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 Anthony 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.
EPISODE 15 – Let’s Talk to basketball star and St. Andrews High School graduate Katrina McClain, a three-time Olympian, two-time all-American and 1987 National Player of the Year. In this episode of Let’s Talk, Katrina shares her life growing up in Charleston, playing basketball “until the street lights came on”, and playing with other legendary players like Dawn Staley, head coach of the U.S. Olympic Women’s and South Carolina Women’s Basketball teams.
EPISODE 16 – Two natives of South Carolina are teaming up – Stephen Colbert and Lenard McKelvey, who goes by Charlamagne Tha God on his popular New York-based radio show – are taking comedy and social commentary to late night. “The Gods Honest Truth with Lenard Charlamagne McKelvey” hits the air this September. In this episode of Let’s Talk, Charlamagne says his South Carolina roots shape his life and work.
EPISODE 17 – Every Saturday evening, more than 300,000 people drift away to the sounds of reggae, calypso, jazz, blues, gospel, and Juju. Controlling the airwaves is well-known radio deejay and community activist Osei Terry Chandler.
Osei’s radio show, Roots Musik Karamu on South Carolina Public Radio, is one of the longest-running radio shows in the country. The show has had a stronghold on music lovers since 1979.
So ‘Let’s Talk’ with Osei Terry Chandler about music, social movements, and his signature voice.
EPISODE 18 – Ka’mya Manigault survived the massacre at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC back in June 2015 when her grandmother encouraged her to play dead. Manigault talks about her experience and life after the shooting in her first public interview.
EPISODE 19 – Jonathan Green is a Lowcountry artist who recreates momentous and mundane life moments in his vibrant depictions of Gullah Geechee life and culture. In this episode, Green, who served in the U.S. Air Force and studied at the University of Chicago, says that he is a lifelong student of art and culture, and somewhere in each piece of his work is something he learned growing up in the small community of Gardens Corner, South Carolina.
EPISODE 20 – South Carolina Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, is a mother, wife, College of Charleston professor, and COVID-19 Survivor. In this episode, we hear how Wentworth made Charleston home and her journey to becoming a poet laureate.
EPISODE 21 – For more than 20 years, South Carolina Representative Wendell Gilliard has donated hundreds of air conditioners to people who are elderly, disabled, and low-income through Project Cool Breeze. In this episode of our podcast, Let’s Talk, State Rep. Gilliard talks about what he has accomplished as a lawmaker and the work that still needs to be done to help people in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
EPISODE 22 – Let’s Talk with Dr. Marcus Newberry, founder of the Cooper River Bridge Run, about the first bridge run (on the old bridges) and starting a race that was never about who finished first.
EPISODE 23 – Let’s Talk with Kara Stewart, who serves on the board of directors for Tricounty Family Ministries, a non-profit organization offering support to local families in need.
EPISODE 24 – On this episode of Let’s Talk, former U.S. Representative and current gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham talks about visiting every county in South Carolina and discussing education, the economy, disparities and donuts.