J. Drew Lanham
Clemson University

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

“In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest sense, colored.” From these fertile soils—of love, land, identity, family, and race—emerges The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature (2016, Milkweed Editions) a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place , readers...

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Piano Jazz

Jazz legend Marian McPartland hosted Piano Jazz for over 30 years. The show continues showcasing the top musicians of all time with broadcasts and podcasts from the archives.

Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Song Travels with Michael Feinstein is a syndicated series produced by South Carolina Public Radio, is hosted each week by five-time Grammy-nominee Michael Feinstein…

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Two portable buildings, previously used as office space, are being used as classrooms for Harmony School's preschool and kindergarten program.
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As the end of the 2016-17 school year approaches, South Carolina Public Radio's Laura Hunsberger visited Harmony School in Forest Acres to find out how they are doing, now more than a year and a half after damage from the historic floods closed their preschool building.

Hwy 17 Northbound near Hwy 174, April 18, 2016.
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After three years of unsuccessful attempts, the S.C. Senate passes a road funding bill.

Chef Kristian Niemi and other top chefs will prepare a four-course meal to help support Veteran farmers
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A national organization working to mobilize veterans to become successful farmers is getting support from some of South Carolina’s top veteran chefs.  Chef and army veteran, Kristian Niemi talks with South Carolina Public Radio about the first annual Operation Harvest and how it will help veterans transition from protecting America, while in service, to feeding America from the farm.

Officials with the state’s Forestry Commission, Forestry Association, Commerce Dept. and other agencies planted a Loblolly pine tree on the eastern grounds of the state house.
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The South Carolina Forestry Commission announced the industry has $21 Billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. Speaking during a press conference on the State House grounds, agency director Gene Kodama said the figure exceeds the "20-by-15 Project" goals set by the Commission, the Forestry Association of SC and other partners of the project.

"It was designed to help the forestry industry recover as quickly as possible from a recession that was just getting started," Kodama said.

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Stories of people and communities going about the work of recovery from the floods of 2015.