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Gavin Jackson and SC Lede horticulturalist Brinton Fox on June 19, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 20, 2020, we examine the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision this week prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ employees, as well as the latest unemployment data, and the link between stress and alcohol abuse during the pandemic. Plus, SC Lede horticulturalist Brinton Fox joins us with tips on what to plan this summer, and more!

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Two calls to change names tied to the Confederacy occurred in Rock Hill Friday. One was the call by the Winthrop University Board of Trustees to change the name of Tillman Hall back to Main Hall – a move echoing this exact call at Clemson University last week and similar to the one at the University of South Carolina to remove the name Sims from a dorm; the other an effort to rename Confederate Park.

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This episode of Spoleto Backstage features another of Geoff Nuttall’s favorite programs from the past decade of the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series. Before listening to the 2018 concert, Geoff and Bradley Fuller discuss the selections, paying special attention to the opening Vivaldi concerto for oboe and violin and emphasizing how the baroque composer’s hundreds of other concertos are anything but nothingburgers. Balancing the Vivaldi is the program’s concluding work: Johannes Brahms’ passionate Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. After the music, Geoff catches up with pianist and frequent chamber series performer Inon Barnatan. The two talk about his career, special pandemic projects, and fond memories of past festivals.

Educators Consider COVID's Effects on Higher Education

Jun 19, 2020
The COVID pandemic has colleges and universities all over the country making plans on how to proceed with a variety of instruction methods to keep students, faculty and staff safe, and as much as possible, back on campus.
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The coronavirus has changed life for everyone  - from washing hands frequently to wearing masks to keeping social distance - and every segment of our society.  The realm of higher education is no different.  According to Clemson University Dean of Education George Peterson, colleges and universities are wrestling with how COVID-19 will affect their abilities to get back into the classroom - at least partially - while keeping everyone safe.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 18, 2020, we reflect on the Mother Emanuel AME massacre in Charleston five years later. We also examine the police reform bill proposed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and other GOP lawmakers, look at the latest COVID-19 numbers in the hotspot of Greenville, and more.

Chris Singleton, son of Mother Emanuel shooting victim, shares his new book for children called "Different"
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Five years ago, Chris Singleton was a carefree college student dreaming of playing professional baseball when he got the call that changed his life.

"I'll never forget it," says Singleton.  "I was 18 years-old and I got a call from my mom's phone actually and the lady on the other end was saying 'Chris you got to get down here right now something bad happened.' "

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On Tuesday, Chester Police Chief Eric Williams held a press conference regarding the killing of 28-year-old Ariane McCree by a city police officer last fall.

Williams said the press conference was an effort to be fully transparent in an incident that has dogged the department since November. Hear the full press conference below.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 16, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at recommendations by the AccelerateED taskforce to address steps forward for educators and students amid the ongoing pandemic. Also on this episode: an intimate discussion on race and policing; a leading research economist analyzes our economy; personal protective equipment challenges; and more.

Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago, 1916.
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On May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. Two weeks later, the Senate followed. The amendment was ratified and adopted, one year later on August 18, 1920. Getting to this historic moment took an almost century- long effort of lecturing, writing, marching, lobbying, and practicing civil disobedience for many women and their allies.

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Capt. Cheryl Cromartie knew she wanted to be a police officer when she was nine years old. She was driving with her grandmother and saw something she'd never seen before -- a black female cop.

She joined the Greenville County Sheriff's Office 27 years ago and still did not see many colleagues who looked like her. She decided to be a game-changer for African-American women who might want to consider police work.

She succeeded, all the way up to a leadership position -- the first black woman in the department to achieve every new rung on the ladder.

And now she's concerned that without some reform in the wake of so many racially charged incidents involving police officers, young black men and women will not want to enter law enforcement when the community most needs them to.

Below is a conversation with Capt. Cromartie, who describes in complex, anguished detail what it's like to be torn by two sides that always seem to be at odds with each other. 

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 13, 2020, host Gavin Jackson you a recap of the June 9 primaries from our first Zoom Happy Hour event with The Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd and Jamie Lovegrove, The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard, and The State's Maayan Schechter. Plus, the latest COVID-19 numbers, what you should do if you're showing symptoms, and more.

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In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Geoff Nuttall and Bradley Fuller look back on a concert performed as part of the 2016 Spoleto Festival Chamber Music Series. After discussing what makes it one of the most memorable performances from the past decade of the series, the two enjoy a listen to the program. Andrew Norman’s Garden of Follies comes first, featuring oboist James Austin Smith and pianist Pedja Muzijevic. Next is a baroque-era work inspired by a Cervantes novel: Georg Philipp Telemann’s Ouverture-Suite, TWV 55:G10 “Burlesque de Quixotte.” The concert concludes with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, op. 19, performed by cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan. After the concert, Bradley catches up with pianist and chamber-series regular Pedja Muzijevic to learn more about his current projects, programming decisions, and musical career—including what makes his involvement with Spoleto Festival so rewarding.

LeeAnna Murphy, disinfects her work area at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 30, 2020. COVID has produced various changes in the workplace.  Experts say some will last but not be as drastic as some people think, while others may be temporary.
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Things are looking differently as businesses in South Carolina and elsewhere gradually open back up amid a still active coronavirus outbreak.  Workplaces include the use of shields, masks, gloves, distance and other new methods.  But according to Dr. Rich Harrill, director of the University of South Carolina's International Tourism Research Institute, the changes in routine may not be as dramatic as some might think.

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Marlboro County is not among South Carolina’s healthiest. Data from 2019 by the Department of Health and Environmental Control shows Marlboro to be well above state averages for every chronic health condition and risk factor it measures, well below state averages for vaccinations and physical activity, and a contender for the county with the highest percentage of families living below the poverty level in South Carolina.

Marlboro is also one of the state’s most rural counties, and it has one of the highest black populations in the state. 

State Rep. Nancy Mace (right) celebrates with several of the more than 100 supporters gathered at her victory party at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC, on June 9, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 11, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at the trials and tribulations voters faced in this week's primary elections, brings you updates on the top races around the state, breaks down the latest COVID-19 numbers from DHEC, and more.