Orange is the New Peach

“Southern winters have been getting warmer. Ten years ago, Joe Franklin started growing citrus on his farm in Statesboro, Georgia — a place where no one expected oranges to grow. Now, Franklin’s citrus groves teem with life and might actually help, in a very small way, to combat climate change.”

Published: Jan 5, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,947 words)

The Wounds That Do Not Heal

“Rachel Lord Elizondo shares something terrible in common with celebrated poet, professor, and author Natasha Trethewey — both of their mothers were murdered in Georgia by their former partners. Elizondo talks with Trethewey about her new book Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir — and the journey toward healing, education, and advocacy to end partner violence in Georgia and in every home.”

Published: Nov 2, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,443 words)

I Feel Most Southern in the Hip-Hop of My Adolescence

“Joy Priest creates a Southern rap soundtrack of the cars, songs, and forces that sculpted her sense of freedom and confinement coming of age in Louisville, Kentucky, in the early 2000s.”

Author: Joy Priest
Published: Sep 29, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,936 words)

From Tragedy to Trailblazer

“After three of her dear friends were murdered in 2015 — a case that drew national attention and triggered calls for stronger hate crime legislation — Nida Allam took to politics.”

Published: Aug 25, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,152 words)

He Is Survived By His Sister

“After losing a father and a brother to substance misuse disorder (SUD), a Kentucky public health worker wants to tear away the stigma of being in the ‘survived by’ category.”

Published: Sep 10, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,016 words)

The House That Carving Built

“An expert woodcarver can take a block of wood and make it look alive…A beginner who spent last summer at the Folk School, shares this appreciation — not only of carving but of the non-competitive and life-giving work he learned there.”

Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,550 words)

Deeply, Deeply Diseased

The Trillbilly Worker’s Party podcast is anticapitalist with a sense of humor and a Southern twang—though your nana might want to wash their mouths out with soap.

Author: Cy Brown
Published: Jul 28, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,886 words)

Breonna Taylor, Say Her Name.

“Louisville poet and activist Hannah Drake reflects on the women in her family whose names were lost and stolen and the names of Black women that must never be forgotten.”

Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,591 words)

Stories in the Shine

‘Few things say “hillbilly” in that condescending Hollywood way than the word “moonshine.” But when you visit the new breed of legal shiners in West Virginia, you learn how they fill every barrel with the complex, distinctive stories of Appalachia.’

Published: Jun 30, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,398 words)

The Way of John Lewis

“As federal troops and militarized police descended on protesters, John Lewis pleaded for nonviolence. Cynthia Tucker shares her hope that a new generation of activists can learn from his courageous and peaceful fight for ‘beloved community.'”

Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,817 words)