SC Public Radio

Statewide Asphalt Workforce Development Campaign Underway

October 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Mike Switzer
Ashley Batson

How many times have you driven past road construction work and wondered about that whole process and what those jobs might be like? Our next guest’s organization is in the middle of a campaign right now with an education mission of just that. Mike Switzer interviews Ashley...

Protecting Gullah Culture

September 27, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Nakia Wigfall coils a sweetgrass basket at her Mount Pleasant home.

Nearly two hours south of Charleston, over Beaufort's Woods Memorial Bridge, South Carolina's Sea Islands stretch out adorned with palms trees and pines, and grassy marshes that glitter at twilight. The area has long been home to the direct descendants of slaves known as...

Chester Residents Call Out Gun Violence, Culture of Silence

September 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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The City of Chester is in crisis. Shootings are on the rise and so are shooting-related deaths. So far this year, police have taken more than 130 calls about shots being fired. That’s 20 more than all of last year. Since April there have been almost a dozen confirmed...

Inside the Rock Hill Boxing Club's Quest for a Better Community

September 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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The Rock Hill Boxing Club is the kind of old school gym real boxers come out of – Golden Glove contenders, burgeoning pros, Olympic hopefuls …. There’s nothing corporate or pretentious about this place. It’s decorated with spray paint and duct tape-wrapped bags; it’s...

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

July 29, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Of 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...

Lowcountry Diver Remembers Recovering Apollo 8

July 3, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by vhansen
young Bob Coggin in Navy uniform

Bob Coggin was just back from serving in Vietnam as a diver in an underwater demolition team when he got his next assignment from the Navy: train to possibly recover Apollo 8. The first manned spacecraft to leave the earth's atmosphere and orbit the moon would soon splash...

Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II

June 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Tarawa, Kiribati - U.S. Marines storm Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. The battle (November 20-23, 1943) was one of the bloodiest of WWII.

In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on a critical Japanese fortification on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor. The brutal...

Ham Operators Ready to Provide Emergency Communications in the Event of Crises

June 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Ham radio operator Warren Rickey calls amateur operators statewide in SC HEART's weekly training exercise.  The group was founded to provide emergency communications when a disaster destroys phone and Internet capabilities.

When a disaster strikes, communications may become spotty or even gone completely. Cell phone towers may be down, land lines even disrupted, and if the Internet is offline, there goes email. Keeping communications open for hospitals and other health care facilities during...

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

June 17, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
John Warner

John Warner For a weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina, Mike Switzer talks with John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

S.C. Public Radio announces coverage plans for Spoleto Festival USA 2019

May 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio
Spoleto Festival USA 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – S.C. Public Radio today announced its coverage plans for Spoleto Festival USA 2019. The statewide radio network will broadcast Spoleto events on “Performance Today” and “Sonatas & Soundscapes.” A six-episode podcast -- “Spoleto Backstage” -- is also...

As Last Doolittle Raider Passes, History Observes 77th Anniversary of Historic World War II Attack

April 17, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
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77 years ago (April 18, 1942), 80 brave men did what had never been attempted: they flew 16 army B-25B Mitchell bombers off a U.S. aircraft carrier on their way to bomb Tokyo. The attack, which has become known to history as the Doolittle Raid, was America’s first strike...

Remembering a "One of a Kind Statesman"- The Funeral of Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

April 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
The C The U.S. flag is placed over the casket at the completion of the funeral for former SC Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

It was one of those rare Charleston days with no humidity, only blue skies and a slight breeze. Rare indeed, like the Charleston native being remembered as a, “one of a kind statesman”. The funeral of former South Carolina governor and six term U.S. Senator Ernest “Fritz”...

Civil Rights Movement Had its Roots in World War I

April 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Men of the 369th (15th N.Y.) who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action, sailing home on The Stockholm in 1919.

As soldiers were fighting overseas during World War I, there was another battle going on back home: the battle for a better life for African Americans. Historian Janet Hudson, speaking at a recent symposium on the war presented by Lander University in Greenwood, said even...

Senator Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings on Walter Edgar's Journal

April 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The late Senator Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings

Former S.C. Governor and U.S. Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings died on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the age of 97. A Democrat, he held elective office for over fifty years. In 2008, Hollings talked with Walter Edgar about his life in politics and government, and about how to "...

Symposium Examines Women's Roles During World War I

April 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
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Lander University recented hosted a symposium on World War I, which ended just over a century ago. The symposium drew scholars and authors primarily from the Southeast to discuss various aspects of the war, which then was known as "The Great War." One aspect covered by a...

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