South Carolina Lede

Weekly Podcast
  • Hosted by Gavin Jackson

South Carolina Lede ("lede" is the old school term for the introductory section of a news story) is a podcast about the people and issues shaping South Carolina state politics. Join host Gavin Jackson each week as we break down state political news and go inside the legislative happenings that could affect you, your family, and your pocketbook. We'll also examine the biggest stories out of the statehouse with reporters from across the Palmetto State.

Music by Jason Shaw of audionautix.com.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Maayan Schechter at Growler Haus in Spartanburg, SC, on Thursday, November 14.
A.T. Shire/South Carolina Public Radio

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Growler Haus in Spartanburg, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss recent South Carolina political news. They look at Mark Sanford ending his 2020 presidential bid, South Carolina's $2 billion budget surplus, and former governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's new book.

Plus, South Carolina trivia, campaign trail updates, and more!

The Post and Courier

More than half of all Americans are living with at least one chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or cancer. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with the Post and Courier's Tony Bartleme about one of the major factors contributing to those health issues: what we eat, and specifically how we cook that food. Bartleme recently spoke with researchers in South Carolina who continue to find evidence that substances called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), created by high heat cooking, are linked to the chronic disease epidemic in America.

Gavin Jackson (l) and Jamie Lovegrove in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, November 4, 2019.
A.T. Shire/South Carolina Public Radio

The US House of Representatives voted last week to formalize its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, fresh off a reporting trip to Washington, to discuss the latest on the inquiry.

 Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of October 31, 2019, we hear remarks from President Donald Trump from his speech at Benedict College, a historically black college, about criminal justice reform.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Maayan Schechter, of The State newspaper, and Meg Kinnard, of the Associated Press, to talk about the criminal justice reform summit held at Benedict College that was attended by 10 Democratic candidates as well as President Donald Trump.

  Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of October 24, 2019, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during her visit to Orangeburg, SC on October 18.

Gavin Jackson (l) and Maayan Schechter in the South Carolina Public Radio studios in Monday, October 21, 2019.
A.T. Shire/South Carolina Public Radio

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter to look at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) campaign approach to South Carolina and her popularity in the state which remains a stronghold for rival 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with South Carolina-based photojournalist Callie Shell about her new book, "Hope, Never Fear: A Personal Portrait of the Obamas." They discuss her years documenting the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama, her work covering seven presidential campaigns, and what goes into telling the news of the day visually.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of October 10, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the Charleston County Democratic Party's recent Blue Jamboree event to hear from Democratic presidential candidates Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), and Tom Steyer. 

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with The Greenville News' Daniel Gross about his in-dept project, "Lethal Force," examning the 145 lethal shootings by South Carolina police officers over the last 10 years. Among other revelations, the report found that deputies with the Greenville Sheriff's Office used their weapons at higher rates than officers in other more crime-ridden counties.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, we look at a recent report by The Post and Courier which found that an Upstate law firm was connected to a scheme that preyed upon financially struggling military veterans while leading to alleged millions in profits. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post Courier's Andy Brown to discuss his story, "Red, White and Fooled."

You can read the story on this Post and Courier's website here.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Jamie Lovegrove (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss recent South Carolina campaign stops by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). They also remember the late Emily Clyburn, wife of Congressman Jim Clyburn, who passed away last week.

Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz the three of them about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment.

Plus, the week's top news, campaign trail updates, and more!

On this mini episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson takes us to Horry County as a number of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls visited the Galivants Ferry Stump Meeting this week. The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove join Gavin at the long-running Pee Dee event to discuss speeches given by New York City Mayor Bill de Balsio, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Gavin Jackson with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Jeffrey Collins (r).
A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to look at the fetal heartbeat bill South Carolina state senators recently received testimony on, despite being out of session. They discuss this initial hearing for the House-approved bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the Palmetto State.

Gavin Jackson (l) and Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, September 9, 2019.
A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss two storms which recently affected the Palmetto State — one political, the other an actual hurricane. They talk about former South Carolina Congressman and Gov. Mark Sanford's announcement that he is running as a Republican challenger against incumbent President Donald Trump in 2020, as well as look at South Carolina's reponse to Hurricane Dorian.

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