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Row of men at the New York City docks out of work during the depression, 1934
National Archives/Lewis Hines

90 years ago, panic gripped the New York Stock Exchange as the stock market crashed on "Black Tuesday," Oct. 29, 1929.  In four days, the market plummeted 25 percent, and investors lost $30 billion - 10 times the federal budget, and more than the United States spent on World War I.  

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Maayan Schechter, of The State newspaper, and Meg Kinnard, of the Associated Press, to talk about the criminal justice reform summit held at Benedict College that was attended by 10 Democratic candidates as well as President Donald Trump.

This 2016 file photo taken on the banks of Lake Hartwell shows the impacts of drought on South Carolina's natural resources.
Clemson University Relations

Despite recent rain across the state the drought continues.  The U.S. Drought Monitor says that almost half of the state is in what it calls a "severe drought."

Leonard Vaughan of the National Weather Service in Columbia says with the exception of coastal counties the rest of the state continues to be very dry. 

Vaughan says the problem is not just this year’s dry summer and fall, but the repeated cycles of drought South Carolina has been experiencing.  Over the past twenty years drought in the state has been significant. 

  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo / National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Each October and early Novemeber a series of walks called "Out of the Darkness" call attention to the problem of suicide in South Carolina.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state and the nation, but among South Carolina residents aged 15-34, it's the second.  

Helen Pridgen, statewide director of A.F.S.P., the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said 838 South Carolinians were lost to suicide in 2017, the most recent year from which statistics are available.  She said the most common method of suicide is, as one would suspect, firearms.

  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 October 24, 2019, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during her visit to Orangeburg, SC on October 18.

Gavin Jackson (l) and Maayan Schechter in the South Carolina Public Radio studios in Monday, October 21, 2019.
A.T. Shire/South Carolina Public Radio

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter to look at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) campaign approach to South Carolina and her popularity in the state which remains a stronghold for rival 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with South Carolina-based photojournalist Callie Shell about her new book, "Hope, Never Fear: A Personal Portrait of the Obamas." They discuss her years documenting the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama, her work covering seven presidential campaigns, and what goes into telling the news of the day visually.

On Point Host and Editor Meghna Chakrabarti
Scott Morgan/ SC Public Radio

In an interview with South Carolina Public Radio’s Thelisha Eaddy, Meghna Chakrabarti, host and editor of On Point, discusses how words from her father helped guided her to a professional career in public radio and what she hopes the national program can accomplish next. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Thelisha Eaddy: How did you navigate your way into the world of public media?

The U. S. Capitol Building
Architect of the Capitol/www.aoc.gov

As the state’s seven U.S. Congressmen return to Washington this week, it’s no secret where each stands on the House impeachment inquiry.  The five Republican members are firmly behind President Donald Trump.  Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House strongly supports the inquiry.  Freshman Democrat Joe Cunningham has yet to take a position.

The South Carolina State Fair celebrates its 150th birthday this year.
Nathan Harper [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

There may be no greater stimulator of all five senses simultaneously than the South Carolina State Fair.  Sight, hearing, feel, smell and taste are all bombarded by the delights that have drawn millions to the fairgrounds in Columbia for 150 years.  

The Flag of the State of South Carolina as approved by A.S. Salley. Printed by the State Co., 1915. A legislature-appointed committee is working to set standards for the South Carolina state flag.  There has not been an official state flag since 1940.
SC Dept of Archives and History

The South Carolina flag is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the 50 flags representing the country's states.  But if one observes closely, he can sometimes detect differences between flags at various state offices and locations.  That's because the state does not have a standard for the production of its flags.  

The situation is finally being remedied, however, by the formation of a committee which will make recommendations to the legislature for official standards for the flag. 

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 October 10, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the Charleston County Democratic Party's recent Blue Jamboree event to hear from Democratic presidential candidates Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), and Tom Steyer. 

Sketch of woman FBI says Samuel Little has confessed to killing in  the Charleston area
FBI

The FBI calls him the most prolific serial killer in U.S history.  Now agents have released a sketch they say Samuel Little drew of a Charleston woman he claims to have killed and left near a military base. 

Authorities say Little, now 79 years-old, has confessed to killing 93 people, mostly women, in more than a dozen states between 1970 and 2005.  They believe his admissions are credible with local authorities  confirming as many as 50 cases.

SC State Library at 1500 Senate St., Columbia SC
Linda Nunez/SC Public Radio

The South Carolina State Library has come a long way from its roots in the early 20th Century as a single office tucked inside the South Carolina Statehouse. As of 1969, it’s now a 5-story building two blocks down from the Statehouse at 1500 Senate St., celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. But despite its growth, the goal of the South Carolina State Library has remained steadfast: to develop, support, and sustain a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with The Greenville News' Daniel Gross about his in-dept project, "Lethal Force," examning the 145 lethal shootings by South Carolina police officers over the last 10 years. Among other revelations, the report found that deputies with the Greenville Sheriff's Office used their weapons at higher rates than officers in other more crime-ridden counties.

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