About This Show
American Anthology follows host and professional tour guide Michael Harding on a multi-year journey around the United States. Travelling slow, Mike hopes to spend at least a month in each state and seek out the most beautiful and iconic sights, find the best live music and taste the local cuisine. We invites you to come along for the ride as he cruises down the highways and byways of America. Each week we hope to share a little history, a few stories from the road, some travel advice and a few local tunes. Join us for this amazing journey into the American Heartland.
Most Recent Episode
Shoeless Joe, Astronauts and the Godfather of Soul
5 days ago
Mike is now traveling through the upcountry of South Carolina. This episode features stories from the inland portion of the state. Hear about the rise of The Marshall Tucker Band and where they got their name. Learn why Shoeless Joe Jackson wasn't wearing shoes and about his rise from the cotton mills to the big leagues and his subsequent fall from grace. Before there was Brown vs. The Board of Education, there was Briggs vs. Elliott; find out how school desegregation started over a bus. James Brown was the Godfather of Soul; hear his rags to riches story. Finally, Ronald McNair was the second African American to go into space, learn about where he came from and about his tragic death on the Space Shuttle Challenger. Music from this episode comes from legendary Piedmont blues artist Dr. Mac Arnold and was recorded live at a fundraiser for NEXT Charter School at 13 Stripes Brewery in Taylor, S.C.