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Provided by Juwan Williams

Attending a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) is not quite the same as attending college elsewhere. There’s a lot of history and culture that goes with the HBCU experience – and that can be surprisingly intimidating for young African-American intellectuals.

The only thing scarier is the prospect of not being on campus.

And that is what students at Clinton College in Rock Hill are facing, thanks to the coronavirus. Juwan Williams is one of them.

Dr. Laura Carpenter
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about helping children with autism spectrum disorder adjust to changes during the pandemic, including creating new routines for kids and tips to help parents. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

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Dr. Aundrea Loftley
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Aundrea Loftley about the importance of managing high blood pressure and diabetes during the pandemic, including virtual visits with care providers to help accomplish this goal.  Dr. Loftley is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Endocrinologist at MUSC. 

One upside to the pandemic has been the surge in demand for local food products.  While our next guest had already been successfully selling her apple products for the past five years, she has also certainly benefited from this trend.

Mike Switzer interviews Theresa Adams, founder of the Adams Apple Company in Lexington, SC.

Our healthcare system represents the front line in the battle against Covid-19.  How is it holding up here in South Carolina?

Mike Switzer interviews Craig Self with Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. *Please note that the statistics mentioned by Mr. Self during this interview were as of the date of the recording of the interview: June 11, 2020.

Joey Von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

We are heading into our fourth month of the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic.  Many parts of the economy are rebounding while many are still stuck in the downdraft.  And of course, some were hit with positive effects.  As the second half of this year gets underway, where does our flagship university’s top economist see us heading next?

Dr. Vanessa Hinson
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vanessa Hinson about challenges for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during the pandemic, plus updates about research and newly approved medicines for PD patients in 2020. Dr. Hinson is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at MUSC.

Graphic of the U. S. Capitol building
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Tuesday at 10:00 a.m: The Senate Health Committee discusses plans for reopening schools and offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Watch a live video stream of the hearing here...

Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings about a plan to quit smoking during the pandemic and a look at the many benefits of quitting (plus practical tips to help succeed at quitting). Dr. Cummings is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is involved in research related to tobacco use prevention and smoking cessation at MUSC.

Capital City Columbia Passes Face Covering Ordinance

Jun 26, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike, more cities are passing their own rules requiring masks. Clemson and Charleston are joining Greenville and Columbia in requiring everyone to wear masks in grocery stores and pharmacies. 
South Carolina Public Radio's Vince Kolb-Lugo spoke with Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin about the city's new rules, which go into effect Friday, June 26, 2020. 

House Coronavirus Response Hearing

Jun 23, 2020
U.S. Capitol building
Liam James Doyle/NPR

Today at 11:00a.m.: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding oversight hearings on the Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top public health officials including Anthony Fauci and CDC director Robert Redfield will testify. Watch the live video here...

Joy Watkins
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

There is no doubt that everybody is learning a lesson or two (or three or more) from this pandemic.  Maybe it’s the importance of sanitary living or maybe it’s all about money.  Our next guest says that there are certainly some financial planning lessons that have become much more important.

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner, principal, and director of financial planning at Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

Dr. Michele Hudspeth
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Hudspeth about treating childhood cancer during the coronavirus crisis.   Dr. Hudspeth is the Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and she is the Director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

SC Gov. Henry McMaster (right) at Fibertex Nonwoven facility in Laurens County, June 5, 2020
SC Governor's Office

New cases of the coronavirus are soaring in the state causing a new set of challenges for state and local officials.

For the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Carolina saw relatively low numbers of cases attributed to a series of state mandates ordering schools and many businesses closed, and for people to stay home.

Dr. Elizabeth Mack
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about the impact that the pandemic has had upon routine childhood vaccinations.   Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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