South Carolina Lede is a podcast about the people, issues, and events shaping the Palmetto State. Join host Gavin Jackson and reporters from across the state each week for in-depth discussions of the biggest news affecting you, your family, and your fellow South Carolinians – from state politics and legislative happenings inside the state house to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and more. It’s the factual and timely information you need, with a dash of irreverent fun to keep it all interesting.
Better Numbers Don't Equal Good Numbers
September 14, 2021 — We speak with State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman about school safety amid rising closings, quarantines, infections, and deaths from COVID-19. Plus friend of the pod Associated Press reporter Meg Kinnard joins us with updates on her fight against breast cancer.
20 Years After 9/11
September 11, 2021 — We look at the continued debate between state leaders and the Biden administration over vaccination and mask mandates, hear about the struggles faced by frontline medical workers in the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Interview with an Epidemiologist
September 7, 2021 — We speak with Dr. Melissa Nolan, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and co-lead for the Sampling and Testing Representative Outreach for Novel Coronavirus Guidance (STRONG).
It's NOT A Great Day in South Carolina
September 4, 2021 — We break down the SC Supreme Court's decision this week that found Columbia's mask mandate for schools to be illegal. Also on this episode: new analysis of CDC data by The New York Times finds that the Palmetto State has the highest per capita COVID-19 case rate in the country; HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visits the state to promote vaccinations; and much more.
No Rest for the Weary Frontline
August 31, 2021 — We look at the latest on lawsuits against mask mandates in the state as well as a civil rights investigation by the US Department of Education on the matter. Also in this episode: South Carolina's new Office of Resilience seeks to reduce future flood damage; how Palmetto State hospitals are handling an surge in COVID-19 cases; and more.
Boosters & Bustos
August 28, 2021 — We're joined by Joseph Bustos, state government and politics reporter with The State, to discuss mask mandates, state lawsuits, and his recent reporting from a COVID-19 medical unit. Also in this episode: the latest COVID-19 case numbers; new information about booster shots; and more.
2021 Summer podcasts
Enjoying the Summer podcasts of various topics!
It was great to hear Meg on your first special episode. Take care & Thank you!
A classic! (& they do know how to die)
Reporting is top ranked. A heavy hitter in my state’s politics.
I have to have my fix of SC Lede podcast every week; sometimes twice a week. Gavin is a tremendous resource for local politics.