Culture

South Carolina Prepares to Issue Real I.D.s

January 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
A regular, or non-compliant, drivers license.  It has no gold star and bears the phrase, "not for federal identification."

The Real I.D. Act of 2005 was passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to standardize government-issued identifications, like drivers' licenses, for security purposes. Beginning in 2018, South Carolinians will be able to get a Real I.D., which they must have...

Traditions in the New Year

December 29, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Lynn Cornfoot
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Earlier this year we learned about certain superstitions many of us have. As we get ready to ring in a new year, a look at some more traditions celebrated during this time of year.

Narrative: "Together We Grew"

December 26, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Marcia Peter and facilitator Felix Lopez, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Marcia Peters talked with facilitator...

Research Related to In-Vivo Microscopy

December 26, 2017 - Posted in SCETV Health by Bobbi Conner
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Lewin about research related to In-Vivo Microscopy—a new technology that allows physicians and researchers to look at living tissue, at a microscopic level. Dr. David Lewin, is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and...

Columbia's Inclement Weather Center: Shelter from Cold, Flood and Gale

December 22, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
The Inclement Weather Center is located at 191 Calhoun Street, and opens on winter nights that are forecasted at 40 degrees or below.

Winter is an especially difficult time of year for unhoused South Carolinians. As temperatures dip below freezing throughout the season, the threat of hypothermia is ever-present. That’s why several nonprofits in the Midlands have forged together each winter since 2014 to...

Coyote Photo Op

December 22, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
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Coyote populations are growing in South Carolina.

Patrick Davis and Family

December 20, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Patrick Davis

We visit Camden, SC with singer, songwriter Patrick Davis and his musical family.

West Columbia Man Brings the Spirit of Christmas Alive as Santa Claus

December 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Arthur Erskine of West Columbia and friend.

Most men don’t frequent beauty parlors, but Arthur “Cotton” Erskine of West Columbia visits his every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas to prepare his hair and long beard for a role he’s portrayed for years: Santa Claus. “Santa Cotton,” as he is known, becomes the Jolly...

Historic Marker Helps Uncover Military History Buried at Columbia Cemetery

December 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
An historic marker honoring the 371st Infantry now stands at Childs Cemetery in Columbia.

For those who love military history, the date September 28, now carries an additional significance. It’s the date Cpl. Freddie Stowers was killed in battle. Stowers was an Anderson County native and a member of the 371st Infantry Regiment, the first African-American unit to...

Midlands Non-profit Sowing Seeds for the Future

December 15, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Sowing Seeds Into the Midlands

After years of working as a juvenile probation officer in South Carolina, Zakiya Esper became increasingly alarmed by the gap in support services for the teens she served. The vision for Sowing Seeds into the Midlands was birthed from Zakiya's belief in redemption for youth...

South Carolina Looks Back on an Active Hurricane Season

December 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
A satellite view of Hurricane irma on September 5, 2017.

Last month, the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season finally came to a close. From June 1 to Nov. 30, South Carolinians were encouraged by SCEMD and other state agencies to be on high alert, especially after the severe storm impacts the state received during the 2015 and 2016...

South Carolina's Population Passes the 5 Million Mark

December 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
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Next week state officials expect the U.S. Census Bureau to officially estimate that the state’s population has passed the five million mark. In fact, they believe the state reached that milestone back on June 8th. Officials estimate that the state is growing by 157 people a...

A Biltmore Christmas

December 14, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
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On Christmas Eve of 1895, the public got its first look at America’s Largest Home when owner George Vanderbilt opened the doors for all to see. And still today, many Americans flock to The Biltmore during the holiday season to step back in time and experience the spirit...

Musican Strikes Right Notes with Jazz in Charleston

December 13, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Marina Ziehe
Duda Lucena playing guitar

Creativity, for Duda Lucena , is the fuel to his energy. As a trained musician and Brazilian native, Lucena can be seen throughout Charleston performing classical guitar pieces. Lucena is recognized as a pivotal force of Brazilian music on the jazz scene. Throughout his...

Holiday Shopping Season Looks to be Best in a Decade

December 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
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USC Retail Department Chair Mark Rosenbaum is excited by this year’s holiday shopping season. A decade after the great recession that started in 2008, he said retail sales in the state and nation are back to 2007 levels. The stock market’s record highs are just in time for...

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