South Carolina

This drone is ready to fly.  Drones have many applications ,but the law hasn't caught up with some of them yet.
Tut Underwood/ SC Public Radio

Drones are becoming more and more common, with possibly a million or more sold in 2015.  As recreation, they’ve been used as an extension of the traditional model airplane.  Newer uses in business, government and other enterprises have seen them used for traffic monitoring, inspecting farm crops and even collecting information from whale spray.  In this report, law professor Bryant Smith talks about legal concerns brought about by the use of drones, and oceanographer George Voulgaris and graduate student Doug Cahl discuss the drone’s role in various areas of research.

"C" is for Clemson University. In 1888, Thomas Green Clemson left his Oconee County estate and an endowment to the state of South Carolina—in order to create a separate agricultural college. The legislation accepting the bequest was enacted in 1890. Additional funding would come from the federal government through the Hatch Act and Morrill Act. Clemson Agricultural College opened in 1893.

A Toothy Grin

Apr 4, 2017
A bowfin skull.
Chesapeake Bay Program via Flickr

The bowfin, or mud fish, is the lone descendant of a group of prehistoric fish.

In recent years, the national average cost of tuition has risen to over $20,000 for four-year public institutions.  This may also explain why the average student loan debt for a graduating student from a school like Clemson is around $30,000.

Mike Switzer interviews Josh Harris with the College of Business at Clemson University.


Technology Extends Health Care to S.C. Schools

Apr 3, 2017
Nurse practitioner Kelli Garber teaches school-nurse Lidie Collier how to use the telehealth cart.
Taylor Crouch

Many schools in South Carolina are using technology to expand student care. Through a telehealth cart, students can connect to local providers at their nurse’s office. The goal is to bring convenience to families, facilitate continuum of care and increase access to quality care.

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

The Way We Worked

Apr 3, 2017
Making coco mats.
DCA&HC McMahan Photo Collection via SC Humanities

The Way We Worked is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environment in the past 150 years. Adapted from an original exhibition designed by the National Archives, The Way We Worked shows how we identify with work – as individuals and as communities.

A Copperhead Snake?

Mar 31, 2017
A Midland Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon pleuralis.
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0], viaFlickr

Often mistaken for a Copperhead, the Midland Water snake is harmless to humans.

Giant Bark Aphids

Mar 30, 2017
Giant Bark Aphid, Longistigma caryae. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA.
Katja Schulz (CC BY 2.0)

Common in the Carolinas, this insect hibernated through winter, becoming active when the weather warms.

Learning What's Inside

Mar 29, 2017

Much can be learned about a dead bird by performing a necropsy.

Aiken County cotton farmer Carl Brown overlooks one of his fields.
Tut Underwood/ SC Public Radio

American consumers buy nearly 20 billion new items of clothing a year, many of them made of Southern cotton, but 98 percent made overseas.  A University of South Carolina professor wondered about the journey of cotton from South Carolina to China and back. Laura Kissel says she learned a lot about the cotton-to-cloth-to-clothing process while making a documentary film about the people who grow the cotton and make the garments.  

Aiken County farmer Carl Brown discusses the changes in cotton farming over the course of his career. 

"B" is for Barnwell County [548 square miles; population 23,478]. Barnwell County originally encompassed 1,440 square miles but lost more than one-half its territory to the formation of several newer counties: Aiken, Allendale, and Bamberg. The county was named for Revolutionary War hero, John Barnwell. Traditionally an agricultural county, Barnwell is better known today for the political clout it enjoyed for much of the 20th century.

Bowl and Doily Spiders

Mar 28, 2017
Several Bowl and Doily Spider's webs wet with dew, on a trail in the Adirondacks, between Long Pond and Bessie Pond, St. Regis Canoe Area.
Marc Wanner [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This spiders create webs with bowl shapes over a relatively flat plain of silk, reminiscent of a "doily."

Archaeology trowel
HeritageDaily [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State (USC Press, 2016), edited by Adam King, contains an overview of the fascinating archaeological research currently ongoing in the Palmetto State and features essays by twenty scholars studying South Carolina's past through archaeological research.

"A" is for All Saints Parish. King George III vetoed the 1767 act establishing All Saints Parish. Re-established in 1778, it  comprised the Waccamaw neck of Horry and Georgetown counties. With the tidal cultivation of rice culture in the mid-eighteenth century, the Waccamaw River—which had so long been a barrier to the development of the Neck—became its greatest asset. Plantations sprang up along its banks, and by 1810 slaves made up nearly 90 percent of the population.