South Carolina Focus

SC Focus is a regular feature of South Carolina Public Radio.  As its name suggests, the segment focuses on the Palmetto State and its people.  It covers a wide variety of subjects, from South Carolina's war veterans to scientists, musicians and other topics, both serious and whimsical.  SC Focus is can be heard at various times throughout the week during our news program on all South Carolina Public Radio stations.

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  People from all walks of life lined up for hours on Friday, June 26 for the funeral of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. The senator also was the beloved pastor of Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, where the shooting of nine people at a Bible study the week before shocked the nation. Among those in the line was SCETV President and CEO Linda O’Bryon, who met and interviewed the Rev. Dr. Bill McGill, pastor of Imani Baptist Temple in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as they stood waiting to be admitted to the arena where the funeral was held. McGill shared his thoughts on the occasion, and why he felt its importance compelled him to make the long journey to be in attendance.


  This podcast is part five of recorded coverage of the funeral of South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney, June 26, 2015. Sen. Pinckney was pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. He and eight members of his congregation were fatally shot along in a mass killing during evening bible study on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

The funeral was broadcast live from the TD Arena at the College of Charleston, anchored by ETV's Beryl Dakers with Dr. Walter Edgar, professor emeritus of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and ETV Radio's Russ McKinney. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy.


  This podcast is part four of recorded coverage of the funeral of South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney, June 26, 2015. Sen. Pinckney was pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. He and eight members of his congregation were fatally shot along in a mass killing during evening bible study on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. 

The funeral was broadcast live from the TD Arena at the College of Charleston, anchored by ETV's Beryl Dakers with Dr. Walter Edgar, professor emeritus of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and ETV Radio's Russ McKinney. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy.


   This is podcast is part three of recorded coverage of the funeral of South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney, June 26, 2015. Sen. Pinckney was pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. He and eight members of his congregation were fatally shot along in a mass killing during evening bible study on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

The funeral was broadcast live from the TD Arena at the College of Charleston, anchored by ETV's Beryl Dakers with Dr. Walter Edgar, professor emeritus of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and ETV Radio's Russ McKinney. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy.


This is podcast is part two of recorded coverage of the funeral of South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney, June 26, 2015. Sen. Pinckney was pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. He and eight members of his congregation were fatally shot along in a mass killing during evening bible study on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

The funeral was broadcast live from the TD Arena at the College of Charleston, anchored by ETV's Beryl Dakers with Dr. Walter Edgar, professor emeritus of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and ETV Radio's Russ McKinney. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy.


  This is podcast is part two of recorded coverage of the funeral of South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney, June 26, 2015. Sen. Pinckney was pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. He and eight members of his congregation were fatally shot along in a mass killing during evening bible study on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

The funeral was broadcast live from the TD Arena at the College of Charleston, anchored by ETV's Beryl Dakers with Dr. Walter Edgar, professor emeritus of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and ETV Radio's Russ McKinney. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy.


  If there’s one food South Carolinians love, it’s barbecue.  Just in time for July 4 cookouts, we talk with Lake High, barbecue historian and co-founder of the South Carolina Barbecue Association, about the origins of barbecue, the variety of barbecue sauce types enjoyed in South Carolina (more than in any other state), and why, at the growing number of barbecue competitions statewide, South Carolina barbecue judges are the best in the nation.


  As the funeral services begin for the victims of the tragic slayings at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, remembrances by their friends and loved ones continue. Perhaps most noted was State Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was also pastor of Emanuel AME. As his influence was being felt across the globe, a group of his colleagues gathered to tell stories and share memories of the beloved minister and public servant.


Flowers, notes, and other items placed as memorials to the slain outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston in June, 2015.
Linda O'Bryon/SC Public Radio

  Drisana McDaniel is a Charlestonian who teaches anti-bias workshops for the Transformative Teaching Collective. Her family was personally touched by the recent murders at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. She talks with Jeanette Guinn about her own reaction to the tragedy, about how individuals are coping, and about how the people of Charleston are drawing together to comfort each other.


Memorials outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Linda O'Bryon

  The killing of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church last week turned the nation’s attention Charleston, South Carolina, and, in no small measure to their church home. “Mother Emanuel,” as it is known, was established in the 19th century and has long been important to Charleston’s African American community. Historian Walter Edgar with Dr. Bobby Donaldson of USC and Dr. Jon N. Hale of the College of Charleston about Emanuel A.M.E. Church.


State Troopers bear the body of Sen. Clementa Pinckney to the South Carolina State House rotunda on Wednesday.
David Hunt

  State Senator Clementa Pinckney was not only a respected member of the South Carolina legislature, he was also a father, a husband and a friend to many people in and out of South Carolina. In addition, he was the beloved pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In this report we hear from several of those who knew him well, and learn how their lives were touched by Pinckney.


Participants in "Black Lives Matter" march in Charleston, SC, June 20, 2015.
Jeanette Guinn

    Joy Vandervort-Cobb is an Associate Professor of Theater at the College of Charleston. She spoke candidly with Jeanette Guinn about her participation in Saturday's "March for Black Lives," which took place in the wake of the recent murder of 9 members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Vandervort-Cobb sees the march as part of the process by which the city can begin to heal and move toward racial equality.


  In the wake of the shootings at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, a renewed effort has arisen to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. Among those calling for its removal is Gov. Nikki Haley, but there remain prominent South Carolinians on both sides of the issue. Today we hear from two of them: State Representative Jonathan Hill of Anderson, a republican who represents House District 8, and the Rev. Nelson Rivers IIL, long time Civil Rights activist and Vice President of Religious Affairs and External Relations for the National Action Network.


Linda O'Bryon

  The tragic shootings in Charleston last week shocked and saddened South Carolinians and all Americans.  But the resilience of Charlestonians shone through as they returned violence and hate with forgiveness.  In this report, U.S. Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina’s sixth congressional district remembers his friend, pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney, and gives his thoughts on why and how Charleston has remained  calm and has come together to heal after the tragedy.


Charleston Healing

Jun 22, 2015
Flowers, notes, and other items placed as memorials to the slain outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston in June, 2015.
Linda O'Bryon/SC Public Radio

In Charleston, SC, Sunday, church bells rang out as congregations across the city came together, many for the first time since the attack at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Wednesday that left nine dead.

Linda O'Bryon was in Charleston and offers this report.


  This week on South Carolina Focus, we learn more about an eagerly-awaited annual event in the Palmetto State – the Miss South Carolina Pageant, which will be broadcast on statewide TV Saturday, June 27. Executive Producer Jay Pitts gives us an insight into the many elements – lighting, music, choreography, costumes and more - that go into making the spectacle that is the pageant, which will originate from Columbia’s Township Auditorium. Additional perspective comes from one of the contestants, Miss Hilton Head Island – who just happens to be ETV Radio’s own Kate McKinney!


Red Bellied Snake
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

    This week on South Carolina Focus, we talk with Jim Knight, one of the state’s leading herpetologists, or reptile experts. He’s been studying and handling snakes, his specialty, for more than half a century, and now that summer is approaching, he says people who are out and about in the woods, on the lakes or even in their yards, may encounter a snake. Knight imparts some good advice on what to do in these unexpected meetings, and reminds us of the important role that snakes play in the cycle of nature, and perhaps even in the future treatment of some diseases as well.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  On this South Carolina Focus, we remember the great South Carolina humorist William Price Fox, known for his books such as “Dixiana Moon,” “ Southern Fried” and “Doctor Golf.” His close friend Charles Israel talks about this gregarious, magnetic writer and how he saw the humor in life, as well as discussing one of the great adventures of Fox’s youth.


Roy Thomas
Alan Waite

  This week on South Carolina Focus, we talk with Roy Thomas, who wrote and edited The Avengers, among other titles, for Marvel Comics, and who recently authored the colorful tome “75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen.” The St. Matthews, SC, resident talks about the new blockbuster movie “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” featuring the title villain he created, and gives us a glimpse into the world of comics with the “true” origin of the Avengers, inspired more by printers’ deadlines than a brainstorm for a new “dream team” of heroes.


In the old-time American music tradition of "shapenote" singing, Sacred Harp is both the name of a songbook and a name for a singer's heart. Piccolo Spoleto brings traditional singers from around the South for an old-time all-day singing event from The Sacred Harp on Saturday afternoon from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm in the Gage Hall on Archdale St. in Charleston.

  The Charleston Men’s Chorus presents its annual Memorial Day concert as part of Piccolo Spoleto, Monday at noon in St. Phillips Church. This 70-member, all-male chorus, currently is in its 21st year, will present a somber and celebratory tribute to our veterans and current members of our Armed Forces at its popular Memorial Day concert. This annual event will feature service anthems, patriotic songs, and other inspiring works.

Musica Nuda
Angelo Trani

Vocalist Petra Magoni, and bassist Ferruccio Spinetti form the unique duo Musica Nuda, or “Naked Music.” They will present two concerts at Spoleto on May 21 and 22 at the College of Charleston that will demonstrate an amazing repertoire that encompasses jazz, rock, classical and more. Ms. Magoni talks about how the duo was formed and why it feels no limits on what it can perform even with its minimal instrumentation.


Pillars of Creation, 2015
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

South Carolina Focus we talk with NASA head Charles Bolden about the amazing Hubble Space Telescope, which has, for the last quarter-century, provided breathtaking photographs of outer space never before possible. It has opened up so much new information to science it has caused textbooks on astronomy and astrophysics to be rewritten.

Post & Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes
Post & Courier, Charleston, SC

  This week on South Carolina Focus we look at a respected state newspaper that has distinguished itself nationally: the Charleston Post and Courier was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its series on domestic violence in South Carolina. Largely because of the series, the General Assembly has put forward legislation to combat this serious problem in our state. We talk with two of the reporters who worked on the series about their feelings on the problem and the prestigious prize their work has earned.


World War II Memorial
Honor Flight SC: Perry B Mc Leod

  This week on South Carolina Focus, we look at Honor Flight, a program that takes World War II veterans, at no charge, to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II memorial. It’s a national program, but Bill Dukes started Honor Flight in Columbia and helped start programs in Charleston and Myrtle Beach as well.  He shares his thoughts on the impact the program has had on vets, as well as on the people who put it on. 

Last Days in Vietnam

Apr 20, 2015
Tut Underwood
SCETV

  “Last Days in Vietnam” is a new film documenting the end of the Vietnam War on the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from Saigon.  The film, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, youngest child of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, will air on PBS and ETV April 28 at 9 p.m.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  A good breakfast can sometimes be worth traveling for – if you’re a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  This week, South Carolina Focus turns its attention to an appreciation of South Carolina native son Charles H. Townes, who passed away in January at age 99.  Townes was one of the world’s foremost scientists, and is known for creating one of the great inventions of the last century, the laser, which has inspired a galaxy of applications including everything from DVD players to surgery to measuring distances with a precision previously impossible.  Listeners may discover some interesting things they didn’t know about this world-renowned and Nobel Prize-winning South Carolinian. 

Tut Underwood
SCETV

  It’s the height of tax-paying season, and phone fakers and cyber criminals are out in force, trying to steal tax refunds, fool victims into sending them (posing as the IRS and other authorities) “additional taxes” they don’t owe, and employing various other schemes to cheat innocent taxpayers out of their money, financial information and sometimes their identities.  A representative of the South Carolina Department of Revenue gives listeners tips on how to spot a potential scam and how to protect themselves from being victimized by these fraudulent schemes, known as “phishing.”

180 Days Hartsville

Apr 2, 2015
Tut Underwood
SCETV

  This segment previews the PBS special 180 Days: Hartsville, which was produced by SC ETV in partnership with the National Black Programming Consortium. The documentary follows, over the course of an entire school year, the principals of two elementary schools in Hartsville, S.C. who are struggling to improve learning and opportunities for their children in the face of widespread poverty. With the help of a five-year, $5 million grant from Sunoco Corp.

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