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Barbara Cook on Piano Jazz

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Barbara Cook at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall gala, MOMA, New York City. (April 12th 2011)

Barbara Cook at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall gala, MOMA, New York City. (April 12th 2011) Credit Joella Marano [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr This week Piano Jazz remembers Barbara Cook (1927 – August 8, 2017), the Tony and Grammy Award-winning lyric soprano who was a favorite of audiences around the world.

The Dwarf Crested Iris

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Making It Grow Minute

Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.

South Carolina a Leader in Some Areas of Mental Health Care

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there is much that most people are not aware of about mental health.  Just more than 43 million Americans experience a mental illness in a given year, including millions of cases of depression, anxiety disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.  USC psychiatrist Dr.

Flood Recovery Still Ongoing for Some Midlands Victims

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Four Paws Animal Clinic was almost completely submerged by flood waters following the historic rains of Oct. 4, 2015. The clinic was able recently to reopen back near its original location in Forest Acres near Columbia.

For some, the so-called “thousand-year rain” and the floods that followed it in October 2015 may seem an event long past, but many are still recovering from the storm’s devastation.  For some businesses in Richland County, the after effects of the floods continue to pose particular difficulties. Take the Four Paws Animal Clinic, which was forced to operate out of a temporary location for more than two years after the flood, when the business' original building bordering Gills Creek was ruined.

Earth Day a Reminder to Care for Land, Water, Air

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Aerial view of meandering tidal creeks and extensive pristine marshes in North Inlet Estuary.

Earth Day is held each April to remind people of the importance of caring for our world, according to USC Environmental Health Sciences Professor Joe Jones.  He practices what he preaches, as he regularly takes his students outdoors to pick up trash that has washed into a campus creek from Columbia’s Five Points area, where many students eat and drink.  He tells them that if trash could wash from one part of town to another, it could also get into the Congaree River and thus to the coast, and, ultimately, wash up on the shores of other countries.  Geography Professor Kirsten Dow advises peo

College of Charleston Professor Works to Save Coral Reefs

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Coral polyps on Molasses Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

People picture coral reefs as bursting with color and teeming with a variety of undersea life, which many are. But their number is shrinking, says College of Charleston biologist Phil Dustan, because they are hyper-sensitive to temperature changes, and climate change is warming the ocean to intolerable levels for many reefs. In his 40-plus years of studying reefs, Dustan said, the Florida Keys, for example, have probably lost 90 to 95 percent of their living coral reefs.

A Black Squirrel?

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The Fox Squirrel is larger than the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Both varieties can produce black, or melanistic, offspring.

Vocation Rehab Partnering with Businesses to Help Students With Jobs

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Daniel Broucek and Jessica Pooser.

Daniel Broucek and Jessica Pooser. Credit Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio Most people know our guests’ state agency through their efforts to help dislocated employees learn new skills.  But you may not know that that they also work with our schools to help students be better prepared for the workforce.

The Luna Moth

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Luna Moth - Actias luna.

There are two broods of Luna Moth each year in South Carolina.