With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, Jon Sealy’s first novel, The Whiskey Baron (Hub City Press, 2014) is a gripping drama, set it South Carolina during Prohibition, about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law. Sealy has been hailed as a “grand new talent” (Bret Lott) and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” (Ron Rash). He joins Dr. Edgar to talk about his book, and about what it takes to write and publish a “first novel” today.

And, Dorothea Benton Frank joins us to talk about The Last Original Wife (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2014), which was recently published in paperback. The last original wife of the title is Leslie Anne Greene, the lone remaining first spouse in her husband's circle of friends. It only takes a relatively minor accident to snap her to the realization that what had seemed like a singular mark of distinction had become over the span of years a hollow symbol. To retrieve and replenish her life, she retreats to the pristine sands of South Caroline's shores. There she finds more than she ever imagined. A classic summer vacation read from the inimitable Dorothea Benton Frank.

Conversations on the Civil War, 1864: The War at Sea

Friday - August 08, 2014

(Originally broadcast 03/07/14) - Dr. Craig L. Symonds is a retired professor of history at the United States Naval Academy and the author of The Civil War at Sea (Oxford University Press, New York, 2012) ) and numerous other books. He joins Dr. Edgar to talk about the navies on both sides of the conflict, the impact of emergent technologies, the effectiveness of the Union's ambitious strategy of blockading, the odyssey of Confederate commerce raiders, the role of naval forces on the western rivers, and the difficulty of conducting combined sea and ground operations against the major Southern port cities.

The presentation was recorded at the University of South Carolina’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on February 4, and was part of the series “Conversations on the Civil War, 1864,” presented in January and February, 2014. The series is sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden - Patrick McMillan and John Bodiford

Friday - August 15, 2014

(Originally broadcast 03/28/14) - The South Carolina Botanical Gardens, located on the campus of Clemson University, is a diverse 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem.  Director Patrick McMillan and Manager John Bodiford will join Dr. Edgar to talk about the Gardens. They will also discuss the ongoing restoration following the remarkably heavy rain which flooded the Garden and its related facilities in 2013.

Conversations on the Civil War, 1864: Plain Folk on the Home Front

Friday - August 22, 2014

(Originally broadcast 03/21/14) - Dr. Melissa Walker is the author of numerous books on the Civil War and is co-editor of Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War (USC Press, 2011). She will talk with Dr. Edgar about the role of “plain folk”—especially women—during the war.

This presentation was recorded at the University of South Carolina’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on January 28, and was part of the series “Conversations on the Civil War, 1864,” presented in January and February, 2014. The series is sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences.


South Carolina from A to Z


Carson, Jane Caroline Petigru
Wednesday - July 30, 2014

Santa Elena
Friday - June 24, 2011

Rice, James Henry, Jr.
Thursday - June 23, 2011

Pember, Phoebe Yates
Wednesday - June 22, 2011


DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the guests on Walter Edgar’s Journal are their own and are not necessarily those of South Carolina ETV Radio.



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