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A Clemson Architect Weighs in on 'Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again'

February 25, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
The U.S. Capitol is a grand achievement of classical architecture. A potential presidential order could make all federal building projects above a certain price be crafted in this same style. That doesn't sit well with several architects.

A potential Trump administration plan dubbed “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” would demand that all federal building projects costing above $50 million be designed in the neoclassical style. The aim is to unify the architectural style of major federal buildings...

South Carolina's Bats Are Dying. Here's Why You Should Care

February 25, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Somewhere at the middle-end of the 19th century, a railroad tunnel under construction in Walhalla partially collapsed and left behind a cave that tricolor bats really took to. There used to be hundreds of the small, furry bats hibernating through the winters by clinging to...

Leaning on His Backbone, Biden’s Soul of the Nation Bus Tour Swings Through Palmetto State

February 24, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Bishopville resident Willie McDonald listens as Valerie Biden Owens talks about her brother Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. McDonald said he's voting for Biden because he best represents him.

About two weeks ago, when Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden realized his showing in the New Hampshire Primary was going to be low, the former Vice President made a trip to South Carolina for a launch party. Surrounded by a diverse crowd of energetic supporters,...

Study Finds Engagement High Among South Carolina's African-American Voters

February 24, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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A new study from personal finance and economics website WalletHub places South Carolina third overall in the level of engagement it sees from African-American voters, making the Palmetto State the most engaged among reliably red states. While the study found that African-...

75 Years Later, the Public Gets Access to Rare Images from Iwo Jima

February 20, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Images of soldiers during the five-week long battle of Iwo Jima are now publically accessible

Carrying the wounded to a make-shift hospital, taking communion, and traveling by sea are just some of the images revealed in never-before-seen films taken during the battle of Iwo Jima. The start of this World War II battle began 75 years ago this week and lasted just over...

Franchising Building Maintenance

February 20, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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As the economy heated up and the labor market tightened, our next guest noticed an underserved sector in the building maintenance industry and decided to buy a franchise to serve it. Mike Switzer interviews Ben Mackey, owner of the Columbia, SC location of City Wide...

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

February 20, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Turkey Tail Mushrooms

The Turkey Tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world.

Fowler's Toads

February 19, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Fowler's toad

Fowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri, formerly Bufo fowleri) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. The species is native to North America, where it occurs in much of the eastern United States and parts of adjacent Canada.

Rock Hill Democrats Hope, Worry, and Hope (In That Order) As Primary Looms

February 19, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Note: This story has been amended to remove a reference to Michael Bloomberg setting up operations in South Carolina. Bloomberg is not on the South Carolina ballot. Democrats are united on one idea. They want to unseat President Donald Trump. But past that, and even with...

Winston Churchill: "Planning is Essential"

February 18, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Mike Switzer
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Winston Churchill is credited with saying that “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”. Our next guest says that this is particularly relevant to financial planning but he also wants you to remember that the plans themselves comprise nothing more than...

Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with Phillip Bush

February 17, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller
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Not long after his arrival in Vienna in late 1792, a young Ludwig van Beethoven was beginning to make an impression in the musical city. The Austrian capital had only a year prior lost one of its other famous residents—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—and Beethoven showed promising...

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

February 17, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Mike Switzer
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A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Addressing the Homeless Situation in the Midlands

February 14, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Mike Switzer
Cathy Hood-Pittenger and Larry Nichols

The homeless situation continues to be an issue for our state’s cities, towns, and their businesses. Many communities across the nation are grappling with this with many different solutions being tried. Our next guests are working on this issue in Columbia, SC. Mike Switzer...

Making SC More Bicycle Friendly

February 12, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Amy Johnson Ely

As our state continues to look for ways to attract the best and brightest workforce, quality of life is certainly important. One aspect of that that is showing up on a lot of millenials’ checklists is a bicycle-friendly environment. And our next guest’s organization is...

Lots of Debate But Little Movement on Several Education Bills

February 7, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
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Four weeks into this year’s session of the state legislature there has been lots of debate, but little movement on several education bills. The Senate is slowly working its way through the massive School Improvement Bill with no end of debate in sight. Senators have turned...

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