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.

SC Ports Authority

This edition of the South Carolina Lede for February 26, 2021, features: the latest research on COVID-19 immunity; a look at legislative priorities and what happened this week at the statehouse; the state’s tourism director gives us an update on South Carolina’s top economic driver; and much more.

We want to hear from you! Leave us a 1-minute long voicemail at 803-563-7169 to tell us how you’re coping with COVID-19, what your life is like in quarantine, and what are you watching, reading, and doing during this time of social distancing.

Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This edition of the South Carolina Lede for February 23, 2021, features: a look at the national abortion debate and what the future may hold for South Carolina's now-blocked "fetal heartbeat" law; information about a new rental and mortgage assistance program available in the state; the importance of self-care during the pandemic; and more.

Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This edition of the South Carolina Lede for February 20, 2021, features an in-depth look at the journey taken by the so-called "fetal heartbeat" abortion bill from the state legislature to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk for his signature this week — as well as the temporary block a federal judge placed on the new law just one day after its passage.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

This edition of the South Carolina Lede for February 16, 2021, features: a look at the latest COVID-19 numbers and vaccination efforts across the state; a discussion of the importance of Black history with Dr. Bobby Donaldson, professor of history and director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina; an update on the state of South Carolina's economy; and much more.

Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 13, 2021 features: an update from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on vaccination plans for teachers; a recap of all of the activity at the state house this week; updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on double masking and COVID-19 vaccine dosage schedules; and much more.

SCDHEC

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 9, 2021, features: a look at the ongoing debate over vaccinating teachers vs. older South Carolinians; an update on the state's economic recovery; insights into what DHEC is doing to reach vulnerable and underserved communities; and more.

We want to hear from you! Leave us a 1-minute long voicemail at 803-563-7169 to tell us how you’re coping with COVID-19, what your life is like in quarantine, and what are you watching, reading, and doing during this time of social distancing.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 6, 2021, features: a look at the battle between Gov. Henry McMaster and state lawmakers over when teachers should be vaccinated; an update on the state of South Carolina's economy; hear how vaccination efforts are going in the Lowcountry; and more.

We want to hear from you! Leave us a 1-minute long voicemail at 803-563-7169 to tell us how you’re coping with COVID-19, what your life is like in quarantine, and what are you watching, reading, and doing during this time of social distancing.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 2, 2021, features: a look at some of the action that happened last week in the State House of Representatives; an update from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on how students are faring during the pandemic; comments from Gov. Henry McMaster on the vaccine rollout in the state; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 30, 2021, features: an in-depth look at the trip the so-called "fetal heartbeat" abortion bill took through the State Senate this week; South Carolina became the first state in the country to detect the South African variant of COVID-19; updates from DHEC on the pandemic; and more.

A Prisma Health employees hold a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 26, 2021, features: comments from Gov. Henry McMaster on vaccine rollout improvements; a look at the busy week ahead for state lawmakers; efforts to fight misinformation and distrust of the COVID-19 vaccines; and more.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for January 23, 2021, we reflect on President Joe Biden’s inauguration, including former President George W. Bush's comments to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who served a chair of the inaugural committee. Also on this episode: incoming Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen lays out what needs to be done for the economy; actions the Biden administration is taking to combat COVID-19; what state lawmakers are proposing to ramp up vaccination efforts; and more.

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.

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