Culture

Becca’s Graduation

By Xiao Yu

Rebecca “Becca” TurnerRebecca “Becca” Turner just graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate, yet, without a traditional commencement. Becca started attending USCU at age 14 through the Scholars Academy program, which provides top high school students an opportunity to take college courses and advanced high school classes on the university campus. In the following six years Becca earned her high school diploma and college degree. She looked forward to that final moment when her family could watch her walking through the lawn in graduation cap and gown. But then Coronavirus stole her ceremony. Becca’s...

Former Gamecock heading to the Big Leagues

By Aimee Crouch

Tina WhitlockCollege softball is exploding – becoming one of the few sports along with football and men’s basketball – that generates revenue. According to the U.S. Department of Education, college softball teams reported $450 million in revenue in 2016-17 (the last year data has been reported). Here in South Carolina, colleges and universities across the state have long boasted competitive programs, and with Clemson embarking on its inaugural season in spring 2020 – the choices – and competition – for premier female ballplayers has never been hotter. No one understands this better than Gamecock softball...

Charles H. Townes | SC Hall of Fame

Charles H. TownesCharles H. Townes was born in Greenville, South Carolina, July 28, 1915, and grew up on a farm. Townes studied at Furman and Duke Universities, then headed west to Cal Tech. After getting his Ph.D., Townes moved back east to work for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. As America prepared for World War Two, theoretical physics had to take a back seat to application. Townes worked on radar. After the war, Townes became a professor at Columbia University, where his experience in radar led to the idea for the MASER, which stands for "Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation," a...

David Bancroft Johnson

David Bancroft JohnsonAs Superintendent of Schools in Columbia, South Carolina, David Bancroft Johnson saw the need for an institution that would focus on training teachers. He received funds from Robert Winthrop and the Peabody Education Board in Boston, Massachusetts, and founded Winthrop Training School for Women in 1886. In 1895, the school moved to Rock Hill, and Winthrop University continues to educate students today. “D.B.” Johnson was President of Winthrop until his death in 1928.

Reel South: Mossville - When Great Trees Fall

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall(Episode #510) As a centuries-old black community in Louisiana, contaminated and uprooted by petrochemical plants, comes to terms with the loss of its ancestral home, one man standing in the way of a plant’s expansion refuses to give up. Hosted by Valerie June, REEL SOUTH is a cooperative documentary series between the South’s PBS-member stations: UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, Alabama Public Television, Arkansas’ AETN, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and Virginia's VPM. For more information about season five, please visit ReelSouth.org .

William "Singing Billy" Walker​​

William "Singing Billy" Walker​​"Amazing Grace: The Story of William "Singing Billy" Walker is about the Spartanburg resident, religious music composer and publisher. Walker became famous in the mid 1800's for changing the way people learned to sing traditional hymns. William Walker became famous for putting music to the beloved poem "Amazing Grace," creating the world renowned hymn, and publishing it for the first time, in his best selling music book, Southern Harmony, still in print today.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Upstate, Midlands

By Ray Hawthorne

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 PMAreas of strong, damaging winds and large hail are possible as a cluster of thunderstorms moves across portions of the Palmetto state Friday afternoon and early evening. For this reason, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 PM for the Upstate and Midlands, including Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill. Thunderstorms are most likely along and northwest of Interstate 20. They are likely to be in the Greenville/Spartanburg area around 3 PM, and the Rock Hill and Columbia areas between 4 and 6 PM, before moving eastward toward Interstate 95...

Thomas Green Clemson

Thomas Green ClemsonThomas Green Clemson was born in Philadelphia in 1807. In 1838 he married Anna Maria Calhoun, daughter of South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun. Clemson served as U.S. ambassador to Belgium and later Superintendent of Agricultural Affairs in Washington. After the Civil War, Clemson saw farming as a crucial part of rebuilding the South. Throughout his final years he outlined plans for the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina. Included in the program are interviews with Ann R. Russell; Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Reel; Will Hiott; and Dr. James Barker.

Heritage in harm's way

Sweetgrass basketsFacing the impacts of climate change, the Gullah community and culture are at risk. Leaders in the community discuss the importance of preserving this culture during rapid change.

Health Tech Start-Up Raises $5 Million

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoRaising venture capital has always been a struggle in the Palmetto State but late last year, our next guest was able to raise $5 million for her start-up, right out of the gate. It probably helped that she also runs a venture fund. Mike Switzer interviews Halle Tecco, CEO of Natalist in Charleston, SC.

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