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Doctors Orders

In the Spring of 1944, the town of New Iberia, Louisiana, threatened, beat, and expelled key leaders of the town’s black community – leaders who had recently formed a new NAACP branch and were in danger of getting, by some accounts, the “upper hand.” Among the expelled were the town’s only black physicians, and their removal left the town without a black doctor – or strong black community leadership – until the civil rights movement. Photos, show notes and more at:...


Breaking Down

On a cold, rainy afternoon in 1968 a Memphis garbage truck malfunctioned and killed the two "garbage packers" riding inside. It was the last straw for the city's more than 1,000 sanitation workers, who walked off the job in protest of the conditions. But they ran head-on into an immovable Mayor, and the ensuing battle brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to town for what was to be his last march. After you listen, click over to the Southern Hollows website for the pictures, credits, and...


Moving Pictures

When filmmaker D.W. Griffith released Birth of a Nation in 1915, the revolutionary film changed the way America thought about the movies, and in many respects launched the modern film industry. But lesser known is the role Birth of a Nation had in the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan. Long eradicated, the Klan was relaunched alongside the film and rode its wave to grow to millions of members. Pictures, sources, credits and more are at


Fire and Bones

The short-lived period of Reconstruction in the former Confederacy was met with defiance, violence, and a growing sense of chaos and danger — and that powder keg exploded on Easter Sunday in 1873, when the residents of tiny Colfax, Louisiana went to war with each other. This is the little-known story of bloody battle that happened years after the end of the war. Want to get the pictures and other extra content that go with each episode? Sign up for Episode Extras at...


Kindly Reply

After emancipation decimated the labor supply of a Nashville-area plantation, its struggling master offers a former slave the chance to return. The response he received is one for the history books. Get the episode extras for this episode at, where you can also sign up to have the episode and the extras sent to your in-box each time.


Broad Daylight

A city conspires to vengeance in 1917 after a local schoolgirl is murdered. Law enforcement is all but suspended as an organized committee forms to abduct a suspect from police custody and stage a gruesome public spectacle. After you've listened, learn more on the Episode Extras page.


The Mayor's Mob

In this episode, we go back in history to a sunny Saturday morning in 1891, when as many as 10,000 New Orleans citizens from all walks of life storm the Parish Prison to lynch a dozen Italian immigrants who had been rounded up as suspects in a local murder. RATE AND REVIEW US ON ITUNES | GET THE EPISODE EXTRAS Get your TWO FREE AUDIOBOOKS at Audible See the HUGE SELECTION at


Routine Papers

Meet Georgia Tann, the notorious Memphis matron of baby trafficking. Hear the tragic stories of her victims and the powerful Southern political machine that made it all possible. It's a little-known story from Southern history, but one that we shouldn't forget. RATE AND REVIEW THE EPISODE ON ITUNES | GET THE EPISODE EXTRAS See the HUGE SELECTION OF GREAT SEATS for concerts and games at Get your FREE LANGUAGE LESSONS at Rocket Languages.


Out of Sight

Join a busload of determined Civil Rights marchers as they venture into a Georgia County equally determined to preserve a 75-year history of racial purity. It's another dark-but-important story from Southern history. RATE AND REVIEW US ON ITUNES | GET THE EPISODE EXTRAS Get your FREE LESSONS from Rocket Languages Get your FREE TRIAL from Grammarly