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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, host Adam Parker interviews singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz about I'm With Her, a folk trio consisting of Jarosz, Sara Watkins, and Aoife O’Donovan.

Sonatas and Soundscapes host Bradley Fuller speaks with Lillian Heley and Paul Barrit of the 1927 Theatre Company about the world premiere of their latest work, "Roots," at Spoleto Festival USA.

Gavin Jackson (l) and Russ McKinney in the SCETV/South Carolina Public Radio studios on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
Sean Birch/SC Public Radio

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney to look back on the end of the 2019 South Carolina state legislative session. They discuss a number of finalized bills from the session, including how lawmakers will handle Santee Cooper's future, what is officially in the $9 billion state budget, and more.

Street view of Abbeville's Trinity Episcopal Church
BIll Fitzpatrick

South Carolina is famous for many of its structures, especially the houses of worship that dot the varied landscape of the Palmetto State. The existence of many of these structures go back over a hundred years or more. But, whether grand and ornate, or small and simple, they all require a regular amount of maintenance. However, some of those houses of worship have fallen into disrepair due to dwindling membership, or a lack of finances, causing those structures to become at risk of possibly being lost and forgotten forever.

Opening Ceremonies on the steps of Charleston City Hall
Victoria Hansen

As welcoming as the cannons and confetti, summer temperatures that would stretch into the 90s sizzled on the steps of Charleston’s city hall.  The 43rd annual Spoleto Festival opening ceremonies began on cue, with bells ringing, paper fans flapping and spectators  seeking shade beneath wide brimmed hats.

Six Flags Over Marlboro County

May 24, 2019
Vive le Marlboro! France's flag is one of six that commemorate South Carolina's history of sovereign states.
Scott Morgan/SC Public Radio

The Marlboro County Courthouse is a pretty unique place. The building itself is essentially a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, right down to the clock tower.

The courthouse grounds are also host to a stalwart set of palm trees – and to the flags of six nations, former and current, that have had a major influence on South Carolina. Listen to a conversation with Jeff Dudley, past president of the Marlboro County Historical Society (and member of several other area historical organizations) and learn how and why Marlboro County’s six flags came to be.

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 May 23, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to an Orangeburg, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2019 Logo
Piccolo Spoleto Festival/City of Charleston

On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, we learn about this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival from Scott Watson, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the city of Charleston, and violinist Yuriy Bekker, concertmaster for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Host Adam Parker speaks with stage director David Herskovitz about his innovative new play, "Pay No Attention to the Girl."

And filmmaker Amos Gitai joins us with a preview of his multimedia performance "Letter to a Friend in Gaza."

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Friday, May 17, 2019.
A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press's Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest news about the South Carolina Statehouse corruption probe and Richard Quinn, who at one time was considered one of the state's top political consultants.

Quinn has been charged with 11 counts of lying to the state grand jury, despite pledging cooperation as part of a plea deal involving his son, former Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington), who last year was found guilty of misconduct in office.

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The Spoleto Backstage podcast returns for 2019 to introduce you to the artists and people who make things happen at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.

Join host Adam Parker of the Post and Courier as we speak to key figures and artists about their performances before they go live. On this episode, Adam gets an inside scoop on this year's festival from Spoleto Festival USA General Director Nigel Redden, Sonatas & Soundscapes host Bradley Fuller speaks with Chamber Music series director/host Geoff Nuttall, and we hear from acclaimed Cuban jazz pianist David Virelles.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

For most people, social media is hardly a darling of the digital age.

The deaf would like to respectfully disagree.

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 May 16, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to a Columbia, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division has started a program, the Citizens' Academy, to help the public understand what state and local governments do to respond to emergencies, such as the historic 2015 flood.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

The past few years of historic floods and hurricanes has amply demonstrated how subject South Carolina can be to severe weather emergencies.  To help the public better understand how the state reacts to and deals with these situations, the S.C. Emergency Management Division has created a new program, the Citizens' Academy.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Avery Wilks (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, May 13, 2019.
A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Avery Wilks and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to recap which bills were passed during the 2019 state legislative session, and, more importantly, which ones remain in a suspended state until the second year of the session begins in January. They look at bills dealing with dark money, civil asset forfeiture, education reform, and more.

The S.C. State House
Ron Cogswell [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

In the final hours of this year’s session of the state legislature, Senate yesterday passed an economic incentives bill  aimed at persuading the NFL’s Carolina Panthers to move it's headquarters and practice facilities from Charlotte to Rock Hill.  A $250 Million investment for York County.  Rock Hill Senator Wes Climer told the Senate it’s a huge win for the state's economy.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Maayan Schechter (l) and Jamie Lovegrove at the South Carolina State House on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
A.T. Shire/South Carolina Public Radio

On this special mini-episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on Thursday, May 9 -- or Sine Die, the final day of the state legislative session. The three discuss the outcome of one of the busiest days at the statehouse, with bills needing to be passed by 5 p.m. or be stuck with hundreds of others in a state of suspension until state lawmakers return next January.

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