South Carolina From A to Z
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"G" is for Grosvenor, Vertamae (1938-2016). Writer, culinary anthropologist. A native of Allendale County, Grosvenor moved with her family to Philadelphia when she was ten. After high school she lived in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. During her travels she became interested in the African diaspora and how African foods and recipes traveled and changed as a result of it. Her first book, Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl was published in 1970. It is a unique combination of recipes, reminiscences, and stories from family and friends.


Aug 28, 2018

You may not know this but timber is our state’s largest cash crop.  And there are trends in the timber industry that our next guest says may soon shake up that market.

Mike Switzer interviews Harris Chewning, a chartered financial analyst with American Timberlands Company in Pawleys Island, SC, and member of the South Carolina Chapter of the CFA Society.

Mating Moths

Aug 28, 2018
Polyphemus Moth
Organic, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spies some mating Polyphemus Moths.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about autism spectrum disorder in the adolescent years. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

Gene Harris on Piano Jazz

Aug 27, 2018

Pianist Gene Harris (1933 – 2000) was an integral part of the well-known group The Three Sounds trio, with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. After a brief hiatus in the 1970s, he teamed up with bassist Ray Brown to form a new group and also made his way as a solo act. An accomplished leader and sideman, Harris played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, and B.B. King. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, Harris opens with a slow and easy “Black and Blue,” then McPartland joins him on “Bag’s Groove.”

Timpani 2

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

The timpani, or kettledrums were the original percussion instrument of the orchestra. The “kettle” of a kettledrum is called the “bowl,” and is made of copper or brass. The “head” of the drum, the surface that the player strikes, is a piece of Mylar plastic stretched over the rim of the bowl.

Spinners and doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., circa 1912.
National Archives/Hine, Lewis Wickes

(Originally broadcast 03/09/18) - South Carolina in 1918 was still struggling with the changes to its economic and social systems brought about by the Civil War and Reconstruction. The United States’ entry into World War I affected the daily work life of South Carolinians and the state’s economy in a way that was unique to our state.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"S" is for Slave religion. Enslaved Africans brought their traditional belief systems with them and little effort was made to evangelize them until the 1820s—because some slaveholder thought conversion required emancipation. For all their differences, traditional African beliefs and Christianity had important points of convergence. A creator God was present in both, and the Christian Trinity and angels were suggestive of a multiplicity of deities. Also the story of death and resurrection was familiar to West and South Central Africans who believed in reincarnation.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

The caterpillar of the Giant Swallowtail butterfly
TokyoJunkie via Wikimedia Commons

The appearance and behaviour of this caterpillar helps to deter predators.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Duncan about research to find cures for rare childhood diseases.  Dr. Duncan is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC.

Healing Goldenrod

Aug 27, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Although it doesn’t feel like fall, with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s, many plants we associate with autumn, especially in the aster family, are coming into flower. The roads I travel   from St.

Host of “Making It Grow” and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talks with fellow agent Tony Melton about applying preemergent to your lawn in the Fall to prevent Spring weeds.

Host of “Making It Grow” and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talks with fellow agent Tony Melton about the best practices for maintaining your Fall turf grass.

Crowds gather at the Columbia Convention Center for a previous Soda City Comic Con.

In 2011, Donald Brock, Jr. found an old comic book on a shelf,  inside one of his father's properties. "I looked at it. It look reasonably old."

Brock said, the conditons in the warehouse were not that great, so "I swiped it and said I would go online and see if its worth anything."

Timpani 1

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

The timpani, also called kettledrums, have been regular members of the orchestra since about 1700. Their history can be traced back to ancient times in the Middle East, but they first appeared in Europe in the 1400's—they were originally imported from Turkey for use in cavalry bands. Timpani are tuned drums—they play notes, not just booms.  

Matt Brown
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

According to the most recent SportsBusiness survey, the University of South Carolina’s masters degree program in Sport and Entertainment Management is doing a pretty good job in preparing its graduates for jobs in that industry.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"S" is for Slave patrols. Slave patrols were a crucial mechanism of slave control in colonial and antebellum South Carolina. Like the state’s earliest slave codes, the earliest slave patrol systems were based on Barbadian models. Following the Stono Rebellion in 1739, the Assembly passed the Negro Act of 1740, which provided for regular, constant patrols. In South Carolina all plantation owners were called upon to serve in patrols. Patrol beats were not large; most ranged between ten and fifteen miles.

Making It Grow Extra: Contoling Nematodes

Aug 24, 2018

Host of “Making It Grow” and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty and fellow agent Tony Melton discuss nematodes and the best ways to control them.

The Snake on the Porch

Aug 24, 2018
A juvenile Southern Black Racer
Kevin Enge/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

A listener finds a juvenile Black Racer. The young of these snakes have a blotchy pattern of markings.

Citadel Employee Accused of Sexually Abusing Former Cadet

Aug 23, 2018
Kenneth Gregory Boes
Charleston County

An employee with Charleston’s military college, the Citadel, is accused of giving a former cadet alcohol and pills, and sexually assaulting him.  Kenneth Gregory Boes is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct following an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Claude Debussy in 1903 wrote about the importance of giving his imagination free rein. Five years later Debussy expanded on the theme in a published interview. “You know,” he said, “People leave their homes to get away from themselves and from their surroundings. I confess that I live only in my surroundings and in myself. I can conceive of no greater pleasure than sitting in my chair at this desk and looking at the walls around me day by day and night after night..."

According to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017, a booming stock market and strong economy have caused a surge in charitable giving in this country.  Could this also be the result of donors getting their charitable contributions in before changes in the tax law took effect in January that are now restricting the tax deductibility of those contributions?

South Carolina From A to Z
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"P" is for Pratt, Nathaniel Alpheus (1834-1906). Chemist, engineer, inventor. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Pratt, a native Georgian was named assistant chief of the Confederate States Nitre and Mining Bureau at Augusta. He was responsible for securing domestic supplies of raw materials for the manufacturing of gunpowder. He moved to Charleston after the war. In his wartime search for minerals, he realized that the rocky nodules he had discovered around Charleston Neck were phosphate of lime.

Host of “Making It Grow” and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty and fellow agent Tony Melton discuss the best practices for insect control in your Fall vegetable garden.

House Spider

Aug 23, 2018
The Southern House Spider
Edward L. Manigault [CC BY 3.0 US], Clemson University Donated Collection,

The Southern House Spider lives for two to four years.

Helena Lopes from Pexels

As Baby Boomers retire, their children, the Millennial generation, are coming into the workplace, behind the in-between Generation X.  University of South Carolina Sociology Professor Rob Ployhart says millennials differ from their predecessors in some key ways:  they are the first generation to grow up completely in the digital age, and they expect the companies they work for to be technologically savvy.  Certain ideas about millennials picture them as spoiled, self-obsessed techno-nerds that don’t want to work normal hours and need playtime at work, as evidenced by giant tech companies li

A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Robert Schumann called taking the titles of musical compositions too literally “clumsy.” Schumann’s friend Franz Liszt, on the other hand, coined the term “program music,” and said that when a piece has a program, or story, the musical ideas should clearly reflect the unfolding of the story—although that’s the same Franz Liszt who attached a “program” to his symphonic poem Les Préludes long after he had actually written the music.

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A listener finds the skeletal remains of a wild turkey.

Preparing your business for investment and learning how to pitch to investors is a skill that our next guest says every entrepreneur must master.  Whether your company is in the concept stage or up and running and growing, he says learning how to convey your business message to potential investors is critically important.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Dunbar, managing director of VentureSouth in Greenville, SC.