A Very Fuzzy Fellow

Nov 23, 2015
The Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar.
Chris Goforth/NC Museum of Natural Sciences

A teacher finds a very fuzzy critter--what is it? A Great (or Giant) Leopard Moth caterpillar.

  A lot has changed in the world of business since the Great Recession.  For example, there seems to be more price sensitivity among consumers than ever before.  If you are a salesperson, how do you respond to this, especially when you find out that your competitor’s price is lower than yours?

Mike Switzer interviews Bill McCrary, founder and CEO of Sandler Training South Carolina, a Columbia-based professional services firm that specializes in leadership and sales force development.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about challenges and routines for managing daily medications during the senior years. Dr. Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC.

Indian Pipes

Nov 19, 2015
Indian Pipes

  A Mt. Pleasant finds a plant she remembers from living in Massachusetts, Indian Pipes.

  “D” is for Donaldson Air Base. Early in World War II, the US Army Air Corps leased more than two thousand acres of land from the city and county of Greenville to construct what was then known as the Greenville Army Air Base, with barracks, hangers, and related buildings to train B-25 crews. The base was deactivated at the end of the war, but in 1946 was reconstituted as the headquarters of the nation’s Troop Carrier Command [later called the Military Air Transport Command]. Its planes played roles in the 1948 Berlin Airlift and during the crisis in the Belgian Congo a decade later. In 1951 the facility was named in honor of Greenville native John O. Donaldson, a World War I ace. Donaldson Air base was deactivated in 1961 and became the site of the Greenville Municipal Airport and an industrial park.

Bees in the Basil?

Nov 18, 2015

  Chapin residents spot a lot of bees "hanging" in their patch of African Basil. What's going on?

Show horse and rider

  This week on South Carolina Focus, we learn about the successful show horse industry in South Carolina, and the extraordinary success of two breeders/trainers. Bob and Kelli Bennett of Swansea have won more than 10 national championships with their own Arabian horses, and Bob has trained many more national champions and top 10 Arabians. They give us a hint at what it takes to be a champion in this competitive field.

Will Interest Rates Ever Rise Again?

Nov 18, 2015
Joey von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  We've been waiting for two years for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.  Will it finally happen in December?  And if so, how will it affect our state's economy?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research, which stays busy tracking and calculating our state's economic statistics.

Investors Count on Santa Claus Rally

Nov 17, 2015

  If you invest in the stock market, you may have heard the term “Santa Claus rally” before.  This refers to the traditional lift in stock prices at the end of the year.  Will we see it again this year?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Greenville and Charleston.

Patricia Barber on Piano Jazz

Nov 16, 2015
Patricia Barber
Courtesy of the artist

  Patricia Barber is a pianist and singer solidly grounded in the jazz idiom while eclectic in her style. She recorded a series of albums, each establishing a wider audience for her music. In 2002 she released her album Verse to much critical acclaim. That year, she was also McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz. In this session, Barber performs her original song “If I Were Blue,” and McPartland joins her for “Autumn Leaves.”

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  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Joy McNulty, my sister by marriage makes a terrific Caesar's salad using her father Dominick's recipe. If you, too enjoy Caesar's salad, then find a spot in your heart for certain flies. The lettuce aphid slipped into the US from Europe in the 1990s and has been especially hard for organic gtrowers to control. Fortunately, certain Syrphid flies, also called hoover flies, have aphidaphagous larvae – their legless young devour aphids! The females can smell aphids and lay their eggs directly in clusters of these plant sucking pests. The eggs hatch immediately and  by day five the larvae eat up to 300 aphids a night. Aphidaphagous – means having a liking for aphids – and for organic lettuce growers  these seemingly yucky legless larvae – aka maggots are a welcome biological control method they get courtesy of mother nature.

  “E” is for Ebenezer Colony. Founded in 1734, Ebenezer was twenty-five miles up the Savannah River on the Georgia side. This unique settlement of Lutheran refugees from Salzburg, Austria, was included in the Lutheran Synod of South Carolina until 1860. Its early inhabitants caught the imagination of many on both sides of the Atlantic because of their courage under persecution, their industry, and their piety. The extensive diaries and correspondence of several Lutheran pastors associated with Ebenezer shed light on the nearby German settlements in South Carolina. The settlement's pastors regularly sent sermons and devotional literature to South Carolina Lutherans. The Salzburgers, however, criticized their Carolina neighbors for being more intent on economic gain than a life of pious discipleship. George Whitefield characterized the Ebenezer colony as the land of Goshen in the midst of Egypt.

  “D” is for Daniel, Charles Ezra [1895-1964]. Businessman. U.S. Senator. A native of Georgia, Daniel moved with his family to Anderson where he entered business and would become 20th century South Carolina’s most successful businessman. After service in World War I, he returned home and began building mill houses. In 1934, he established Daniel Construction Company. His firm had a reputation for cost and quality control that won building contracts first in South Carolina, then the South, and eventually around the world. He was instrumental in the creation of the State Development Board. In 1954 he was appointed U.S. senator, to fill the unexpired term of Burnet Maybank. Realizing that racial segregation was an impediment to economic progress, in 1961, Charles Ezra Daniel advised Carolinians to “forsake some of their old ways” to improve opportunities for blacks and whites.

   In a vault at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library reside numerous collections of rare books and papers from some of the world’s great writers – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Burns, to name a few.   Elizabeth Suddeth, director of Rare Books and Special Collections, takes us to the vault and talks about how the library attracted these collections, and its growing reputation as a destination for researchers and a magnet for prestigious literary collections. 

  Charles Courtney Tew was an educator, a soldier and, in 1846, was the first graduate of The Citadel.  As a Colonel of the 2nd N.C. Regiment, he was killed at the battle of Antietam,  His sword, a present from his students at the Arsenal in Columbia, was taken from him and disappeared for a century and a half.  David Goble, director of the Citadel’s Daniel Library and Museum, and Citadel historian Steve Smith discuss the mystery and trace what is known of the path that brought the rediscovered sword back to the military school – from Canada! 

SBA Disaster Loan interview. (File Photo)

    Even if a survivor of the recent floods in South Carolina doesn’t plan to accept a loan from the Small Business Association, he or she is encouraged to apply, because the application may make them eligible for other assistance.  Homeowners, renters, small businesses and even nonprofits may benefit from loans for disaster-related damage.

Clean-up is underway but volunteers are still needed.
SC Public Radio

    A week after the storm that caused massive flooding in our state, South Carolinians are turning toward recovery and restoration. Thousands of National Guard troops are at work, and charitable organizations have donated hundreds of thousands of meals to people in need. Hundreds have been displaced by the disaster, and help is still needed across the state. 

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended its disaster declaration for the recent flooding in order to make survivors in Bamberg, Colleton and Greenwood counties eligible for Individual Assistance. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Aerial view of the Charleston, S.C. area, Oct. 5, 2015.
U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann

  Major flooding is possible near the mouths of several coastal rivers. Gov. Haley warns that the flooding, expected in the Georgetown, Pawleys Island, and Givhans Ferry areas, could last for days. 

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham says the state will need assistance beyond what FEMA can provide, and hopes to bring in federal highway dollars and block grants to help. U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn says that many of the road and bridge failures have occurred because past neglect of infrastructure. Russ McKinney reports.

  Public Information Director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division reminds residents that the worst of this storm is still to come.

Gov. Nikki Haley
Governor's Office

  Gov. Nikki Haley held a press conference this afternoon to discuss impending rain and flooding in South Carolina.  Russ McKinney reports on the Governor's comments.

  (Originally broadcast 03/20/15) --- In a remarkable reappraisal of Lincoln, the distinguished historian O. Vernon Burton shows how the president’s authentic Southernness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right to be expanded to all Americans. In the violent decades to follow, the extent of that freedom would be contested but not its central place in what defined the country.

This conversation was recorded before a live audience as part of the series Conversations on the Civil War, sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Humanities and Institute for Southern Studies.

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Dr. John Marzsalek
Mississippi State University

--- All Stations: Fri, Apr 10, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Apr 12, 4 pm ---   In his book, Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order (Free Press, 1992) John F. Marszalek presents general William Tecumseh Sherman as a complicated man who, fearing anarchy, searched for the order that he hoped would make his life a success.

Dr. Marszalek talks with Dr. Edgar about Sherman as a military commander who came to abhor what he saw as the senseless slaughter of the War, and who sought a different strategy to bring the South to surrender.

Dr. Mark M. Smith
University of South Carolina

Dr. Mark M. Smith, of the University of South Carolina, returns to The Journal to talk about his book The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2014). No other book has looked at the Civil War through the prism of the five senses, or considered their impact on various groups of indviduals.

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Dr. Charles H. Lippy, the LeRoy A. Martin distinguished Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and author of Religion in South Carolina will be giving a lecture in October at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Columbia, on How the Civil War Transformed Religion in South Carolina . He stops by our studios to preview the topic with Dr. Edgar.

(Originally broadcast 04/04/14) - Pat Conroy, author of The Water is WideThe Great SantiniThe Prince of TidesThe Death of Santini, joins Dr. Walter Edgar for an event celebrating the author’s life;  his work; and One Book, One Columbia’s 2014 selection, My Reading Life (Nan A. Talese, 2010). The conversation was recorded before an audience of over 2000, at Columbia’s Township Auditorium, on the evening of February 27, 2014.

Dr. Melissa Walker is the author of numerous books on the Civil War and is co-editor of Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War (USC Press, 2011). She talks with Dr. Walter Edgar about the role of “plain folk”—especially women—during the war.

This presentation was recorded at the University of South Carolina’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on January 28, and was part of the series “Conversations on the Civil War, 1864,” presented in January and February, 2014. The series is sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences.

Retired Col. Ted Bell, his son, Ted Bell, Jr. and a film crew visited Okinawa, Japan, to revisit the site of a battle Bell lead during World War II. Here, filmmaker Wade Sellers films Bell at a memorial for Ernie Pyle at Peace Memorial.
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(Broadcast August 23, 2013) - In April of 2013, an Army veteran from South Carolina returned to Okinawa, Japan, for the first time since he fought there in World War II. Retired Col. Ted Bell, 93, went back to the island after more than 67 years, this time with a film crew for South Carolina ETV, shooting part of the upcoming documentary, Man and Moment: Ted Bell and the Ridge.

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(Broadcast November 02, 2012) - The Emmy-nominated documentary television series (produced in partnership by ETV and The State newspaper), South Carolinians in World War II, returns to ETV November 8th with its latest episode, A World War.  Joining Dr. Edgar to talk about this episode, and the war, are John Rainey, co-creator of the series; Wade Sellers, series director; and The State's Jeff Wilkinson, series producer.

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(Broadcast 06/29/12) - Anderson native T. Moffatt Burris is a WWII veteran and concentration camp liberator who also participated in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. During Operation Market Garden in Holland, he led the amphibious assault across the Waal River made famous in the movie, A Bridge Too Far. Burriss is the subject of the upcoming ETV special Man and Moment: T. Moffatt Burriss and the Crossing. He joins Dr.