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Chef Edward Lee - Episode 102

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses culinary literacy and SC Read Eat Grow with Chef Edward Lee. Chef Lee is the author of Smoke & Pickles and Buttermilk Graffiti and is the chef/owner of restaurants 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky; and he is also the culinary director of Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland, and Penn Quarter, Washington, DC. He appears frequently in print and on TV, including earning an Emmy nomination for his role in the Emmy Award-winning...


Ashlee Priester - Episode 101

Dr. Curtis Rogers talks about South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) with Ashlee Priester. Ashlee is the Managing Director of SCBOS and graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Learn more about SCBOS at


Aurora Bell - Episode 100

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses University Press Week and more with Aurora Bell. Aurora is the acquisitions editor for literary studies and regional books at the University of South Carolina Press. She is a Texan who has spent the past decade in New York, but she is thrilled to be back in the South and we’re happy to have her here in Columbia. And you can learn more about the University’s Press by visiting


BibliObservatory - Episode 8 (English)

This episode takes us to Nica, La Suerte, retold by Lucy Vicioso-Harris (Bogotá, Colombia), who tells us why playing this audiobook over and over again became one of her most treasured childhood memories, and how moving to Polonia when she was teenager made a positive impact on her life. Furthermore, she offers us her views on early literacy as a vital factor for human well-being. Resources: Episode Transcripts and PhotosNica, La Suerte.The First Audiobook: An LP for the Blind. Pacific...


BibliObservatorio - Episodio 8 (Español)

Este episodio nos lleva a “Nica, La Suerte”, contada por Lucy Vicioso-Harris (Bogotá, Colombia), quien nos relata por qué este audio libro que escuchaba de pequeña una y otra vez se convertiría en uno de los tesoros de su infancia; y cómo el mudarse a Polonia enriquecería su adolescencia e impactaría positivamente su vida. Asimismo, nos ofrece su visión sobre la formación lectora a temprana edad como factor vital para el bienestar humano. Recursos: Transcripción y fotos del episodioNica,...


Ella Rescigno and Ellen Dunn - Episode 99

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses recording audiobooks for the State Library's Talking Book Services program and more with Ella Rescigno and Ellen Dunn. Ella is a 17-year-old singer and actor who lives in Columbia, SC, and among her many interests and projects, volunteers at the South Carolina State Library in the Talking Book Services department recording audiobooks. Also joining us is Ellen Dunn who is the Library's Public Information Coordinator and helps record audiobooks as well as offers...


From Our Collection: Ghosts - Episode 98

Boo! Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses ghosts and legends of South Carolina in this episode of From Our Collection with Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune from the library's Collections Management and Digitization department. Haunted South Carolina: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Palmetto State Lost in Legend: South Carolina’s Coastal Ghosts and LoreLegends and Lore of South Carolina by Sherman CarmichaelSpooky South CarolinaSCETV story


Dr. Nicole Cooke - Episode 97

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in libraries and much more with Dr. Nicole Cooke. Dr. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship.


From Our Collection: Pirates - Episode 96

Dr. Curtis Rogers learns all about pirates in this episode of From Our Collection with Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune from the library's Collections Management and Digitization department. Pirates of the CarolinasCharleston and the Golden Age of PiracyWind from the MainStede Bonnet: Charleston’s Gentleman PirateBlackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic CoastPirates of the Carolinas Second Edition


BibliObservatory - Episode 7 (English)

Frank Baker is a media literacy advocate who has published five books on the topic for parents, educators, and students. In this episode, he shares his early history with media and how he became interested in taking a critical look at how stories are told. He also gives a few suggestions for encouraging media literacy in younger generations of students. Resources: Episode Transcripts and Photos Close reading the media: literacy lessons and activities for every month of the school...


Lizzy Rockwell - Episode 95

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the State Library's new South Carolina Read Eat Grow program, Banned Books, and more with Lizzy Rockwell. Lizzy is an author/illustrator whose artwork can be seen in picture books, magazines, games, and on walls. She studied art and art history at Connecticut College and drawing and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the illustrator of over 25 children's books by a variety of authors including her mother, Anne Rockwell. She is the...


James Underwood - Episode 94

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the book Deadly Censorship and Banned Books Week with James Underwood who is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is the author of Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor, and Freedom of the Press, published by the University of South Carolina Press, and a four-volume history of South Carolina's constitutions, and of several works on federal legal practice. He was also a guest speaker for the...


Jonathan Haupt - Episode 93

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the Pat Conroy Literary Center and Banned Books Week with Jonathan Haupt. Jonathan is the Executive Director of the Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. He has been the Director of the University of South Carolina Press and has served on the board of Columbia’s One Book, One Community program. He currently serves on the board of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, is a member of the affiliates committee of the American Writers Museum, and is also on the...


Jay Bender - LibraryVoicesSC Episode 92

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Banned Books Week with Jay Bender. Mr. Bender is an attorney with the Baker, Ravenel & Bender law firm here in Columbia. He has represented the SC Broadcasters Association since 1995 and has built a national reputation as a lawyer for broadcasters – as well as being the state’s leading attorney for print media. In this episode, he references the case Edwards vs. South Carolina where South Carolina arrested one hundred eighty-seven peaceful segregation protestors...


From Our Collection: Legendary Locals - Episode 91

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses some "legendary locals" of the Upstate and Lowcountry of South Carolina with Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune. Sarah discusses Legendary Locals of Greenville by Cindy Landrum, which features Hattie Logan Duckett, Johnnie Mac Walters, and Edvard Tchivzhel. Kerry highlights Legendary Locals of Hilton Head by Barbara Muller, which features General Quincy Adams Gillmore, the Mauney Family, and Harriet Tubman.


Aïda Rogers - Episode 90

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses South Carolina's rich literary heritage with Aïda Rogers. Aïda is a writer and editor whose feature journalism has won national and regional awards. She has worked in newspapers, television, and magazines and has coauthored Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full, a guidebook to South Carolina's favorite restaurants, and she also edited three volumes of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love published by the University of South Carolina...


Dr. Carolyn Donelan - Episode 89

Dr. Curtis Rogers interviews Dr. Carolyn Donelan about Richland School District One's Challenger Learning Center. Dr. Donelan has been a middle school science teacher, a high school science teacher, school administrator, and district administrator. She has been with Richland County School District One for twenty-one years and has been the Lead Flight Director of their Challenger Learning Center since 2011. To learn more, visit the Challenger Learning Center's website at...


From Our Collection: South Carolina Outdoors - Episode 88

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses items from the Library's collection with Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune from the Collections and Digitization department. Featured in this episode are: The Official Guide to South Carolina State Parks50 Hikes in South CarolinaBest Dog Hikes South CarolinaBeginner’s Guide to FishingThe Southern SurfcasterSouth Carolina’s Guide to Freshwater FishesShorebirds of the Southeast and Gulf StatesSouth Carolina Film Location Guide


Jerred Metz - Episode 87

Dr. Curtis Rogers interviews author, Jerred Metz. Jerred has had many careers beginning with English professor and returning to it after two and a half decades in 2002. He taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Webster College in St. Louis, and Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina. He is the author of six poetry books and six prose books and his latest book is Bellicourt Tunnel: The crowning battle of the Great War. You can learn more about Jerred and his writing...


2019 Summer Reading - Episode 86

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses summer reading and more with Rebecca Antill and Wendy Coplen. Rebecca is the South Carolina State Library's Youth Services Consultant and Wendy is the Library's Grants Coordinator and both work in the Library Development Services Department. For more information about South Carolina's summer reading initiatives, please visit our Summer Reading web pages. And for more information about the Library's grants programs, please visit our Grants web pages.