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.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Andy Shain (l) and Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, January 14, 2019.
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Gov. Henry McMaster was sworn into his first full term as governor last week and laid out his vision for the next four years. On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by AP Reporter Meg Kinnard and Post and Courier Columbia Bureau Chief Andy Shain to look at what McMaster's plan is, the reaction to his inauguration speech, and what we can expect from his budget and upcoming State of the State address.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Seanna Adcox (l) and Jeffrey Collins (r) live on stage at The White Mule in Columbia, SC, on Thursday, January 3.
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On this special edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at The White Mule in Columbia, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Seanna Adcox, assistant Columbia bureau chief for the Post and Courier, and Jeffrey Collins, South Carolina reporter for the Associated Press, to preview the 2019 legislative session.

South Carolina Public Radio’s own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also drops by to quiz Gavin and the audience on South Carolina history.

On this special edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Munkle Brewing Co. in Charleston, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier reporters Jamie Lovegrove, Thad Moore and Caitlin Byrd to recap the top stories of 2018. The group discusses the midterm elections, the upset in the 1st Congressional District, the ongoing V.C. Summer boondoggle, the future of education in South Carolina and other surprises of the year.

South Carolina Public Radio’s own Statehouse reporter Russ McKinney also drops by to quiz Gavin and the audience on Lowcountry history.

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Andy Brown in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, December 3, 2018.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Andy Brown, statehouse reporter with the Post and Courier, to discuss the latest on the controversial V.C. Summer nuclear project. The Public Service Commission wrapped up three weeks of hearings on the failed $9 billion project, and will soon determine how much SCE&G ratepayers are on the hook for as well as whether the ultility can be sold to Virginia-based Dominion Energy.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Thad Moore (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, November 26, 2018.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Post and Courier Reporters Seanna Adcox and Thad Moore about the paper's new series "Minimally Adequate," which explores the bleak state of South Carolina's education system. The series analyzes how factors such as segregation, lowered standards, and funding cuts have resulted in a history of subpar education in the Palmetto State.

Free access to the entire project is available on The Post and Courier’s website here

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
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On this last episode of South Carolina Lede before Thanksgiving, host Gavin Jackson looks back on the 2018 South Carolina midterm elections with Seanna Adcox, The Post and Courier's assistant Columbia bureau chief, and Russ McKinney, South Carolina Public Radio's own statehouse reporter. They profile the constitutional officers who were re-elected around the state, look at the state superintendent referendum that failed on the ballot, and discuss issues with South Carolina's outdated voting machines.

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The midterms have come and gone and the South Carolina Lede breaks down the results just minutes after they were announced on election night 2018.

Host Gavin Jackson recaps the action from the state Republican watch party with reporters Jamie Lovegrove with The Post and Courier and Meg Kinnard with The Associated Press.

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On this special edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at the Growler Haus in the Village of West Greenville, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Associated Press South Carolina Reporter Meg Kinnard and Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove to recap last week's lieutenant gubernatorial debate and preview this week's midterm elections.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also drops by to quiz Gavin and the audience about Upstate history.

SC Lede: Final Destination - Nov. 6

Oct 30, 2018
Gavin Jackson with Andy Shain (l) and Charles Bierbauer (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, October 29.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Charles Bierbauer, dean emeritus of the USC College of Information and Communications, and Andy Shain, Columbia bureau chief with The Post and Courier, to discuss the final gubernatorial debate between incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic candidate James Smith before next week's election.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier’s Jamie Lovegrove to recap the contentious first gubernatorial debate and preview the next one on Thursday—all of this inside of just two weeks until election day on Nov. 6. Also a look at the recent influx of potential 2020 Democratic candidates that were in and around the Palmetto State.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

Gavin Jackson (r) with Andy Shain (l) and Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, October 15.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by AP Reporter Meg Kinnard and Post and Courier Columbia Bureau Chief Andy Shain to discuss Nikki Haley's suprise announcement last week that she will be resigning from her position as United States Ambassador to the United Nations at the end of 2018. They also look at the recent grand jury report on the South Carolina Statehouse corruption probe, and preview the first South Carolina gubernatorial debate this week.

SC Lede: Shining A Light On Conversion Therapy

Oct 9, 2018
Gavin Jackson speaks with Mary Katherine Wildeman (l) and Michael Majchrowicz (r) in The Post and Courier's Charleston offices.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier Reporters Mary Katherine Wildeman and Michael Majchrowicz to delve into their enlightening story “Taught to Hate Myself." The piece takes an in-depth look at the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy in South Carolina, where it faces no oversight or regulation.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

SC Lede: How Lindsey Graham Got His Groove Back

Oct 2, 2018

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to talk about about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s newfound respect from conservatives following his heated defense of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week. Graham’s lambasting of Senate Democrats over the handling of the hearing involving Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of past sexual misconduct, has fired up the conservative base that for years has been leery of Graham.

SC Lede: Life After Florence

Sep 25, 2018

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier's Joe Cranney and Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and the record flooding that continues to affect us and could result in billions of dollars in damages.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

SC Lede: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Sep 11, 2018
Gavin Jackson speaks with Post and Courier Reporters Andy Brown (l) and Jamie Lovegrove (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, September 10, 2018.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporters Andy Brown and Jamie Lovegrove to discuss updates about the governor's race, the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, and Dominion Energy's planned purchase of SCE&G's parent company, SCANA.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

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