SC Lede: Nuclear Boondoggle

Jan 16, 2018

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson discusses the politics surrounding the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project and previews Gov. Henry McMaster’s first State of the State address with Andy Shain, Columbia bureau chief with The Post and Courier.

Host Gavin Jackson discusses the upcoming 2018 South Carolina Legislative Session with The Post and Courier's Columbia Bureau Chief, Andy Shain.

Topics include the VC Summer nuclear situation, ethics reform, and more!


Jan 5, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener from Vermont salutes the work of Rudy Mancke and Jim Welch over the years on SCETV's NatureScene.

The Marbled Orb Weaver

Nov 22, 2017
Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus).
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University,

A listener reports a spider that look a bit like a pumpkin.

S.C. Hall of Fame: Lt. James Butler Bonham

Nov 10, 2017
The Cenotaph in Alamo Plaza, a memorial to the Alamo defenders.
gillfoto [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lt. James Butler Bonham was a hero of the Mexican War, who bravely sacrificed his life in the defense of the Alamo from the Mexican Army. Bonham was born near the present-day town of Saluda, South Carolina, and attended South Carolina College. He studied law and practiced in Pendleton, S.C. Bonham moved to Alabama and then to Texas where he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Texas cavalry. He left the Alamo twice during the seige by the Mexican Army in a futile attempt to secure reinforcements.

Cristina Segarra
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

 For more than 20 years, our next guest has been busy turning flower petals from gardens, memorial services, weddings, and other events into jewelry.  She has grown the business from one employee into a full staff.

Mike Switzer interviews Cristina Segarra, CEO and founder of Flowers Forever and Bellabeads in Columbia, SC.

S.C. Hall of Fame: Col. Charles M. Duke

Oct 10, 2017
Charles M. Duke, Jr.

On April 20, 1972, Colonel Duke joined the select body of Americans who walked on the surface of the moon. Colonel Duke was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, grew up and graduated from high school in Lancaster, South Carolina. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1957 and was commissioned in the U. S. Air Force. In 1966 NASA selected him for the astronaut program. Colonel Duke was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 16 (April 16-27, 1972). Apollo 16 collected a record 210 pounds of lunar rock and soil samples that provided a wealth of new information for scientists.

U.S. Army Bell UH-1D helicopters airlift members of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from the Filhol Rubber Plantation area to a new staging area, during Operation "Wahiawa", conducted by the 25th Infantry Division, northeast of Cu Chi.
James K. F. Dung, SFC; U.S. National Archives Catalog:530610

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’s new documentary The Vietnam War airs this week on SCETV.  As a companion piece, we talked with Vietnam veterans Wade Fulmer and Jim Knight, as well as historian Fritz Hamer, who pointed out that Vietnam was the most unconventional of wars the U.S.

U.S. Marines with Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, direct a concentration of fire at the enemy during Operation Allen Brook, 8 May 1968.
Official Marine Corps photo 371490, via Wikimedia Common

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’s new documentary The Vietnam War airs this week on SCETV. In this segment, we continue our talk with historian Fritz Hamer and Palmetto State veterans Jim Knight and Wade Fulmer. Knight recalls many small firefights and one really big one – the TET offensive of February, 1968. Hamer said even though TET was a military disaster for the the North Vietnamese, it was a propaganda bonanza.

Gen. William Westmoreland
SC Hall of Fame

 General Westmoreland’s rise through the ranks of the army coincided with television coverage of the Vietnam War in the 1960’s, making him one of the most recognized military figures of the 20th century. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, he went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in 17 battle campaigns during three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Promoted to the rank of brigadier general at age 38, he later earned a second star, making him at the time the youngest major general in the U.S. Army.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you take a botany class, you learn that the leaves or stems of certain plants have aromatic compounds. My mother had a Florida anise, Illicium parvifollium, in our yard and she would always crush a leaf when we walked outside and let us inhale that wonderful licorice fragrance.

Broadband Access for Telehealth Continues to Vary

May 17, 2017
Palmetto Care Connection's Technology Director assembles a telehealth cart in Columbia, South Carolina.
Taylor Crouch/SCETV

When it comes to telehealth implementation, broadband access can be vital for a quality connection. Local and federal officials weigh in on its significance and some efforts to reduce reported disparities.

Healthcare Sites Using Video Technology for Diabetes Education

Apr 17, 2017
A virtual meeting with an educator for a diabetes self-management course.
Marina Ziehe/SCETV

It is estimated that about 400,000 of the 4.8 million people in South Carolina have diabetes. That’s about 10% of the population. Diabetes self-management education is a critical element of care for people with diabetes. To help overcome transportation and distance barriers for people in rural areas of the state, some healthcare sites have adopted an innovative solution.

Inmates at a S.C. Department of Corrections facility.
Taylor Crouch/SCETV

The South Carolina Department of Corrections aims to cut costs and increase public safety by minimizing inmate medical transports. They will begin using telehealth at five of their facilities, to connect Medical University of South Carolina providers to inmates over video.

Lynda O'Bryon

In 1971, Linda O'Bryon started her first broadcast journalism job. During a recent Story Corp conversation in Columbia, O'Bryon talked about the barriers that blocked many paths for women, during that time.

In this edition of Narrative, O'Bryon (now President and CEO of SC ETV and SC Public Radio) shares how her career included opportunities to break some of those barriers. 

How a Conversation With Warren Buffett Led to A Memorable Story

"H" is for Hamburg

Mar 17, 2017

"H" is for Hamburg. Founded in 1821 and located on the Savannah River in what is now Aiken County, the town of Hamburg was one of antebellum South Carolina's primary interior market towns. The new town grew rapidly as merchants tapped the cotton trade of the upper Savannah River valley.

Tele-Psychiatry Emerges as Innovative Solution for Hospitals in S.C.

Jan 16, 2017
Sitting in her office, in Aiken, S.C., Dr. Ratliff conducts a telepsychiatry consultation to a patient sitting in a private room located at one of the emergency departments in S.C.
Marina Ziehe

In South Carolina, rural communities are struggling with access to mental health care. In many places, there is a shortage of psychiatrists to attend people in need of services. To serve those with mental illness in distant, rural communities, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health adopted an innovative solution: tele-psychiatry.

All this week, PBS and SCETV will feature programs and documentaries as well as special episodes of Nova, Frontline  and PBS Newshour, a new film from POV, and the premiere of TED Talks: Educa

A Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell turtle.
James Harding/

The Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Turtle leaves the water to lay eggs.

"Y" is for Young, Anne Austin [1892-1989]. Physician. Born in Laurens County, at the age of fourteen Young enrolled at Presbyterian College where she graduated with honors. She taught school briefly then in 1911 went to Philadelphia to study at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, specializing in gynecology and obstetrics. After graduating in 1915, she declined a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and returned home. In 1918 she wed Charles Henry Young and together they practiced in Anderson County. They devoted their careers to Anderson Memorial hospital.

Gov. Haley Press Conference June 30

Jul 1, 2016
Gov. Haley, South Carolina Floods
Governor's Office

Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference Thursday saying she did not want to wait until the anniversary of October’s historic flood in which 19 people died and caused more than $1 billion in damage to talk about recent progress in relief efforts. 

Haley spoke about the financial losses affecting individuals, businesses, and communities, and also addressed public infrastructure needs in the wake of the flood. 

Alexandra Olgin

In the year since the attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine black parishioners dead, Charlestonians have been reflecting on race relations. The Charleston Police Department is nearing the end of a yearlong project to re-evaluate its relationship with residents across the city’s diverse communities.

At circular tables in a Charleston Greek Orthodox Church, several groups of police officers and citizens are talking about problems they've had getting along over the years. Facilitators like Charlotte Anderson manage the discussions.

Termite Reproductives

Apr 25, 2016
Termite reproductives (alates) swarming during nuptial flight after rain
Ganesh Subramaniam (Flickr), via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds some insects that hatched in her flower pot. What are they? Well, they're not something you want near you house!

Ayako Shirasaki

  Originally from Japan, pianist Ayako Shirasaki showed an early talent for jazz and classical styles. As an adult, she moved to New York and entered the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Kenny Barron and Ted Rosenthal. She has gone on to establish herself as one of New York’s finest jazz pianists. On this 2006 Piano Jazz, Shirasaki performs her compositions “Far Away” and “Falling Leaves.”

News Stations: Sat, Apr 16, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 17, 7 pm

  While unemployment is low and the economy is growing both nationally and locally, when you listen to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s recent comments, you realize that the national economy is limping along at a fairly slow pace and that’s why the Fed is keeping interest rates low.  So what does this mean for South Carolina’s outlook?

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute Senior Fellow, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Clemson's College of Business & Behavioral Science.​

Rudy Mancke

A listener in Augusta finds some white, silky masses in his compost bin. Are they eggs? 

Harper Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 5, 2007.
White House photo by Eric Draper via Wikimedia Commons

  With today's news of the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee, at age 89, we offer two encore episodes of Walter Edgar's Journal, each dealing with her book To Kill a Mockingbird.

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you Google "Clemson, hgic 1700," you’ll find a guide to making your backyard a sanctuary for wildlife. Professor Drew Lanham says you don’t need a huge yard – creating a multi-layered landscape with large, mid-sized, and small trees and shrubs – especially natives that provide food as well as shelter can be accomplished in almost any space. One non-plant feature you need to include is a source of water, often the limiting factor for all sorts of animals, not just songbirds. Although a basin will satisfy birds, , with a little extra effort you can make a wetland that will bring frogs and toads and those fascinating dragon flies, as well. You’ll want to add some mosquito fish from a nearby creek or goldfish from the pet store to gobble up the mosquitoes – as they’re always going to be part of any South Carolina backyard.

In the second podcast installment of this series Leslie Morgan Steiner, author and pubic speaker on relationship abuse, sat down with Palmetto Scene’s Katie Geer (@KatieGeerSCETV) and Brittany Braddock (@bbSCETV) to talk about her memoir, Crazy Love.  She answered the question that is asked of every survivor: why did you stay as long as you did?

Thank You, Marcus Overton!

May 20, 2015
Marcus Overton

  We at South Carolina ETV Radio would like to take a moment to thank Marcus Overton, who has retired from his position as host extraordinaire of Spoleto Today. In a career that has crossed disciplinary lines with impressive ease, Marcus became an Emmy Award-winning television producer, radio commentator, arts administrator, writer, and actor.