Tut Underwood

Sexual Assault Fought in S.C. with Education, Reporting

April 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
This T-shirt was on display during a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month event

The instance of sexual assault in the United States is growing at a rate that would surprise, even alarm, many people. According to Shannon Nix, associate director of sexual assault and violence intervention and prevention at the University of South Carolina, one in four...

Flood Recovery Still Ongoing for Some Midlands Victims

April 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Four Paws Animal Clinic was almost completely submerged by flood waters following the historic rains of Oct. 4, 2015.

For some, the so-called “thousand-year rain” and the floods that followed it in October 2015 may seem a long time ago. But many are still recovering from the storm’s devastation. After more than two years of operating from a temporary building, the 4 Paws Veterinary...

Earth Day a Reminder to Care for Land, Water, Air

April 18, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Aerial view of meandering tidal creeks and extensive pristine marshes in North Inlet Estuary.

Earth Day is held each April to remind people of the importance of caring for our world, according to USC Environmental Health Sciences Professor Joe Jones. He practices what he preaches, as he regularly takes his students outdoors to pick up trash that has washed into a...

Daring, WWII "Doolittle Raid" Began in Columbia

April 9, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
USS HORNET of an Army B-25 on its way to take part in first U.S. air raid on Japan. Doolittle Raid, April 1942.

76 years ago (April 18 1942) 80 brave men did what had never been attempted: they flew army bombers off a U.S. aircraft carrier on their way to bomb Tokyo. The attack, which has become known to history as the Doolittle Raid, was America’s first strike back at Japan after...

Singers Vie to Perform National Anthem at Ball Games

April 2, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
American Flag

"The Star Spangled Banner" is one of the most familiar songs in the United States, and rightly so, since our national anthem is sung or played at so many events, particularly sporting events. And with so many ball games and other events, there are many opportunities for...

Cell Phones Smuggled into Prisons Pose a State - and National - Problem

April 2, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Thousands of cells phones are smuggled into South Carolina prisons every year.

Thousands of cell phones are smuggled into South Carolina’s prisons, and those of other states, each year. This is probably the worst kind of contraband to be smuggled in, say officials, because they are being used to continue some convicts’ careers of crime from behind...

State at a Standstill for Method of Executing Condemned Criminals

March 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
an electric chair

South Carolina has two methods of executing condemned criminals: lethal injection and electrocution. But because convicted prisoners are allowed to choose between them, almost all will choose lethal injection (the last electrocution in the state was in 2008). This presents...

Cat Cafes Provide Fun, Therapy for Patrons, Homes for Needy Cats

March 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Emily Hughes cuddles with one of the  two-to-three dozen friendly felines to be found at the cat cafe in West Columbia.

Cats are beloved pets by millions, but many people can’t have them because they live where pets aren’t allowed or are subject to other restrictions. However, over the last decade, a national phenomenon has sprung up to help cat-less cat lovers get their feline fixes: the...

Poison Center is There 24/7 When Accidents Happen

March 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
The Mr. Yuk symbol is available as a sticker to put on items dangerous to warn children away.

A child has drunk sweet-smelling shampoo. A senior has taken his wife’s prescription by mistake. A person comes to the emergency room after taking multiple medications at 3 in the morning. What to do? The Palmetto Poison Center is on-call 24/7 to help with cases from...

Poison Ivy is a Year-Round Threat of Misery

March 6, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
A three-left cluster is an easy way to spot poison ivy.

Poison ivy is a common plant in South Carolina that can make people miserable for weeks. Naturalist Rudy Mancke said the vine can both grow on the ground and can climb trees, which it likes to do. The itch and rash poison ivy (and its cousins, poison oak and the rarer...

Program Brings New York Musicians to Write and Perform with South Carolina Prisoners

March 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Program Brings New York Musicians to Write and Perform with South Carolina Prisoners

Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville counts numerous musicians among its inmates. Such is their talent that they have attracted the attention of DeCoda, a New York-based chamber music group. For four years now, the prison has sponsored a program with the group in...

USC's International House Aims to Build Careers, Cultural Understanding

March 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Students from Oman, the United States and Italy share an Omani dinner at the University of South Carolina's International House.

The halls of the University of South Carolina’s Maxcy College reflect the voices not only of many students, but of many languages. Maxcy houses the University’s International House, a living-learning experience for approximately 200 American and international students. The...

Science Project Became Business, Partnership with Walmart for Columbia Family

February 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
David Jones inspects a ball half as it comes off the conveyor belt at the Stee-rike 3 plant in Columbia.

David Jones and his son Brantley are baseball fans. Brantley played as a youngster, and was so enthusiastic about batting practice that his older brother, who didn’t like the game, was forced by circumstance to invent a pitching machine so he wouldn’t have to pitch to his...

Pro Bono Program Teaches Law Students the Value of Giving Back

February 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
USC Law School's Pro Bono program provides student volunteers for legal services throughout South Carolina.

It’s tax season, and many people are working with tax preparers. But some preparers are giving away their services for free to elderly or low income clients. They’re tax law students in the Pro Bono program at the University of South Carolina School of Law. The Pro Bono...

'White-Hat' Hackers Combat the Bad Guys Using The Villains’ Tactics

February 20, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
White-hat hackers keep up with the latest tricks of cyber criminals

Hacking, whether it’s into a bank, insurance company or an individual’s records, is a serious, and growing crime in the 21st century. The damages inflicted by hackers in the United States alone can reach into the billions of dollars annually. However, a new weapon against...

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