Carol Sloane, in an early promotional photo, 1958.
Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

Carol Sloane is a sublime singer of great songs. She is natural and unaffected, with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character, elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of the Great American Songbook is unmatched. On this 2002 Piano Jazz, Sloane brings her effortless charms to Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek.” She and McPartland end the hour with Ellington’s “I Love You Madly.”

Sand Collars

Feb 26, 2018
A sand collar, the egg capsule of a moonsnail.
© Hans Hillewaert [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

They look like they might be man-made, but, they are not.

Camellia Oil

Feb 24, 2018
Camellia oleifera flower.
John Ruter, University of Georgia,

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The most cold hardy of the camellia species grown in the United States is camellia oleifera, the oil seed camellia. This camellia has small white flowers produced in masses on a plant that reaches 20 feet in height. It’s been used in breeding programs to develop cold tolerant camellias for use in northern states. We usually hear about camellia oil when we are shopping for fancy cosmetics – skin and hair care products.

President Trump is hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. The two leaders are holding a joint news conference. This is taking place amid new charges in the Russia investigation and public debate over gun control and gun violence, all of which may come up in the course of questioning.

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A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

One of the things I’ve learned as a string teacher is that good habits can often replace a student’s bad habits quickly, because the good habits make playing easier.  But it was Mark Twain, strangely enough, who helped me to realize that the switch can only result from a very conscious and rational process on the student’s part, a process of understanding and acceptance. 

Bagworm Moths

Feb 23, 2018
A Bagwood Moth egg case.
William Fountain, University of Kentucky, [CC BY-NC 3.0 US]

The female Bagworm Moth is wingless.

" “W" is for Wofford College. A four-year liberal arts college in Spartanburg, Wofford was founded with a bequest from the Methodist minister and Spartanburg native Benjamin Wofford. The General Assembly granted a charter in 1851 and the then all-male college opened in 1854. In the late 19th century Wofford played Furman in the first intercollegiate football game in South Carolina, allowed fraternities on campus, and its faculty participated in the founding of the Association of Southern Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Experiential graphic design may not be a term many of us are familiar with but it is increasingly becoming the preferred method for companies and organizations to connect with their customers.  Retail, entertainment, hospitality, and sports industries, in particular, are immersing their environments with rich graphics and digital technologies to educate and delight their users and visitors.  Our next guest’s Upstate company is right in the middle of this growing trend and is specifically targeting college sports.

Camellia japonica flower and buds.
John Ruter, University of Georgia,

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. One of the wonderful traits that camellias japonicas have is their ability to produce flowers over a long period of time. The buds which are present in fall are protected by an all-encompassing and protective calyx, the specialized structures at the base of a flower.

State House Week
SC Public Radio

A major anti-abortion bill is headed for debate in the Senate, and work is underway on next year's almost nine-billion-dollar state budget.

A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Today is the birthday of George Washington, so I thought I’d talk about… Alexander Reinagle. And in case this doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice to you, I’ll explain. 

Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom
Mike Young [CC BY 3.0 US] via Wikipedia

This fungus gets part of its common name from its shape.

  "S" is for Shaw Air Force Base. Established in 1941 on the outskirts of Sumter to train pilots for World War II, Shaw Air Force Base later evolved into a home for U.S. Air Force tactical units. The facility was named after Sumter native Ervin Shaw, a pilot shot down over France in July 1918. In 1948 the base became part of the Tactical Air Command and in 1950 home to the Ninth Air Force. Its planes played an active role in the cold war, including reconnaissance patrols over Cuba during the 1962 Missile Crisis. In 1993 Shaw became the permanent home of the Twentieth Fighter Wing.

Improving our state’s education system continues to be a priority for our business community which is why we like to check in with our next guest’s organization on a regular basis.  They are a significant public-private partnership that has been collaborating and making recommendations on this topic for the past several years.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Arnold, president and CEO of Colonial Life in Columbia, SC and a co-chair at TransformSC.

Camellia japonica flower.
John Ruter, University of Georgia,

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Although we are encouraged to plants native plant species that have special value for pollinators, we shouldn’t forget that certain non-native species can be equally valuable. Camellias produce discernable amounts of nectar; they are self-sterile and rely on insects (or in some countries birds) to move pollen from the male stamens on one plant to the female stigmas of another species or cultivar.

Hospital E-Visits Spike During Flu Season

Feb 21, 2018
Man laying his head on his desk.

This flu season has been more aggressive than usual. DHEC says more than 3,400 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season, and at least 128 people in South Carolina have died, including a child. Health officials are urging everyone older than 6 months to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so, and to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.

USC Law School's Pro Bono program provides student volunteers for legal services throughout South Carolina.
Tut Underwood/ SC Public Radio

It’s tax season, and many people are working with tax preparers.  But some preparers are giving away their services for free to elderly or low income clients.  They’re tax law students in the Pro Bono program at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  The Pro Bono program provides volunteer services to many causes year round: clerks for pro bono lawyers, research, wills and other areas of the law. 

A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

The efficient and graceful use of the body is crucial to both sports and musical performance. But there are certainly many mental parallels as well -- and the experiences of athletes can teach us quite a bit about what musicians do. Years ago I read an interview in the Washington Post with a professional baseball player named Charles Johnson. Johnson had hit a three-run homer to win a game, and this is what he said afterward: “I recognized a curve ball right away, and told myself to stay on it. I wasn’t trying to hit it out of the park, but I got a good part of the bat on it.” 

Cedar Waxwings

Feb 21, 2018
Cedar Waxwing
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, [CC BY 3.0 US]

A listener finds a flock of Cedar Waxwings drinking in his backyard.

"R" is for Rock Hill

Feb 21, 2018

  "R" is for Rock Hill [York County; population 41,643*]. Rock Hill began in 1852 as a depot and watering station on the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad. The name came from a notation on a construction supervisor’s map marking a spot where the road encountered a small flinty knoll. In the years after the Civil War, Rock Hill developed into a major cotton market and by the 1880s into a major textile center. In 1915, it adopted the city-manager form of government. In the early 20th century it began a century-long effort of economic and industrialization.

Ehsan Jabbarazadeh and Julie Iarossi.
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but over the past ten years, colleges and universities have become more and more involved in teaching entrepreneurship.  And our next guest says a focus on technology and innovation is the most recent trend in this area.

Camellia sasanqua (white cultivar) flower.
John Ruter, University of Georgia,

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A backbone of Southern landscapes that is still in vogue today is the white, fall-flowering camellia sasanqua. At my husband’s grandmother’s house, some of those long-lived now tree-form specimens are thriving; they were planted by mother-in-law in 1927 and haven’t had a drop of care in the last fifty years. Another in-town relative, Carolyn Wimberly, redid her yard recently and planted several white sasanquas right by the sidewalk where my friends and I pass by on walks.

Hurricane Katrina, August 28, 2005.

Back in January, a diverse group of Midlands community members congregated at the United Way of the Midlands. Among the 20 or so assembled guests were lawyers, businesspeople, nonprofit staffers, and a vet. What they held in common was their shared action after a terrible natural disaster 12 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina battered the gulf coast.

White-hat hackers keep up with the latest tricks of cyber criminals to help them fight these "black hats" and protect the information of businesses.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

Hacking, whether it’s into a bank, insurance company or an individual’s records, is a serious, and growing crime in the 21st century.  The damages inflicted by hackers in the United States alone can reach into the billions of dollars annually.

The Colors of White

Feb 20, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

In 2004 the Vatican Museum presented an exhibit called “The Colors of White.” What the exhibit showed, in a nutshell, is that our notion that the beauty of ancient Greek and Roman statues lies in their pure, white form is a relatively modern idea, with no basis in historical fact. Scientists working with electron microscopes discovered vestiges of all sorts of bright paint colors on ancient statues, colors that to modern eyes seem hideously garish, and the curators of the Vatican exhibit commissioned reproductions that were painted with those colors. 

Mystery Skull

Feb 20, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a skull...

Health Focus
SC Public Radio

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Lewin about the role that pathology tests play in cancer diagnosis and in determining treatment.  Dr. Lewin is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology at MUSC.

"P" is for Pines

Feb 20, 2018

"P" is for Pines. Nine native pine species are found within South Carolina. Three species are restricted to the upper Piedmont and mountain regions, three are found nearly throughout the state, and three are found primarily within the coastal plain. South Carolina pines are divided into white and yellow. Yellow pines have needles in groups of two or three, while white pines have needles in groups of five. The only white pine in the state is the eastern white pine. Among the yellow pines are loblolly, slash, longleaf, Virginia, pitch, pond, table mountain, and spruce.

A regular review of your financial plan and investment portfolio is always a good idea.  This is not just to make sure you are still on track to meet your goals, but to also make sure your risks haven’t increased past your initially desired risk threshold.  And our next guest says that is especially a good idea when financial markets have been setting record highs.

Mike Switzer interviews Les Detterbeck, a chartered financial analyst in Charleston, SC.

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by reporters Andy Brown and Andy Shain of The Post and Courier to discuss the sentencing of former state Rep. Rick Quinn, Jr. (R-Lexington) to two years of probation as part of the ongoing the statehouse corruption investigation. Quinn also will have to complete 500 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

We also look at the latest news coming out of the state legislature regarding the V.C. Summer nuclear project and more!