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Week of February 21, 2011

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Spaces for play. Dr. Bob Becker, director of the Strom Thurmond Institute on Government and Public Affairs talks with Darell Hammond, CEO of, a non-profit organization that seeks to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities.  Hammond was a participant in the 2011 Conference on the Value of Play held at Clemson University Feb. 6-9, coordinated by the US PLAY Coalition: A Partnership to Promote the Value of Play Throughout Life.

New leadership for Furman University. Furman University History professor Dr. Courtney Tollison introduces us to Furman University President Rod Smolla who assumed the office in the summer of 2010.

Taking credit cards by phone. Eric Rodgers discusses methods of buying and selling on your smartphone with Phil Yanov, founder of the GSA Technology Council.  Get more information on

Bob Newhart. Roy Scott talks with comedian and actor Bob Newhart prior to his performance at the Peace Center in Greenville on Friday, February 25, at 8:00. Hear an NPR interview with Bob Newhart.

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A call-in discussion of birds and other natural history topics. Clemson University naturalists Patrick McMillan, the host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan and Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Forest Wildlife Ecologist and Certified Wildlife Biologist in the Clemson University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources take questions on birding and other natural history topics.  Listeners may call in with questions via the toll-free number 888-539-8859. More information and bird calls are available online at Birds of North America and at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For additional information on birds and other wildlife, visit and eNature.comView a video on birding programs and events of the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest. Keep birds from colliding with windows: CollidEscape.


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A live call-in hour on pet healthcare topics. Dr. Glenn Birrenkott of the Clemson University Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences hosts Dr. Bobby Long from the 24-hour Magnolia Veterinary Hospital in Anderson, SC.  Listeners may call in with questions about their pets’ medical care, nutritional needs, or preventative treatments via the toll-free number: 888-539-8859.

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What SC DHEC learned from the Gulf oil spill. Donna London, director of the Jim Self Center on the Future, finds out what representatives of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control have learned from the Gulf oil spill disaster when she speaks with David Baize, assistant bureau chief for SC DHEC's Bureau of Water.

SC C.A.R.E.S. Dyana Daniels talks with Skip Yeager, executive director of SC C.A.R.E.S. (SC Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary, a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation facility for exotic animals in Georgetown, SC.

The Writing Room. Sandy Woodward talks with Greenville writer Mindy Friddle whose novel Secret Keepers won the 2009 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Friddle is the author of The Garden Angel and the founder of The Writing Room, an independent creative writing program in Greenville, sponsored by the Emrys Foundation.

TEDx Greenville 2011: Inspiring Our Future. Kathy Kegley gets a preview of TEDx Greenville 2011 planned for Friday, March 18, from volunteers Marc Bolick and Aaron von Frank. Top scientists, business leaders, poets, and athletes will share their passions at the Gunther Theatre of the Peace Center in a day-long event.

South Carolina state gemstone.  The amethyst is the February birthstone and became the official state gemstone of South Carolina in 1969.  Visit the SC State Museum in Columbia to view amethyst crystals found in Antreville and other SC locations.