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:

Politically Inclined Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 Episode 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 Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 an upcoming 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 Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 Episode 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 Episode 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


Hottopics Episode 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 Episode 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 Episode 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


Headline:

Headline 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