The Short & Brilliant Life of Ernest Matthew Mickler

When Ernest “Ernie” Matthew Mickler’s book White Trash Cooking appeared in 1986, it became an instant hit. Its author was viewed as either a talented Southern folklorist or a comical novelty. But his work was a rich cultural document of a vanishing rural Florida, and he proved that poor rural people can and should document their life-ways with dignity. This is Mickler’s story.

Published: Jan 9, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,674 words)

Florida: Why Panic?

No one in Northeast Florida expected damage from Hurricane Irma, but the damage came anyway.

Published: Oct 17, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,735 words)

The Queen Bee of Downtown Durham

A profile of fifth-generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, whose startup, Bee Downtown has 100 sponsored hives on the roofs of old tobacco warehouses in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The hives house thousands of bees who do their part to pollinate the cucumber, apple, and berry crops that are staples of North Carolina’s economy. Bonner is not only helping the local economy and the environment, she’s bucking convention in the traditionally male-dominated apiary industry.

Published: May 9, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,324 words)

Good Luck, Morons: Lazarus Lake and His Impossible Race

The Barkley Marathons are famous among extreme athletes. The story of the race is great. The story of the man behind it is even better.

Author: Sara Estes
Published: Dec 27, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,366 words)

Hot, Sticky & Sweet

Who knew you could learn so much about Southern identity just by thinking — really hard — about doughnuts?

Published: Feb 7, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,585 words)

I Killed a Chicken

Daniel Wallace killed a chicken, and it didn’t change him. Musings on life, death, and inevitability.

Published: May 1, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2,799 words)

Neighbors of the Fence

The story of life in Standard Heights, Louisiana, a town next to an oil refinery, told in words and images.

Published: May 1, 2015
Length: 27 minutes (6,884 words)

Killer Mike’s Ghetto Gospel

How an Atlanta rapper’s “ghetto gospel” is changing his community, and what the odyssey of Killer Mike says about race and music in the American South.

Published: Mar 25, 2014
Length: 25 minutes (6,421 words)