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From mountaintops to sand dunes, the Carolinas' backroads and byroads hold legends and lore behind every hill and around every curve. From cryptids to cursed earth to people whose passions will surprise you, North and South Carolina are chock full of surprises. Join Charlie and Michael as they discuss them all!
 
Financial and retirement planning guidance with Mark Howard of the Howard Financial Group in Savannah. Mark has almost three decades of experience in the financial industry, has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, South Magazine and several other publications. He has also been featured on the Savannah Morning News. In addition to clients in Savannah, Mark also serves Hilton Head, Bluffton, Statesboro, and the rest of the Low Country. To get your own Financial Game Plan, cont ...
 
Welcome to the Life in the Carolinas Podcast. Our show features a blending of stories that are primarily based on the syndicated TV show, Carl White's Life in the Carolinas and newspaper columns written by Carl White. Like Carl often says, "It's never a bad time for a good story!" The podcast is hosted by Carl and features specials guests as they share the stories behind the stories. All too often we simply do not have enough time to share everything we would like during broadcast. This podc ...
 
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Most people spend more time planning vacations than planning retirement. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s absolutely true. Today, we’re going to trick you into planning for retirement by pretending to plan for a vacation. Ready? Let’s go! Here’s some of what you’ll learn in this episode: Where are you going to stay? (1:15) Where will you eat? (2:39) …
 
Does Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, have a giant forcefield to keep it from snowing there? Join Charlie and Michael for a fun and wide-ranging discussion of an urban legend about a natural phenomenon, plus delicious chicken sandwiches! Links: QuickBait: The Raleigh Weather Dome (IndyWeek.com) WRAL's Greg Fishel getting asked about th…
 
Different people have different levels of desire when it comes to finding their retirement date. Today we’re exploring these different levels of desire. Which of these statements below sounds most like you and your retirement plan? Here’s some of what you’ll learn on this episode: I don’t see myself ever retiring. I love what I do. (1:15) I could r…
 
In this episode of The Life in the Carolinas Podcast, Carl is joined by Larry Baity. He met Carl a few years ago through a mutual friend, and they have been working on a project together recently. Larry calls himself a mountain boy because of his upbringing. Today, Larry. Larry’s Birth [1:00] Larry says that he is a mountain boy. He was born on the…
 
Join Charlie and Michael in Charlie's garage to discuss holiday monsters and ghosts, plus a visit from our friend Tally Johnson! This is the audio track from our Winter Wondercast video posted on YouTube. Happy holidays, and we'll see y'all in 2023! Links: Arcane Carolinas Winter Wondercast 2022 (YouTube) Tally Johnson (Amazon.com) Upcoming Live Re…
 
Disney World is a fun place, but it can also teach us a lot about financial planning. For instance, you might enjoy riding Space Mountain in the dark, but when it comes to you retirement plan, you don’t want to enter it blindly. Today we’ll talk about some of the most iconic rides at Disney and how they can relate to your finances. Here’s some of w…
 
Join Charlie and Jessie as they interview three of the guests from the Upstate Spirits Conference in Abbeville, SC, in October of 2022: Mary Deese Hampton, Bishop James Long, and Rick Hayes! Links: Mary Deese Hampton (IMDB.com) Bishop James Long (external site) Rick Hayes (external site) Upcoming Live Recordings: Ret-Con (Cary, NC - February 24th-2…
 
Many things in the financial world are critical to your future financial success. But not everything is all it’s cracked up to be. For example, saving money on taxes is wonderful. You don’t want to pay Uncle Sam any more than you have to. But that shouldn’t be the primary advantage of an investment. From rates of return to emotions, we’ll explain t…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Rick Balentine, a producer, and composer at Temple Gate Films. He has created scores, opens, bumpers, and music libraries for a variety of programs, including Ted Lasso, America's Next Top Model, NCIS LA, Dancing With The Stars, The Bachelorette, The Real Housewives of Dallas, and Black Ink Crew: Chicago, as well a…
 
Join Charlie and guest host Jessie as they discuss stone tape theory, the Burt-Stark Mansion, Abbeville's historical significance, and interview two paranormal investigations groups: Carolina Ghost Whisperers and Stokes Paranormal Investigations! Links: Burt-Stark Mansion (external site) The Belmont Inn (external site) Upcoming Live Recordings: Ret…
 
Not everyone inherits money, but for those who do, there are some things you need to know. Today we’re answering some common questions we get about this topic. From tax implications to common mistakes we see people make, we are here to make sure your current or future inheritances go smoothly. We’ll explain what steps you need to take, even if you …
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with John Santa, founder of the Marathon Jam, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which seeks to improve the lives of injured Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Joining Carl and John is vascular surgeon Charles, who speaks to us about his journey to making the switch …
 
Do you remember the movie, The Karate Kid? Mr. Miyagi was the legendary Karate Kid mentor and famously said, “Wax on. Wax off.” He helped the karate kid, but his advice can also help you with your finances. Today we’ll take a trip down memory lane and learn about money management at the same time. What we discuss in this episode: Why different inve…
 
Join Michael and Charlie for a stroll down the train tracks of history and legend as we explore the oft-requested tale of a railroad man whose ghost stalks the night! Links: Vote for us in the WRAL Viewers' Choice Awards Curious Tales from Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear by Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. (Goodreads) Myths and Mysteries of North Car…
 
Join Michael and Charlie for an Arcane Destinations tour of the bayou and visit with two legends local to New Orleans: the Grunch, and the Rougarou! Links: Vote for us in the WRAL Viewers' Choice Awards Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Monsters of the Gevaudan by Jay M. Smith (Goodreads) Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar Upcoming Live Recordings: Ret-Con …
 
We’re opening up the mailbag today to answer your questions. We got a lot of good feedback and had some interesting questions come in. On today’s show, we’ll share whether you should have a budget when you retire and live on a fixed income, whether ETFs are better than mutual funds, and more. What we discuss in this episode: Julie is planning to re…
 
Michael and Charlie take a deep dive into the history of the Gullah people and legends of the Boo Hag (and the Boo Daddy), a witch-like figure who drains her victims of their life force in their sleep. This episode also features a reading by special guest Dr. Lisa Hammond! Links: South Carolina Folk Tales (State Library of NC) The Language You Cry …
 
Join Charlie and Michael for two tales of paranormal activity: one hailing from Bladenboro, home to the Vampire Beast, and one told directly by the experiencer, a closely trusted source! Upcoming Live Recordings: Splatterflix @ Carolina Theatre of Durham(Durham, NC - October 7th-9th) Upstate Spirit Conference(Abbeville, SC - October 7th-9th) Ret-Co…
 
Charlie and Michael welcome Kevin, friend of the show and Delaware resident, to discuss spooky and interesting places in that state as well as some distressing moments from its history! Links: Golden Fleece Tavern (external site) Frightland (flashing lights, external site) Cannonball House (external site) Lewes Ferry Terminal (Google Maps) Delmarva…
 
Many of us get mental blocks from time to time. But did you know these blocks can also impact your financial planning? We’ll explain what IKEA and bikes have to do with optimism and pessimism and why you might be handling your finances the wrong way. What we discuss in this episode: How the “IKEA-effect” causes us to place a higher value on things …
 
Join Charlie and Michael in front of an enormous conference room filled with GalaxyCon Raleigh attendees as we discuss three haunts from Raleigh, NC, and take questions live! Links: Nerds Adulting (Twitter) North Carolina Ghosts (external site) GalaxyCon Raleigh (external site) Upcoming Live Recordings: Splatterflix @ Carolina Theatre of Durham(Dur…
 
Local legend in Polk County, NC, tells of a woman on a remote peak who became a witch and terrorized the countryside--or was she simply defending herself using the tools she had available? Join Charlie and Michael for a deep dive into two very different versions of one fascinating tale! Links: Witch Ann (Goodreads) Polk County Historical Associatio…
 
Join Michael and Charlie as they visit another Arcane Destination: the city of San Francisco, California, and the story of the United States' first and only emperor! Links: The Emperor Norton Trust (external site) Through the Doors of Oblivion (Amazon) Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine (external site) Spike's Coffees and Teas (e…
 
Michael and Charlie team up with Kate of Strange Animals Podcast for a fun and freewheeling discussion of legendary insects, some very strange precipitation, and lots of other excellent stuff! Links: Strange Animals Podcast (Blubrry) Beyond Bigfoot & Nessie (Bookshop.org) Skytown (Goodreads) Skyway (Goodreads) ConCarolinas Upcoming Live Recordings:…
 
Join Charlie and Michael for a deadly serious discussion of a place we genuinely feel people should avoid. Upcoming Live Recordings: Arcana (Durham, NC - 9/29) Splatterflix @ Carolina Theatre of Durham(Durham, NC - October 7 & 9) Upstate Spirit Conference(Abbeville, SC - October 8) Ret-Con (Cary, NC - February 24-26, 2023) Follow us! AC Monthly Arc…
 
What can we learn about financial planning from these song lyrics about money? Whether it’s “bills, bills, bills” or “take the money and run,” we’ve got some song lyrics that hit home when it comes to your finances. What we discuss in this episode: Does “Mo’ money,” in fact, mean “mo’ problems,” as the Notorious B.I.G sang? (1:09) How Steve Miller’…
 
Join Charlie and Michael at ConCarolinas 2022 as Charlie presents on one of history's most sensational cases of Satanic Panic: the controversy around The Infernal Vatican in Charleston, SC, in the 19th century! Links: ConCarolinas Upcoming Live Recordings: Arcana (Durham, NC - 9/29) Splatterflix @ Carolina Theatre of Durham(Durham, NC - October 7 &…
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with Jeffrey Elmore who has, since 2013, served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 94th district which is made up of the population centers of Wilkes County and Alexander County. Outside of serving in Raleigh, Jeffrey is a public school teacher who has had the…
 
Michael and Charlie dive back into the mysteries of Pawley's Island with the other Grey Man, one described nearly a century ago in a detailed firsthand account! Links: AC 00038 - The Grey Man of Pawley's Island (2021) Upcoming Live Recordings: Arcana (Durham, NC - 9/29) Splatterflix @ Carolina Theatre of Durham(Durham, NC - October 7 & 9) Upstate S…
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl once again sits down with Tabitha Hudler, Director of The Walker Center at Wilkes Community College. Coming up on the 40th year since the founding of The Walker Center, Tabitha is excited to announce the 2022-2023 season of acts kicking off on September 9. Tabitha gives a special shoutout t…
 
Join Charlie and Michael as they explore the history and hidden features of Durham's historic American Tobacco Campus! This was presented over Zoom at the gracious invitation of Durham County Library. If you prefer video over audio there's a link in the show notes, including timestamps for when we show images to accompany the discussion! PLUS: a bo…
 
In the premiere of Arcane Destinations, our special episodes featuring places outside the Carolinas, Charlie and Michael welcome Mike, friend of the show and expert on all things Jersey, to discuss one of New Jersey's most famous and enduring legends, The Jersey Devil! Links: The Pine Barrens by John McPhee (Goodreads) Upcoming Live Recordings: Arc…
 
Today we’re diving into the mailbag to answer questions from listeners just like you. We’re taking questions about short-term loans, whether you should be a conservative investor and what’s a good withdrawal rate. What we discuss in this episode: 0:51 – Cash for closing on house 4:41 – Conservative investor 8:29 – Withdrawal rate Read more and get …
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with Craig DeLucia, CEO at The Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation and President and CFO at NC Tech Paths. Craig speaks on the crucial difference between charity and philanthropy. To him, being charitable is writing a check to help a good organization do well, whereas philanthrop…
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with Dale and Michelle Isom. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, they are excited to announce the return of the Carolina In The Fall Music and Food Festival, which runs this September 23-24. Carolina In The Fall celebrates Good Food and great music, including folk, country, a…
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with Graig Hoffman, who as of April 2022 has served as the Executive Director at the North Wilkesboro Speedway. For the past 24 years, he has also managed accounts at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Graig speaks on being swept away by racing promoter Barry Braun and the mission to res…
 
There are a lot of principles from the personal training and fitness world that we can apply to retirement planning. Let’s explore some similarities and learn how to increase our level of financial fitness. What we discuss in this episode: 1:35 – Reading a book 3:29 – Partners 5:36 – Certification 7:07 – Goals 8:48 – Bad habits 10:11 – Journey Read…
 
Join Charlie and Michael for a fun and casual conversation about what's coming up this autumn (hint: A LOT) and some fun places to go and things to do in the Carolinas. Road trip time! Links: Arcana (Durham, NC) Splatterflix @ Carolina Theatre of Durham (Durham, NC) Upstate Spirit Conference (Abbeville, SC) Ret-Con (Cary, NC) Follow us! AC Monthly …
 
So you’ve done a good job saving and investing over the years. You’ve lived on less than you’ve earned, kept yourself out of debt, and your investments have done pretty well. That means everything will be simple for you in retirement, right? Not necessarily. What we discuss in this episode: 1:24 – Too much cash 3:48 – Too much risk 5:19 – Tax time …
 
Rich Thomas shares what was happening on Hilton Head during the post civil war era through the founding of the Hilton Head company and the creation of Sea Pines by Charles Fraser. Rich explains how logging, phosphate, turpentine and agriculture thrived in the area until the building of the first bridge in 1956 and development of the island into a t…
 
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with Lyric Wallenda, Simon Arestov, and Alex “The Mooch” Arestov of Circus Incredible. Lyric is a 7th generation circus performer of the Flying Wallenda family while Simon, a member of the Arestov Circus Troup from Moscow, is 2nd generation. The Mooch, now five years old, is the 8…
 
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