Lexington Looks to Replace Dams Broken by Flood

Broken dams across the state only worsened last year’s historic floods in South Carolina. In Lexington, three dams burst, washing debris through the city and flooding U.S. Highway 1. Mayor Steve MacDougall recounts in this story the damage done, and he and city Special Projects Manager Wesley Crosby talk about the city’s efforts to get FEMA funding not only for a public dam replacement, but also for a private one that the city had plans to make a public access space. While still waiting on final approval for what FEMA has unofficially looked upon with favor, Crosby discusses a grant already won by the city for a diversion dike, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USC Professor: “Frankenstein” Inspired by Real Events in the Author’s Life

“Frankenstein” is a classic of fiction, movies, and other media, and also a Halloween staple. The novel has not been out of print in the two centuries since it was published in 1818. USC English Professor Paula Feldman, an authority on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein,” talks about the real- life tragedies in Shelley’s life that caused her to wish she could bring the dead to life again, and the dreams that inspired the writing of the classic book that is regarded as the first science fiction novel.