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SC Lede: Hangin' With Mr. Santee Cooper

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Andy Brown (r) in the SCPublic Radio studios on Monday, February 11, 2019.

 

 

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Andy Brown (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, February 11, 2019.

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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Andy Brown and South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney to discuss the past and potential future of Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility which partnered with SCE&G on the failed $9 billion V.C. Summer nuclear project.

 

SC Lede: Civil Forfeiture — Guilty Until Proven Innocent

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Nathaniel Cary (l) and Mike Ellis (r) in the Greenville News offices on Friday, February 1, 2019.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Greenville News reporters Nathaniel Cary and Mike Ellis about their new series "Taken" about civil forfeiture by South Carolina law enforcement. The pair, along with fellow reporter Anna Lee, combed through more than 3,200 records to compile a comprehensive database of civil forfeiture incidents.

Gov. McMaster Delivers 2019 State of the State Address

By Sean Birch

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Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his State of the State address Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Addressing a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly, McMaster laid out his 2019 legislative agenda. 

Listen to the full audio of his speech below: 

Listen to the Democratic response to Gov. McMaster's adress from Sen. John Scott (D-Columbia) and reaction from State House and Senate members:

SC Lede: The 2020 Democratic Dating Game Begins

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Maayan Schechter (r) on Monday, January 21, 2019.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Meg Kinnard, South Carolina reporter for the Associated Press, and Maayan Schechter, statehouse reporter for The State, to discuss Gov. Henry McMaster's recently released state budget and the unity among lawmakers to make education reform a top priority for 2019. They also look at the roster of Democratic presidential hopefuls visiting South Carolina as they gear up for the 2020 election.

SC Lede: Nuclear Boondoggle - Billable Hours

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Andy Brown in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, December 3, 2018.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Andy Brown, statehouse reporter with the Post and Courier, to discuss the latest on the controversial V.C. Summer nuclear project. The Public Service Commission wrapped up three weeks of hearings on the failed $9 billion project, and will soon determine how much SCE&G ratepayers are on the hook for as well as whether the ultility can be sold to Virginia-based Dominion Energy.

SC Lede: 'Minimally Adequate' - The State of Education in SC

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Thad Moore (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Post and Courier Reporters Seanna Adcox and Thad Moore about the paper's new series "Minimally Adequate," which explores the bleak state of South Carolina's education system. The series analyzes how factors such as segregation, lowered standards, and funding cuts have resulted in a history of subpar education in the Palmetto State.

SC Lede: Choose Your Own Adventure - The 2018 Midterms LIVE From Greenville

By Sean Birch

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On this special edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at the Growler Haus in the Village of West Greenville, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Associated Press South Carolina Reporter Meg Kinnard and Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove to recap last week's lieutenant gubernatorial debate and preview this week's midterm elections.

South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also drops by to quiz Gavin and the audience about Upstate history.

Introducing Spoleto Backstage

By Sean Birch

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Spoleto Backstage is a new short-run podcast taking you behind the curtain to meet the artists and people who make things happen at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston. In this teaser episode, host Jeanette Guinn introduces you to the show and previews what you can expect during the festival.

SC Lede: Amazing Race - SC Edition

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson and Jamie Lovegrove

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove for a dive into the 2018 South Carolina elections, including the races for governor, congressional seats, and more.