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Pat Conroy and Katherine Clark
Tamika Moore/Courtesy of the author

Pat Conroy’s memoirs and autobiographical novels contain a great deal about his life, but there is much he hasn’t revealed with readers until now. My Exaggerated Life (2018, University of South Carolina Press) is the product of a special collaboration between this great American author and oral biographer Katherine Clark, who recorded two hundred hours of conversations with Conroy before he passed away in 2016. In the spring and summer of 2014, the two spoke for an hour or more on the phone every day.

Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty and host of Making It Grow  is joined by Davis Sanders from South Pleasantburg Nursery in Greenville, SC. This chat is about how plant nutrition involves much more than providing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Minor and micro nutrients and biological additives are equally important.

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Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty and host of Making It Grow  is joined by Davis Sanders from South Pleasantburg Nursery in Greenville, SC. This chat is about how soil ecosystems are as important to plant nutrition as the nutrients themselves. Proper enhancements of the soil can actually reduce the need for additional fertilizers and nutrients.

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Persimmons

Sep 29, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Although persimmons have consistently beautiful and early fall foliage, they aren’t often highly valued by homeowners, but people who plant them as a food source for wildlife and soil stabilization know their importance. The ripe fruits are relished by deer, possums, foxes, and raccoons and people – although you have to wait until they’re so soft you can only eat them with a spoon or they’ll turn your mouth inside out.

Georgetown Braces for Florence's Final Stop

Sep 28, 2018

The city of Georgetown may get a bit of a reprieve as Hurricane’s Florence’s flood waters make a final push before heading out to sea.  Georgetown County officials now say an updated flood anticipation map from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows a much improved forecast and is encouraging people who have evacuated to take a look and decide if it’s safe to return. That certainly was not the case a couple of days ago.

Knowing Enough

Sep 28, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Are you one of those classical music lovers who apologize for not knowing enough? Do you worry that your love of classical music somehow doesn’t count as much as the love of experts? Here’s what I think. I think human beings like to know things, and it’s fine – in fact it’s wonderful – for audiences to be musically knowledgeable and experienced, if only because in music as in all the arts – and as in football and cooking, for that matter – with added knowledge and experience come added levels of appreciation. 


Southern Black Racers

Sep 28, 2018
A juvenile Southern Black Racer
Kevin Enge/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

This time of year you may see many Black Racer juveniles. These young snakes have blotchy patterns on their skin for the first year of life.

Hossein Haj-Hariri
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

South Carolina has been in the aerospace industry for many years, but once Boeing came here we have seen exponential growth.  Which is probably why the South Carolina Aerospace Conference & Expo, now in its fifth year, has become one of the most important in the Southeast.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Some people fuss about our native catalpas – both species grow here bignoniodes and speciosa – saying they are weedy and then go right and plant a horrible invasive non-native tree that closely resembles catalpa. Paulownia tomentosa, Princess Tree, has similar large heart shaped leaves and a showy cluster of flowers, purple in this case.

South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"H" is for Hyer, Helen von Kolonitz (1896-1983). Poet, writer. While still in her teens, Hyer published her first poems. She joined the Poetry Society in 1920. Her first poetry collection, Santee Songs was published in 1923—followed by Wine Dark Sea in 1935. Frequent topics of Hyer’s verse included Confederate heroes, South Carolina history, and southern romance. Her more serious compositions were balanced with playful poems.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are working in South Carolina areas affected by Hurricane Florence, but survivors with uninsured or underinsured losses should not wait for one of these teams to arrive before they register with FEMA.

DSA teams are equipped with latest mobile technology allowing them to register survivors for disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to community partners. Team members tailor the information and services they provide to the individual survivor's needs.

  Today at 10:00 a.m. EDT

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

Partita

Sep 27, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

The little snippet of music you just heard, our “theme music,” is from the first movement, the Prelude, of the Partita Number 3 in E Major for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach wrote a set of six large works for solo violin – three sonatas and three partitas. The sonatas are constructed of contrasting movements with such names as Allegro, Andante, and Adagio.


Atlantic Ribbed Mussels
Matthew Beziat [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds Atlantic Ribbed mussels clams in the salt marsh off Wadmalaw Sound.

Charles Hardy
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Ever-changing tax laws create a constant need for updated tax filing software.  Our next guest’s company has taken advantage of that opportunity to grow from a lean start-up to a global enterprise in just the last few years.

Mike Switzer interviews Charles Hardy with SPAN Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC.

Catalpa "Worms"

Sep 27, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.  A nearby stand of catalpa trees is kept pruned so that the owners can easily reach catalpa sphinx moth caterpillars that use the leaves as their larval food source. This stout but dully colored caterpillar is actually hard to find – most stands of catalpa I see don’t have them feeding on them. Their infestations seem to be sporadic; many other insects parasitize these creatures and some people actually purchase pupae to inoculate their trees.

South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"H" is for Hutty, Alfred Heber (1877-1954). Artist. A native of Michigan, Hutty attended the Art Student League in Woodstock, New York. In 1919, in pursuit of a warmer place to spend winters, he discovered Charleston—and for decades divided his time between Charleston and Woodstock. In 1923 he became one of the founders of Charleston’s Etchers’ Club. Hutty’s oil painting of Charleston streetscapes and lowcountry gardens are impressionistic. However, he earned greater fame for his etchings and drypoints.

The Fisherman's Tree

Sep 26, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Since summer seems interminable this year, I’m desperate for signs of fall. Several catalpa trees on my daily drive have caught my eye recently with their large leaves sporting a yellow autumnal color. Catalpa is known as a fisherman’s tree since it the larval food source for the catalpa sphinx moth. It has large, ten inches or so across, heart-shaped leaves that are yellow-green.

Saying Goodbye to Two Iconic Radio Series

Sep 26, 2018
Ray Magliozzi, the late Tom Magliozzi, and the late Marian McPartland.
Car Talk/NPR, SC Public Radio

This month two of the longest running, most iconic public radio series end their runs on South Carolina Public Radio: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and Car Talk.

Berlioz on Music

Sep 26, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

These are the words of Hector Berlioz:

“Music…embraces at once the real and the ideal… By suspending the rhythm that gives it movement and life, it can assume the aspect of death. With the play of harmonic means at its disposal, it might confine itself…to being a pleasant diversion for the mind; or, in its melodic sport, limit itself to tickling the ear.


Owl Attack?

Sep 26, 2018
A Bard Owl
John Triana [CC BY 3.0 US], Regional Water Authority, Bugwood.org

A listener jogging in the dark has an unusual encounter...

Huge demographic shifts are happening across our country and in our state that can impact many business models, which is why our next guest says that building a diverse and inclusive workplace should be a priority for a company’s leadership team.

Mike Switzer interviews Nika White with the Greenville, SC Chamber of Commerce, which each year holds a Diversity and Inclusion Summit which is coming up again on October 16th.

"H" is for Hurricanes

Sep 26, 2018
South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"H" is for Hurricanes. The term “hurricane” comes from the West Indian word “hurrican,” which means “big wind.” Hurricanes are classified into five categories using the Saffir-Simpson scale based on maximum sustained winds, minimal central pressure, storm surge, and damage. Since 1900, fifteen hurricanes have hit South Carolina directly, but only three have reached major hurricane status. In 1954 Hazel moved inland near Little River with winds of 130 mph and a seventeen-foot storm surge. Five years later Gracie hit Beaufort with 125 mph winds.

Guillaume Lekeu

Sep 25, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

We know that Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn all died way too young. Mozart at thirty-five, Schubert at thirty-one, Mendelssohn at thirty-eight. But all three left us many masterpieces, and luckily we can concentrate on what was, rather than on what might have been. 


Dr. Shean Aujla
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shean Aujla about managing asthma in children and also new treatments for children with severe asthma.  Dr. Aujla is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and she is the Director of Pediatric Pulmonology at MUSC Children’s Health.

Beech Blight Aphids

Sep 25, 2018
Beech Blight Aphids
Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

When agitated, these aphids earn their nickname, "Boogie Woogie" Aphids.

With baby-boomers comprising one of the largest groups of our population, it should come as no surprise that another large group is made up of those that are in retirement mode.  If that’s you, our next guest says there are five things you must know before you start your retirement.

Mike Switzer interviews Hans Blake, a chartered financial analyst with Intelligent Investing in Greenville, SC. He is also a member of the SC Chapter of the CFA Society.

"H" is for Hunting

Sep 25, 2018
South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"H" is for Hunting. Hunting has long been an important component of the Palmetto State’s culture. Indians hunted a wide assortment of game for food from as early as 13,000 B.C.E. Colonists also depended upon game for food. By the time of the Revolution, Carolinians recognized the detrimental effects of unrestricted hunting and enacted laws to restrict night hunting and to establish seasons for different game animals. In the 1920s wealthy northerners purchased lowcountry plantations as game preserves. Locals—white and black—created formal and informal hunting clubs.

SC Lede: Life After Florence

Sep 25, 2018

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier's Joe Cranney and Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and the record flooding that continues to affect us and could result in billions of dollars in damages.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

Emmanuel Chabrier

Sep 24, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Emmanuel Chabrier is another of those musicians who were at the center of the musical and cultural lives of their countries and their times, but whose own creative contributions have largely faded from view. Other than España, the Rhapsody for Orchestra, most of Chabrier’s works are likely to be unfamiliar to today’s listeners, especially outside of France.


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