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 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 Wednesday.

Most Recent Episodes

SouthBound: Lisa Hendy On Becoming Chief Ranger At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Lisa Hendy just became the first woman to be named chief ranger at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She's in charge of emergency operations for the park, which covers 800 square miles on the Tennessee-North Carolina border and is America's busiest national park, with 11.4 million visitors last year.

SouthBound: Lisa Hendy On Becoming Chief Ranger At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

SouthBound: Tony Jack On His Journey From The Streets Of Miami To Harvard Yard

I met Tony Jack 10 years ago when I was on a fellowship at Harvard. It was the first day of a sociology class I was taking. Tony walked in looking like an NFL lineman – tall and thick and wearing a track suit. Then, the professor had us introduce ourselves. And about 10 seconds after Tony started talking, I knew he was the smartest one in the class.

SouthBound: Tony Jack On His Journey From The Streets Of Miami To Harvard Yard

SouthBound: Leighton Ford On Family, Faith, And His Friendship With Billy Graham

Leighton Ford wasn't born a Southerner, but surely by now he qualifies – he has lived in Charlotte more than 60 years. Before then, back home in Canada, he met a young preacher named Billy Graham. He ended up not just working with Graham, but marrying his sister Jeanie. He went on to his own career as a teacher and mentor to young evangelist. But he and Billy Graham stayed friends to Graham's dying day.

SouthBound: Leighton Ford On Family, Faith, And His Friendship With Billy Graham

SouthBound: Chow Club Atlanta's Yohana Solomon On Bringing The World To A Southern Table

Yohana Solomon had to learn a different way of living when she emigrated to America 20 years ago. She took political asylum here as her home country of Ethiopia was in the middle of a war. Eventually, she landed in Atlanta. And now she brings the whole world to a Southern supper table.

SouthBound: Chow Club Atlanta's Yohana Solomon On Bringing The World To A Southern Table

SouthBound: Historian Tom Hanchett On The Past, Present (And Future?) Of The South

Tom Hanchett is a historian. Charlotte is his particular area of expertise, but he has spent years studying how the modern South came to be. So how did our history make the South what it is today? And what are some of the changes likely to come our way in the future?

SouthBound: Historian Tom Hanchett On The Past, Present (And Future?) Of The South

SouthBound: Charlie Lovett On Going Down The Rabbit Hole Of Lewis Carroll's Life

When Charlie Lovett was a boy growing up in Winston-Salem, one day he put on a record and heard a recording of Lewis Carroll's "Alice In Wonderland." When Charlie became a grown man, he would become one of the world's leading experts on Lewis Carroll and his creations.

SouthBound: Charlie Lovett On Going Down The Rabbit Hole Of Lewis Carroll's Life

SouthBound Replay: Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Fatherhood, Concussions, And Life After Racing

A note from Tommy: Today's episode is a recut version of the conversation I had with Dale Earnhardt Jr. last March. We've done some editing and reshaping so it might sound a little different, but we thought it might be a good time to re-air it with the Daytona 500 coming up on Feb. 17. You'll hear Dale Jr. talk about his mixed emotions about retiring as a race car driver, and his relationship with his legendary dad, Dale Sr. He also talks about getting ready to become a father, which happened

SouthBound Replay: Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Fatherhood, Concussions, And Life After Racing

SouthBound: Janie Mines On Changing The Naval Academy – And How It Changed Her

In 1976, Janie Mines became the first black woman to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. The Navy fought to keep her and other women out and once she arrived as part of the initial group of 81 women, many of her fellow midshipmen were furious that she was there. What was her life like for those four historic years in Annapolis? And as she changed the Naval Academy, how did it change her?

SouthBound: Janie Mines On Changing The Naval Academy – And How It Changed Her

SouthBound: Chuck Reece Of The Bitter Southerner On Digging Deep Into The Real South

Chuck Reece wanted to hear a particular kind of voice from the South – a voice that loved and appreciated this part of the world while acknowledging all its faults, past and present. He didn't hear that voice enough.

SouthBound: Chuck Reece Of The Bitter Southerner On Digging Deep Into The Real South

SouthBound Replay: Tayari Jones On Her Award-Winning Novel, And Her Call From Oprah

(A note from Tommy: This is a replay of our episode with Tayari Jones from back in July. We're running it again here at the end of the year because Tayari's novel "An American Marriage" was, by acclamation, one of the best books of 2018. It made the best-of lists by the New York Times, the Washington Post and Time Magazine. And Apple Books named it their book of the year. So if you missed our conversation the first time, or even if you didn't, I think you'll enjoy it. As always, thanks for

SouthBound Replay: Tayari Jones On Her Award-Winning Novel, And Her Call From Oprah

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