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Doug O'Neal spent 24 years in prison for the murder of a woman police still can't identify. But the evidence against him was so questionable that even the man who helped put him away says he's innocent.

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The City of Chester is in crisis. Shootings are on the rise and so are shooting-related deaths. So far this year, police have taken more than 130 calls about shots being fired. That’s 20 more than all of last year.

Since April there have been almost a dozen confirmed shootings, including the recent deaths of 36-year-old Andrew Johnson and the drive-by killing of 14-year-old Jada Jones. Thirty homes, vehicles, and people have been hit by gunfire in Chester so far in 2019. That number was 25 for all of 2018.

Those numbers might not sound like much, but in a city of less than 5,500 people, statistics like these get attention.

When Hurricane Hugo Rocked the Piedmont

Sep 17, 2019
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On Sept. 21, 1989, a lot of people in the Piedmont went to bed before the storm arrived. They knew it was on its way; some even knew about it hitting the coast. But hurricane or no hurricane, hurricanes don’t barrel across states and then make their way north, so most people didn’t think much of what was to come.  

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The Rock Hill Boxing Club is the kind of old school gym real boxers come out of – Golden Glove contenders, burgeoning pros, Olympic hopefuls …. There’s nothing corporate or pretentious about this place. It’s decorated with spray paint and duct tape-wrapped bags; it’s beastly hot; it’s packed with young men looking to make a name in the ring.

But look past the trappings of a small-city boxing gym and you’ll see what the Rock Hill Boxing Club really is for the people who train here – a community. Dare one say a family.

Janie L. Mines entered the U.S. Naval Academy with the first group of women admitted in 1976. She was the lone black woman on campus.
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Until the fall of 1976, only men were admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. But that year, the Navy opened 80 spaces for women, who would be the first to graduate in, fittingly, the Class of 1980.

Among these women was Janie Mines, who grew up in Aiken and today lives in Fort Mill. She was also the only black woman at Annapolis her first year – a set of experiences she chronicles in her 2019 autobiography, No Coincidences.

The country life in South Carolina can be peaceful and quiet. Unless you're facing eviction.
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Of the 100 most eviction-prone rural and small cities in the United States, 47 are in South Carolina. Thirty South Carolina rural/small cities are in the top 50.

Those numbers come from the Eviction Lab project at Princeton University, which compiled eviction filings and formal eviction records from 2000 to 2016.

Host Gavin Jackson discusses the upcoming 2018 South Carolina Legislative Session with The Post and Courier's Columbia Bureau Chief, Andy Shain.

Topics include the VC Summer nuclear situation, ethics reform, and more!


S.C. Public Radio Offers HD Programming in Charleston

Aug 30, 2017
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South Carolina Public Radio has added an HD Radio™ broadcast signal in the Charleston area for those with HD radios.  The HD radio service transmits a digital signal with CD quality sound, free of hiss or static.  It will also display information, such as the name of the program.  It allows listeners to choose between our News & Music service (89.3 HD1 FM) or our News & Talk service (89.3 HD2 FM).  

Lari White on Song Travels

Jul 6, 2015
Lari White
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  --- News Stations: Sun, Jul 12, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jul 12, 6 pm --- Lari White Vocalist and producer Lari White is known as Nashville’s “Renaissance Woman.” She made history as the first female producer of a male superstar for Toby Keith’s Platinum album White Trash Money. On this edition of Song Travels, White performs Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” along with standards by the Gershwins and Rodgers & Hammerstein.


Jon Regen on Song Travels

Jun 22, 2015
Jon Regen
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--- Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 28, 6pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 28, 2 pm ---  Pianist, vocalist, and composer Jon Regen was an apprentice of the renowned pianist Kenny Barron. He’s performed at venues worldwide, including a month-long stint at the Blue Note in Japan, and toured with Kyle Eastwood’s band. On this Song Travels, Regan performs the title track from his 2015 album Stop Time and joins Michael Feinstein for a duet of “Young and Foolish.”


Dee Dee Bridgewater
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  --- Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 6 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 2pm --- In honor of Billie Holiday’s centennial, Song Travels features Grammy-winning vocalist and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater, who embodied the late singer in the starring role in Lady Day. In addition to her Tony Award-winning role in The Wiz (1975), Bridgewater has appeared in shows including Sophisticated Ladies and Cabaret. This week, she shares about her experience playing Billie Holiday and performs “God Bless the Child” and “Good Morning Heartache.”


Gerry Mulligan on Piano Jazz

Jun 15, 2015
Gerry Mulligan
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    --- News Stations: Sat, Jun 20, 8pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 7pm --- Gerry Mulligan (1927 – 1996) was best known as a baritone saxophonist. He was pivotal in developing the West Coast jazz sound and was featured in big bands for years. He also composed and performed symphonic music and played piano. In this Piano Jazz session from 1987, Mulligan performs his original compositions “Ontet” and “Good Neighbor Thelonious.” He and McPartland wrap up the program with a duet of “Blues Angst.”


André Previn on Song Travels

Jun 8, 2015
André Previn
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--- News Stations: Sun, June 14, 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm ---

Conductor, composer, and pianist André has received multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards, including honors from the Kennedy Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Grammy Awards. With more than fifty years of recordings to his credit, he has conducted and performed with orchestras the world over and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On this Song Travels, Previn and host Feinstein explore some of his favorite compositions.


--- Classical Station: Sun, Jun 7, 6 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 7, 2 pm ---

Vocalist, bassist, and songwriter Kate Davis was recognized as a National Young Art Silver winner and twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Hailed as a “talent not to be missed” by The Herald Tribune, she’s performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall. This week, Davis performs her original songs “Movie” and “Every Good Girl is a Unicorn.”  

  

Doc Cheatham
Courtesy Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University.

  - News Stations: Sat, Jun 6, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 7, 7 pm -

Trumpeter Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham (1905 – 1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his approach was warm and elegant. He continued touring late into his life, with some of his best recordings from this later stage. On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Cheatham and McPartland play “Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On” and “I Double Dare You.”

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