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"M" is for Mills, Robert (1781-1855). Architect, engineer, author. A native of Charleston, Mills studied architecture with James Hoban, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Latrobe. Settling in Philadelphia and later Baltimore, his designs for churches and public buildings won him acclaim. In 1820 he returned to South Carolina where he is remembered for designing sixteen courthouses, twelve jails, and the Fireproof Building in Charleston. While in South Carolina, he published an Atlas of South Carolina and Statistics of South Carolina.

Mating Moths

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A Polyphemus Moth.
Charlie Kellogg [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener happens upon some mating Polyphemus Moths... these moths don't have a digestive system, and so don't live long after reproducing.

Isaac Morton
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If you read Garden and Gun magazine or Bon Appetit, you may have noticed our next guest’s company receiving some accolades for their cast iron skillets.  His company is also one of several that has found a home at the old Charleston Navy Base.

Mike Switzer interviews Isaac Morton, founder of Smithey Ironware in North Charleston, SC.

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"C" is for Columbia College. Chartered in 1854 by the South Carolina Methodist Conference, Columbia College is the eleventh-oldest women’s college in the United States. Initially called Columbia Female College, its first students entered in 1859 in a new facility on Plain (now Hampton) Street. Closed after the Civil War, it reopened in 1873. The college dropped the “female” from its official name in 1904. In 1905 the institution relocated to a new campus in the Eau Claire neighborhood north of the city. It was accredited in 1938. Under the presidency of R.

A Great Egret
Googie man [GFD], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener has an unusual pair of visitors, who share the dock for a while. Wood Storks seem to be moving farther inland.

The activities of lawmakers, government and other public entities are under intense scrutiny these days.  Which means that businesses need to be aware of the legal ramifications of their interactions with these organizations.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Burchstead, an attorney with Collins and Lacy in Columbia, SC and the head of their new government, ethics, and compliance practice.

Courtesy of the artist

The expressive capabilities of a lone guitar are not lost on Jason Vieaux. In 2015, the guitarist’s recordings for the album Play (Azica Records) won him that year’s Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. But for this versatile artist, it’s not all about solo performance; Jason finds rich rewards in the collaborative atmosphere of chamber music as well.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"C" is for Columbia Canal. Completed in 1824, the Columbia Canal—originally three miles long--was located on the east bank of the Congaree River, near the junction of the Broad and Saluda Rivers. It was one of several canals constructed by the state of South Carolina to improve transportation links between the upstate and Charleston. The Confederate government used the canal to run powder works. While its usefulness as a transportation source declined (because of the railroad), the canal had excellent prospects for generating power.

Canebrake Rattlesnake

Oct 9, 2018
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.
Ltshears, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a young Canebreak Rattlesnake...

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo about strategies to reduce workplace stress.   Dr. Orengo-Aguayo is an Assistant Professor and bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed Clinical Psychologist at the National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center at MUSC.

SC Lede: Shining A Light On Conversion Therapy

Oct 9, 2018
Gavin Jackson speaks with Mary Katherine Wildeman (l) and Michael Majchrowicz (r) in The Post and Courier's Charleston offices.
A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier Reporters Mary Katherine Wildeman and Michael Majchrowicz to delve into their enlightening story “Taught to Hate Myself." The piece takes an in-depth look at the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy in South Carolina, where it faces no oversight or regulation.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse reporter Russ McKinney also stops by to quiz Gavin with South Carolina trivia in this week's Did You Know segment.

Corrine Hanna
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most of us make regular donations to charities during our lifetimes, but how many of us think about making room for those charities in our wills and/or estate plans?  Our next guest says there are certainly some things to keep in mind if that is your desire.

Mike Switzer interviews Corrine Hanna, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

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"C" is for Columbia Army Air Base. In 1940 Columbia Army Air Base began as one of 250 sites where federal funds would be used to construct an airfield. It was originally designated Lexington County Airport to be owned and operated by the county. After Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army Air Force took control. Flyers known as the “Doolittle Raiders” arrived in February 1942 to train for their daring attack on Japan two months later. The base’s main role was to train newly commissioned pilots, bombardiers, and navigators in flying B-25 bombers.

Corn Lily

Oct 8, 2018
A Corn Lily.
Jonathan Lidbeck [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a "lily-like" plant on Mt. LeConte. The Corn Lily is typically found in northern climes or higher elevations of the Southern Appalachians. Don't be fooled by the common name -  this plant is poisonous.

Kids and Influenza

Oct 8, 2018
Dr. Elizabeth Mack
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about protecting children from influenza.  Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health and she is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Andy Owens
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

Loray Mill workers,Gastonia, N.C. 11/7/1908
Lewis Hines/National Archives

New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash’s 2017 novel, The Last Ballad (2017, Willamm Morrow) is set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. It chronicles an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill; The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice.

Making It Grow Minute
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Recently Davis Sanders from South Pleasantburg Nursery and I sat down and made recordings about soils, pollinator plants and more. If you go to "On-Demand Listening" at southcarolinapublicradio .org  you’ll find a plethora of podcasts to keep your mind occupied while  weeding the garden or cleaning out your tool shed. There are two options for listening to us if you click on Making It Grow.

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"C" is for Columbia, burning of (February 17-18, 1865). Columbia was in chaos when Mayor Thomas J. Goodwyn surrendered the city. Retreating Confederates set fire to the Charlotte Railroad depot. Cotton from broken bales was driven by strong winds all over the city. Locals offered wine and whiskey to Union troops. Throughout the day fires broke out in at least six locations downtown. Nourished by wooden buildings and a strong wind, the fire spread rapidly. As the fire spread, some Union soldiers engaged in frightful misconduct.

Coming Home to Conway after the Flood

Oct 5, 2018
Bill and Diane Parker sit outside their flood ravaged home in Conway.
Victoria Hansen

Two weeks after the president visited their neighborhood in Conway, Bill and Diane Parker sit on a sofa in their front yard, surrounded by furniture.  They’ve just come home for the first time since Hurricane Florence’s flood waters ravaged their Sherwood community, east of downtown.  The damage is worse than they imagined.

“I would lie in bed at night and think about each room,” Diane Parker said.  “What did I leave?  What’s there that is possibly going to be ruined”.

Walks Aim to Highlight Suicide Prevention

Oct 5, 2018

Suicide is on the rise in nearly every state (Nevada is the exception), the 10th leading cause of death both in South Carolina and nationally, and for ages 15-34, the second leading cause of death in both state and nation.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that suicide is up a distressing 38 percent in the Palmetto State.  Though it’s too early to know just why the rate is climbing so high, Helen Pridgen, South Carolina Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, listed some reasons that might suggest an explanation.  Though most people who die by

Making It Grow Minute
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The University of Florida Extension factsheet on trees and hurricanes speaks to the issue of properly planting a tree to improve its survivability. We Clemson people say not to amend the planting hole for several reasons -- one being that it can discourage the tree from sending roots into the less hospitable native soil.

Earlier this year, our next guest’s Upstate company was named one of the “Top Workplaces” in our state by Energage, an employee research and consulting firm that gathers feedback about workplace environment.  He credits their recognition to the company’s commitment to value and their appreciation for employee contributions.

Pickleworm Moth

Oct 5, 2018
Pickleworm Moth, Diaphania nitidalis.
Natasha Wright, Cook's Pest Control,

A listeners sees a moth...

Making It Grow Minute
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The University of Florida’s Extension Service factsheet on trees that do and don’t hold up without serious damage in hurricanes has a suggestion that would make our urban forests

More electric vehicles are on the road than ever before, more solar panels are on roofs than ever before.  These trends mean there are more business opportunities for clean energy focused companies than ever before.  Which is why our next guest’s organization puts on an annual summit in our state on this topic.

Mike Switzer interviews Bonnie Loomis, executive director of the SC Clean Energy Business Alliance in Columbia, SC. 

2018 SC Clean Energy Summit

Big Jelly

Oct 4, 2018
A Lion's Mane Jellyfish on the beach.
Jeff [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the largest kind you'll find in South Carolina.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"C" is for Coker's Pedigreed Seed Company.  Coker's Pedigreed Seed Company had its origins in the efforts of David R. Coker to develop and market a highly productive variety of upland cotton.. The focus was on cotton, but Coker expanded the project to include corn, oats, rye, peas, sorghum, and eventually tobacco. Originally managed as a division of J.L. Coker and Company, the Pedigreed Seed Company was incorporated in 1918 as a separate business with headquarters in Hartsville.

A female two-striped walking stick mating with a male (top).
Mary Keim [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener spots a Two-Striped Walking Stick insect with a smaller one on its back.

Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty and host of  Making It Grow is joined by Davis Sanders from South Pleasantburg Nursery in Greenville, SC. This chat is about how pollinating insects not only need food and host plants during the growing season, they also need a source of nutrients to get them through the winter.

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