USC history professor, Dr. Bobby Donaldson at the Justice For All: South Carolina and American Civil Rights Movement exhibit
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On August 9, decades of South Carolina history will be removed from public display, repackaged and placed in climate control storage at various libraries at the University of South Carolina. The Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement exhibit has been open to the public since February. It uses oral history recordings, film clips, photographs, postcards, diaries and manuscripts to highlight largely overlooked chapters in the history of the movement.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Jamie Lovegrove (r) on Monday, August 5, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, we look at the intersection of gun violence and politics following the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss local reaction, responses by the 2020 presidential candidates, and the status of both state and national legislation concerning guns.

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The 2016 presidential election was, by any account, notable. It was also largely a surprise how it turned out. Regardless of ideology, most people assumed a Hilary Clinton victory, and that perspective was informed by poll after poll that showed her cruising to a comfortable win.

Post-election, a lot of people questioned the validity of polls that said one thing while actual results seemingly showed something entirely different. And, a lot of people still question polls, wondering how valid they are heading into a 2020 presidential election that promises to be, by any account, lively.

Under all this is the key question: Did election polls in 2016 actually get it all wrong?

Rudy Mancke Celebrates Two Decades of "NatureNotes"

Aug 2, 2019
Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke is almost certainly South Carolina's most noted naturalist.  He hosted the long-running and well-remembered (and nationally-aired) ETV program "Nature Scene" and has now reached his 20th anniversary as host of South Carolina Public Radio's "NatureNotes."

File photo of construction at the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant, Jan 10, 2017
Dominion Energy

It was two years ago this week that the state saw the largest business failure in its' history, the collapse of the giant V.C. Summer nuclear project in Fairfield County.

Despite years of delays and cost overruns, news of the decision by SCE&G and its' partner state owned utility Santee-Cooper to pull the plug on the $9 Billion project left most people stunned.

The decision to abandon the project set in motion a series of events that are still playing out.

NPR Special Coverage: Democratic Debate

Jul 30, 2019
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Tonight, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

NPR presents special coverage of the Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

South Carolina Business Review Turns 20

Jul 30, 2019
Mike Switzer
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For 20 years now, the South Carolina Business Review has brought business leaders, entrepreneurs and commentators to listeners of South Carolina Public Radio.  Mike Switzer has hosted the program its entire run, and takes satisfaction at its 20th anniversary.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Avery Wilks in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, July 29, 2019.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, we look at the death of mental health patient William Avant, who was killed after South Carolina Department of Mental Health employees dogpiled on top of him in January to restrain him, a tactic that is explicitly outlawed by the department. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Avery Wilks to discuss the latest on the story.

The country life in South Carolina can be peaceful and quiet. Unless you're facing eviction.
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Of the 100 most eviction-prone rural and small cities in the United States, 47 are in South Carolina. Thirty South Carolina rural/small cities are in the top 50.

Those numbers come from the Eviction Lab project at Princeton University, which compiled eviction filings and formal eviction records from 2000 to 2016.

Staying Safe in the South Carolina Sun

Jul 26, 2019
U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Sandra Marrero

South Carolina ranked first in the United States for child vehicular heatstrokes in 2018, and with Palmetto State temperatures reaching highs of 100 degrees during the summertime, heat exhaustion is a serious, life-threatening danger, and residents should know the signs of danger.

Those who are especially vulnerable to the summer heat include young children, the elderly, and individuals who take anxiety and depression medication.

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 July 25, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent South Carolina Democratic Party Convention to hear from presidential hopefuls former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Miramar, FL Mayor Wayne Messam.

Graphic of the U. S. Capitol building
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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. Watch the proceedings live.

Wednesday, July 24, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

USC president Robert Caslen during his first press conference Monday, July 22, 2019
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Strides in academic excellence, research and diversity are near-term goals of Robert ‘Bob’ Caslen, the University of South Carolina’s new president. Monday, the retired lieutenant general, who was elected into the role the previous Friday, held his first press conference at the University’s law school. But before talking about these goals and mastering future obstacles, the 29th president first took time to address comments from his recent past that stirred controversy around his candidacy and ultimate election.

The Physical and Mental Demands of Being in a Marching Band

Jul 22, 2019
Gabriel Sullivan performs at his first competition of the 2018 season.
Courtesy of Rhonda Rhodes

From band camp to the 14 hours of weekly practice, high schools across the state work constantly to prepare a show for football games and fall competitions. Between the practices leading up to their performances, bands across the state must do physical preparations in order to prepare for their upcoming seasons. Meredith Rhodes, drum major for the Lugoff-Elgin Marching Band, states that in order to prepare physically they “do a series of dancing warm-ups …  marching warm-ups to check technique, and weightlifting for the low brass instruments.”

Freetown mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (left to right with International African American Museum CEO Michael Boulware Moore
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Dressed in a brightly colored, patterned dress and wearing stylishly large, black rimmed glasses, 51 year-old Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr flashes the most fantastic smile. The mayor of Freetown, Seirra Leone in West Africa has travelled more than 4,000 miles to visit Charleston and South Carolina's Sea Islands. She must be exhausted. Yet she glows with warmth and enthusiasm.

"We're family," she tells an audience gathered inside the Frissell Community House at the Penn Center on Saint Helena Island. "We should be a bit closer than we have been to date."