International African American Museum President Finds Strength in the Past

By Victoria Hansen

CEO and president Michael Moore (center) and the IAAM team

For as long as he can remember, Michael Boulware Moore has known the story of Robert Smalls;  a slave who not only gained his freedom by commandeering a Confederate ship and turning it over to Union forces, but later served in the South Carolina State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. Moore didn’t read about Smalls in school. Such bravery by slaves during the Civil War wasn’t always taught.

A Gentleman's Ride

By Lynn Cornfoot


There is one day in September on which vintage motorcyclists around the world come together for one purpose—to raise awareness of men’s prostate cancer and suicide prevention—and 2018 was the first year this ride was held right here in South Carolina. It was a spectacle to behold.

Wrestling League Smashes into the Carolinas

By Charles Dymock


Palmetto Championship Wrestling, or PCW, has been South Carolina’s top-tier independent wrestling league since November 2015.  

“Palmetto Championship Wrestling started with a passion,” says Founder and CEO Shane Dorr. “We were out in the backyard, training ourselves.” Now the backyard brawlers have a monthly bout at North Springs Park in Columbia.   

Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr.

By Walter Edgar

Dr. Cleveland Sellers

(Originally broadcast 10/26/18) - In 1968 state troopers gunned down black students protesting the segregation of a South Carolina bowling alley, killing three and injuring 28. The Orangeburg Massacre was one of the most violent moments of the Southern civil rights movement, and only one person served prison time in its aftermath: a young black man by the name of Cleveland Sellers Jr. Many years later, the state would recognize that Sellers was a scapegoat in that college campus tragedy and would issue a full pardon.

Growing Risk of Flash Flooding in Upstate South Carolina This Week

By Jeff Huffman


Keep the umbrellas, rain jackets and galoshes handy. The extended forecast in upstate South Carolina is for rain, more rain. And then, more rain. So much water may fall that flash flooding will be a concern, forecasters at the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg office said in a special weather statement Sunday.

SC Lede: Hangin' With Mr. Santee Cooper

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Andy Brown (r) in the SCPublic Radio studios on Monday, February 11, 2019.



Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Andy Brown (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Credit A.T. Shire/SC Public Radio


On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Andy Brown and South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney to discuss the past and potential future of Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility which partnered with SCE&G on the failed $9 billion V.C. Summer nuclear project.


Art Reinvents Tiny South Carolina Town

By Tabitha Safdi


Once a booming bean-farming community whose fields eventually went bare, Lake City has a new story to tell. In 2013, ArtFields started with a simple goal in mind…to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town.

The State of Southern Cuisine

By Walter Edgar

Shrimp and grits, 21st century style.

January and February gave us the State of the Union address and the State of the State address – important stuff. But, for a Southerner, there are specific, important areas of life in these United States that these addresses didn't cover – areas that we need to check on once in a while. So, in early 2019, what is the State of Southern Cuisine?

Is it still making inroads in the food ways of other sections of the country? Are chain restaurants affecting what people in the South call ‘Southern Food?’ Who is innovating Southern Cuisine while staying true to traditions?