Plastic bags are ubiquitous in our society, so put your collection to good use with these easy ideas.  Of course you can get an extra use out a plastic bag by lining a trash can or picking up after you pet on your daily walk.  Are you planning to move?  Use plastic bags to wrap and protect your valuables.  Plastic bags are perfect for wrapping your plants on nights when frost threatens. 


Sep 22, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

The strings of stringed instruments—violins, violas, cellos, basses, guitars, and harps—may be made of steel, nylon or other synthetics, or of gut. Often the steel, nylon, or gut serves as the core of the string, and around the core is a tight winding of very fine wire—wire of steel, aluminum, or silver.

"T" is for Tabby

Sep 22, 2017

"T" is for Tabby. Tabby is a building material consisting of oyster shells, lime, sand, and water that is poured into a wooden mold and then tamped down. It is then left to harden for several days, after which the molds are removed and reused—with successive layers of a wall being built one on top of another until the structure reaches the desired height. With brick and stone scarce along the coast and on the Sea Islands, tabby became a durable, low-cost material for fortifications, houses, outbuildings, stores, and churches.

The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year.  The US Small Business Administration has offices across the country and in our state that work with the small business community to facilitate acquiring those contracts.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Corp, lead business opportunity specialist with the SBA's South Carolina district office in Columbia, SC.​

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Sep 22, 2017

On an equinox there are roughly equal periods of night and day.

More Counter Space

Sep 21, 2017

Kitchen space is a commodity – most of the time you wish you had more of it.  Here are some quick and easy ways to clear your counters of clutter.  Think about investing in an island or even a small kitchen cart for added storage and work space.  Gain counter space and extra drawer space by hanging utensils on the wall and knives on a wall mounted magnetic strip. 

Aria Part 4

Sep 21, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

The da capo aria, which I talked about yesterday, was a form that by 1750 had begun to lose its once enormous popularity. It was a form that was essentially killed by excess. The reign of the da capo aria coincided with the reign of the castrati as the stars of Italian opera.

"S" is for Saint Andrew's Parish. In 1706, when the Commons House made the Church of England the colony's official church, St. Andrew's was among the ten parishes created by that act. It originally included the mainland region south and west of Charleston along the Ashley River as well as James Island. Parishes in South Carolina served a political as well as a religious function. Due to the growing profitability of rice cultivation and subsequent population growth, the parish was subdivided in 1717, with the upper territory surrounding the upper Ashley River becoming St.

If you didn't know, September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which makes it a good time to talk about the issues facing the Hispanic business community in our state.

Canebrake Rattlesnakes

Sep 21, 2017
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.
Ltshears, via Wikimedia Commons

The Canebrake rattlesnake tends to stay away from people. However, if you live on South Carolina's coastal plain, you might find one sunning on your porch...

WWII B-17 Bomber
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

Between 1935 and 1945, more than 12,000 World War II Boeing B-17 Bombers were produced. The aircraft was dubbed the “Flying Fortress,” as a result of the defensive fire power used during the war. A little more than a third (4,735) were lost in combat and today only 12 still take to the skies.

The Madras Maiden is a B-17 that was built towards the end of the war; it was used as a training aircraft. Today, the bomber is owned by the Liberty Foundation, a nonprofit museum whose mission is to preserve WWII aviation history.

It’s a room you use quite a lot, and remodeling that bathroom can get pricey.  Here are some ideas to refresh your wash room without breaking the bank.  Start by taking stock of what you like in the room.  Have you got a great tub that just needs a fresh coat of paint?  Could you love your vanity again if only it had a new sink or fixtures?  

Aria Part 3

Sep 20, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

For about a hundred years, roughly from 1650 to 1750, the principal type of aria in opera, and also in the oratorios and cantatas of such composers as Bach and Handel, was the da capo aria.

"R" is for the R. L. Bryan Company. The publishing firm of R.L. Bryan Company is Columbia's oldest industry. In 1844 Richard Lathan Bryan of Charleston opened a newsstand and stationery shop on what is now Main Street. After the Civil War the company added a printing department and in 1898 began printing the bills and journals of the General Assembly. In the early 20th century, R.L. Bryan became the state's textbook distributor—a function it still manages—and also entered the office furniture and supply market.

Companies are always telling us that finding and keeping highly qualified employees is a constant challenge.  Our next guest says that that challenge is amplified for foreign companies with facilities here.  And that's why they host annual conferences here in our state for all those involved.  One of these events is coming soon to the Upstate.