Intersection is a podcast that explores the many intersections with the craft of storytelling. From healthcare, public policy, social issues, or even the art of storytelling; Bobby Rettew has spent his career interviewing some of the most interesting people. Now he brings the intersections of storytelling and the narratives that emerge from inside these stories.


  • 063: [TheDigital.Church] Dr. Ted Swann - Community, Churches,  COVID-19

    063: [TheDigital.Church] Dr. Ted Swann - Community, Churches, & COVID-19

    20/07/2020 Duração: 28min

    Ted Swann is President of Swann Medicine in Clemson, SC. Over the the past few months, he has been working diligently to educate his patients and also advise his community how to navigate COVID-19.  He has also been advising his home church, First Baptist Church of Clemson how to plan and prepare the church during this global crisis. He has created a wonderful graphical guide that helps explain how each person can personally prepare when trying to decide where to travel and how to interact with others during this pandemic.   This conversation highlights the creation of the above COVID-19 Individual Risk Guide and addresses the concerns of churches along with congregational members how to manage the risks of potential exposure.   To learn more about Ted Swann and Swann Medicine:  Facebook: LinkedIn:  Website: Liberty Fellowship: Palmetto Pr

  • 062: [TheDigital.Church] Sewing Masks for Healthcare Workers

    062: [TheDigital.Church] Sewing Masks for Healthcare Workers

    14/07/2020 Duração: 21min

    Acts 1:11 - Why do you stand here looking into the sky?” Betsey Matheny of Boulevard Baptist Church decided to no longer and “stand there staring;” she decided to do something and help the healthcare workers in Anderson, SC. So, she organized a group of women to sew masks for AnMed Health’s healthcare workers. This began as a simple initiative, but over time as AnMed Health engaged the community; they met their goal of 8,000 masks. It is because of this wonderful community here in Anderson came together to sew masks.  This story is about community, faith, and a commitment to helping each other. This story will feature interviews with Betsey Matheny of Boulevard Baptist Church, Tim Self of AnMed Health Foundation, and Ila Tribble of Boulevard Baptist Church.  Links: AnMed Health - Anderson, SC - Boulevard Baptist Church - Anderson, SC -

  • 061: Recidivism Series Part 6: Recidivism, COVID-19, and Jail Populations

    061: Recidivism Series Part 6: Recidivism, COVID-19, and Jail Populations

    06/04/2020 Duração: 15min

    In part six of this recidivism series, we talk with Jennifer Johnson of the public defender's office about jail populations, public health, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Jennifer serves as co-vice chair of the Anderson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and is the Chief Circuit Public Defender of the 10th Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. Links: 42 inmates released from Anderson County Detention Center as fears rise about coronavirus: Public Defender's Office: Jennifer Johnson's Bio: Anderson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC):

  • 060: Recidivism Series Part 5: Examining the Log Jam in the Courts

    060: Recidivism Series Part 5: Examining the Log Jam in the Courts

    30/03/2020 Duração: 22min

    In Part Five of this recidivism series, we talk with Jennifer Johnson of the public defender's office about the log jam in the court system. She shares her story as she serves as co-vice chair of the Anderson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. She also shares her perspective as the Chief Circuit Public Defender of the 10th Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. She shares about the data and the log jam inside the court system as the CJCC continues to find ways to reduce the jail population inside the over crowded Anderson County Detention Center. Links: Public Defender's Office: Jennifer Johnson's Bio: Anderson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

  • 059: Recidivism Series Part 4 - Social Determinants of Health and Criminal Justice Reform

    059: Recidivism Series Part 4 - Social Determinants of Health and Criminal Justice Reform

    23/03/2020 Duração: 27min

    Recidivism, social determinants of health, and what does recidivism have to do with re-admission rates? Is there a cycle, a pattern, a deeper exploration surrounding how those who are mentally ill access the care they need before the cycle begins; or even in the midst of the cycle? This cycle is happening and it is bigger than the four walls of a hospital, the criminal justice infrastructure, and the community they serve. So many questions, Here is part two of my discussion with Michael Cunningham from AnMed Health, part four of this series exploring recidivism. As we talk to Micheal, he shares how hospitals term recidivism differently, specifically identifying the core cause for re-admission. This conversation leads to a larger discussion surrounding the social determinants of health for those consistently seeking access to care, especially those cycling inside the walls of the hospital from the criminal justice system.  Links: AnMed Health: Anderson County CJCC: https://www.anderson

  • 058: Recidivism Series Part 3 - Recidivism, Health Care, and Healthcare

    058: Recidivism Series Part 3 - Recidivism, Health Care, and Healthcare

    16/03/2020 Duração: 21min

    Recidivism and the words "health care", what do they have to do with each other? Health care refers to provider actions, and in this case actions truly speaks, shows, exemplifies so much more than the two words themselves. Michael Cunningham works for AnMed Health, a community healthcare system, healthcare in this case is one word. AnMed Health is located in Anderson County, South Carolina; and Michael is a champion seeking change, committed to the service to the community he serves. He is also a partner in this journey of tackling recidivism as a part of the CJCC in Anderson County. Here is part one of his story; part three in this series exploring recidivism. Links: AnMed Health: Anderson County CJCC:

  • 057: Recidivism Series Part 2 - What is a CJCC?

    057: Recidivism Series Part 2 - What is a CJCC?

    09/03/2020 Duração: 20min

    What is CJCC? Well, CJCC is an acronym for Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Anderson County establish the second of it's kind in South Carolina behind Charleston County. What does that have to do with recidivism? Anderson County was advised to create a CJCC and begin the process of criminal justice reform before starting the process of building a new jail. Why? Because the Anderson County Detention Center is grossly over crowded. Part two of Intersections exploration of recidivism in Anderson County South Carolina. Let's continue Dave Phillips story, curator of the Anderson County Community Resource Guide.  Links: Anderson County CJCC: Charleston County CJCC: Anderson County Resource Guide:

  • 056: Recidivism Series Part 1 - Homelessness, Poverty and Criminal Justice Reform

    056: Recidivism Series Part 1 - Homelessness, Poverty and Criminal Justice Reform

    02/03/2020 Duração: 27min

    Recidivism, poverty, homelessness and a community resource guide; what do all of these items have in common? Dave Phillips shares his path of engaging the needs of a community through a simple idea, a community resource guide. This simple idea provided a spring board, creating connections across Anderson County, South Carolina; leading Dave down a path of a bigger mission! Dave began building connectivity inside the newly created Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in Anderson County, South Carolina. Links: Community Resource Guide: Anderson County CJCC:

  • 055: Brian Barlow: Offside

    055: Brian Barlow: Offside

    13/01/2020 Duração: 37min

    Bryan Barlow is motivational speaker and a passionate highly requested and recommended soccer referee. Brian Barlow is also a father, pilot, golfer, writer & Emmy award winning TV Producer and husband of long-time best friend Lori Barlow. Barlow is no stranger to center stage so it was no surprise when the little “Offside” project went Viral the summer of 2018. Making a bold statement is one of the fundamental pillars of impactful marketing, Barlow took his own advise a few years ago and offered $100 for anyone who captures referee abuse and its posted on the Offside page. Offside received more than 6000 videos to date and is currently the only grassroots campaign discussing the negative impact fan behavior has on youth sports. This Offside Facebook page is often controversial, in your face and to the point - for those who are sensitive, uptight, wound-up or in need of a politically correct approach to the subject should probably skip-out. Here is his story...completely "Offside"! Links: NY Times Article: ht

  • 054: Tigers United: Rachelle Beckner

    054: Tigers United: Rachelle Beckner

    30/12/2019 Duração: 36min

    According to best estimates, there are fewer than 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild. The reasons for dwindling populations are varied. Major issues include loss of tigers' natural habitats and poaching, which affects the 13 tiger range countries around the globe. Rachelle Leigh Beckner is a very passionate person, yet did not expect to find her passion in saving tigers until she arrived at Clemson. This former journalist found her way into the classroom teaching and into the wild saving tigers, representing four land grant institutions. Auburn University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri want their mascot to roar forever. That's why they are joining forces to form the Tigers United University Consortium, committed to saving wild tigers worldwide. The Tigers United University Consortium was initiated by Clemson University President James P. Clements, who also serves on the Global Tiger Initiative Council. Comprised of business and conservation leaders, this interna

  • 053: Carla Boyd: From The Heart

    053: Carla Boyd: From The Heart

    16/12/2019 Duração: 56min

    Carla Boyd, the mother of former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, has written a book called 'From the Heart of Momma Boyd.’ The book takes us back to the days before Tajh was a household name and what it was like to be the mother of an All-American quarterback at a major university. When you meat Mrs. Boyd, you immediately want to call her “Momma”; because she is just exactly that, a mom to many. From those very moments as a teenage in high school, having a child and fighting cancer; she has vowed to create a better home life for her children than she experience. And she did more than that, she followed her son to Clemson and became a mom to a football team.  There are not enough voices of division one mom’s sharing their stories in the mainstream media outlets. We could learn a lot from sitting and having a conversation with these strong women. They could change the way we look and view at each son or daughter whom compete at the highest level in college athletics. I am thankful I spent some time with Momma Bo

  • 052: Jordan Scott: Forage - Searching Widely

    052: Jordan Scott: Forage - Searching Widely

    02/12/2019 Duração: 47min

    Jordan Scott, florist, small business owner, lover of all people and their stories, committed to small business in downtown Anderson, SC; and yet she is not a United States Citizen. Jordan Scott came to the United States from Australia not for business or the American Dream, she came her following her faith in Jesus Christ and her new husband as the began their life together.  She owns a beautiful florist shop in one of the most southern towns in South Carolina, Anderson. She has grown to love the people, grow a business and yet her heart might be elsewhere, serving people in other regions of the world. She knows Anderson, SC will be her home but is called to a great purpose beyond the idea of American Nationalism and Capitalism.  As she navigates her Immigrant VISA for Spouse(s) and Fiancée(s), she is torn with the requirement of never leaving this domestic soil for close to 8 years and serving the poor internationally. Coming to the United States is more that a better life for people economically, it is als

  • 051: Kate Ranta: Killing Kate - Part Two

    051: Kate Ranta: Killing Kate - Part Two

    18/11/2019 Duração: 39min

    Kate Ranta is a public figure in the gun reform and violence against women movements. In 2012—after leaving an emotionally, financially, and sexually abusive marriage—Kate’s ex-husband stalked her to her apartment in Parkland, FL, where he shot her twice and her father twice in front of her then 4-year-old son. One bullet destroyed her right hand, and another went through her left breast, just missing her heart. Her father was shot in his left arm, which is still disabled, and in his left side, just missing his heart and lung. Although not physically hurt, Kate’s son witnessed the entire event from start to finish. To Listen to Part One, go to: Intersection Episode 050: Kate Ranta: Killing Kate - Part One Links: Website: Book: Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph Twitter: Facebook:

  • 050: Kate Ranta: Killing Kate - Part One

    050: Kate Ranta: Killing Kate - Part One

    05/11/2019 Duração: 43min

    Kate Ranta is the mother of two boys, a marketing professional, and a survivor of intimate partner and gun violence. She and her father survived two bullets each when her ex-husband ambushed her at her home and shot them. The couple's then 4-year-old son witnessed the shooting. Kate has been an activist for several years, and has appeared in documentary films, in national media, and on expert panels. In the years since the shooting, Kate has elevated her story in documentaries, television, online media, and print publications, as well as spoken out publicly at rallies—in particular, on the steps of the Capitol with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Lewis—and participated on numerous panels nationally. As a survivor, she is aligned with many national and local grassroots gun violence prevention groups. Kate focuses her work on raising awareness about the deadly intersection between guns and domestic abusers. Kate’s ex-husband was a Major in the Air Force who had many weapons, but she didn’t know the danger sh

  • 049: Susan McLarty - What is a homeless coordinator?

    049: Susan McLarty - What is a homeless coordinator?

    24/06/2019 Duração: 28min

    Susan McLarty is the Coordinator of the Greenville Homeless Alliance, which is a broad public private partnership to broaden support of making homelessness brief and rare in Greenville County. Greenville Homeless Alliance recently hired Susan McLarty to be the community’s first homeless coordinator. Susan will "literally open doors here in Greenville for people in desperate need of safe, affordable housing," said Tony McDade, who chairs the steering committee for the Greenville Homeless Alliance in addition to being the director of United Ministries.What does it mean to be a community's first homeless coordinator and what does it take to identify the need to create such a position. Does it mean she is building homes for the homeless population, is she literally helping each individual into a shelter...what does one do in this new position?I wanted to meet her, learn more about her passions, and what does it mean for a community to admit it is time to find someone to take a leadership role in such a vital conv

  • 048: It was like a symphony - George  Henrys 2nd Birthday

    048: It was like a symphony - George & Henry's 2nd Birthday

    10/06/2019 Duração: 26min

    The morning started at 3:30am Saturday, June 10, 2017 being awaken by Sarah saying something is wrong. As I rubbed my eyes trying to figure out what was going on, I realized her swift movements to the bathroom indicated I better jump into action. As I ran into the bathroom, I looked at Sarah as tears ran down her face. I knew…I better call Dr. Hearn immediately. I wondered…how did this start. After rushing to GHS at 4:30am, I knew something big was going to happen. I hoped the boys could hold on a few more weeks, but I had a weary feeling in my gut. As I raced Sarah down I-85 to GHS, I called my mother who spent 28 years in the GHS Emergency Department. She told me where to park and how to find OB Triage. After rushing to the sixth floor and into OB Triage, I knew we were in a teaching hospital. Teams of physicians and nurses surrounded us, checking Sarah, checking the boys, telling us to prepare for a long day. Then it came…it was finally said…we were going to deliver. As they prepped Sarah fo

  • 047: Urbanization and SDOH - Brittany’s Story

    047: Urbanization and SDOH - Brittany’s Story

    03/06/2019 Duração: 20min

    Meet Brittany, mother of Lily, single mom, healthcare worker, and a woman who spent years looking for affordable housing for her family. For many years I have been studying, documenting, and telling stories surrounding access to healthcare. The more stories I tell, the more people I meet, the more I realize access is a uniform word, a consistent word that is popping up over and over. Access for this population of people, families, individuals is bigger that just health care. So many individuals need access to affordable health care, affordable insurance, and affordable housing. I am talking about urbanization and the many social determinants of health. The upstream determinants of healthy urbanization include: stimulation of job creation, land tenure and land use policy, transportation, sustainable urban development, social protection, settlement policies and strategies, community empowerment, vulnerability reduction and better security among others.Stable and affordable housing was a barrier for Brittany and

  • 046: Changing the Language of Sports...Word by Word: Sarah Spain

    046: Changing the Language of Sports...Word by Word: Sarah Spain

    20/05/2019 Duração: 43min

    Meet Sarah Spain…I have yet to meet her in person, but we have exchanged conversation on Twitter. Sarah has a huge voice in the sports world much of which can be attributed to her passion for telling stories. She also has a huge voice in the world of bringing a female voice to a male dominated profession. Sarah is a Peabody Award-winning radio host, TV personality and writer. She is one half of the “Spain and Fitz” radio show, airing weeknights on national ESPN radio, a writer for, host of ESPN’s “That’s What She Said” podcast, a regular panelist on “Around The Horn” and a “SportsCenter” reporter.  No one makes it to that stage in the professional world without a strong voice…but what I love most about her, she represents the voice, tenacity, intentionality that I want for my children, especially for my daughter Rose. She is a role model, glass ceiling breaker, a conversation starter, and a change agent. Her voice is changing the space of sports and sports reporting…she is changing th

  • 045: The Greatest Gift - Linda Rettew

    045: The Greatest Gift - Linda Rettew

    13/05/2019 Duração: 24min

    What is the intersection of nursing and mother’s day? Well, her name is Linda Bridwell Rettew and she is a nurse practitioner, mother, wife, grandmother, caregiver, and an all-around great person. My life has been surrounded by medicine, from the earliest days of my childhood, I have memories waiting for mom in doctor’s offices, emergency departments, waiting rooms; sleeping overnight in a vacant rooms while mom pulled a night shift. Her career put food on the table, clothes on my back, money in my pocket, and values into my soul. This mother’s day comes at the tail end of nurse appreciation week. What better way to celebrate our appreciation for the one nurse that taught me how to fix a cut, clean a wound, work hard, and to be a good man. She is a nurse, a nurse in South Carolina. But she is more than a nurse…she is my mother. And I not only have to share her with my sister, but my children, all the other grandchildren, players on the sidelines of a Clemson Football game, and majority of four counties in the

  • 044: I am a black man survivor  victim of domestic violence - William Peppers

    044: I am a black man; survivor & victim of domestic violence - William Peppers

    06/05/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    It is a Friday afternoon and I received a phone call. It was from William Peppers and he had a powerful message and story to tell, one that I did not expect, one that breaks all stigmas and stereotypes in the world of domestic violence. It is a beautiful Friday afternoon, so we met in a park where he could share his story. As we sat and chatted, we gained an audience, a crowd of women sat and listened instead of setting up for a wedding shower. He is a black man who won custody of his two girls after being a victim and a survivor of domestic violence. He also grieves the loss of one of those daughters, who was a victim of domestic violence, shot multiples times minutes after talking to her father on the phone. This is a big story, one that is hard to tell in just one short podcast episode. It is one that takes many turns, many directions, and even takes tangents where I find myself wanting to keep William on point. But what I find in his story is his journey of grief, trying to reconcile the many years of abu

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