SC Lede: The Phone Call From Hell

By Gavin Jackson

af2e5914-eec7-4843-9f84-9bc742f7eeb2On this episode of the South Carolina Lede , we revisit the tragic story of veterans who were the target of a catfishing scam orchestrated by prisoners using contraband cellphones. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by Wired's Vince Beiser to discuss his report on the scam which involved inmates from Lee Correctional Institution and led to the death of Greenville vet. You can read Vince Beiser's story on Wired's website here and find him on Twitter here . 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,...

SC Lede live taping at Craft and Draft in Irmo

By Gavin Jackson

LedeThe South Carolina Lede is hosting its next live taping in Irmo! Come listen to some of the state’s most prominent political journalists discussing our legislators' return to session. Join host Gavin Jackson, along with the ETV Endowment, South Carolina Public Radio and other friends of the pod at Craft and Draft for a look at the people and issues sure to be in your newsfeed in the busy 2020 political season. RSVP here Raise a pint and join South Carolina Public Radio , South Carolina ETV and the ETV Endowment of South Carolina for a fun and friendly political discussion. There will be swag...

SC Lede: 2019 — A Retrospective

By Gavin Jackson

From left: Jamie Lovegrove, Maayan Schechter, Meg Kinnard, and SC Lede host Gavin Jackson.From the Democratic presidential primary race to Gov. Henry McMaster's first year of a full term, 2019 was another fascinating year of news is South Carolina. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, The State's Maayan Schechter, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the top political stories of 2019 as the year comes to a close. 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 news, campaign trail...

Historic Amount of Improvement to Interstates Over the Past 10 Years, But Much More is Needed

By Russ McKinney

Sign for I-385/I-85 interchangeSouth Carolina’s Interstate Highway system is its’ economic lifeblood. But the state’s dramatic growth, and too many years of too little state funding find the system clogged with congestion in urban areas, and in desperate need of repairs in many rural areas. Over the past ten years, more than $3.5 Billion in road and bridge work has been underway, an historic amount for the state. But as car and truck traffic volumes grow so do the needs. The S. C. Department of Transportation estimates $20 Billion worth of road work is needed for the entire Interstate system. -$14 Billion needed to widen...

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Likely across the Palmetto State Friday

By Ray Hawthorne

Friday Severe Storm Risk in the LowcountryWidespread rain and a few strong thunderstorms are likely on Friday over much of South Carolina. The strongest storms may produce isolated damaging wind gusts and a low chance for a brief tornado in the Lowcountry. The unsettled weather is expected to develop ahead of a gradually intensifying area of low pressure that will move quickly from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico to the Mid-Atlantic states. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the Lowcountry, including Charleston, Beaufort, and Hilton Head, under a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms on Friday. If strong...

SC Lede: RIP In Peace Kamala's Candidacy

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jamie Lovegrove and Mayaan Schechter (r) on Monday, December 9, 2019.Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ended her presidential bid last week citing financial concerns. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Mayaan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove — who have covered Harris' stops in South Carolina since the beginning of her run — to look back on the campaign of the only black female candidate in the 2020 race. 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,...

Expungements, Housing, and Finding Work in South Carolina

By Scott Morgan

man placing file in trashYou did something when you were younger. Something kind of stupid that got you busted, way way back when you were a different person. And now you can't seem to find a decent place to live or a decent job because of an arrest – not even a conviction! – that's still stuck on your record. The first thing a lot of people in this position think of is a pardon, says Jamie Bell, managing attorney for South Carolina Legal Services ' office in Rock Hill. But pardons are hard to come by. A much safer bet is an expungement. An expungement is the erasure of an arrest or conviction from the permanent...

Flu Shots Help South Carolinians Have a Healthier Winter

By Tut Underwood

injectionFlu season runs approximately from October to May, so it's in full swing, with more cases being reported as the weather gets colder. Health agencies statewide are urging people to get their flu shots. One reason some people don't, according to DHEC's Dr. Theresa Foo, is an old belief that flu shots actually give people a mild case of the flu. Not true, she says. "The flu shot does not cause the flu. There's no active virus in the flu shot. The most common reaction to getting a flu shot is a sore arm." A little swelling or redness at the site of the shot is the usual result, and that generally...

Charleston Artist Honors Our Nation's Veterans

By Victoria Hansen

"Bunker" depicts homeless veteran Dennis of California as if he is surrounded by gunfire.Charleston artist Mary Whyte secretly scoured the country painting portraits for seven years as part of her latest project, "We the People". Her ambition is as extraordinary as her subjects; our nation's veterans. "I really believe our truest Americans really are our veterans," says Whyte. Known for her watercolor paintings depicting American life, Whyte became part journalist part historian for her latest venture. She knew she wanted to depict a variety of veterans from each of the 50 states. But she wasn't exactly sure where to find them. So, she stopped by the chamber of commerce in...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Pete Buttigieg

By Gavin Jackson

SC LEDE logoOn this edition for the week of December 4, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to a recent campaign stop by South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Okatie, SC. You can watch Pete Buttigieg's full remarks in Okatie, SC here . More campaign stops from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign can be found 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 .