South Carolina Lede

Weekly Podcast

South Carolina Lede ("lede" is the old school term for the introductory section of a news story) 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 the coronavirus pandemic to legislative happenings inside the state house, and everything in between. It’s the factual and timely information you need, with a dash of irreverent fun to keep it all interesting. You can subscribe to the South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app to receive the latest episodes automatically. You can also listen through the NPR One app or stream online at SouthCarolinaPublicRadio.org.

Music by Jason Shaw of audionautix.com.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 19, 2021, features: a continued preview of the legislative session; a look at this year's virtual King Day at the Dome event; the latest on the vaccine rollout in the state; and more.

US Army Spc. Matthew Jackson, South Carolina National Guard Medical Command medic, assists healthcare professionals in the delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to civilians who have volunteered and registered to receive the vaccination during a drive-u
Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, South Carolina National Guard

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for January 16, 2021, we look at the second impeachment of President Donald Trump and speak with one of the 10 Republicans who voted for it, South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice. Also on this episode: a look at Gov. Henry McMaster's fourth State of the State address; a summary of the first week of the South Carolina legislative session; an update on the state's COVID-19 vaccination efforts; and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 12, 2021, we look at the top issues state lawmakers will be prioritizing this session, hear what business leaders want to see accomplished at the State House, learn about efforts to get more South Carolinians vaccinated, and more.

PBS NewsHour

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 9, 2021, features a look at the unprecedent assault on the US Capitol on January 6, including a firsthand account from Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC), comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC), and more.

Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 5, 2021, features an update on Gov. Henry McMaster's bout with COVID-19, a look at the federal relief funds flowing to small businesses and schools in the Palmetto State, details from DHEC officials about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and more.

On this special episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson and producer A.T. Shire discuss their holiday plans, look back on the year with a special guest, listen to your voicemails and much more!


Prisma Health staff cheer as healthcare workers transport the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in the Columbia hospital on December 15, 2020.
Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 20, 2020, features: a remembrance of South Carolina political heavyweight Don Fowler, who passed away this week; an update on the state's economic recovery; perspective from frontline workers at Prisma Health on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout; and more.

A video from Pfizer shows employees packing a storage container with the company's COVID-19 vaccine as shipments were sent to hundreds of sites around the country this weekend.
Pfizer

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 15, 2020, we bring you all the action from the South Carolina Electoral College meeting in Columbia on Monday, take a look at the COVID-19 vaccine rollout process as the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine reach the Palmetto State, speak with a University of South Carolina Law professor on his new book tracing the history of education in the country, and much more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 12, 2020, we hear from Gov. Henry McMaster, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell, and other state officials about rising COVID-19 numbers, the dire situation the state is in, and the latest on the vaccine. Also on this episode: State Rep. Chris Murphy talks to us about what his priorities are for the House Judiciary Committee next session; we hear from Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the Palmetto State; and more.

House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith (R-Sumter) holds an organizational meeting of the budget writing committee on December 2, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 7, 2020, features: a discussion with South Carolina House budget chairman Murrell Smith about how he plans to approach the budget writing process when session begins in January; a look at how the United Way of Greenville County is handling an influx of calls; the impact of the pandemic on mental health during the already stressful holiday season; and more. 

House lawmakers returned to Columbia this week for a two-day organizational session ahead of the new legislative session which begins January 12.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 5, 2020, we look ahead to what's coming for state lawmakers in 2021, hear more about the Palmetto State's improving economy, get the latest on the vaccine rollout in South Carolina from the state's top health officials, and more.

New COVID-19 case numbers are returning to levels seen during South Carolina's first peak this summer.
University of South Carolina

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 1, 2020, features a look at Rep. Nancy Mace's transition to Congress, an economic forecast for 2021, a profile of one South Carolina COVID-19 surivor and what is keeping her going, and much more.

On this special Thanksgiving South Carolina Lede mini pod, host Gavin Jackson and producer AT Shire listen to your voicemails, share how they're celebrating the holiday this year, and more!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the South Carolina Lede, South Carolina Public Radio, and SCETV!


Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials during a briefing on November 19, 2020.
Aimee Crouch/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 21, 2020, features recommendations from state leaders on how to have a safe Thanksgiving, plans for rapid testing in schools, the latest South Carolina unemployment and jobs numbers, and much more.

The University of South Carolina recently hosted a virtual question and answer session with Professor Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research and author of the book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
University of South Carolina

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 17, 2020 features: a continued look into the 2020 election with two of South Carolina's top political science professors; insight from one of the country’s most outspoken voices on anti-racism, Prof. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University; a profile of one restaurant chain growing amid the pandemic; and more.

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