SouthBound

The South… What is it? Movies, books, songs, myths and legends have tried to explain this part of the United States. SouthBound, a 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.

New episodes will come out every other week on Wednesday. Subscribe:
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Who would you like to hear on the SouthBound podcast? Submit your favorite Southerner below and the question you would love for them to answer. Who knows... you might just hear them on a future episode.

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Laura Vinroot Poole

If you know much about fashion, you probably know the name Laura Vinroot Poole. The fashion business definitely knows about her – she’s a common presence in the houses of designers all over the world. She owns three boutiques in Charlotte, and her flagship store, Capitol, has now been around for 20 years. But Laura Vinroot Poole didn’t plan on going into fashion. The path of her life has surprised her, the same way it surprised her family and friends. It all came from one strong desire – to get back home.

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Most of the artists on this playlist were suggested by Webb Hubbell, native of Arkansas and the guest on the most recent episode of SouthBound. (Jimmy Buffett is on here because of his organist and producer Michael Utley, a classmate of Hubbell's at the University of Arkansas.)

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Webb Hubbell was a political prodigy. When he was just 29, he became mayor of Little Rock. A few years later, he was chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. And a few years after that, he was heading to Washington to serve under his friend, President Bill Clinton. But his fast rise was followed by a hard fall.

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In honor of this week's SouthBound guest Dale Earnhardt Jr., here's a batch of songs by Southern artists about driving and cars.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Courtesy of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In all my years of doing interviews, I’ve met very few people who are as open and honest about themselves as this week's SouthBound guest, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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In honor of SouthBound guest Kimmery Martin, a Kentucky native, here's a batch of songs by Kentucky artists -- and some others that reference the Bluegrass State. Plus a little Juice Newton at the end in honor of Kimmery's novel, "The Queen of Hearts."

Kimmery Martin's first novel, "The Queen of Hearts," has got love, death, humor, secrets, hot doctor sex, and a medical procedure performed with a fork. Does that sound like something you might be interested in reading?

ABC Sports

If you're a sports fan of a certain age, you probably know Andrea Kirby's voice. From her roots in Alabama, she became a pioneering woman in sports broadcasting, reporting from around the globe on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the '70s. From there, she changed jobs to become a media coach for athletes and coaches, becoming known in some circles as "the athlete whisperer." In this episode of SouthBound, she tells stories from both sides of the camera.

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February is Black History Month, and today, we look back at some of our favorite moments from past interviews that examine the culture and history of African-American life in the American South.

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In connection with the latest SouthBound episode -- an interview with Josh Burford, Southern LGBTQ historian -- we present a collection of music from LGBTQ artists from the South. 

I had a lot of fun -- and learned a lot -- making this one. For a deep historical dive on LGBTQ music of all kinds, make sure to check out JD Doyle's work at http://www.queermusicheritage.com.

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So how do you document history if a lot of that history has been hidden from the outside world? That’s the challenge and the life’s work of Josh Burford, who has set out to tell the LGBTQ history of the South.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 3

Jan 3, 2018
NRBQ

In honor of food/spirits writer Kathleen Purvis, our most recent guest on SouthBound, here are songs by Southern artists about two of life's great pleasures. We could have made this one 10 hours long:

Courtesy of Kathleen Purvis

Kathleen Purvis has spent the last 30 years eating, sipping, thinking about and writing about Southern food and drink. She has been the food writer at the Charlotte Observer since 1989 and has won a slew of regional and national awards for her stories. She has written three books – her latest book, “Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors,” will be published in May by UNC Press.

Courtesy of Kathleen Purvis

When it comes to writing about Southern food, women have traditionally dominated. But there’s been a shift – so much so that it had turned into a men’s club, argues author and Charlotte Observer food writer Kathleen Purvis. She wrote about it in a piece last year for The Bitter Southerner – and talks about it on the latest episode of the WFAE podcast, SouthBound. Here’s a preview of her conversation with host Tommy Tomlinson.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 2

Dec 20, 2017
Jess Hodge

On last week's SouthBound, guest Dolph Ramseur talked about the songs and artists that defined his life, not to mention his career as a music manager and record label owner. Here's a playlist to go along with our podcast conversation:

Courtesy of Dolph Ramseur

On this episode of SouthBound we talk with Dolph Ramseur, who grew up on a dirt road in Concord, North Carolina, trying to keep from having to work in the cotton mills that used to employ so many southerners, including many in his own family.

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Last week's guest on SouthBound, John T. Edge, went to the University of Georgia in the early '80s. So did I. Here's some music that was floating around Athens back then -- from local bands and from around the South.

Jason Thrasher

On this episode of SouthBound we talk to John T. Edge, who has thought more, and more deeply, about Southern food than maybe anyone else in the world. 

Harvey Gantt stands on the steps of Sikes Hall on the day he entered Clemson University, Jan. 28, 1963.
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On this episode of SouthBound we talk to Harvey Gantt, who has spent his whole life pushing against the boundaries of the South. 

Jeff Cravotta

WFAE's new podcast, SouthBound, debuts Nov. 15. It's about the South, told through conversations with people who grew up and live in the region. Host Tommy Tomlinson will engage in conversations with people who reveal how the South shapes who they are and what they do. In this segment, WFAE News Director Greg Collard introduces listeners to Tommy and his goals for SouthBound.

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