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SouthBound: Chuck Leavell On Playing Piano With The Allmans, The Stones. Plus: Trees!

11/14/2018
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You might not know the name Chuck Leavell. But if you know much about rock 'n' roll at all, you've heard his work.

Duration:00:57:39

SouthBound: Vivian Howard On 'A Chef’s Life,' Her New Show And Living In Front Of The Camera

10/31/2018
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Vivian Howard is one of the most unlikely TV stars in recent memory. She came back home to Kinston, North Carolina, after burning out in the restaurant world of New York.

Duration:00:49:09

SouthBound: Frye Gaillard On The ‘60s And What It Meant (Especially In The South)

10/17/2018
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Frye Gaillard has been writing about the South for going on 50 years. In SouthBound's home base of Charlotte, he was a legendary feature writer for the Charlotte Observer. But he’s best known for his books, which range from a study of school integration to a biography of Jimmy Carter.

Duration:00:52:34

SouthBound: Brooklyn Decker On Modeling, Acting And Learning To Embrace Her Flaws

10/3/2018
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The first time most of us saw Brooklyn Decker, she wasn’t wearing many clothes. She first appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2006, when she was just 19. Four years later, she was on the cover. But not long after that, she gave up modeling for an acting career.

Duration:00:52:09

SouthBound: Barton Swaim On The Struggle Of Being A Conservative Writer Opposed To Trump

9/19/2018
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Three years ago, Barton Swaim gave us an inside look at a bizarre moment in American politics. His book “The Speechwriter” was a memoir of his time working with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, when Sanford went missing and then tried to cover up an affair by saying he had been out walking the Appalachian Trail.

Duration:00:49:43

SouthBound: Gayle Jessup White On Her Connection To Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings

9/5/2018
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Gayle Jessup White has American history running through her veins. Her family tree traces back to Thomas Jefferson, our third president.

Duration:00:40:55

SouthBound: SB Nation’s Spencer Hall On Loving College Football, Despite Its Many Flaws

8/22/2018
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Based on his photos, and his appearances on ESPN with Scott Van Pelt, it appears that Spencer Hall is a bear who has cleaned up just enough to pass for a man. Somewhere under all that fur — or, hair — is America’s sharpest mind on the subject of college football.

Duration:01:03:29

SouthBound: Potter Ben Owen III On Crafting Art From Clay And His Family’s Legacy

8/8/2018
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In the middle of the North Carolina Piedmont, halfway between Charlotte and Raleigh, there’s a little town called Seagrove that is famous for one thing: Pottery. Dozens of potters live and work there, continuing a tradition that has lasted in Seagrove more than 100 years.

Duration:00:52:51

SouthBound: Jimmy Russell, The Buddha Of Bourbon, On A Life In Brown Liquor

7/25/2018
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The South is responsible for the three greatest beverages in human history: sweet tea, Coca-Cola, and most of all, bourbon. And nobody alive has been involved with more bourbon than a man named Jimmy Russell.

Duration:00:40:17

SouthBound: Novelist Tayari Jones On Writing, Atlanta And Her Call From Oprah

7/11/2018
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Tayari Jones was waiting for her fourth novel to be published when she got the phone call that, in this day and age, most every writer dreams of — a call from Oprah Winfrey to let Jones know that her book, "An American Marriage," would be the next selection in Oprah's Book Club.

Duration:00:45:46

In Brooklyn, A Bit Of The Carolinas

7/5/2018
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Tommy Tomlinson, host of WFAE’s SouthBound podcast, spends most of his time talking about things on this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. But recently, he found a little piece of the South up North.

Duration:00:03:38

SouthBound: Singer Erin Rae On Songs As Therapy And Redefining The Nashville Sound

6/27/2018
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Erin Rae is a singer out of Nashville who you’re going to be hearing a lot more about. She signed a record deal with Single Lock Records, the label co-founded by John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars. Erin Rae’s songs remind me of those Civil Wars songs – her music is quiet and intimate, trying to make sense of conflicted feelings.

Duration:00:51:48

SouthBound: Bobby Jones On The NBA Finals, ’72 Olympics & Other Courtside Tales

6/13/2018
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Bobby Jones built a basketball career on his ability to guard other players, to the point where Nike created a marketing campaign calling him the Secretary of Defense. He was an All-Star five times in his 12-year pro career and won an NBA title in 1983 as a member of a great Philadelphia 76ers team that included Moses Malone and Dr. J, Julius Erving.

Duration:00:55:20

SouthBound: Kathy Izard On Finding Homes For The Homeless, Finding Herself

5/30/2018
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Have you ever heard that little voice telling you to do something more with your life? Kathy Izard heard that voice, and unlike many of us, she decided to listen.

Duration:00:58:51

SouthBound: Andre Leon Talley On His 40 Years Atop The Fashion World

5/2/2018
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If you somehow had a giant photo album of the last 40 years of fashion history, as you scrolled you would see one face over and over again, a head taller than most everybody else. That’s Andre Leon Talley.

Duration:00:50:11

SouthBound: Laura Vinroot Poole On How Southern Women Dress, Her Own Path Into The Fashion World

4/18/2018
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If you know much about fashion, you probably know the name Laura Vinroot Poole. The fashion business definitely knows about her – she’s a common presence in the houses of designers all over the world. She owns three boutiques in Charlotte, and her flagship store, Capitol, has now been around for 20 years. But Laura Vinroot Poole didn’t plan on going into fashion. The path of her life has surprised her, the same way it surprised her family and friends. It all came from one strong desire – to...

Duration:00:53:19

SouthBound: Webb Hubbell's Long Journey From The Clinton Admin, To Prison, To Writing Novels

4/4/2018
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Webb Hubbell was a political prodigy. When he was just 29, he became mayor of Little Rock. A few years later, he was chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. And a few years after that, he was heading to Washington to serve under his friend, President Bill Clinton. But his fast rise was followed by a hard fall.

Duration:00:52:02

SouthBound: Dale Earnhardt Jr. On NASCAR, Retirement, And Becoming A Dad

3/21/2018
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In all my years of doing interviews, I’ve met very few people who are as open and honest about themselves as this week's SouthBound guest, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Duration:00:54:10

SouthBound: Author Kimmery Martin On Her Debut Novel And Life As An ER Doctor

3/7/2018
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Kimmery Martin's first novel, "The Queen of Hearts," has got love, death, humor, secrets, hot doctor sex, and a medical procedure performed with a fork. Does that sound like something you might be interested in reading?

Duration:00:50:04

SouthBound: Andrea Kirby On Living On Both Sides Of The Camera

2/21/2018
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If you're a sports fan of a certain age, you probably know Andrea Kirby's voice. From her roots in Alabama, she became a pioneering woman in sports broadcasting, reporting from around the globe on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the '70s. From there, she changed jobs to become a media coach for athletes and coaches, becoming known in some circles as "the athlete whisperer." In this episode of SouthBound , she tells stories from both sides of the camera.

Duration:00:51:52