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 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.

Thousands gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody as a white officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on May 25.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 2, 2020, we take you to Saturday’s protests in Columbia spurred by the death of George Floyd, which started with thousands gathered peacefully at the State House before devolving into isolated acts of destruction by a small group of people.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 30, 2020, we bring you major broadband discussion from several top lawmakers, medical professionals, and education leaders as we continue to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating the need to expand this critical infrastructure in our state and country.

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 28, 2020, we have updates on absentee voting for the June 9 primary, Boeing’s layoffs from its North Charleston plant, and a clinical research trial to see what power T-cells from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 hold for others. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more!

Businesses in Folly Beach, SC, welcomed visitors to the town's shores Memorial Day weekend following the reopening of beaches earlier this month.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 26, 2020, we travel to Folly Beach, SC, for Memorial Day, recap recent legislative action with The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Maayan Schechter, and learn how hospitals are staffing back up in the Palmetto State. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more!

Beachgoers returned to Isle of Palms the weekend of May 16, 2020, after restrictions were lifted.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 23, 2020, we take you to the Isle of Palms as residents return to the beaches, look at how some communities are planning economic relief packages, and learn about the use of the promising COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in the Palmetto State.

Customers get haircuts at Circa Barbershop in Columbia, SC, after restrictions on close contact businesses are lifted in the state.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 21, 2020, we take you to the final meeting of Gov. Henry McMaster's AccelerateSC taskforce, visit a local barbershop as costumers return, and hear how some are looking to the past for guidance on moving forward in a COVID-19 world. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more!

SC Lede producer A.T. Shire interviews Katelyn Shire, manager at Columbia bar Craft and Draft (who is also his wife), about how the business has been operating during the pandemic.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 19, 2020, we look at the results of a Clemson University Palmetto Poll on South Carolinians' opinions on COVID-19, learn more about antibody tests being developed in the state, and take you to happy hour at a local establishment to see how they're navigating a new world.

Gov. Henry McMaster talks with ZVerse owner John Carrington in his West Columbia warehouse where employees are picking boxes of face shields his company produces. Soon production of the ZShield Flex, which both McMaster and Carrington are wearing, will ra
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 16, 2020, we look at how a majority of State Senate Republicans want to check Gov. Henry McMaster's emergency powers, and what he thinks about it. Plus, the governor tours a plant that produces practical face shields for non-medical applications, Dr. Linda Bell explains why are testing numbers don’t provide the entire picture, and more.

Gov. Henry McMaster
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 14, 2020, we take a deep look into the guidelines for reopening South Carolina businesses, recap the legislative action this week to keep the state funded, and hear what National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks of the steps the Palmetto State has taken. Plus, your voicemails and more!

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 12, 2020, we look at Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to reopen more businesses in the state, hear about the lawsuit the ACLU has filed against the South Carolina Deptartment of Corrections, discuss why it could take longer than expected for the state's tourism industry to rebound, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 9, 2020, we preview what lawmakers will be doing when they return to the state house next week, discuss safeguarding state primaries in June, and travel to Pendleton, SC, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visits a textile plant to share his plan to reshore medical supply jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and CareSouth partnered to host free COVID-19 testing in Society Hill, SC, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 7, 2020, we take you to a recent free COVID-19 testing site in the Pee Dee, recap the findings of a recent survey of South Carolina businesses, look at how the expansion of broadband access is gaining traction with lawmakers, and more.

Gavin Jackson (with A.T. Shire in insert) records from his home office on Monday, May 4, 2020.
South Carolina Public Radio

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May, 5, 2020, we examine the latest COVID-19 numbers in the state as Gov. Henry McMaster's "work or home" order is lifted this week. We also look at Rep. James Clyburn's plan for affordable broadband internet access, speak with South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce CEO Frank Knapp about how businesses are faring, and more.

Hotels and short term rentals have reopened in Myrtle Beach and Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted his ban on visitors from CDC hotspots from such accommodations.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 2, 2020, we bring you insight into how Gov. Henry McMaster and other political leaders envision reopening the state, take the pulse of the Palmetto State's tourism industry, and find out what this year's college football season could look like. Plus, your voicemails and more!

Boeing will be cutting its workforce 10% in light of economic headwinds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deeper cuts are expected in its commercial airplane sector, which includes the North Charleston plant.
Boeing

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 30, 2020, we break down the latest COVID-19 numbers in the Palmetto State, take you to Myrtle Beach as the city votes to reopen its beaches and hotels, and look at Boeing's plans to layoff workers from its North Charleston plant. Plus, what the June 9 primary elections may look like, your voicemails, and more.

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