Cedar Waxwings

By Alfred Turner

Cedar Waxwing

A listener finds a flock of Cedar Waxwings drinking in his backyard.

The Willcox

By Tabitha Safdi

The Willcox

The Willcox Hotel, located in Aiken, South Carolina was built in the late 19th century for Yankees seeking warmth. Closely located to downtown Aiken and Hitchcock Woods, the hotel embodies the history and culture of the area. The Willcox inn was said to have had the first bathtub in the South connected with hidden plumbing. The hotel was voted one of the Best 50 Small U.S. Hotels.

"P" is for Pines

By Walter Edgar

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"P" is for Pines. Nine native pine species are found within South Carolina. Three species are restricted to the upper Piedmont and mountain regions, three are found nearly throughout the state, and three are found primarily within the coastal plain. South Carolina pines are divided into white and yellow. Yellow pines have needles in groups of two or three, while white pines have needles in groups of five. The only white pine in the state is the eastern white pine. Among the yellow pines are loblolly, slash, longleaf, Virginia, pitch, pond, table mountain, and spruce.

SC Lede: The Waiting Game - Plea Deals and Nuclear Deals

By Gavin Jackson

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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by reporters Andy Brown and Andy Shain of The Post and Courier to discuss the sentencing of former state Rep. Rick Quinn, Jr. (R-Lexington) to two years of probation as part of the ongoing the statehouse corruption investigation. Quinn also will have to complete 500 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

We also look at the latest news coming out of the state legislature regarding the V.C. Summer nuclear project and more!

Black South Carolinians in World War I

By Alfred Turner

Unidentified African American soldier in uniform with marksmanship badge and campaign hat with cigarette holder

Upon the United States' entrance into World War I, President Woodrow Wilson told the nation that the war was being fought to "make the world safe for democracy." For many African-American South Carolinians, the chance to fight in this war was a way to prove their citizenship, in hopes of changing things for the better at home.

Art Installation Series Brings Light to Spartanburg

By Ann Bailey

Lighten Up Spartanburg

In recent years, Spartanburg, South Carolina has experienced rapid growth with the introduction of new hotels and apartment buildings, in addition to its multitude of independent businesses. Nestled in the upstate, the town that was once known only for its railroad lines is now stapled with much more. To commemorate the bright expansion of her developing town, Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Art Museum, decided to introduce some light of her own.

Narrative: The Best Wedding Gift

By Laura Hunsberger

Kelvin and Chanta Moore, 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. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Kelvin Moore and his wife Chanta Moore remembered how their relationship grew as they got used to living together for the first time.

Ronald Erwin McNair

Ronald Erwin McNair

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off in 1986.