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Pondering Plastic - Wildlife, Bans and Trash

March 26, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Dr. John Weinstein studies microplastics at the Citadel

He weighs less than five pounds, but Zazu had big belly problems when he was rescued off the Isle of Palms coast nearly three months ago. The tiny, green sea turtle had eaten plastic, all kinds of plastic; part of a balloon, clear sheets of plastic and material from a...

Anhinga Anhinga?

March 26, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Anhinga.

The scientific name of these "Water Turkeys" is Anhinga anhinga

A Journey of Rediscovery: Retracing the Route of John Lawson's 1700 Expedition in Carolina

March 25, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Detail of the title page of A History of Carolina presented to North Carolina in 1831 by James Madison. The book is now part of the collection of the N.C. Museum of History.

In 1700, a young man named John Lawson left London and landed in Charleston, South Carolina, hoping to make a name for himself. For reasons unknown, he soon undertook a two-month journey through the still-mysterious Carolina backcountry. His travels yielded A New Voyage to...

"B" is for Brown, William Melvin, Jr. (1934-1994)

March 25, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

"B" is for Brown, William Melvin, Jr. (1934-1994). Manufacturer. A native Charlestonian and a graduate of South Carolina State, Brown served in the Army, taught in the Charleston County schools, and was the first black insurance consultant in Charleston. In 1972 he created...

State Lawmakers Make First Moves For Possible Sale of Santee Cooper

March 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Santee Cooper headquarters sign.

After months of discussion about Santee Cooper, the SC General Assembly this week took the first official actions that could lead to the eventual sale of the state-owned utility. The State House of Representatives and Senate are considering Joint Resolutions that would...

Opossums

March 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Opossum.

The Opossum is the only marsupial in the U.S. and Canada. Though "Possum" is a coloquial name for these animals, the Possum is actually a distant, Australian relative.

Helping the Mentally Disadvantaged With Employment

March 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Amy Jolly

It probably comes as no surprise to you that individuals who experience mental illness can also experience difficulties finding meaningful employment. Which is why our next guest’s organization exists. Mike Switzer interviews Amy Jolly, executive director of Work in...

The Fox Squirrel

March 21, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Eastern Fox Squirrel.

The Fox Squirrel is significantly larger than the more common Gray Squirrel.

"C" is for Cofitachiqui

March 21, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

"C" is for Cofitachiqui. Cofitachiqui is the name of a sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Native American chiefdom as well as one of the principal towns of the chiefdom. The town of Cofitachiqui was located on the bank of the Wateree River below the fall line near present-...

Big Changes in Hearing Aids

March 21, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Michael Arndt

You may have heard recently that hearing aids are going to soon be available over the counter. Will this be a big disruptor to the hearing industry? Our next guest says yes, but he also adds that much confusion could also result and he says there are other big changes...

Happy Vernal Equinox!

March 20, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Today the length of night is the same as that of day.

Women's Professional Tennis Returns to Daniel Island

March 20, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina Business Review logo

Springtime in South Carolina brings warmer weather and our first big national sporting event for the year. It’s tennis time in the Lowcountry when the world’s top women players will be in our state competing for ranking points and big money. Mike Switzer interviews Bob...

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher Nests

March 19, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest.

These nests are held together with spider silk.

"C" is for Coker, David Robert (1870-1938)

March 19, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

"C" is for Coker, David Robert (1870-1938). Businessman, plant breeder, philanthropist. Following his graduation from the University of South Carolina, Coker managed the J.L. Coker and Company. Illness led him to withdraw from the business and to focus on his first...

The Luna Moth

March 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Luna Moth - Actias luna.

These moths over-winter in "paper thin" cocoons on the ground.

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