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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 episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 18, 2021, features: a report on families of disabled children and their concerns about an ACLU lawsuit against the state's mask mandate prohibition; a view from the medical frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic; updates about the monoclonal antibody shortage in the state; and more.
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for September 14, 2021, we speak with State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman about school safety amid rising closings, quarantines, infections, and deaths from COVID-19. We're also joined by the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard with updates on her fight against breast cancer.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 11, 2021, we look at the continued debate between state leaders and the Biden administration over vaccination and mask mandates, hear about the struggles faced by frontline medical workers in the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 7, 2021, we speak with Dr. Melissa Nolan, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and co-lead for the Sampling and Testing Representative Outreach for Novel Coronavirus Guidance (STRONG).
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for September 4, 2021, we break down the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision this week that found Columbia's mask mandate for schools to be illegal. Also on this episode: new analysis of CDC data by The New York Times finds that the Palmetto State has the highest per capita COVID-19 case rate in the country; HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visits the state to promote vaccinations; and much more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 31, 2021, we look at the latest on lawsuits against mask mandates in the state and a civil rights investigation by the US Department of Education on the matter. Also in this episode: South Carolina's new Office of Resilience seeks to reduce future flood damage; how Palmetto State hospitals are handling an surge in COVID-19 cases; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 28, 2021, we're joined by Joseph Bustos, state government and politics reporter with The State, to discuss mask mandates, state lawsuits, and his recent reporting from a COVID-19 medical unit. Also in this episode: the latest COVID-19 case numbers; new information about booster shots; and more.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 24, 2021, features: comments from the state Congressional delegation on the $1.2 trillion Senate infrastructure bill, earmarks, and Afghanistan; the latest data from DHEC on climbing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations; Pfizer's vaccine gets full approval from the FDA; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 21, 2021, we look at the current COVID-19 situation in the state, including the debate over masks in schools, the latest case numbers, vaccination recommendations for pregnant women, and much more.
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for August 17, 2021, journalist Claudia Smith Brinson joins us to discuss her book Stories of Struggles: The Clash Over Civil Rights in South Carolina (2020, USC Press)
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 14, 2021, we're joined by Stephen Lowe to discuss his book, The Slow Undoing: The Federal Courts and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights in South Carolina (2021, USC Press). Lowe argues for a reconsideration of the role of the federal courts in the civil rights movement, and places the courts as a central battleground at the intersections of struggles over race, law, and civil rights.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 10, 2021, we're joined by Christina Rae Butler, professor of Historic Preservation at the American College of the Buildings Arts and College of Charleston and owner of Butler Preservation, L.C. In her book Lowcountry at High Tide: A History of Flooding, Drainage, and Reclamation in Charleston, South Carolina (2020, USC Press), Butler uses three hundred years of archival records to track not only the many changes made to Charleston's landscape past and present, but also the impact those efforts have had on the residents at various socio-economic levels throughout its history.