SouthBound

Culture

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 or use the form below 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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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 or use the form below 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.

Twitter:

@WFAE

Language:

English

Contact:

704-549-9323


Episodes

Bomani Jones leads the discussion on the deeper meaning of sports

1/18/2023
This week on SouthBound, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to sports commentator Bomani Jones, whose show “Game Theory” starts its second season on HBO this Friday. Bomani also has a popular ESPN podcast and a huge following on Twitter, where he discusses everything from the NFL playoffs to Pink Floyd. He’s got a wide-open mind.

Duration:00:40:10

SouthBound Replay: Fortune Feimster finds her path by way of comedy (and a Lifetime movie)

1/4/2023
This week on SouthBound, host Tommy Tomlinson re-airs his 2020 talk with comedian Fortune Feimster. Feimster grew up a debutante in North Carolina and learned she was gay by watching a Lifetime movie. Now she goes on national tours and has done two Netflix specials.

Duration:00:37:22

SouthBound's Best of 2022, continuing the search for a Southern identity (or identities)

12/21/2022
The latest SouthBound podcast is our Best of 2022 highlight show. Host Tommy Tomlinson has excerpts from his guests throughout the year, including author Jason Mott, scholar Tressie McMillian Cottom, singer Mary Gauthier, and lots more. It’s been a very good year.

Duration:00:31:48

Mary Gauthier finds hope in hard lives, and even in a busted guitar

12/7/2022
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier, from Nashville by way of New Orleans. She started late as a musician, after a lifetime of drinking and drugs, and her songs reflect hard times leavened with moments of humor and hope.

Duration:00:36:31

SouthBound replay: Shea Serrano talks hip-hop and traces his unorthodox path to being a writer

11/23/2022
On the latest SouthBound podcast, we’re replaying host Tommy Tomlinson's talk from last year with author Shea Serrano. Shea has four New York Times bestsellers, two TV series in the works, and an army of followers on Twitter who do good works. It’s a long way from his start as a schoolteacher with twins on the way.

Duration:00:40:54

Thomas Lake dives into a deep and murky mystery: Was James Brown murdered?

11/9/2022
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Thomas Lake, a reporter for CNN who has a new podcast that looks into a surprising question: Was James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, murdered? Some people who knew him well sure seem to think so. And Lake has spent five years looking into the mystery.

Duration:00:34:20

Sean Dietrich took a winding road to become the famed storyteller 'Sean of the South'

10/26/2022
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Sean Dietrich, the Alabama storyteller who you might know as “Sean of the South.” We talk about his meandering path to becoming a writer, and how he sees humor as a healing force.

Duration:00:35:34

Jonathan Abrams traces the rise of hip-hop from its roots to its royalty

10/12/2022
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to author Jonathan Abrams, whose latest book is called “The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop.” Jonathan talked to some of hip-hop’s biggest stars, as well as others who were around when hip-hop began almost 50 years ago.

Duration:00:34:52

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

9/28/2022
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.

Duration:00:37:31

SouthBound: Kyle Petty searches for the next big adventure

9/14/2022
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.

Duration:00:40:44

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

8/31/2022
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.”

Duration:00:41:55

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

8/17/2022
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.

Duration:00:38:35

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

8/3/2022
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.

Duration:00:43:18

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

7/20/2022
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.

Duration:00:35:42

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

7/6/2022
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.

Duration:00:30:57

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

6/22/2022
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.

Duration:00:35:36

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

6/8/2022
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.

Duration:00:28:35

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

5/25/2022
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.

Duration:00:37:20

Marissa R. Moss shows how women in country music battle the Nashville establishment

5/11/2022
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Marissa R. Moss, who has written a new book called "HER COUNTRY" about how a new generation of female artists have made their own paths in a country music industry that has become increasingly hostile to them. We talk about Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and many more artists.

Duration:00:34:28

Mary Tribble dives into an ancestor's story and finds hints of the modern South

4/27/2022
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Mary Tribble, who spent years researching her great-great-great-great-grandmother, a woman who came to North Carolina on a Baptist mission and helped found Wake Forest University. Tribble tells her story in the book “Pious Ambitions.”

Duration:00:30:13