SouthBound

The South… What is it? Movies, books, songs, myths and legends have tried to explain this part of the United States. SouthBound, a new podcast series from WFAE, talks to people who were born and raised in the South. Hosted by journalist Tommy Tomlinson, SouthBound features conversations with notable Southerners from all walks of life – from artists and athletes to preachers and politicians.

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Courtesy of Barton Swaim

Three years ago, Barton Swaim gave us an inside look at a bizarre moment in American politics. His book “The Speechwriter” was a memoir of his time working with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, when Sanford went missing and then tried to cover up an affair by saying he had been out walking the Appalachian Trail.

Gayle Jessup White and NCinDC / Flickr

Gayle Jessup White has American history running through her veins. Her family tree traces back to Thomas Jefferson, our third president.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 17

Aug 29, 2018

This week's playlist is inspired by our most recent guest, college football writer Spencer Hall. There's a ton of great college football music -- everything from marching bands to stadium anthems. (Except for Imagine Dragons. I ain't putting any Imagine Dragons on this playlist.) Hang your team flag, mix a Beam-and-Coke, crank this up, and enjoy.

Spencer Hall
SB Nation

Based on his photos, and his appearances on ESPN with Scott Van Pelt, it appears that Spencer Hall is a bear who has cleaned up just enough to pass for a man. Somewhere under all that fur — or, hair — is America’s sharpest mind on the subject of college football.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 16

Aug 15, 2018
Courtesy of the Punch Brothers

Recent SouthBound guest Ben Owen III curated this week's Radio Hour personally — these are some of the songs he listens to while he's working in his pottery studio in Seagrove, N.C. 

In the middle of the North Carolina Piedmont, halfway between Charlotte and Raleigh, there’s a little town called Seagrove that is famous for one thing: Pottery. Dozens of potters live and work there, continuing a tradition that has lasted in Seagrove more than 100 years.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 15

Aug 1, 2018

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is a tribute to our recent guest Jimmy Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey, who is known in the whiskey world as the Buddha of Bourbon. Our playlist is steeped in Jimmy's favorite brown liquor, plus a little rye and Tennessee whiskey on the side.

Courtesy of Wild Turkey

The South is responsible for the three greatest beverages in human history: sweet tea, Coca-Cola, and most of all, bourbon. And nobody alive has been involved with more bourbon than a man named Jimmy Russell.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 14

Jul 18, 2018

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is a nod to our latest guest, novelist Tayari Jones, and her best-selling book "An American Marriage." Some of the tracks are mentioned or alluded to in the book; others are an attempt to match the mood.

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones was waiting for her fourth novel to be published when she got the phone call that, in this day and age, most every writer dreams of — a call from Oprah Winfrey to let Jones know that her book, "An American Marriage," would be the next selection in Oprah's Book Club. 

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