The Bitter Southerner Podcast The Bitter Southerner Podcast, hosted by Bitter Southerner magazine editor Chuck Reece, explores the culture and history of the American South. It is a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Bitter Southerner magazine.
The Bitter Southerner Podcast

The Bitter Southerner Podcast

From Georgia Public Broadcasting

The Bitter Southerner Podcast, hosted by Bitter Southerner magazine editor Chuck Reece, explores the culture and history of the American South. It is a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Bitter Southerner magazine.

Most Recent Episodes

BONUS: Welcome to Squid Country

Squidbillies is one of the longest running shows on Atlanta-based Adult Swim. The animated series follows a family of "anthropomorphic mud squids" in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Ahead of the season 12 premiere, Chuck Reece moderated a panel with Squidbillies' co-creators and one of its stars.

We Are Storytellers

The South lives and dies by its stories — and the writers who tell them. We end Season 1 with a festival of readings and observations on Southern writing.

BONUS: Daniel Wallace reads "Killings"

In our final episode of Season 1, we hear North Carolina-based author Daniel Wallace reading a part of his essay, "Killings." It appears in The Bitter Southerner magazine and in The Bitter Southerner Reader Volume 2. Here is Daniel reading the entire essay in which he remembers the time he killed a chicken.

Healing the War Wounds

How Southerners come together to heal the deepest wounds — the physical and psychological injuries — suffered by American veterans and refugees.

Across the Borderline

"Southern culture" is impossible to define because it's always evolving, thanks to immigration. As new people arrive, new ideas go into the gumbo that is our culture. We take a trip to the "Ellis Island of the South," serve up some Brazilian barbecue, and jam out to a Southern mariachi band.

Whiskey River, Take My Mind

Booze matters in every culture, but in the culture of the South, it matters in some peculiar ways. We have a drink and dive into the twisted roots of the South's liquor culture.

The Best Southern Albums of 2018

In this bonus episode of The Bitter Southerner Podcast, host Chuck Reece takes a tour of The Bitter Southerner magazine's annual list of the Best Southern Albums of the Year. NOTE: This episode contains explicit language

The Hands That Prepared It

When we gather around the table and ask for blessings for the food and the hands that prepared it, we rarely think about how many hands — from how many cultures and races — labored to bring that food to our table. It's a provocative discussion we have with several chefs and food historians.

An Uncloudy Day

The North Carolina folklorist Bill Ferris has documented the sounds of the South over the last 50 years. He has said nothing crosses racial lines as easily as music, and that's what this episode is about. We begin with a story about Booker T. & the MG's. Next, a conversation with The Bitter Southerner's hip-hop columnist, Joycelyn Wilson, about how trap music has become the "folk music" of young, African American Southerners. And finally, a long chat with the Bill Ferris himself. NOTE: This episode contains explicit language.

Season 1 Trailer

In collaboration with The Bitter Southerner magazine, GPB presents The Bitter Southerner Podcast. Host Chuck Reece brings us stories about Great Southern musicians, chefs, artists, bartenders, and writers. In each episode, we explore how and why the South's greatest contributions to American culture take shape.

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