Podcast & Blog Posts

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Catching Up with Wanda Cheeks-Holmes

May 4, 2020

In this episode we talk with Wanda Cheeks-Holmes, a long-time community activist in Spartanburg. Currently Wanda works for the City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department as director of the Northwest Community Center. She will be the director of the new Dr. T.K. Gregg Center. She is also...

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Talking Bugs with Dr. Jon Storm

April 28, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jon Storm, professor of Biology at USC-Upstate and the author of A Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont and its accompanying coloring book, and the curator of the Facebook page, Southern Piedmont Natural History. Dr. Storm talk about finding a new insect species...

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Coronavirus Check-Ins

April 15, 2020

In this episode we check in with three past podcast guests to find out what and how they are doing these days.

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Dealing with the New Normal? Life During Shelter at Home

April 9, 2020

In this episode we talk with two PAL board members and two recent podcast guests about how they are responding to life during the Covid-19 pandemic. All of us are dealing with new ways of working and playing; PAL Board Chair Jalitha Moore, PAL Board Member Brandt Goodwin, education consultant...

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The Power of Play

January 31, 2020

In this episode, we walk along the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail with Jed Dearybury and Julie Jones, authors of The Playful Classroom: the Power of Play for All Ages. Jed and Julie teach teachers, and their book comes from a need in their classroom for a suitable text book. We talk about...

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A Walk in the (Croft State) Park with Park Manager Tim Ritter

November 8, 2019

In this episode, we walk with Tim Ritter, Croft State Park Manager. We talk about all the things that make Croft State Park unique, from the recreational activities to the cultural and natural resources the park protects.  Links to things we talked about: Croft State...

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Not Only a Game: An Inning with the Carolina Miracle League

October 3, 2019

In this episode we watch a Carolina Miracle League baseball game. We also talk with Pam Dean, Executive Director of the Carolina Miracle League, as well as players, coaches and parents who participate. But mostly we saw a great ball game.  Find out more about the Carolina Miracle League...

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Just Like Riding a Bike

September 18, 2019

In this episode we talk with some friends and some strangers about their memories of learning to ride a bike. It's remarkable how many people have that formative memory, and details like bike color, age, place and others involved come right back. 

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