Podcast & Blog

Come On In My Kitchen: The Spartanburg Community Kitchen Inventory

March 18, 2021

In this episode, Ned talks with Dr. Alyssa Handelsman of Wofford College, and Tonja Smith and Channing Houser of Ruth's Gleanings and Foodshare Spartanburg, about a project undertaken by one of Dr. Handelsman's classes to inventory kitchens in Spartanburg that are available to the community. They talk about the importance of the project notably for cooking, but for community building.

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Let's Talk about the Daniel Morgan Trail System

February 2, 2021

In this episode, host and PAL Trail Coordinator Ned Barrett and PAL Executive Director Laura Ringo trade questions and answers about the work we're doing expanding the Daniel Morgan Trail System. We talk about the past, present and future of the system: how we got here and where we're...

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SC Roadmap to Food Security Learning Collaborative

January 14, 2021

We are excited to announce that we were chosen as one of five communities in SC to participate in the SC Roadmap to Food Security Learning Collaborative! PAL will be working hand-in-hand with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and FoodShare Spartanburg on this project, as well as other community...

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I Ran Past Your House: Ned Barrett talks about running every street in Spartanburg

December 29, 2020

In this episode, PAL Executive Director Laura Ringo interviews our usual host, Ned Barrett, about his 2020 running project where he ran every street in the city of Spartanburg. We talk about why he decided to do it, some of the things he learned about the city, and how others might undertake the...

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That Kinda Guy: Remembering Newt Hardie

December 22, 2020

In this episode, Ned talks with several volunteers at the Newt Hardie Birthday Bash, celebrating the birthday of Newt Hardie by clearing invasive species from the Converse Heights ravine. Many thanks to the Trees Coalition and to Keep One Spartanburg Beautiful for their partnerships. 

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Walking into Spartanburg's History with Brad Steinecke

November 16, 2020

In this episode, Ned talks with Brad Steinecke, assistant director of local history at the Spartanburg County Public Library. Brad has a wealth of knowledge of Spartanburg's many layers of history; they talked about the development of the community that the Mary H. Wright Greenway passes...

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Coronavirus Check-in: Amanda Mathis, New Executive Director at SPACE

October 21, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Amanda Mathis, newly named executive director of the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, better known as SPACE. SPACE is our local land trust, and owners and operators of the Cottonwood Trail Preserve, the Glendale Preserve and the Chinquapin Preserve. After Amanda...

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Black Folks Camp Too: A Conversation with Earl B. Hunter, Jr

September 21, 2020

In this episode we talk with Earl B. Hunter, Junior, the founder and president of Black Folks Camp Too, a company addressing the problem of the lack of diversity in the camping industry and in camping and the outdoors in general. Earl talks about the historical reasons that some Black folks...

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