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.

Leading up to the 2020 election, the 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 January 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent King Day at the Dome event in Columbia, SC, to hear from Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), businessman Tom Steyer, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg also made an appearance at the event but did not give an address.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Chris Trainor on Friday, January 17, 2020.
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On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, we look at the importance of the King Day at the Dome event in Columbia, SC. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Free Times' Chris Trainor, whose recent cover story on the event at the statehouse, now it is 20th year, traces history of the event from the protests around the Confederate battle flag to becoming a must-stop for Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Gavin Jackson (r) with Jeffrey Collins (l) and Avery Wilks.
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On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Craft and Draft in Irmo, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Avery Wilks to preview this year's state legislative session.

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

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, we revisit the tragic story of veterans who were the target of a catfishing scam orchestrated by prisoners using contraband cellphones. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by Wired's Vince Beiser to discuss his report on the scam which involved inmates from Lee Correctional Institution and led to the death of Greenville vet.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jeffrey Collins and Andy Shain (r).
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As 2020 kicks off, the South Carolina Lede continues its look back at the last 10 years. Host Gavin Jackson is once again joined by The Post and Courier's Andy Shain and The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to discuss more of the biggest South Carolina news stories from the past decade.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jeffrey Collins and Andy Shain (r).
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On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Andy Shain and The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to look at back the biggest South Carolina news stories from the past 10 years.

On this special edition of the South Carolina Lede, recorded in Washington, DC, on Friday, December 20, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and McClatchy DC's Emma Dumain following the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Donald Trump. They discuss how South Carolina members of the House voted, reactions from other Palmetto State lawmakers, what happens next, and more.

From left: Jamie Lovegrove, Maayan Schechter, Meg Kinnard, and SC Lede host Gavin Jackson.
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From the Democratic presidential primary race to Gov. Henry McMaster's first year of a full term, 2019 was another fascinating year of news is South Carolina. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, The State's Maayan Schechter, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the top political stories of 2019 as the year comes to a close.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jamie Lovegrove and Mayaan Schechter (r) on Monday, December 9, 2019.
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ended her presidential bid last week citing financial concerns. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Mayaan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove — who have covered Harris' stops in South Carolina since the beginning of her run — to look back on the campaign of the only black female candidate in the 2020 race.

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 December 4, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to a recent campaign stop by South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Okatie, SC.

Gavin Jackson with Joe Cranney (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, December 2, 2019.
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On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Joe Cranney to look at the controversial world of magistrate judges in South Carolina. These judges wield life-changing powers, but most of them don't have law degrees, undergo less training that police officers and barbers, and have remained on the bench despite disciplinary actions.

Gavin Jackson (r) and Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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The top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Atlanta last week for their fifth debate. On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to recap the debate and look at what it could mean for South Carolina now that we're less than 100 days away from the February primary.

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, host Gavin Jackson speaks with former Vice President Joe Biden before a town hall forum at Lander University on Nov. 21, 2019.

Biden discussed what his South Carolina momentum might look like after early voting states in February, his thoughts on Sen. Cory Booker's debate dig where he said Biden might've been high when he recently discussed his stance on marijuana, whether vaping should be outlawed, what might happen if former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg jumps in the 2020 fray, how to appeal to disenfranchised Republican voters, and more. 

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.

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