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. New episodes every other Wednesday.
SouthBound

SouthBound

From WFAE

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. New episodes every other Wednesday.

Most Recent Episodes

College football writer Ivan Maisel sees the world in a new way after the loss of his son

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to college football writer Ivan Maisel, who recaps the first part of the season and the changes in the college football landscape. Ivan also talks about the death of his son, and how that experience has changed him.

College football writer Ivan Maisel sees the world in a new way after the loss of his son

SouthBound: Kyle Petty searches for the next big adventure

On the latest SouthBound podcast, we re-air host Tommy Tomlinson's 2021 conversation with Kyle Petty. They have a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from his life in NASCAR, to his quest for adventure, to his music career, to the death of his son, Adam.

Casey Parks delves into a story of sexuality and tolerance in the old rural South

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Louisiana-born writer Casey Parks. When she came out to her family as a teenager, her grandmother told her about someone she'd known decades before — a woman who lived as a man. His story, and Casey's story, are the core of her new book, "Diary of a Misfit."

Casey Parks delves into a story of sexuality and tolerance in the old rural South

Beth Macy follows her bestseller 'Dopesick' with a look at the helpers in the opioid crisis

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Beth Macy, author of the bestseller "Dopesick," which was made into an Emmy-nominated TV series starring Michael Keaton. She's got a new follow-up to that book called "Raising Lazarus," about the helpers on the front lines of the opioid crisis, including some here in North Carolina.

Beth Macy follows her bestseller 'Dopesick' with a look at the helpers in the opioid crisis

Tressie McMillan Cottom ponders the shape of America, and the tragedy that shaped her

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociologist, author, columnist for the New York Times, recipient of the MacArthur "genius grant" ... whew, she's done a lot, and she talks beautifully about all of it. Our conversation ranges from the concept of whiteness in American life to the tragedy that shaped her life.

Tressie McMillan Cottom ponders the shape of America, and the tragedy that shaped her

A long time ago, Chris Mullis took some pictures of galaxies far, far away

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Chris Mullis, a retired astronomer who took the first pictures 20 years ago of a galaxy cluster featured in the latest images from the Webb Space Telescope. Mullis reflects on making that discovery, and on what we can learn from looking at the stars.

A long time ago, Chris Mullis took some pictures of galaxies far, far away

Stephanie Stuckey is bringing back her family's iconic roadside brand

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Stephanie Stuckey, whose grandfather created the iconic Stuckey's roadside stands that once lined the highways of the South. After the company was sold and fell into disrepair, Stephanie bought it back — and is trying to rebuild it one pecan log roll at a time.

Dan Chapman retraces John Muir's Southern journey, for good and ill

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Dan Chapman, whose new book "A Road Running Southward" retraces the steps of environmentalist John Muir, who walked the South from Kentucky to Florida in 1867. Along the way, Chapman shows what development and climate change have done to the Southern landscape.

Stephen 'Dr. Beach' Leatherman picks America's best beaches and worries about their future

On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Stephen Leatherman, who is known as "Dr. Beach" for his annual ranking of the best beaches in America. But he's also a scientist who has a lot to say about how to protect our beaches—both on a global scale and through little things any beachgoer can do.

Stephen 'Dr. Beach' Leatherman picks America's best beaches and worries about their future

Tripp Mickle details how Apple conquered the tech world — and what it lost in the bargain

This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Tripp Mickle, who covers Apple for The New York Times. His new book, called "After Steve," is about the battle for the soul of the company and the Alabama native named Tim Cook who came out on top.

Tripp Mickle details how Apple conquered the tech world — and what it lost in the bargain