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 Lede: InstaGraham

Nov 7, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham celebrates after being elected for a fourth term on November 3, 2020, at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Victoria Hansen/SC Public Radio

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 7, 2020, we hear from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about how he won the most expensive Senate race in history, his thoughts on the current presidential election count, and how he plans to work with Joe Biden, should the Democratic candidate become president. Also on this episode: an update on the First Congressional District race; warnings from DHEC about a potential COVID wave; suicide prevention efforts during the pandemic; and much more.  

Clockwise from top left: Jamie Lovegrove, Meg Kinnard, and Gavin Jackson
SCETV

Throughout the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede has kept you up to speed on what's happening the on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of November 5, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the results of the South Carolina US Senate race, congressional district races, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison hit the campaign trail for final push before Election Day.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 3, 2020, features: a look at the final push by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison; the latest on absentee voting; how one woman with agoraphobia has been handling the pandemic; and more.

South Carolina Ports are expected to see steady growth in 2021 as consumer spending rebounds and supply chain disruptions diminish.
South Carolina Ports Authority

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 31, 2020, features: a look at the competitive First Congressional District race between incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham and Republican challenger Nancy Mace; an economic update on South Carolina's ports and Boeing; comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci on the latest development of a coronavirus vaccine; and more.

People outside of the South Carolina Statehouse hold silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness ceremony on October 6, 2020. The silhouettes represent those who died from domestic violence in 2019.
SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 27, 2020, features: the voices of voters from around the state a week out from Election Day; a look at efforts to prevent domestic violence in South Carolina; the importance of getting the flu vaccine is this winter; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 24, 2020, features a look at the security threats facing the November 3 election, what local officials in one county are doing to prevent any issues on Election Day, a discussion on the importance of rural broadband expansion, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) holds a rally in Columbia, SC, on October 17, 2020. Both he and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison have ramped up in-person events with less than two weeks to go until Election Day.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

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 October 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter, The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, the 1st and 2nd congressional district races, and more.

Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison casts his in-person absentee ballot with his son William in Columbia in October 19, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 20, 2020, features: a look at two new grant programs to help businesses dealing with economic impacts of the pandemic; more about the economic head winds affecting one of our state’s top industries; comments from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on South Carolina's response to the pandemic; and more.

Economists continue to monitor weekly initial unemployment claims data to see how the recovery is faring.
SC DEW

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 17, 2020, features: the latest unemployment data for South Carolina and perspective from state economists on that data is telling us; insight on the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Judiciary Committee; what you can do to handle pandemic-induced depression; and more.

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 October 15, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.

Bar manager Megan Deschaine is grateful Doar Bros. on Meeting Street in Charleston is back open. She lost her job seven months ago when the bar was forced to shut down due to the pandemic.
Victoria Hansen/South Carolina Public Radio

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 13, 2020, features: the latest on absentee voting in South Carolina; a look at the state of the Charleston restaurant scene now that occupancy restrictions have been lifted; updates from the South Carolina Ports Authority; and more.

Horticulturist Brinton Fox (r) joins Gavin Jackson to talk fall gardening.
A.T. Shire/South Carolina Public Radio

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 10, 2020, features: reaction from former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley about the World Food Program, which he runs, receiving the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize; horticulturist Brinton Fox shares fall gardening tips; the latest on a new COVID-19 relief bill; and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (r) and challenger Jaime Harrison (l) debate at Allen University on October 5, 2020.
WISTV

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 October 8, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Caitlin Byrd and Joe Bustos to discuss the first US Senate debate between Republican incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison as well as this week's 1st Congressional District debate between incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham and challenger Republican State Rep. Nancy Mace.

Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 6, 2020 features a conversation with an election security expert on the threats facing the 2020 polls, insight from a University of South Carolina professor on electoral college scenarios and Senate races, a look at the economic factors influencing the economy, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham briefly talks to reporters following a campaign event in Myrtle Beach on Oct. 2, 2020. Graham spoke with President Donald Trump, who had just tested positive for COVID-19, earlier in the day and said he was in "good spirits."
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 3, 2020, features: comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19; the latest on absentee and in-person voting in South Carolina; an update on telemental health and therapy; and more.

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