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South Carolina Lede
Weekly Podcast

South Carolina Lede is a podcast about the people, issues, and events shaping the Palmetto State. Join host Gavin Jackson and reporters from across the state each week for in-depth discussions of the biggest news affecting you, your family, and your fellow South Carolinians – from state politics and legislative happenings inside the state house to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and more. It’s the factual and timely information you need, with a dash of irreverent fun to keep it all interesting.

And we want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail at 803-563-7169 with your questions and stories, and you might just make it onto an episode during our Wind Down segment.

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Latest Episodes
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for May 8, 2021, features: a look at the ramifications of Gov. Henry McMaster's decision to end federal unemployment benefits next month; updates from the final days of the state legislative session; a visit to Boone Fox Farm in Columbia, SC, for Mother's Day flower suggestions and spring gardening tips from horticulturalist Brinton Fox; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 4, 2021, we analyze all of last week's state political news with The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, get an update about Boeing's 787 Dreamliner production facility in North Charleston, look at recent research about herd immunity in South Carolina, and more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for May 1, 2021, features: Joe Cunningham's first campaign stop in his run for South Carolina's governor in the 2022 election; Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) delivers the GOP response to President Joe Biden's speech to Congress this week; Mike Pence teases a 2024 presidential run at his first public appearance since leaving office this week in South Carolina; and much more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 27, 2021, we look at the week ahead for South Carolina lawmakers, get an update on how important the manufacturing industry is to the state, discuss the latest on the return of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and more.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 24, 2021, features: a look at what bills made moves in the state legislature this week; an update on the future of Santee Cooper; South Carolina reaction to the Dereck Chauvin trial verdict; and more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for April 20, 2021, features: a preview of what the state legislature is taking on this week, including a bill which one expert said do the most to combat systemic racism than any other bill currently pending in the state house; insights from SC DHEC on current COVID-19 trends; a look at racial inequities the Palmetto State is facing in vaccine rollouts; and more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for April 17, 2021, features: the latest on the viral altercation between a white Army officer and a Black man in a northeast Richland County neighborhood; a recap of this week's action in the state legislature; updates about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from SC DHEC Director of Public Health Dr. Brannon Traxler; and more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for April 13, 2021, features: information about the education funding coming to the state; a look at Gov. Henry McMaster's executive order banning foster care homes from taking unaccompanied children found at the U.S. southern border; a global economic outlook from the recent International Monetary Fund meeting; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 10, 2021, we break down the bills which moved from one state legislative chamber to the other during this "crossover week." Plus: a look at extra money lawmakers will have to budget with this year; the S.C. Ports Authority's record-breaking March; and much more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for April 3, 2021, features: an update on efforts to expand broadband internet access in the state; the latest on proposed medical marijuana legislation; a look at what the state is doing to strengthen our medical supply chains; and more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for March 30, 2021, features: comments from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman about end-of-year tests; a look at what's on the S.C. Senate's radar this week; encouraging news from SCDEHC; and much more.
  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for March 27, 2021, features: a discussion of the $9.8 billion state budget the S.C. House approved this week; analysis of Gov. Henry McMaster's announcement that all South Carolinians over the age 16 will qualify for the COVID-19 vaccines beginning next week; a look the state flag design approved by a S.C. Senate committee; and more.