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"I" is for Isle of Palms [Charleston County; population 4,583]. For all but the last one hundred years, the Isle of Palms was uninhabited. Its palmetto jungles abounded in game and its first name was "Hunting Island" because coastal Indians hunted there. In the early 18th century, pirates called it "Long Island." In 1898, the island began its modern transformation when a local company constructed a beachside resort with a boardwalk, amusement park, bathhouse, and dance pavilion. Renamed the Isle of Palms, the resort was connected to Charleston by ferry and an interurban railway.

When we last interviewed our next guest, about a year and a half ago, he was predicting that oil prices were bottoming and about to move higher.  And he was right.  The price moved from $38 a barrel up into the $50s.  What does he think about the energy markets now?

Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst with Income Growth Advisors in Charleston, SC.


In 2015, 753 people took their own lives in South Carolina.  Reducing that number is the goal of the state’s chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  The Foundation holds six "Out of the Darkness" walks around the state each October, in Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Columbia, Aiken, and Hilton Head-Bluffton.   In this story we talk with two women who have suffered the suicides of loved ones and have found healing by participating in the walks, discovering that helping others cope with their losses helps them, as well.

Faces of Recovery: For the past two years, South Carolina Public Radio has shared the stories of survival and recovery from the Oct. 2015 flood.
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Two years ago, Mary Burch watched and prayed as heavy rains caused the underneath of her family home to flood and eventually rot. Months later, the 77-year- old Sellers resident was living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions as mold started to grow and the structure of her homw was compromised from the flood. The week of the two-year anniversary of the October 2015 flood, Burch was able to walk through her near-finished new home. 

Are you thinking about upgrading your bathroom or retrofitting it with green and eco-friendly fixtures?  When it comes to home improvements, your bathroom may be a room you’re avoiding because it can get expensive to update.  But you can install fixtures and materials that are easier on your power bill but that don’t cost a lot of money.  

A Minute with Miles
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 Atonality and dissonance are often linked in listeners’ minds, but they’re not the same thing. Dissonance, from the Latin words for “sounding” and “apart,” is the simultaneous sounding of two or more notes to produce a clashing, or unpleasant effect. Its opposite is consonance, a pleasing sound, a “sounding together.”

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kristy Brittain about Opioid pain medications, with details about the potential for abuse and addiction.  Dr. Brittain is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy and a Pharmacist in the Outpatient Pharmacies at MUSC. 

"M" is for Malaria

Oct 9, 2017
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"M" is for Malaria. Malaria was arguably the most significant disease in the history of South Carolina from the colonial period until the early 20th century. It is a parasitic infection caused by protozoa known as plasmodia and transmitted by anopheles mosquitoes. There are two types of disease: one introduced with European settlers in the 1670s and a more virulent form that came with the importation of large numbers of West Africans in the 18th century.  During the 19th century malaria became a major health problem in much of the state, especially along river valleys.

"H" is for Happyville

Oct 9, 2017
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"H" is for Happyville. Happyville was a short-lived agricultural colony settled in 1905 near Montmorenci in Aiken County by Jewish immigrants from Russia. The state established an immigration bureau that published a brochure in Yiddish and German described the state as "the Garden Country of America." Jewish New Yorkers thought it would be an opportunity to help Russian Jews escape persecution.

John Slaughter, Superintendent of US Park Service's Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks group.
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The Southern Campaign was critical in determining the outcome of the American Revolutionary War, yet the South’s importance has been downplayed in most historical accounts to date.

John Warner
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A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Fall brings many delights, cooler temperatures and colorful autumn leaves. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when yellow-jacket populations are at their peak and hundreds of workers are searching for food. Adults eat nectar and rotting fruits but also capture and partially digest insects which they feed to the developing larvae. As fall approaches, their natural food supplies dwindle and they become nuisances at picnics and outdoor events.

McCoy Tyner
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McCoy Tyner is an inventive composer and pianist, perhaps best known for creating the lavish harmonies and percussive piano lines heard on some of John Coltrane's most famous recordings. He also has had a successful career as a leader with his own McCoy Tyner Trio. On this 1983 edition of Piano Jazz, Tyner puts his prodigious technique to work on "Lazy Bird," and McPartland gets on board for a driving duet of "Take the A Train."

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Eastern Hognose Snakes

Oct 6, 2017
Eastern hognose snake
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If you pick up the eastern hog nose snake, it will play dead. It's pretty scary looking, though , so most people don't bother.

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"S" is for St. Mark's Parish. In the 1730s lowcountry planters began moving inland and petitioned to have the inland area separated into a new entity—Prince Frederick Parish. Beginning in 1750, an influx of new settlers from Pennsylvania and Virginia moved into Prince Frederick and soon the frontiersmen outvoted the lowcountry planters. In 1757, St. Mark's, the colony’s first—and largest-- backcountry parish was created as much to protect established lowcountry interests as to promote those of the emerging backcountry.

For the past couple years, our next guest has been busy restoring and operating Magnolia Farm Lodge, a bed and breakfast, outdoor school and working farm in Ridgeway, SC.  He is also a practicing attorney in Columbia, SC and the leader of the band the Plowboys.  But if that isn’t enough, he has now added two new projects in Ridgeway: Honeysuckle Hill bed and breakfast and Brice’s Country

The larva of a lacewing butterfly.

The larva of the lacewing butterfly stacks the dead carcasses of its prey, its molts, and dirt onto its body for camouflage.

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"R" is for Ravenel, Harriott Horry Rutledge [1832-1912]. Novelist. Biographer. Historian. A Charleston native, Harriott Horry Rutledge attended Madame Talvande's female academy. She married St. Julien Ravenel and had nine children. Though she wrote poetry, essays, and stories on a variety of subjects, her major works focused on Southern history and manners. Her most successful novel was Ashurst: or "The Days That Are Not," which fondly depicted antebellum lifestyles and landscapes.

It's been awhile since you’ve heard us mention IT-ology, the nonprofit organization in Columbia working to grow the information technology workforce in our state.  And that’s because, over the past several months, they have been re-tooling their focus and programs and have a new leader.

Mike Switzer interviews Tammy Mainwaring, president of IT-ology in Columbia, SC.

A vintage microphone.
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From his beginnings in radio in Darlington in 1960 (which he lied his way into at the urging of his mother), Woody Windham has become a South Carolina radio icon.  He has enjoyed a long career in Columbia and Charleston, both solo and with his brother Leo.  It would not be too big a stretch to speculate that millions of South Carolinians may have grown up listening to "Woody with the Goodies" on a variety of stations in the Midlands and Lowcountry and beyond. 

A midland water snake.
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This nonvenomous snake is found from the Midlands to the mountains of South Carolina.

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"P" is for the Paper and pulpwood industry. The first paper mill in South Carolina was operating in Columbia by 1806. Over the next fifty years, other mills opened including the Bath Paper Mill near Edgefield. By 1893 James Lide Coker of Hartsville had organized the first company in the state to make wood pulp for paper production on a commercial scale. That mill evolved into SONOCO. By the middle of the 1930s, with the arrival of WESTVACO in Charleston County and International Paper in Georgetown, paper manufacturing assumed an important place in the state's economy.

Entrepreneurs in our state now have a new opportunity to apply for start-up funding of up to $50,000.  But there is a catch.  You will have to move to Charleston for a year.  Which may not be all bad…

Mike Switzer interviews Jake Hare, co-founder and CEO of Launchpeer in Charleston, SC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nancy DeMore about breast cancer screening recommendations for women, including women at average risk and increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Dr. DeMore is a Professor of Surgery and the Medical Director of the Breast Center at MUSC.

The Atlantic Sturgeon

Oct 3, 2017
An atlantic sturgeon brood fish at the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery, SC.
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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Atlantic sturgeon were a highly sought after target for commercial caviar fishermen on the Atlantic coast. Overfishing and pollution were initial reasons identified for population declines. Successful fall spawning has occurred for 3 consecutive years in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery, SC. A successful temperature regime for fall spawning (without the use of hormones) has been developed for natural tank spawning.

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"O" is for Operation Lost Trust. Operation Lost Trust was arguably South Carolina's largest and longest-running political scandal. The key player in the FBI's investigation into legislative corruption was Ron Cobb, a lobbyist and former member of the S.C. House of Representatives. After being arrested by the FBI on a drug charge, he cooperated with them and told legislators he represented a group seeking support for legalizing dog- and horse-track betting in the state.

The economists we interview on this program each month have been reporting pretty much the same story for several years now: "same old-same old," "slow but steady growth", etc.  But this lackluster economic environment must really be wearying to our next guest whose latest published prognosis includes terms like "sleepwalking” and “zombie-like."

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Patrick O’Neil about the keys to success for maintaining weight loss over time. Dr. O’Neil is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Weight Management Center at MUSC

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"N" is for New Ellenton [Aiken County; population 2,250]. Initially called North Ellenton prior to its incorporation, New Ellenton was an offspring of the Cold War and considered by many locals to have been "the first victim of the H-bomb." Incorporated in 1952, the town was the reincarnation of the town of Ellenton—a depot on the Port Royal Railroad.

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.