WUSC News


WUSC News is a thrice-weekly set of news programs produced by WUSC-FM, the official student radio station at the University of South Carolina and a GMG partner organization. Live news shows air each Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening at 6 p.m. on WUSC. Listen live on 90.5 FM in the Midlands or via livestream on the station's website.


Episodes:

The Countdown Episode 6: An Interview Chris Phillips from The Spurs Up Show

Jay and Brady talk with Chris Phillip, host of The Spurs Up Show about all things Gamecock sports including the future for Frank Martin and what he expects out of Shane Beamer's first year as football head coach.

Catch The Countdown every Friday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald and Jay Weaver; Produced and edited by Flynn Snyder


Politically Inclined Episode 20: South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace

This week, Kendall and Lydia talk with South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace. Hear her thoughts on possible vaccine passports, polarization in politics and why she is the new voice for the GOP.

Catch Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Kendall Smith and Lydia Blackstone; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines and Joshua Tekle


Politically Inclined Episode 19: An Interview with Mayoral Candidate Tameika Isaac Devine

This week, Kendall and Lydia sit down with Columbia mayoral and At-large City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine. Hear her plans about affordable housing, city development and inclusion in Columbia.

Catch Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Kendall Smith and Lydia Blackstone; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines and Joshua Tekle


Hot Topics Episode 25: Fireflies, Artisa Vista and the 1593 Project

This week, Troy joins the show as host as he and Flynn discuss the fireflies natural event taking place at Congaree National Park. Then they take a turn to the arts with a discussion of the Artista Vista festival coming to the Vista over the weekend. Finally, they’ll wrap up with an interview with Lauren Strange of the Koger Center and their unique gallery called the 1593 project.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Troy Dassing; Produced and edited by Joshua Tekle


Hot Topics Episode 24: Montero, Gamecock Women's Basketball and sit down with a New Local Podcast

This week, we discuss the controversial Lil Nas X music video. We also take a look at the Women’s Basketball Team's Final Four matchup and discuss a new podcast coming to Cola that focuses on Cola.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Joshua Tekle


Politically Inclinde Episode 18: Covid Vaccines and Biden's First Press Conference

On this weeks episode, Lydia and Kendall discuss the new eligibility rules for COVID-19 vaccines in South Carolina. As of Thursday, anyone 16 and older in the state is now eligible for the COVID vaccine. Also, President Biden held his first press conference amid the influx of those arriving at the southern border and the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country.

Catch Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.


Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Kendall Smith; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines, Joshua Tekle and Flynn Snyder


The Countdown Episode 5: An Interview with Gamecock Tennis Star Mia Horvit

Brady and Jay talk with star Gamecock tennis player Mia Horvit about how the women's team is looking as they come closer to the SEC Tournament. Plus, get up-to-date stats and analysis on the women's basketball team's march into the NCAA Tournament. We also look forward toward the baseball team's resurgence after a dismal performance against the Texas Longhorns as they were swept three games to none on the road in Austin, TX.

Catch The Countdown every Friday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald and Jay Weaver; Produced and edited by Flynn Snyder


Local Eyes Episode 16: Holly James from the Carolina Equality Alliance

This week, Local Eyes talks with Holly James from the Carolina Equality Alliance. James addresses the impacts of anti-trans legislation in South Carolina, and the potential impacts of removing certain protections from the bill for the LGBTQ+ community.

Catch Local Eyes every Friday at 6:00pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.


Hosted by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey and Brianna Rao; Produced and edited by Courtney McClain and Flynn Snyder


Hot Topics Episode 23: Aaliyah Boston, Pop-up Fairs, and a UofSC Oriented Bracket

This week, we talk about a series of concerts the school of music is putting on to honor pandemic frontline workers. Trey discuss a pop-up fair he attended that appeared outside the Dutch Fork Mall seemingly overnight, then we sit down with SGTV Program Director Finn Carlin to discuss Aliyah Boston’s appearance on the official Instagram account. We then dive into a bracket for naming a new location coming to the UofSC campus. Catch it all, right here on Hot Topics.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Josh Tekle


Politically Inclined Epsiode 17: An Interview with Mayoral Candidate Sam Johnson and Religious Freedom Act

On this week’s episode, we are joined by mayoral candidate Sam Johnson. Sam is a UofSC alum who shared his plans on how he hopes to win the mayoral election this upcoming fall, what he plans to do to help students engage with the community and what inspired him to run. Plus, our hosts covered a special segment regarding the Religious Freedom Act Bill that was just passed at the statehouse.

Catch Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Kendall Smith; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines, Flynn Snyder and Joshua Tekle


Hot Topics Episode 22: GMG Best of Carolina and a Conversation with Student Filmmaker Max Joseph

This week, we get an inside look into the creation of Garnet Media Group’s Best of Carolina 2021 production and some winners announced right here on Hot Topics. Then, we sit down with Max Joseph, the award winning student filmmaker based here in Columbia to talk about his new project "Quite Mistaken."

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Joshua Tekle


Politically Inclined Episode 16: An Interview with Alex Harrell and International Women's Day

On this week's show, we are joined by Student Body Government president-elect Alex Harrell. He shares with us his plans for his time as president and hints at some good news for seniors hoping for an in-person graduation. Plus, our hosts highlight some influential women as we celebrate International Women's Day.

Catch Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Kendall Smith; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines, Flynn Snyder and Joshua Tekle


Hot Topics Episode 21: Hip Hop Coffee, Student Government Announcements, and Restrictions in Five Points Lifted

This week, Trey Martin is back in the studio to discuss Hip Hop night from Curiosity Coffee Bar that he attended last week. Then, we take a look at the results of the Student Government runoff elections, a discussion on and South Carolina restrictions being lifted on bars and how the Golden Globes performed this year in the age of COVID.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Joshua Tekle


The Countdown Episode 4: Baseball Hot Streak and a Preview of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

Brady and Jay break down a red hot Carolina baseball team and the mixed results ending to both basketball seasons. Plus, some good news! Listen to find out why the two are particularly excited about the upcoming football season.

Catch The Countdown every Friday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald & Jay Weaver; Produced and edited by Flynn Snyder


Politically Inclined Epsiode 15: The Student Government Runoff Elections

The Student Government elections head to a runoff as Alex Harrell and Aidan Baker were just shy of 50% of the vote. This week, the two candidates join Kendall and Lydia to discuss their campaign platforms and why they deserve your vote.

Catch Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Kendall Smith; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines and Joshua Tekle.


Hot Topics Episode 20: Student Government Updates, Daft Punk Breaks Up and an Interview with Krishna Alexander, VP of the UofSC Chapter of the NAACP

This week, Troy Dassing is in for Trey as we talk breaking updates from the student body government elections and what's coming next. Then, a discussion on the breakup of one of the most popular electronic duos of all time: Daft Punk. Later, we finish up with an interview with the vice president of the UofSC chapter of the NAACP: Krishna Alexander. All this ONLY on Hot Topics.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Josh Tekle


Politically Inclined Epsiode 14: The 'Fetal Heart Beat Bill'

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the 'Fetal Heart Beat Bill' into law – a measure banning most abortions if a heartbeat is detected. However, shortly after, a federal judge blocked the measure from taking effect. On today's show, we break down all you need to know about where the law stands. We're joined by Alexia Newman of the Carolina Pregnancy Center and Richland County Councilwoman and Planned Parenthood organizer Allison Terracio to discuss the latest.

Politically Inclined every Monday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates @WUSC_News.


Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Kendall Smith; Produced and edited by Chelsea Bines, Flynn Snyder and Joshua Tekle.


Hot Topics Episode 19: Wild Winter Weather, Wells Fargo Investment and a Sit Down with Emily Dengler from the Evolve Campaign

This week, we discuss the winter weather sweeping across the nation and how Wells Fargo is enacting change through Black-owned banks, including one in right here in Columbia. Then, a conversation with student body Vice Presidential candidate Emily Dengler of the Evolve platform.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.


Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Josh Tekle.


Hot Topics Episode 18: The Super Bowl Halftime Show, an Interview with a Bucs Photographer and Chick-Fil-A Directing Covid-19 Vaccinations

This week we discuss The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime show and how he put his own funds first. We also got a chance to sit down with Tori Richman, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers photographer, and UofSC alum about her experience at the Super Bowl. And we wrap up with how a Chick-Fil-A manager helped with the logistics of vaccine distribution.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Joshua Tekle


The Countdown Episode 3: Basketball Break Down

Brady and Jay discuss the aftermath of the women's basketball loss to UConn and how the Gamecocks can reclaim their number 1 ranking. Then, Brady covers the men's basketball team loss against Alabama. Finally, the two recap a Super Bowl unlike any other and compare Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.


Catch The Countdown every Friday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald and Jay Weaver; Produced and edited by Flynn Snyder and Joshua Tekle


The Countdown Episode 2: Basketball Recap and Super Bowl LV Preview

Brady and Jay take a deep dive into South Carolina's Men's and Women's basketball teams and look at their upcoming schedules. Then, they discuss Shane Beamers recruiting class and the bright stars that are coming into the program. Finally, they break down the Super Bowl 55 matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.

Catch The Countdown every Friday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald and Jay Weaver; Produced and edited by Flynn Snyder and Joshua Tekle


Hot Topics Episode 17: A New Exhibit at the Cola Museum of Art, Savage Craft Brewery Opening and Vaccination Volunteering

This week on Hot Topics, we discuss a unique exhibit headed to the Columbia Museum of Art and how you can get in early. We also look into the newly opened brewery hitting West Columbia that benefits veterans in South Carolina. Then, we talk with Isaac Luther, a UofSC student who volunteered to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Joshua Tekle.


The Countdown Episode 1: UofSC Basketball Recap and Coach Beamer's Newest Transfers

The Countdown: Host Brady Fitzgerald and Cohost Jay Weaver break down South Carolina’s men and women’s basketball teams, and look ahead to both of their schedules. Then they break down more of Shane Beamers acquisitions from the transfer portal. All that and more!

Catch The Countdown every Friday on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald and Jay Weaver; Produced and edited by Flynn Snyder and Josh Tekle


Hot Topics Episode 16: Gamestock Stock Surge, SC Flag Debate, and the Sundance Film Festival Comes to Cola

This week we discuss the wild past few days that Gamestop has experienced in the stock market and its interesting potential future. We also cover a debate raging across the Palmetto state: Redesigning the South Carolina flag. And a sit down with Curtis Caesar John of the Luminal Theater to discuss satellite hosting this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6:00pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Josh Tekle


Local Eyes Episode 15: BoBerry Biscuits and Historic Inauguration

WACH Fox’s Mike Uva stops by to tell the story of how a drive-thru mishap at Bojangles resulted in a viral new menu item. Also, we break down the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as the new executive orders issued by their administration.

Catch Local Eyes every Friday at 6:00pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSC_News.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles. Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles. Edited by Joshua Tekle.


Hot Topics, Ep. 15: The Presidential Inauguration, New A'ja Wilson Statue, and 101 Women Who Shaped South Carolina

Joe Biden is now the 46th President of the United States. In this episode, we recap an Inauguration Day unlike any other including South Carolina's connection to the day's festivities. We then head over to Colonial Life Arena to discuss the new statue dedicated to A'ja Wilson, one of the most successful Gamecock athletes of all time. Find out what the statue means to her and her family. We also get a chance to sit down with UofSC professor and South Carolina author Dr. Valinda Littlefield to discuss her newest book 101 Women Who Shaped South Carolina. Find out what makes this book different from others like it.


Catch Hot Topics every Wednesday at 6:00pm on 90.5 WUSC-FM & HD-1 Columbia or any radio streaming app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates @WUSCNews.


Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced and edited by Troy Dassing and Josh Tekle


Local Eyes, Ep. 13: Thanksgiving and Muschamp

Nicole Maskiell, assistant professor in the Department of History, talks about the history of Thanksgiving. Also, Tom Santaniello, Executive Producer for SGTV’s Capital City Sports, discusses the firing of Will Muschamp and what it means for the rest of the football season.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hottopics, Ep. 13: Coaches, Claws, Consoles and More

This week we discuss ex-head coach Will Muschamp being relieved of his duties as head coach. We cover everything you’ll need to know about Top Golf at Williams Brice. A look into the new White Claw brewery coming to Richland county and a discussion of new tech and a campus Apple store with WUSC’s tech correspondent.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 13: A Divided Future?

Democratic Party infighting between centrists and progressives has the future of the party hanging by a thread. South Carolina State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter to join us on what she thinks needs to happen to create a more united party. Then, we look at our neighbors in Georgia, who are focusing on the January Senate runoffs. USC Political Science Professor Douglass Thompson discusses obstacles both major parties face and the effects the results might have on president-elect Joe Biden's administration.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 12: COVID Vaccine and Spring Break

Faculty Senate Chair Mark Cooper discusses the university’s plans for the spring semester. Also, epidemiologist Dr. Myriam Torres discusses the rise in COVID cases and the state of the development of a vaccine.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hottopics, Ep. 12: Remembering Alex Trebek and Discussing Local Student Film

This week we got the chance to interview a real Jeopardy contestant and discuss his interactions with the one and only Alex Trebek as we look back at his life in remembrance. We also take time to talk with Fen Rockwell, creator of the award winning student film, Georgian Lens.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 12: Victories and Losses

It’s official: Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. However, President Trump has yet to concede. We talk to WUSC political correspondent Kendall Smith about the general election results and if the Trump team’s lawsuits could effect them. Then, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson joins us to discuss why Democrats down ballot suffered numerous losses despite a a win at the top of the ticket.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 11: Election Results and Texas A&M

Executive Sports Producer for SGTV Tom Santaniello and Sports Writer for Texas A&M Casey Stagenhaven discuss the upcoming football game between the Aggies and the Gamecocks. Also, political correspondents Tyler Fedor and Kailey Cota discuss the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hottopics, Ep. 11: Election Coverage and Socially Distant Theater

This week we sit down to discuss the upcoming election results as they continue to pour in. We also take a moment to debrief with Lilly Heidari about an upcoming socially distant UofSC theater production.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 11: One. More. Day.

Dr. Tomorrow is the day that we’ve all been waiting for: the final day of voting in the 2020 general election. What comes next? When will we get results? Can we rely on final polling? WUSC political correspondents Ward Jolles, Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey and Nick Harvey join us to answer these questions and more.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 10: Trevor Lawrence and COVID Numbers

Dr. Anthony Alberg, chair of the Arnold School’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, discusses the recent decline in reported COVID-19 cases on campus. Also, Sports Editor Megan Kinner and Senior News Writer David Ferrara of Clemson University’s student newspaper, The Tiger, talk about Clemson’s COVID numbers and Trevor Lawrence’s diagnosis.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 10: A Conversation with Toni and Nicole Fulton

This week, we discuss with Toni and Nicole Fulton of Columbia's The Hair Closet, the only black-owned hair manufacturer in the nation, about their business. We also take a dive into discussion on the viral video they took at the North Charleston Kanye West rally.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Allison Haswell and Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Political Inclined, Ep. 10: SCOTUS Scaries

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden went head-to-head in their final debate before Nov. 3 on Thursday. We discuss how well they laid out their platforms to voters with WUSC political correspondent Ward Jolles. Then, Democrats are concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act as the expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court nears. USC Public Health professor Sudha Xirasagar joins us to talk about the potential ramification if the Supreme Court were to rule the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Trey Martin; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 9: Flu Season and Debates

Dr. Sabra Custer of the College of Nursing discusses the arrival of flu season and why it’s important that South Carolinians get their flu shot. Also, President of College Democrats Jackson Neitart talks about the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 9: An Interview with Joe Seaward and Ed Irwin-Singer of Glass Animals

This week we sit down with bassist Ed Irwin-Singer and drummer Joe Seaward of the UK band Glass Animals. We take a look into their new album, "Dreamland," and what they miss about performing in person.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder, Trey Martin, and Troy Dassing; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 9: The Second “Debate”

Upon the cancellation of the second presidential debate, President Trump and former Vice President Biden held clashing town halls Thursday. We discuss the substance of each town hall with USC student Robert Cathcart and WUSC political correspondent Abigail Martin.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 8: A Sit-Down With Paul Nederostek of SC Band Dead Swells

This week, we chat with Paul Nederostek of Charleston band Dead Swells. We discuss the band's brand new album, their coordination of creating music while apart, music videos and more!

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 8: Senate Seats and SCOTUS Nominees

Could the political tides be turning in South Carolina? U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison joins us to discuss his “toss-up” race against Lindsey Graham and the momentum his campaign is gaining three weeks away from the general election. Then, WUSC political correspondent Kendall Smith discusses the first tumultuous day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 8: Village Idiot Pizza and Off-Off Broadway

Brian Glynn, owner of Village Idiot Pizza, discusses what it's like to own a small business during a pandemic. Also, Off-Off Broadway President Alison Lambert talks about how they plan to continue bringing live theater to the Columbia Community while staying safe.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 7: A Conversation With Will Blackburn Of Stop Light Observations

This week we sit down with Will Blackburn, lead singer of the Charleston native band Stop Light Observations. We take a dive into the band's core, their response to Covid-19 and what's to come in the future for the group.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


The Countdown, Ep. 1: Vols, Gators, and Muschamp

The Gamecocks are having their normal season, giving us hope at the beginning and throwing it all away at the end. Tom and Brady talk about last weeks game vs the Vols and then preview the gamecocks game on Saturday vs the Gators. Tom and Brady break down what Muschamp needs to do to turn it around and the keys to having a successful game plan against Florida.

Hosted by Brady Fitzgerald and Tom Santaniello; Produced by Brady Fitzgerald and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 7: Super-Spreader White House

President Trump may have been released from Walter-Reed Hospital, but that doesn't mean COVID-19 has stopped spreading throughout the White House. USC political science professor Bob Oldendick joins us to discuss the political implications of rising cases throughout the president's inner circle and their possible effects on public opinion. Then, political correspondent Stephanie Allen discusses Biden's leads in battleground state polls, what they mean, and if they're even reliable.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Outreach Coordinator is Julie Crosby; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 7: Trump’s COVID Diagnosis and Homecoming

Political correspondents Christine Bartruff and Finn Carlin discuss President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and what it means for the election going forward. Also, Homecoming Sponsorship Director Marianne Buonopane talks about the university’s plans for homecoming in the midst of the pandemic.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Ward Jolles; Produced by Mary Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 6: Drama in the Rap Industry, New Art in Cola and the Presidential Debate

This week we take a look at big drama in the rap industry between Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion as well as a new art display in the Columbia area. We also sit down with our political correspondent Finn Carlin to discuss the first 2020 Presidential Debate.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder, Trey Martin, and Chelsea Bines; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Allison Haswell


Local Eyes, Ep. 6: Supreme Court and Dance Marathon

After the passing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Treasurer of College Democrats Richard Dorman discusses what comes next for the court as Republicans scramble to fill the vacant seat before the election. Also, Dance Marathon President Grace Lady shares what its been like organizing charity events during the pandemic.

Hosted by Erin Slowey and Flynn Snyder; Produced by Mary Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 5: An Addition to Willy B., SC State Fair and an Emmys Recap

This week we’re taking a look at how Williams Brice will be set up this football season as well as a large addition added out front. We break down how the South Carolina State Fair will operate under Coronavirus restriction. And a look back of the winners, losers and notable events from the 2020 Emmy Awards.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder, Trey Martin, and Chelsea Bines; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Allison Haswell


Politically Inclined, Ep. 5: Reflecting on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shocked the nation this past weekend. USC political science professor Kirk Randazzo discusses the impact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had on the law throughout her tenure on the Supreme Court. Then, hosts Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh talk about the political fallout occurring as Republicans rush to replace the late Justice, much to the dismay of Democrats.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 4: Chance the Rapper at Ralph Lauren, New Tech and a Historic Columbia Interview

This week we take a look back at Chance the Rapper’s live digital performance in collaboration with Ralph Lauren to promote the new Ralph Lauren clothing line for Bitmoji. We break down some of the biggest tech announcements from this week and have a talk with a representative from Historic Columbia about a virtual festival coming to Columbia.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 4: Opposing Viewpoints on COVID-19

The University of South Carolina has recently been under fire for its handling of coronavirus on campus. We talked to Carolina Socialists president Jake Sawyer and USC Turning Point president Blake Ringer about their views on the university’s coronavirus respond and how officials should move forward.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 5: Carolina Productions and COVID Updates

Jacob Hoffman, President of Carolina Productions, talks about how pandemic restrictions have affected planning on-campus events and what students can look forward to this semester. Also, Local Eyes executive producer Mary-Bryant Charles discusses the recent decline in campus cases of COVID-19, the state of saliva testing, and how students have been reacting to health guidelines.

Hosted by Ward Jolles and Erin Slowey; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 3: Chadwick Boseman, Historic Columbia, and Market on Main

This week we remember the legacy and life of Chadwick Boseman after his tragic passing. We also discuss a new music event from Historic Columbia that’ll give audiences the chance to see live music at one of Columbia’s historic sites. And a sitdown with Josh Willoughby, founder of Market on Main here in Columbia.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Allison Haswell and Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 3: On-Campus Protests and How to be an Ally

On this week's episode of Politically Inclined, Aspiring Abolitionist podcast host Janel Moore discusses USC's response to recent protests on campus, and USC student Lauryn Workman tells us how students can become better allies to their marginalized peers.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 3: Catching COVID and Crowded Bars

Two roommates in quarantine after one tested positive for COVID-19 share their experiences getting tested and quarantined. Also, Daily Gamecock news editor Christine Bartruff discusses the university shut down of saliva testing, viral images of maskless students crowding a local bar, and more.

Hosted by Ward Jolles and Erin Slowey; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 2: Debrief of Houdinifest, The Amazing VMA’s, and a sit down with Ija Charles

This week we take a look back of Houdinifest with Trey. Plus, we discuss last week's socially-distant MTV Video Music Awards. Also, a deep dive conversation with Ija Charles, a local Columbia artist advocating for the BLM movement through her art that you can find all around Columbia.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles; Edited by Allison Haswell and Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 2: Democrats and Republicans Go Head-to-Head

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson and USC senior Robert Cathcart talk about the positives and negatives of the DNC and RNC conventions and if each party did enough to mobilize their bases in November.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 2: Protests and Saliva Tests

Dr. Phillip Buckhaults, developer of the university’s new COVID-19 saliva tests, talks about developing the tests and what it means for campus life. Also, VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Julian Williams discusses the increase in demonstrations by racist groups on campus and the university policies that allow them to do so.

Hosted by Ward Jolles and Erin Slowey; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Hot Topics, Ep. 1: Interactive Art, Tiny Tame Impala and Socially Distant Music Scene

This week, we take a dive into a new interactive art scene taking the Columbia Main Street district by storm. Also, a look into Tame Impala's most recent performance via NPR Tiny Desk from home. Plus, we sit down with Jake Lopiccolo, coordinator of a socially distant music festival coming to Tin Roof and The Senate Columbia.

Hosted by Flynn Snyder and Trey Martin; Produced by Troy Dassing and Ward Jolles. Edited by Allison Haswell and Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Politically Inclined, Ep. 1: VP Picks and Postal Service Skeptics

South Carolina statehouse Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter discusses the importance of Sen. Kamala Harris’s role as running mate to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Additionally, UofSC political science professor Dr. Kirk Randazzo joins to talk about the recent politicization of the United States Postal Service.

Hosted by Lydia Blackstone and Justin Walsh; Produced by Stephanie Justice and Ward Jolles. Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


Local Eyes, Ep. 1: Move-Ins and Shut-Downs

A USC freshman describes his experience moving in to a dorm during a pandemic and how students are dealing with new safety regulations. Also, Maddie Ellis of UNC Chapel Hill's The Daily Tar Heel discusses what led to Chapel Hill's closing and what it's like for student journalists covering the spread of COVID.

Hosted by Ward Jolles and Erin Slowey; Produced by Mary-Bryant Charles and Ward Jolles. Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey


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Episode 1: Heritage or Hate?

The death of George Floyd that sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests has brought the discussion of Confederate monuments to the national conversation. USC historian and professor Dr. Thomas Brown discusses the significance of taking these monuments down. Also, WUSC political correspondents discuss Joe Biden’s potential VP picks. 

Hosted and Produced by Ward Jolles; Edited by Sarah Hudock-Jeffrey