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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.Who would you like to hear on the SouthBound podcast? Click here to submit your favorite Southerner and the question you would love for them to answer. Who knows... you might just hear them on a future episode.

Episode Date
SouthBound: Political Scientist Andra Gillespie Diagnoses The Last Four Years - Was It A Virus Or A Cancer?
Andra Gillespie is director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University in Atlanta. Gillespie writes and teaches about race and American politics. As you can imagine, these past four years she’s been busy. In the latest SouthBound, she talks about our current world of politics and where we're headed from here.
Jan 20, 2021
SouthBound: Author Ben Montgomery On Oprah's Endorsement, Football Memories, And A Shattering Loss
This week’s guest on Tommy Tomlinson's podcast SouthBound is Ben Montgomery, whose new book was chosen by Oprah Winfrey’s magazine as one of the most anticipated books of 2021. Ben also lost his young son back in March, and speaks deeply of that grief.
Jan 06, 2021
SouthBound's Best Of 2020
A lot of smart and thoughtful people came on SouthBound this year to dig deep into the issues of the South and as of the country as a whole. Tommy Tomlinson selects his favorites from the year.
Dec 23, 2020
SouthBound: Wright Thompson Takes A Long Look At Bourbon, Family, And Building The Life You Dream Of
This week's episode of SouthBound features Wright Thompson, senior writer at ESPN and author of the new book "Pappyland," on the legendary bourbon called Pappy Van Winkle.
Dec 09, 2020
SouthBound: Latria Graham Gets Lost In The Wilderness, And Finds Herself Back Home
Latria Graham is a contributing editor for Garden & Gun and she has written for Southern Living, the Oxford American and many other outlets.
Nov 25, 2020
SouthBound: Rick Bragg On Moving Back Home, The Future Of The South, And A Good Bad Dog
Rick Bragg has a Pulitzer Prize, a slew of bestselling books, and a lifetime of Southern stories spilling out of his head.
Nov 11, 2020
SouthBound: Charles Bolden On His Adventures In Space, And Our Struggles Here On Earth
Charles Bolden flew on four space shuttle missions, helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope, and was later in charge of NASA under President Obama. He is one of the lucky few who have seen our planet as a blue ball through a window. He talked to Tommy Tomlinson in the latest SouthBound.
Oct 28, 2020
SouthBound: Roy Wood Jr. On Humor In Hard Times, Explaining The South ... And Pimento Cheese
Roy Wood Jr. has spent a career telling jokes with sharp edges. He grew up in Birmingham and has spent more than 20 years doing stand-up, returning again to his experiences as a Black man and a Southerner. For the last five years he has also been a correspondent for “The Daily Show,” often coming back down South to poke at our contradictions and absurdities.
Oct 14, 2020
SouthBound: Issac Bailey On Embracing Hard Conversations And Finding His Own Voice
Issac Bailey has had to jump a lot of hurdles.
Sep 30, 2020
SouthBound: Elijah Heyward III And The New Museum On 'Sacred Ground' In African American History
You can’t understand the South without trying to understand Charleston, South Carolina.
Sep 16, 2020
SouthBound: Anthony Hamilton On Reshaping His Sound And Raising His Kids In This Troubled Summer
Anthony Hamilton, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter from Charlotte, has spent his career working a fertile patch of rhythm and blues.
Sep 02, 2020
SouthBound: Fawn Weaver On Bottling A Tribute To A Former Slave's Role In Whiskey History
Fawn Weaver is the author of a best-selling book on happy marriages. Her husband is a movie exec. They were happy and comfortable in Los Angeles. But then she read a story about a former slave named Nearest Green, who taught his method of making Tennessee whiskey to a young businessman named Jack Daniel. Weaver longed to know more.
Aug 19, 2020
SouthBound: Eddie Glaude On James Baldwin's Clear-Eyed Vision Of Race In The South -- And America
Eddie Glaude, the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton, is the author of a new book called “Begin Again,” about the writer James Baldwin, and how his work reflects on modern race relations in America.
Aug 05, 2020
SouthBound: Karen Cox on Confederate Statues, Plantation Neighborhoods, And Other Old South Remnants
The links to the South’s Confederate past are beginning to come down – some by law, some by force. But this part of the country is still strewn with memorials to the Lost Cause – from monuments in town squares to the names of parks and streets and schools.
Jul 22, 2020
SouthBound: Clint Smith's Voice Rises To A Transformative Moment In America
Clint Smith grew up in New Orleans until his family had to relocate to Houston in Hurricane Katrina. He has grown up to become one of America’s most powerful young voices, especially when it comes to the value of Black lives.
Jul 08, 2020
SouthBound Replay: Harvey Gantt On Activism, Jesse Helms, And His Faith In Better Days
This is a recut version of the very first episode of SouthBound, which we put into the world on Nov. 15, 2017. Our guest for this first episode was Harvey Gantt, a longtime pioneer in civil rights in the Carolinas.
Jun 24, 2020
SouthBound: Regina Bradley On The Glories Of OutKast, And Southern Hip-Hop As Living History
If you know the Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast – the rappers Big Boi and André 3000 — you might know them from their big pop hits “Hey Ya!” or “The Way You Move.”
Jun 10, 2020
SouthBound: Marcus King Talks About Coming Off The Road, And Plays A Song For Us From Home
Marcus King was playing clubs around the Carolinas before he was old enough to drive.
May 27, 2020
SouthBound: Rachel Lance On Trying To Solve The Mystery Of A Confederate Submarine
On Feb. 17, 1864, a torpedo from a Confederate submarine called the H.L. Hunley blew a hole in the side of a Union ship called the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, becoming the first combat submarine to sink a warship in history. But after the attack, the Hunley disappeared.
May 13, 2020
SouthBound: Todd May On Living Ethically During The Coronavirus, And Working On 'The Good Place'
The TV show “The Good Place” recently wrapped up after four seasons on NBC. “The Good Place” was a unicorn of a TV show – a comedy that explored deep philosophical issues of life and death and what it means to be human.
Apr 29, 2020
SouthBound: Stuart Stevens On His Career As A Republican Consultant, And Why He's Walking Away
Stuart Stevens, a son of Mississippi, helped Republicans get elected for more than 40 years.
Apr 15, 2020