SC Features

Easter Regatta Highlights Midlands Crown Jewel

April 2, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Easter Regatta 2018

For years, Lake Murray has been home to one of the world’s most popular and enduring sailing events...the Easter Regatta . The Columbia Sailing Club 's Commodore talks about this Midlands mainstay, a world class competition that bringis a solid helping of southern...

Historic Hangar Gets New Life

April 2, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Lynn Cornfoot
Curtiss Wright hangar

When it comes to preserving a building on the National Register of Historic Places, time, money and effort are always part of the challenge. If restoration is possible, then history can teach, inspire and help to revitalize a local community.

"This Old House" Rehabs Classic Charleston Home

March 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
This house on Hassel Street in Charleston got a makeover for the popular PBS program "This Old House."

The popular series "This Old House" has been a fixture on PBS since 1980. It has filmed in many locations across the country, and now it has come to South Carolina. The show recently shot the renovation of a classic single-wide home in Charleston for broadcast beginning...

Narrative: Remembering Marian McPartland as a Mentor and Friend

March 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Alicia Keys with Marian McPartland in 2003

This edition of Narrative features an interview by Christian McBride , host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America . He had a conversation with South Carolina Public Radio’s own Shari Hutchinson , who produced Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz for more than 25 years. This year, March...

Cat Cafes Provide Fun, Therapy for Patrons, Homes for Needy Cats

March 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Emily Hughes cuddles with one of the  two-to-three dozen friendly felines to be found at the cat cafe in West Columbia.

Cats are beloved pets by millions, but many people can’t have them because they live where pets aren’t allowed or are subject to other restrictions. However, over the last decade, a national phenomenon has sprung up to help cat-less cat lovers get their feline fixes: the...

Poison Ivy is a Year-Round Threat of Misery

March 6, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
A three-left cluster is an easy way to spot poison ivy.

Poison ivy is a common plant in South Carolina that can make people miserable for weeks. Naturalist Rudy Mancke said the vine can both grow on the ground and can climb trees, which it likes to do. The itch and rash poison ivy (and its cousins, poison oak and the rarer...

USC's International House Aims to Build Careers, Cultural Understanding

March 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Students from Oman, the United States and Italy share an Omani dinner at the University of South Carolina's International House.

The halls of the University of South Carolina’s Maxcy College reflect the voices not only of many students, but of many languages. Maxcy houses the University’s International House, a living-learning experience for approximately 200 American and international students. The...

Science Project Became Business, Partnership with Walmart for Columbia Family

February 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
David Jones inspects a ball half as it comes off the conveyor belt at the Stee-rike 3 plant in Columbia.

David Jones and his son Brantley are baseball fans. Brantley played as a youngster, and was so enthusiastic about batting practice that his older brother, who didn’t like the game, was forced by circumstance to invent a pitching machine so he wouldn’t have to pitch to his...

Massive, Seldom-Staged Bernstein Work Comes to SC

February 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller

With musical influences as diverse as jazz, Broadway, rock, and the liturgy of the Catholic Church, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is a work that demands versatility from its scores of performers. The range of music genres in...

Chimney Sweeping an Old Profession Still Relevant in the 21st Century

February 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Modern chimney sweeps use high-tech equipment to keep chimneys and homes safe and clean.

Where the old image of the chimney sweep is a skinny guy with a big brush covered with grime and soot, the modern chimney sweep is much cleaner and uses high tech equipment in the 21st century, according to two Columbia sweeps. There are about 30 chimney sweeps in the state...

Blue Cheese and Indian Legend Mark Two S.C. Mountain Attractions

February 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Issaqueena Falls.

The Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina are full of stories, both historic and legendary. The history of Clemson Blue Cheese began in Stumphouse Tunnel. The tunnel is near another popular tourist destination in Oconee County, Issaqueena Falls, named after a legendary...

USC Aiken Concert Showcases SC Composer's Works, Family Music-Making

February 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller
SC composer Richard Maltz and his son, the Vienna-based pianist Daniel Adam Maltz

Like father, like son. SC composer Richard Maltz thrives on linking family relationships to his passion for creating music. His son, the Vienna-based pianist Daniel Adam Maltz, isn’t so different. Daniel will give the premiere performance of his father’s piano concerto on...

Columbia Native Recalls His Time as NASA Astronaut and Agency Head

January 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Bolden as astronaut.

Columbia native Charles Bolden has had a remarkable career: Marine fighter pilot, commanding general in Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait, deputy commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Those distinctions are impressive enough, but he is best known for his work...

Narrative: A Songwriter's Musical Upbringing

January 11, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Musician and songwriter Jack "Jackie" Jeffords and his son Jason Jeffords, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Jason Jeffords talked with his father Jackie Jeffords about his life as a musician...

West Columbia Man Brings the Spirit of Christmas Alive as Santa Claus

December 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Arthur Erskine of West Columbia and friend.

Most men don’t frequent beauty parlors, but Arthur “Cotton” Erskine of West Columbia visits his every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas to prepare his hair and long beard for a role he’s portrayed for years: Santa Claus. “Santa Cotton,” as he is known, becomes the Jolly...