A walk in the natural world with Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke has inspired many to care about the environment, through his television programs and podcasts.  He’s lived his life exploring the natural world and bringing his experiences to anyone interested in listening to him.

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When even seasoned officers are rattled, this SC minister listens

Twenty years ago, the state police asked the Rev. Eric Skidmore, then a parish minister, to lead the new S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Since then, he’s helped provide support for officers after numerous police shootings and some of the region’s most gruesome events.

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Researcher Meredith Blackwell loves fungi so the rest of us don’t have to

The fungi Meredith Blackwell studies can kill you. They also are essential to life. That paradox intrigues the world-renowned researcher now at USC. But Blackwell became a mycologist by accident.

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Pomaria alpaca farmer inspired by TV show, motivated by family

Alicia Holbrook was just trying to pass the time until her daughter went back to sleep with a TV show about alpaca farming. Five years later, her late-night idea has grown into Carolina Pride Pastures, a thriving alpaca farm boasting 20 alpacas and an educational field trip program.

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Main Street Bakery’s owner shares her Southern roots through her sweets

Dana Myers knew she wanted to be a baker ever since her mom gave her an Easy-Bake Oven and her grandmother taught her how to make pound cakes. She started out selling her sweets at hair salons. Now she owns Main Street Bakery, which got national attention when Hillary Clinton stopped by.

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Columbia developer Richard Burts strives to keep city’s history alive

Columbia developer Richard Burts has built a reputation taking on projects, such as 701 Whaley and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, that others said were impossible. Those successes have proved to Burts the value of historic preservation and prompted others to say he really gets it. He talks with us about saving historic Columbia.

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Ed Albritton reflects on 15 years of running W. Columbia’s iconic bookstore

Fifteen years ago, Ed Albritton was at a crossroads. He took the leap from a stressful mental health career to opening Ed’s Editions rare and used books in West Columbia. His son thought he was crazy, but Albritton now says it’s the best decision he could have made.

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Heritage, culture, vegan soul food help define Lamb’s Bread owner

Folami Geter, owner of the Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe on North Main, shares her heritage and beliefs with her community through the food she serves. Her vegan recipes are inspired by soul food – distinctly Southern, but meat free.

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Professor seeks to build world-class finance program at Moore School

That famous movie line “greed is good” isn’t too far off the mark for USC professor Colin Jones. He’s trying to build a world-class finance program to go with the Darla Moore Business School’stop-ranked international program. The goal is to make USC students competitive for top-dollar jobs from Wall Street to Main Street.

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Preserving Jewish history challenges Historic Columbia’s leader

What do you do when you want to preserve Columbia’s Jewish history, but it means coordinating six groups while realizing that without quick action, key memories could be lost? You turn to Historic Columbia’s Robin Waites.

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