Sean Birch

Spoleto Backstage: Bach Bonus Round

By Sean Birch

d4c7ada1-f7a0-4573-bf82-3a602e9885abThis episode of Spoleto Backstage highlights the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with Spoleto chamber music series performances of two works representative of the German baroque composer’s prolific and wide-ranging output: his Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe, BWV 1060, and his cantata Ich habe genug , BWV 82. Before listening to these works as performed in the festival’s 2017 and 2011 seasons, hosts Geoff Nuttall and Bradley Fuller talk about Bach’s career and legacy, considering what his music means to them and the qualities that have ensured its appeal across centuries and cultures...

Palmetto Perspectives: Racial Injustice

By Sean Birch

Palmeto Perspectives logoPalmetto Perspectives is South Carolina Public Radio and SCETV's new quarterly program aiming to bring together a diverse group of voices to discuss the important issues facing the state of South Carolina and its communities. In light of the protests that followed the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed black Americans, Palmetto Perspectives hosts Thelisha Eaddy and Adrienne Fairwell are joined by a panel of leaders from South Carolina’s African American community who will discuss these killings, the subsequent protests and how to overcome these tragedies. This episode'...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Third Worst In The World

By Sean Birch

A new analysis by the New York Times finds that South Carolina had more coronavirus cases per million people last week than several countries with some of the worst outbreaks in the world.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 9, 2020, we bring you comments from US Attorney General William Barr and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) about police reform, the latest on the shooting at the Lavish Lounge nightclub in Greenville, and a new report listing South Carolina as the third worst place in the world when it comes to new COVID-19 cases per million residents over the past week. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for...

Spoleto Backstage: Kreisler, Golijov, Tchaikovsky, And Alisa Weilerstein

By Sean Birch

d4c7ada1-f7a0-4573-bf82-3a602e9885abCredit South Carolina Public Radio In this episode of Spoleto Backstage , Geoff Nuttall and Bradley Fuller revisit another unforgettable program from the past decade of the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series. Before moving to the music itself, the two hosts talk about what makes this 2016 concert a top-pick performance. Opening the program are two dazzling violin showpieces by Fritz Kreisler—his Praeludium and Allegro, as well as the Caprice Viennois , Op. 2. Violinist Benjamin Beilman performs both, accompanied by pianist Pedja Muzijevic. Composer Osvaldo Golijov then introduces his “...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Don't Mask Shame Me, Bro!

By Sean Birch

d10a761b-c874-47a6-9177-a61ec8636627On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 12, 2020, we look at Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to reopen more businesses in the state, hear about the lawsuit the ACLU has filed against the South Carolina Deptartment of Corrections, discuss why it could take longer than expected for the state's tourism industry to rebound, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Our New Normal

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoOn this episode for March 18, 2020, we look at emergency funding measures passed by the state Senate, what a feeding operation for students in Kershaw County looks like and what the scene was like in Five Points on the last night bars were open in the state. Each of these special episodes is structured to give you straight up information up front followed by additional context and reporting, your voices, resources and tips and we end it all with a little wind down. And we want to hear from you! Leave us a 1-minute long voicemail at 803-563-7169 to tell us how you’re coping with COVID-19, how...

10 COVID19 Cases in South Carolina. 2 Confirmed, 8 Presumptive Positive

By Sean Birch

cononavirus state by state mapUpdated, 3/12/2020 The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating one new possible case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Lancaster County. This brings the total number of presumptive positive cases to eight, along with two confirmed cases. The new case is a woman from Lancaster County. DHEC said a contact investigation is underway, and at this time there is no known travel outside the state or known contact with another case. According to the agency, the woman’s samples tested positive at DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and she is currently...

SC Lede: Biden Blowout, Bye Bye Buttigieg, Sayonara Steyer, & Ciao Klobuchar

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoThe South Carolina Democratic primary came and went this weekend with former Vice President Joe Biden quickly being declared winner and several of his fellow candidates ending their campaigns soon after. On this editon of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss the results, the importantance of the South Carolina primary heading into Super Tuesday, and more. Plus, the week's top news, trivia, and more! You can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher . You can...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoOn this edition for the week of October 10, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the Charleston County Democratic Party's recent Blue Jamboree event to hear from Democratic presidential candidates Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), and Tom Steyer. Full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign on the SCETV YouTube page . And you can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher , and Spotify. You can also follow the show on Instagram and Twitter .

SC Lede: The Abortion Debate Begins... Again

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Jeffrey Collins (r).On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to look at the fetal heartbeat bill South Carolina state senators recently received testimony on, despite being out of session. They discuss this initial hearing for the House-approved bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the Palmetto State. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment. Plus, the week's top news, campaign trail updates...

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