SC Features

Interviews, profiles, and and informational programming about the Palmetto State.

Columbia Rock-n-Roll Camp Puts Girls in the Spotlight

Jul 25, 2017
Girls Rock Columbia Founder and Executive Director, Mollie Williamson
Laura Hunsberger/SC Public Radio

With participants across the country and world, the Girls Rock Camp Alliance is made up of organizations that hold annual camps to empower girls through rock music. In each week-long day camp, kids are assigned a musical instrument: bass, electric guitar, drums, key board, or vocals. Many campers have never picked up a musical instrument before. Mollie Williamson is the founder and executive director of Girls Rock Columbia. This will be Williamson's last camp as she steps down as executive director to pursue her Master's degree out of state.

Narrative: Husband and Wife Puppeteers Continue the Family Business

Jul 24, 2017
Puppeteers John and Karri Scollon demonstrate bringing two marionettes to life.
Makayla Gay/SC Public Radio

This edition of Narrative features an interview with John and Karri Scollon of the Columbia Marionette Theater. John’s mother, Allie Scollon, began creating puppet shows in the sixth grade, which grew into a lifetime of traveling the country, putting on shows with her husband and children. Allie is a contemporary of Jim Henson, and the family started one of world’s largest companies producing walking character costumes.

From Russia to the US and Back, a Mother and Daughter's Journey in Dance

Jul 21, 2017
Irina Ushakova at the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.
Makayla Gay / South Carolina Public Radio

At the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, Irina Ushakova teaches ballet and pointe. A native of Russia, Irina says she’s definitely different from most American teachers. Irina’s strict teaching style is influenced by her training in Russia at the Perm State Ballet School. She now calls South Carolina home, but her daughter decided to follow in her footsteps by training in Russia. South Carolina Public Radio's Laura Hunsberger has more.

Before the afternoon showing of the play, cast members in full costume show children what it is like to carry and shoot muskets, bayonets and rifles.
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

The Battle of Kings Mountain took place in rural South Carolina on October 7, 1780, just nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. There, Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia during the Southern campaign of the Revolutionary War.

Nonprofit PASOs Provides Resources for State’s Underserved Latino Population

Jul 11, 2017
Ana Cossio and Julie Smithwick at PASOs' office in Columbia, SC
Haley Kellner / South Carolina Public Radio

PASOs is a nonprofit that provides resources for the Latino community to take steps towards a healthier population. Here, South Carolina Public Radio’s Laura Hunsberger talks with the Executive Director, Julie Smithwick, and the Midland’s Director, Ana Cossio, about the organizations return to their primary mission.