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.

Gov. Henry McMaster cast all 50 delegate votes for President Donald Trump on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on August 24, 2020.
RNC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 25, 2020, we hear comments from South Carolina Congressional delegation on the issues facing the U.S. Postal Service, speak with state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, look at Gov. Henry McMaster's role in the Republican National Convention, and more.

Dredging of Charleston Harbor to 52 feet, the deepest on the East Coast, continues. The project's final two contracts will soon be awarded and the dredging is set to complete by mid-2022.
South Carolina Ports Authority

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 22, 2020, we discuss what needs to be done to safeguard the vote in November, get an update from the South Carolina Ports Authority on the massive dredging project, speak with an MUSC psychologist about caution fatigue, and much more.

Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) delivered his virtual Democratic National Convention speech from Charleston on August 17, 2020.
DNC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 20, 2020, we take you to the virtual Democratic National Convention to hear from some prominent South Carolina lawmakers, continue to explore concerns over the postal service, hear from a financial advisor on how to handle the current market, and more.

Healthcare workers collect samples at a drive-in testing site in Columbia, SC, on August 11, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 18, 2020, we speak with MUSC Health CEO Dr. Patrick Cawley about testing, look at the absentee voting situation for the November 3 elections and what state lawmakers' plans are, hear about the financial pressures facing counties and municipalities, and more.

According to the SC Emergency Management Division, 10 counties and 60 municipalities have mask mandates in place. That represents around two million South Carolinians.
SCDHEC

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 15, 2020, features a look at spending for personal protection equipment for school districts, more on mask data from DHEC and which masks protect you better than others, a closer look at how you can cope with mental health issues during this pandemic, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 12, 2020, we bring you updates on broadband expansion efforts in the state, remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Gov. Henry McMaster about state and federal response efforts, a health report on the benefits of walking, and more.

Dr. Linda Bell (second from left) and Gov. Henry McMaster
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 11, 2020, we discuss The State's recent report on emails from State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell showing that she regretted not taking a stronger stance during press conferences with Gov. Henry McMaster. In the emails, Bell says the governor's staff misled people into thinking she also supported the reopening of close contact services in May. Also on this episode: a look at recent polling on how Gov. McMaster is handling the crisis; a detailed analysis on what is now forecasted to be an extremely active hurricane season; and more.

Critical care nurse Michele Baudet gowns up before going into a COVID-19 patient's room at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet on July 31, 2020. The hospital is over capacity and has been handling with a surge of patients since mid-June with no
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this special edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson takes you to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Georgetown County to speak with healthcare workers at the frontlines of the COVID-19 surge in South Carolina.

The most recent weekly COVID-19 death rates in South Carolina through August 1, 2020, according to SC DHEC.
DHEC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 6, 2020, we bring you updates from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on school reopenings, virtual classrooms, truancy, and more. Also on this episode: a look at how Americans feel about the November election; the state of minority owned small businesses; when high school sports could resume; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 4, 2020, features: Remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about his plans for broadband expansion, election security, and the future of TikTok; Details about what digital tools small businesses are using to navigate the pandemic; Comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci before Rep. Jim Clyburn's (D-SC) coronavirus committee; and more.

Hurricane Isaias at 3 pm on July 31, 2020.
NOAA

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 1, 2020, features: details on the economic outlook of our country amidst the worst quaterly GDP rate in the post-war era; insight on DHEC's pandemic response; the latest South Carolina forecast for Hurricane Isaias; and more.

Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials announced the reopening of more South Carolina businesses previously closed due to COVID-19 as well as mandatory guidelines for restaurants on July 29, 2020.
Tom Posey/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 30, 2020, we bring you the latest on Gov. Henry McMaster's new orders regarding masks in restaurants and the reopening of movie theaters, sports stadiums, and other businesses. Also in this episode: The struggles facing the state when it comes to COVID-19 testing and medical staffing needs at hospitals; Boeing's announcement that it will cut the production rates at its facility in North Charleston; and more.

Members of the South Carolina National Guard relocate a COVID-19 screening tent outside of Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC, on Jul 15, 2020.
Regional Medical Center

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 28, 2020, we bring you the latest data from DHEC about COVID-19 infection rates in the Palmetto State, look at encouraging numbers for the state, hear what one South Carolina hospital is doing to combat the coronavirus surge it's facing, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 25, 2020, we bring you an in-depth look at the politics surrounding the reopening of schools, including Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman's thoughts on how different in-person and online learning will look this fall. Plus, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the state of the federal coronavirus relief bill, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell voices support for a statewide mask ordinance, and more.

Vice President Mike Pence participates in a media briefing at the USC Alumni Center on July 21, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 23, 2020, we take a look at Vice President Mike Pence's recent visit to the Palmetto State, find out the latest on the federal COVID-19 relief bill, speak with SC Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome, and more.

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