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Ft. Jackson museum Dir.Henry Howe  and archaeologist Stacey Young standing in front of possible watch tower remains.
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

Deep within Fort Jackson's 53,000 acres are the remains of what could be the Vietnamese mock training village Bau Bang. The remains include a structure that looks like a watch tower as well as wooden steps and posts to one of several once-standing huts. There is a tunnel inside almost every hut and its all surrounded by a rusted barbed wire perimeter.

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, we revisit the tragic story of veterans who were the target of a catfishing scam orchestrated by prisoners using contraband cellphones. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by Wired's Vince Beiser to discuss his report on the scam which involved inmates from Lee Correctional Institution and led to the death of Greenville vet.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jeffrey Collins and Andy Shain (r).
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As 2020 kicks off, the South Carolina Lede continues its look back at the last 10 years. Host Gavin Jackson is once again joined by The Post and Courier's Andy Shain and The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to discuss more of the biggest South Carolina news stories from the past decade.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jeffrey Collins and Andy Shain (r).
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On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Andy Shain and The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to look at back the biggest South Carolina news stories from the past 10 years.

On this special edition of the South Carolina Lede, recorded in Washington, DC, on Friday, December 20, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and McClatchy DC's Emma Dumain following the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Donald Trump. They discuss how South Carolina members of the House voted, reactions from other Palmetto State lawmakers, what happens next, and more.

S.C. Scientists Discover New Fossil Shark Species

Dec 20, 2019
The tiny teeth of Isogomphodon Aikenensis, the prehistoric daggernose shark, were discovered in Aiken, the namesake of the new species.  The shark lived in the area when much of South Carolina was at the bottom of the ocean, 34.5 million years ago.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

Naturalists Jim Knight and Dave Cicimurri have collected fossils for decades, but recently they realized that among the thousands of fossils of prehistoric sea creatures they recovered - from a rich site near downtown Aiken, of all places - that they'd discovered a new species of ancient shark.

A Few Tips for Safer Holidays

Dec 17, 2019
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Everybody wants to believe in the kindness of the season this time of year, but it's still smart to keep a somewhat level head about the world. 

On the upside, taking a few precautions to keep your home from being too tempting to would-be crooks can actually make your holidays more enjoyable. 

From left: Jamie Lovegrove, Maayan Schechter, Meg Kinnard, and SC Lede host Gavin Jackson.
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From the Democratic presidential primary race to Gov. Henry McMaster's first year of a full term, 2019 was another fascinating year of news is South Carolina. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, The State's Maayan Schechter, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the top political stories of 2019 as the year comes to a close.

Sign for I-385/I-85 interchange
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

South Carolina’s Interstate Highway system is its’ economic lifeblood.  But the state’s dramatic growth, and too many years of too little state funding find the system clogged with congestion in urban areas, and in desperate need of repairs in many rural areas.

Over the past ten years, more than $3.5 Billion in road and bridge work has been underway, an historic amount for the state. But as car and truck traffic volumes grow so do the needs.  The S. C. Department of Transportation estimates $20 Billion worth of road work is needed for the entire Interstate system.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-5th) were on hand Wednesday to dedicate Miracle Park in Rock Hill. The Miracle Park project is the first of its kind in the United States – an outdoor recreation center built specifically to accommodate visitors of all abilities.

Dubbed the most inclusive public project in the city’s history, Miracle Park will feature two softball/baseball fields, a fishing pond, and other recreational sites between Cherry Road and Eden Terrace.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

You did something when you were younger. Something kind of stupid that got you busted, way way back when you were a different person. And now you can't seem to find a decent place to live or a decent job because of an arrest –  not even a conviction! –  that's still stuck on your record.

The first thing a lot of people in this position think of is a pardon, says Jamie Bell, managing attorney for South Carolina Legal Services' office in Rock Hill. But pardons are hard to come by. A much safer bet is an expungement.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jamie Lovegrove and Mayaan Schechter (r) on Monday, December 9, 2019.
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ended her presidential bid last week citing financial concerns. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Mayaan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove — who have covered Harris' stops in South Carolina since the beginning of her run — to look back on the campaign of the only black female candidate in the 2020 race.

file photo of a person receiving an injection
NIAID [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Flu season runs approximately from October to May, so it's in full swing, with more cases being reported as the weather gets colder.  Health agencies statewide are urging people to get their flu shots.  One reason some people don't, according to DHEC's Dr. Theresa Foo, is an old belief that flu shots actually give people a mild case of the flu.  Not true, she says.

Charleston Artist Honors Our Nation's Veterans

Dec 5, 2019
Mary Whyte painting of "Hank" a World War II Coast Guard Veteran from New Jersey
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Charleston artist Mary Whyte secretly scoured the country painting portraits for seven years as part of her latest project, "We the People".  Her ambition is as extraordinary as her subjects; our nation's veterans.

"I really believe our truest Americans really are our veterans," says Whyte.

Known for her watercolor paintings depicting American life, Whyte became part journalist part historian for her latest venture.  She knew she wanted to depict a variety of veterans from each of the 50 states.  But she wasn't exactly sure where to find them.

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 December 4, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to a recent campaign stop by South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Okatie, SC.