Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
StoryCorps is (virtually) coming to South Carolina for its Military Voices Initiative. StoryCorps will facilitate approximately 50 virtual recording sessions April 12-23, 2021, with appointments offered Monday-Friday of each week.
Detail from photo montage of the some members of the first S.C.  legislature after the American Civil War, with Lawrence Cain, center
Library of Congress
In his book, The Virtue of Cain: From Slave to Senator (2021, Rocky Pond Press), Kevin Cherry focuses on the short but extraordinary life of Reconstruction era Senator Lawrence Cain of Edgefield, South Carolina. Cherry, Cain's great great-grandson, also tells the contemporaty story of a family with Southern roots, long identified as having some American indian ancestry, re-discovering their true heritage. — Please note: due to a technical error, this episode was not broadcast on Friday, April 16. It will air on our News & Music Stations on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and on our News & Talk Stations on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
South Carolina Public Radio News
  • Dr. Brannon Traxler, a familiar face to many South Carolinians following the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, will become the state's next public health director.Traxler, who took on the role on an interim basis last year, will start as permanent director next week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement Thursday.
  • COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the Republican dominated Legislature. But the subcommittee hearing was less than an hour long, forced to end without a vote because the House was going into session. Not all the supporters of the proposal got a chance to speak. The 10 people who did speak supported the bill. It allows people to register to vote and cast an in-person absentee ballot the same day and would allow college IDs with photos to be used as identification at the polls.
  • The South Carolina House approved a bill Thursday that would revise a required college course on America's founding that hasn't been changed since 1924.The bill passed 91-12 on Thursday after Republicans agreed to a Democratic amendment that the class include “one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle.”
  • COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice Center filed its lawsuit Wednesday in federal court on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston and a group of mostly religious or historically Black colleges and universities.
More Stories
SC Public Radio News Updates
Get weekly program highlights via e-mail.
Walter Edgar's Journal
SC Public Radio
Walter Edgar's Journal delves into the arts, culture, history of South Carolina and the American South.

News and Music Stations: Fridays at 12 pm; Saturdays at 7 am
News & Talk Stations: Fridays at 12 pm; Sundays at 4 pm
News from South Carolina's business community with interviews of many small business owners, business leaders from around the state, and South Carolina's nonprofits.
Mon - Fri 7:51 a.m.