Six Receive Prestigious Humanities Awards

By Thelisha Eaddy

2019 SC Humanities Award Winners

Six people across South Carolina recently joined the ranks of recipients of two prestigious state awards; the SC Governor’s Awards in the Humanities and the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award. In 1991, SC Humanities started honoring people who have made a career working in the humanities with the Governor’s award. In 2018, the organization started honoring those, just starting to make an impact in the field, with its Fresh Voices award. Executive Director Randy Akers shares what the organization looks for in each year’s winners.

A Quarter Century for Murder and an Ex-Prosecutor's Change of Heart

By Scott Morgan


Doug O'Neal spent 24 years in prison for the murder of a woman police still can't identify. But the evidence against him was so questionable that even the man who helped put him away says he's innocent. In 1990, Doug and Catherine O’Neal were in their Columbia home, giving one of their children a bath, when a “friend” called and said he had something to bring over.

We Need Your Help! Survey Responses Needed

By Tabitha Safdi

Doctor having a tele-consult

South Carolina ETV and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance are working together to assess, explore, and share the available telehealth resources in South Carolina. Every day, doctors, patients, and researchers are using telehealth to provide care throughout the state. Seeking to meet the needs of the patients where they are, more doctors are realizing the need to look at healthcare in a 21st century way. Telehealth is where technology and healthcare intersect.

SC Lede: SC's Politcal Fyre Fest Weekend

By Gavin Jackson


On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Maayan Schechter, of The State newspaper, and Meg Kinnard, of the Associated Press, to talk about the criminal justice reform summit held at Benedict College that was attended by 10 Democratic candidates as well as President Donald Trump.

As always, Gavin is joined by Russ McKinney for the best trivia in the Palmetto state.

South Carolina Public Radio wins five first-place awards

SC Public Radio awards

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Public Radio (SCPR) this weekend received five first-place awards – four from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) and one from the Associated Press (AP). Those two organizations hosted a joint convention and luncheon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, October 26 to announce and recognize all of this year’s awards recipients.

Another Cycle of Drought Continues for South Carolina

By Russ McKinney

This 2016 file photo taken on the banks of Lake Hartwell shows the impacts of drought on South Carolina's natural resources.

Despite recent rain across the state the drought continues.  The U.S. Drought Monitor says that almost half of the state is in what it calls a "severe drought."

Leonard Vaughan of the National Weather Service in Columbia says with the exception of coastal counties the rest of the state continues to be very dry. 

Vaughan says the problem is not just this year’s dry summer and fall, but the repeated cycles of drought South Carolina has been experiencing.  Over the past twenty years drought in the state has been significant. 


October/November Walks Call Attention to Suicide Prevention

By Tut Underwood

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo



Credit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo / National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Each October and early Novemeber a series of walks called "Out of the Darkness" call attention to the problem of suicide in South Carolina.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state and the nation, but among South Carolina residents aged 15-34, it's the second.  

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Seven Minutes with Sen. Kamala Harris

By Gavin Jackson


On this edition for the week of October 24, 2019, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during her visit to Orangeburg, SC on October 18.

This is an edited version of our full conversation with Sen. Kamala Harris:

I'm joined by Sen. Harris on Russell Street in downtown Orangeburg, outside of Masters Hair studio. Senator Harris, welcome.

Sen. Kamala Harris Thank you. It's great to be with you. And back in Orangeburg.

Gavin Jackson Yeah, quite different than Iowa, right?