Narrative: "Together We Grew"

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 Felix Lopez about her experience raising three children as a single mom.

"J" is for Jakes, John

By Walter Edgar

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"J" is for Jakes, John [b. 1932]. Novelist. Born in Illinois, Jakes is a nationally known best-selling novelist and historian. For several decades, he maintained his primary residence on Hilton Head Island. After graduating from DePauw University, he spent a number of years working for pharmaceutical and advertising companies. Then, in 1973 he published the first of eight volumes of the Kent Family Chronicles—a series that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of one fictional family.

Research Related to In-Vivo Microscopy

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 Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology at MUSC.

"I" is for indigo

By Walter Edgar

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"I" is for indigo. Indigo, a plant that produces a blue dye was an important part of 18th century South Carolina's economy. It was grown commercially from 1747 till 1800 and was second only to rice in export value. Eliza Lucas Pinckney experimented with its cultivation in the 1730s and 1740s. In 1749 Parliament placed a bounty of six pence per pound on the dye. Indigo was grown on lands not suited to rice cultivation and thus fit nicely into the existing agricultural economy. By the eve of the Revolution, the colony exported more than one million pounds of dye.

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

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 sponsor Columbia’s Inclement Weather Center (IWC), open from November 1 to March 31 on nights when the temperature is 40 degrees or below.

Mantis Egg Case

By Rudy Mancke

The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.

Here's a good suggestion for what to do with that mantis egg case you found on your Christmas tree.


By Rudy Mancke

A bowfin skull.

The bowfin is the only remaining representative of a kind of fish once plentiful in eons past.

Holiday Festivities at The Biltmore

By Kaitlyn Park

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Marrisa Jamison of The Biltmore Estate tells Palmetto Scene about all of the additional holiday fun beyond the Biltmore House during the 2017 season.