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South Carolina From A to Z
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"R" is for Rea, Paul Marshall [1878-1948]. Biologist. Educator. Museologist. Rea moved to Charleston in 1903 as professor of biology and geology and as curator of the museum at the College of Charleston. Through public lectures and publications he made the museum more visible. He also founded the Charleston Natural History Society. In 1906, he negotiated a change in the name from the College of Charleston Museum to the Charleston Museum and he assumed the title of director. Rea remained on the college staff until 1914 when he became full-time director of the museum.

A male Golden Silk Orb Weaver (top) is a lot smaller than a female .
Coveredinsevindust, via Wikimedia Commons

This spider is becoming more and more common across the state.

An historic marker honoring the 371st Infantry now stands at Childs Cemetery in Columbia.
Thelisha Eaddy/SC Public Radio

For those who love military history, the date September 28, now carries an additional significance. It’s the date Cpl. Freddie Stowers was killed in battle. Stowers was an Anderson County native and a member of the 371st Infantry Regiment, the first African-American unit to train at then Camp Jackson. The date now also represents the placing of the first historic marker in the country to honor and recognize this unit. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Maria Riva about night terrors and nightmares in childhood and what parents can do to help.  Dr. Maria Riva is a Pediatric Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist at MUSC Children’s Health.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We like to think of nature as being in balance and generally native plants can survive feeding from native insects due to coevolution.  Bee keepers who want to produce palmetto honey  have to move hives into coastal areas thick with sabal species, unfortunately they fairly frequently have poor yields when the cabbage palm caterpillar, the larva of an owlet moth, has large outbreaks. Unlike most Lepidopteran larva, these caterpillars don’t eat the palmetto leaves.

A satellite view of Hurricane irma on September 5, 2017.
NOAA

Last month, the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season finally came to a close. From June 1 to Nov. 30, South Carolinians were encouraged by SCEMD and other state agencies to be on high alert, especially after the severe storm impacts the state received during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Now that hurricane season has wrapped up, we called on John Qualiariello, a Columbia-based meteorologist for the National Weather Service, to reflect.

Map: SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs

Next week state officials expect the U.S. Census Bureau to officially estimate that the state’s population has passed the five million mark.  In fact, they believe the state reached that milestone back on June 8th.  Officials estimate that the state is growing by 157 people a day making it one of the fastest growing states in the country.  And it’s growing really fast.  It took 67 years for the state to grow by a million people, from one million to two million. It took just 17 years though to grow from four million to five million people.

Isaac Nathan

Dec 15, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Isaac Nathan was an English Jew, born in Canterbury, in 1790, and he originally trained to be a cantor. Early on though, he switched paths and became, among other things, a voice teacher and composer. 


Brazillian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicanus)
J. N. Stuart [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a bat in the office (!) and wonders what species it was. The tail gives it away.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Years back we were showering off outside after swimming at Pawley’s Island,   right under a palmetto tree that was in full flower and swarming with honey bees, so much so that the kids were unreasonably afraid of getting stung. Now I’ve found that one of the most popular varietal honeys in our part of the world comes from European honey bees visiting Sabal palmetto, or cabbage palmetto, our state tree.   The honey that comes from these flowers is light in color and somewhat thin.

Winter Heating

Dec 15, 2017

As the weather gets colder, you can really start to feel the pinch of heating your home when you receive that monthly power bill!  But your heating system, and the way you use it account for a lot of that bill.  Before you upgrade your system, improve the efficiency of your house- this will allow you to purchase a smaller unit and save you money on the upgrades.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"W" is for Wannamaker, John Edward [1851-1935]. Agriculturalist. Civic Leader. Educated at home by private tutors, Wannamaker graduated from Wofford in 1872. After college, he assumed management of his father's farming interests. Keenly interested in agricultural improvement, he applied his considerable resources to agrarian research and innovation. In the 1930s he experimented with soybeans, seeking to develop a seed stock suitable to South Carolina soils and climate.

Our next guest’s Germany-based company has been so successful with their only US manufacturing operations being located in our state, that they recently opened a brand new $30 million R&D facility and production plant.

Mike Switzer interviews Fabian Grimm, the US managing director for Mankiewicz Coatings in Charleston, SC.

Stradivarius

Dec 14, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Several centuries ago, it was common for violin makers to print their names in Latin on the paper labels they glued in their instruments. That’s what the great Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari did, and that’s why an instrument made by Stradivari is known as a Stradivarius.

Yellow Rat Snake

Dec 14, 2017
Yellow Rat Snake
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

This species of rat snake is typical on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Types of Honey

Dec 14, 2017
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The value of the European honey bee’s contribution towards pollination of crops in the US is estimated to be fifteen billion dollars. That doesn’t include the value of honey gathered and sold by bee keepers. There are two main types of honey – The first is poly or multi floral varieties that results from honey bees visiting whatever flowers in their neighborhood are in bloom.

Wood Pellet Stove

Dec 14, 2017

Heating your home in the winter accounts for a large portion of your power bill; that’s why many people are looking for thriftier ways to stay warm.  Freestanding wood pellet stoves, or models that fir into an existing fire place, are becoming more popular.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"U" is for the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The denomination was formed in 1958 with the union of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the United Presbyterian Church in North America. Long-established lowcountry black congregations were part of the United Presbyterian Church. In 1861 when the South seceded from the union, the denomination had divided into northern and southern branches. After the war, black Presbyterians withdrew from white churches.

Many of us around the country find ourselves on our sofas glued to the TV on Thanksgiving.  OK maybe it’s because we can’t move after stuffing on stuffing, but let’s face it, the National Dog Show is fascinating!  (You probably thought I was going to mention the parade or football.)  Our next guest is capitalizing on the need for well-behaved dogs, building a significant dog-training business not only in the Upstate where she is headquartered, but all over the country and now the globe.

Ilene Fins and her mother Caroline Fins, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Ilene Fins talked with her mother Caroline Fins about moving her family to South Carolina from a large Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York. Here’s Ilene.

Broad-headed Skink

Dec 13, 2017
Broad-Headed Skink
Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

Among the creatures a listener had captured on film was a Broad-Headed Skink.

Staccato

Dec 13, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

The literal meaning of the Italian word staccato is similar to that of staccato—“detached,” or “distinct.” In string playing, to play notes staccato means to play them with a bouncing bow. With its stiff but flexible stick and tightened horsehair, the bow is like a long spring, so it wants to bounce.


Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The European honey bee industry in the United States is credited with totally or partially being responsible for the pollination of certain crops at a value of fifteen billion dollars. At a recent meeting of Certified Crop Advisors, Gilbert Miller, watermelon specialist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center, told us that watermelons are among crops completely dependent on pollinators for fruit set. Watermelons have separate male and female flowers on the same plant.

Brighten Your Space

Dec 13, 2017

  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it can be so easy to drop into a seasonal depression, but you can combat the blues by simply brightening your indoor space.  If your ceilings aren’t already white, a fresh coat of paint can make a cave-like room much lighter.

For the past year, we have been receiving monthly healthcare industry updates from our next guest who says today, she would like to share with us her year-end review.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist in Columbia, SC.

"T" is for Television

Dec 13, 2017
South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"T" is for Television. The first snowy black and white images on South Carolina television screens were broadcast by a Charlotte, North Carolina station. It was not until 1952 that six South Carolina stations received their FCC television broadcast licenses. WIS, Columbia went on the air in April 1953 and WCSC, Charleston, followed a month later. WNOK-TV, one of the oldest UHF channels in the country, is now WLTX, Columbia. Many early stations bought their television cameras developed by Columbia native Thomas T. Goldsmith.

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USC Retail Department Chair Mark Rosenbaum is excited by this year’s holiday shopping season.  A decade after the great recession that started in 2008, he said retail sales in the state and nation are back to 2007 levels.  The stock market’s record highs are just in time for retail and for consumer confidence, he said. 

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Tigers are rapidly disappearing in nature because of poaching and habitat destruction, according to Dr. Brett Wright, dean of Clemson University’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.  In 2010 there were an estimated 3200 tigers still roaming India and other Asian countries.   This alarming figure caused Clemson to contact the other major "tiger mascot" universities – Auburn, LSU and Missouri – and form the U.S. Tiger University Consortium to help increase the number of tigers in the wild. 

Snook

Dec 12, 2017
Snook
Matthew Hoelscher [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Caught by a listener off of Edisto Beach, a type of fish he'd never seen before...

The Song Cycle

Dec 12, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

A song cycle is a set of songs whose texts—often by a single poet—are linked by a common subject, mood, or story. Though the songs of the cycle are all individual entities, they’re designed to be heard together.  And if the marriage of music and poetry in the song represents a 19th century Romantic ideal, the song cycle carries that ideal even further, allowing for an expanded range of expression, a deeper exploration of the individual psyche.

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