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SC Lede: The Politics Of Gun Violence

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Jamie Lovegrove (r) on Monday, August 5, 2019.On this episode of South Carolina Lede , we look at the intersection of gun violence and politics following the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss local reaction, responses by the 2020 presidential candidates, and the status of both state and national legislation concerning guns. 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. You can subscribe to South Carolina...

Don't Be Too Tough on the Polls. It's Actually Not Their Fault

By Scott Morgan

Poll responsesAfter 2016, some lost their faith in election polls. Turns out, that mistrust is somewhat misguided. Credit Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio The 2016 presidential election was, by any account, notable. It was also largely a surprise how it turned out. Regardless of ideology, most people assumed a Hilary Clinton victory, and that perspective was informed by poll after poll that showed her cruising to a comfortable win. Post-election, a lot of people questioned the validity of polls that said one thing while actual results seemingly showed something entirely different. And, a lot of...

Rudy Mancke Celebrates Two Decades of "NatureNotes"

By Tut Underwood

Rudy ManckeRudy Mancke is almost certainly South Carolina's most noted naturalist. He hosted the long-running and well-remembered (and nationally-aired) ETV program "Nature Scene" and has now reached his 20th anniversary as host of South Carolina Public Radio's "NatureNotes." The feature remains a daily one-minute reflection on some aspect of nature in the Palmetto State, as it was from the beginning. According to producer John Gasque, Mancke would record 15 programs, or three weeks' worth, at a session. "Rudy would come in with a tiny piece of paper with 15 words on it. And he would take one word and...

The Atlantic is About to Come Alive

By Ray Hawthorne

Tropics are becoming more activeThe most active part of the hurricane season often begins in August. Right on-cue, at least one tropical system is likely to form in the Atlantic by the upcoming weekend. System Near Florida Only a Rain-Maker A tropical wave moving through Hispaniola Wednesday afternoon is forecast to reach the southeastern Bahamas and Cuba on Thursday before moving over or close to Florida over the upcoming weekend. The wave already produced areas of heavy rain over Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands Monday and Tuesday. As it moves to the northwest, tropical downpours will increase over the...

NPR Special Coverage: Democratic Debate

By Alfred Turner

aa0da36b-b1a2-4b70-b0b5-ba3a8d37175eTonight, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. NPR presents special coverage of the Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks. Watch the debate and check the facts below, beginning at 9:00. Loading...

South Carolina Business Review Turns 20

By Tut Underwood

Mike SwitzerFor 20 years now, the South Carolina Business Review has brought business leaders, entrepreneurs and commentators to listeners of South Carolina Public Radio. Mike Switzer has hosted the program its entire run, and takes satisfaction at its 20th anniversary. Starting in radio in high school in Canada, he later became a stockbroker and investment adviser. He called on his earlier radio experience to start a 30-minute business program on a Columbia commercial station because he "saw it as an opportunity to increase my business through contacts and networking, and at the same time provide a...

SC Lede: The Death Of William Avant

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) with Avery Wilks in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, July 29, 2019.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede , we look at the death of mental health patient William Avant, who was killed after South Carolina Department of Mental Health employees dogpiled on top of him in January to restrain him, a tactic that is explicitly outlawed by the department. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Avery Wilks to discuss the latest on the story. In this week's Campaign Trail segment, we discuss the results of a recent Monmouth University poll of likely South Carolina Democratic primary voters. You can read those results here . Then, South Carolina Public Radio's...

Nearly Half the Country's Most Eviction-Prone Rural/Small Cities Are in South Carolina

By Scott Morgan

e01cf263-9da6-47f9-a76e-7202b4bec6c7Of the 100 most eviction-prone rural and small cities in the United States, 47 are in South Carolina. Thirty South Carolina rural/small cities are in the top 50. Those numbers come from the Eviction Lab project at Princeton University, which compiled eviction filings and formal eviction records from 2000 to 2016. In just those 47 South Carolina rural/small towns, Eviction Lab counted 5,633 evictions. The total number of eviction filings was about twice that, meaning that around half of those renters who had eviction proceedings started against them eventually lost their places of residence...

Staying Safe in the South Carolina Sun

By Connor Boulet

33e25cd9-941f-4edf-894a-6e937d11d9b7South Carolina ranked first in the United States for child vehicular heatstrokes in 2018, and with Palmetto State temperatures reaching highs of 100 degrees during the summertime, heat exhaustion is a serious, life-threatening danger, and residents should know the signs of danger. Those who are especially vulnerable to the summer heat include young children, the elderly, and individuals who take anxiety and depression medication. Steve Shelton, the Medical Director for Emergency Management for Prisma Health Midlands and physician said that the first sign is heat cramps. The next sign is...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — John Delaney, Cory Booker, Tim Ryan, Elizabeth Warren, Wayne Messam

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoLeading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of July 25, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent South Carolina Democratic Party Convention to hear from presidential hopefuls former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Miramar, FL Mayor Wayne Messam. Full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign...

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