LET’S TALK! I’m excited to tell you about another way we will connect on stories and issues, my podcast, ‘Let’s Talk’.
My goal every day, whether I am on the news desk at WCBD News 2 or speaking to you through social media, is to give you information about news and culture that will help you make decisions for yourself and your family.
I will speak with newsmakers and ordinary folk about how we intersect and interact.
EPISODE 1 – Carolyn Murray talks one-on-one with Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano, the department’s first new sheriff in over 30 years, and the first female sheriff in the state.
EPISODE 2 – In this episode, Carolyn Murray speaks with Antony Scott, the brother of Walter Scott – an unarmed African American man who was killed by a North Charleston officer in April 2015. *Warning: the sound of gunshots can be heard in this recording.*
EPISODE 3 – Carolyn Murray speaks with U.S. Representative James Clyburn about closing the Charleston Loophole, the Second Amendment, and how half a hamburger changed his life forever.
EPISODE 4 – Let’s Talk with Rep. Nancy Mace about being the first woman to graduate from The Citadel and the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina. We also discuss more controversial topics like pushing legislation that protects all people, the Charleston Loophole, a war of words with another lawmaker, and being a single parent.
BONUS EPISODE – In this bonus episode, learn how a Lowcountry organization, The ARK, provides support for families and caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and related dementia.
EPISODE 5 – Let’s Talk with North Charleston High School Principal Henry Darby about his willingness to give back, working late nights at Walmart to better the lives of his students. He also tells us about the life lessons he learned from his mother.
EPISODE 6 – Let’s Talk with Monique and Chevalo Wilsondebriano, who share their story about moving to the Lowcountry from New York City after September 11th, 2001 where they’d become successful owners of Charleston Gourmet Burger. COMING SUNDAY
EPISODE 7 – It has been six years since Caitlyn the Dog was found horribly abused and wandering around a North Charleston neighborhood. In this special episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Aldwin Roman from the Charleston Animal Society about how Caitlyn helped people understand animal abuse.
EPISODE 8 – Carolyn Murray talks to Charlton Singleton of the Grammy-award-winning band, Ranky Tanky. Singleton will be a featured performer at this year’s Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals in Charleston. He talks about being in his very first band – the Wando High School band. *Music in this episode is courtesy of Ranky Tanky.
EPISODE 9 – As the sobering anniversary approaches, the pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Rev. Eric Manning, talks about the atrocity of 9 people being murdered because they were Black, and the efforts to get hate crimes legislation passed in South Carolina.
EPISODE 10 – The day slavery ended in the United States is now recognized as a federal holiday. In this episode of Let’s Talk, Carolyn Murray speaks with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee nation – author, historian, preservationist, and environmental justice advocate. This episode features music from the McIntosh County Shouters, a Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia (Courtesy of The Library of Congress).
EPISODE 11 – Just as the rivers in the Lowcountry run deep, so does Marcus Amaker’s appreciation for this unique part of the world. Amaker, Poet Laureate for the City of Charleston, has been named among the 23 Fellows for the esteemed Academy of American Poets for 2021. In the next episode of ‘Let’s Talk’, he talks about the joy of being in the ‘hood, fatherhood.
EPISODE 12 – In this episode of Let’s Talk, we hear from Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Crops – a local non-profit organization with the goal of empowering youth in starting and maintaining vegetable gardens in their community to combat food insecurity and giving back to those in need.
EPISODE 13 – “Come and let’s play together in the bright sunny weather…” Gullah, Gullah Island stars Ron and Natalie talk about the creation of the popular Nick Jr. television show – the first preschool show featuring a Black family, and its overall success on this special episode.
NOTE: This episode features music from Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers.
EPISODE 14 – Let’s Talk to Olympian Raven Saunders about training, being on the world’s stage, her love of Charleston, and her biggest challenge: depression as she prepares to compete in the Toyko Olympics.