SC Features

Bradley Fuller, South Carolina Public Radio

It’s not the harpsichord just inside the entryway of the Carolina Music Museum that comes as such a surprise, but the sign on top of it. “Play Me,” it reads—two words seldom seen on keyboards in public spaces unless preceded by “Please Do Not.”

Dr. Thomas Strange, Artistic Director and Curator of the museum located on Greenville’s Heritage Green, considers such interaction an important part of a visitor’s experience.

“It’s a bit of an experiential museum, so there are things that you can actually play. And we encourage people to explore a little bit,” Strange says.

Scott Morgan / South Craolina Public Radio

Greenville Technical College has no problem attracting a diverse student body. What it does have -- and it's not alone in this by any stretch -- is a problem retaining African-American male students. 

Dr. Alecia Watt, the college’s director of educational opportunity programs, says that more than any other group, African-American male students at Greenville Tech leave school before finishing their degree paths. Her certainty comes from an in-depth study to find out who was not coming back and why. 

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

If you’re the type who likes to say you knew someone back in the day, you might want to remember the name Kamron Venable.

Women Vision SC: Pastor Nannie Jefferies

Jul 9, 2019
Pastor Nannie Jefferies

Pastor, Maranatha Free Church of Jesus Christ

Founder, Exec. Director, Angels Change Ministry

Women Vision SC: JoAnn Turnquist

Jul 2, 2019
JoAnn Turnquist

President & CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation; Former Chair,  Richland County Library

Women Vision SC: Minor Mickel Shaw

Jun 25, 2019
Minor Mickel Shaw

President, Micco, LLC; Chairman of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission

Women Vision SC: Hope Blackley

Jun 18, 2019
Hope Blackey

District Director, Office of U.S. Representative William Timmons (SC-04)
Former Spartanburg County Clerk of Court

Women Vision SC: Heather Holmquist

Jun 11, 2019
Heather Holmquist

President, The Maritime Association of South Carolina

Women Vision SC: Elaine T. Freeman

Jun 4, 2019
Elaine Freeman

Founder, ETV Endowment; Executive Producer, South Carolinians in WW II

Women Vision SC: Karen Alexander

May 28, 2019
Karen Alexander

President and CEO, Auntie Karen Foundation; Producer, songwriter, author

Women Vision SC: Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell

May 21, 2019

Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell is the Director of Youth Services at Pendleton Place.

Women Vision SC: Inez Tenenbaum

May 14, 2019

Inez Tenenbaum practices law at Wyche, P.A. in Columbia and Greenville. She is the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the former Superintendent of Education for South Carolina.

Women Vision SC: Anita Singleton-Prather

May 7, 2019
Anita Singleton-Prather

Also known as Aunt Pearlie Sue, Singleton-Prather is an educator, storyteller, and historian of the Gullah culture.

Bradley Fuller / South Carolina Public Radio

“If you’re afraid of getting into Shakespeare, start with the music.”

For Dr. Sarah Williams, associate professor of music history at the University of South Carolina, the sometimes-challenging task of understanding the works of William Shakespeare can be made easier -- and more enjoyable -- through music. A specialist in the popular music and culture of England in Shakespeare’s time, Sarah suggests that common notions about the playwright and his works often miss the mark.

Pondering Plastic - Wildlife, Bans and Trash

Mar 26, 2019
Voldemort, a loggerhead being treated at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital
Victoria Hansen/SC Public Radio

He weighs less than five pounds, but Zazu had big belly problems when he was rescued off the Isle of Palms coast nearly three months ago.  The tiny, green sea turtle had eaten plastic, all kinds of plastic; part of a balloon, clear sheets of plastic and material from a grocery bag. 

The juvenile  turtle is the 23rd patient admitted to the South Carolina Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital because of sea debris.  He swims in a private tank next to 17 others now in recovery, including a 260 pound loggerhead named Voldemort who got caught up in crab traps nearly a year ago.