Hitting the road for the holidays? Make the most of the drive time by queuing up hometown podcasts that’ll let you in on food-and-bev news, hidden Charleston histories, political issues, and more. Here, find nine of our favorites (for those that don’t have websites, we give info on where to stream or download)
Charleston Time Machine: Ever heard of the Holy City’s “Great Memory Loss of 1865” or a dance called the “too-la-loo”? Dr. Nic Butler reveals little-known pieces of our past in this Charleston County Public Library podcast. ccpl.org/charleston-time-machine
Mic’d Up! Host Mika Gadsden delves into local issues in this show created by the Charleston Activist Network, which aims to connect people with grassroots organizations and events involving progressive causes. charlestonactivistnetwork.com
Healthy Charleston: Pick up tips and find fresh motivation as physical therapist Yves Gege and chiropractor and trainer Dr. Wes Hendricks interview local fitness pros specializing in everything from Brazilian jujitsu to CrossFit. Find it on iTunes or Spotify.
Food & Drink
Effin B Radio: Lindsay Collins is now the solo host of this polished production giving an insider’s look at Charleston’s F&B scene. New this season: a “What’s for family meal?” segment, in which Collins calls restaurants around the country to find out what they’re serving their staff. effinbradio.com
The Southern Fork: Food writer Stephanie Burt hones in on “interesting people in the culinary South,” interviewing chefs like Charleston’s BJ Dennis and Asheville’s Katie Button alongside cookbook authors and beverage makers. thesouthernfork.com
Pocket Liquor: Edmund’s Oast’s Jayce McConnell (head bartender) and Advanced Cicerone Brandon Plyler (beer buyer and educator) geek out about booze. For tips on what to bring to holiday gatherings—plus a dangerously strong punch recipe—check out episode four. pocketliquor.net
Contribute Your Verse: Hear Matthew Foley, Derek Berry, and Loren Mixon converse with fellow writers about the craft of writing and the logistics of pursuing a career in the art form. contributeyourverse.com/podcast
Quintin’s Close-Ups: Quintin Washington’s long-running series of video interviews with news-making locals—politicians, nonprofit leaders, and creatives alike—is now available in podcast form. Find it on iHeartRadio.
To the Echo Radio Show: In this comedy podcast (even featuring the occasional skit), Nicholas O’Kelley and Derek Daisey chat about music, movies, and video games while interviewing area podcasters and artists. Find it on iTunes.