SC Features

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

Eclipsing the Occult in Early America: Benjamin Franklin and His Almanacs

Aug 11, 2017
Benjamin Franklin seated, reading a manuscript which he holds in his left hand. Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter, after Charles Willson Peale, after David Martin (1835)
National Park Service

(THE CONVERSATION) By the time he was 20 years old, colonial American Benjamin Franklin had already spent two years working as a printer in London. He returned to Philadelphia in 1726. During the sea voyage home, he kept a journal that included many of his observations of the natural world. Franklin was inquisitive, articulate and interested in mastering the universe.

During one afternoon calm on September 14, Franklin wrote,

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.

USC Library Shines Light on Eclipses in Literature

Aug 3, 2017
Astronomy text from the Robert Arial collection, image for personal research use only.
Makayla Gay

Columbia is preparing for an estimated million visitors to come this month to witness a total solar eclipse, a scientific phenomenon that inspires awe and wonder in those who view it. The world goes dark in daytime as the moon completely covers the sun. Imagine what it must have been like for people in the past who didn’t necessarily understand what was happening.

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.

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