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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 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.

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SouthBound: Kyle Petty On Racing, Music, Family, Life, Death And Fatherhood
SouthBound host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Kyle Petty, of NASCAR's legendary racing family, about his career, his adventures, and the lingering feelings from the death of his son Adam 21 years ago.
Jul 21, 2021
SouthBound: Whale-Watcher Clay George On Saving Endangered Species, Battling Climate Change, And A Whale Named Ruffian
Today's guest on SouthBound is Georgia wildlife biologist Clay George, part of a team that has helped bring the North Atlantic right whale back from the brink of extinction.
Jul 07, 2021
SouthBound: Cate Doty On What She Learned From Writing About Weddings -- And From Falling In Love
Hey y’all, this is Tommy Tomlinson. This week on SouthBound, we talk to Cate Doty, a UNC graduate who has a new book called “Mergers and Acquisitions” about her years writing about weddings for The New York Times – while she was falling in love herself.
Jun 23, 2021
Historian Hilary Green On Unearthing The Stories Of The Enslaved People Who Built A University
This week on SouthBound, Tommy Tomlinson talks to Hilary Green, a historian who uncovered the history of how enslaved people built the University of Alabama — and what hiding history means to those of us in the present.
Jun 09, 2021
SouthBound: Monique Truong On Life As A Refugee, The Taste Of Words, And The Best Barbecue Joint In The World
SouthBound host Tommy Tomlinson interviews Monique Truong, author of three novels, who came to North Carolina as a Vietnamese refugee when she was a child.
May 26, 2021
SouthBound: Anna Sale Talks About Hard Things, Including (Of Course) Death, Sex And Money
SouthBound host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Anna Sale, host of the podcast "Death, Sex & Money." Sale has written a new book called "Let's Talk About Hard Things."
May 12, 2021
SouthBound: Adrian Miller Tells The Stories Of Black Barbecue Pioneers
SouthBound host Tommy Tomlinson interviews Adrian Miller, James Beard Award-winning food writer and author of the new book "Black Smoke," about Black barbecue pioneers.
Apr 28, 2021
SouthBound: Comedian Nate Bargatze On Working Clean, Joking About A Dead Dog, And Doing Stand-Up At A Drive-In Theater
In this episode of SouthBound, Tommy talks to Tennessee comedian Nate Bargatze, whose new Netflix special is "The Greatest Average American."
Apr 14, 2021
SouthBound Replay: Rhiannon Giddens Connects The Musical Dots In The South, And All Over The World
This SouthBound is a replay of a conversation Tommy Tomlinson had with musician Rhiannon Giddens back in October of 2019, on the morning of a concert she’d perform that night in Charlotte. Remember live music?
Mar 31, 2021
In 'Shaking The Gates Of Hell,' John Archibald Confronts Father's Silence From Pulpit In Civil Rights Era
Tommy Tomlinson has a conversation with John Archibald, the Pulitzer-winning newspaper columnist and author of the new book "Shaking the Gates of Hell."
Mar 17, 2021
SouthBound: Robert Gipe On Making Art In Coal Country, And The Many Things People Get Wrong About Appalachia
SouthBound host Tommy Tomlinson interviews Robert Gipe, a novelist, illustrator and art teacher who helps his community in eastern Kentucky put on plays that talk about the big issues in the region.
Mar 03, 2021
SouthBound: The Jewish History Of The South, Through The Eyes Of A New Museum In New Orleans
SouthBound host Tommy Tomlinson interviews Kenneth Hoffman, executive director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.
Feb 17, 2021
SouthBound: Ada Limón On Making Poetry In A Pandemic And Finding 'Radical Hope' In Anxious Times
This week on SouthBound, we talk to Kentucky poet Ada Limón about poetry in the pandemic, radical hope, and watching fellow poet Amanda Gorman become a star on Inauguration Day.
Feb 03, 2021
SouthBound: Political Scientist Andra Gillespie Diagnoses The Last Four Years - Was It A Virus Or A Cancer?
Andra Gillespie is director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University in Atlanta. Gillespie writes and teaches about race and American politics. As you can imagine, these past four years she’s been busy. In the latest SouthBound, she talks about our current world of politics and where we're headed from here.
Jan 20, 2021
SouthBound: Author Ben Montgomery On Oprah's Endorsement, Football Memories, And A Shattering Loss
This week’s guest on Tommy Tomlinson's podcast SouthBound is Ben Montgomery, whose new book was chosen by Oprah Winfrey’s magazine as one of the most anticipated books of 2021. Ben also lost his young son back in March, and speaks deeply of that grief.
Jan 06, 2021
SouthBound's Best Of 2020
A lot of smart and thoughtful people came on SouthBound this year to dig deep into the issues of the South and as of the country as a whole. Tommy Tomlinson selects his favorites from the year.
Dec 23, 2020
SouthBound: Wright Thompson Takes A Long Look At Bourbon, Family, And Building The Life You Dream Of
This week's episode of SouthBound features Wright Thompson, senior writer at ESPN and author of the new book "Pappyland," on the legendary bourbon called Pappy Van Winkle.
Dec 09, 2020
SouthBound: Latria Graham Gets Lost In The Wilderness, And Finds Herself Back Home
Latria Graham is a contributing editor for Garden & Gun and she has written for Southern Living, the Oxford American and many other outlets.
Nov 25, 2020
SouthBound: Rick Bragg On Moving Back Home, The Future Of The South, And A Good Bad Dog
Rick Bragg has a Pulitzer Prize, a slew of bestselling books, and a lifetime of Southern stories spilling out of his head.
Nov 11, 2020
SouthBound: Charles Bolden On His Adventures In Space, And Our Struggles Here On Earth
Charles Bolden flew on four space shuttle missions, helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope, and was later in charge of NASA under President Obama. He is one of the lucky few who have seen our planet as a blue ball through a window. He talked to Tommy Tomlinson in the latest SouthBound.
Oct 28, 2020
SouthBound: Roy Wood Jr. On Humor In Hard Times, Explaining The South ... And Pimento Cheese
Roy Wood Jr. has spent a career telling jokes with sharp edges. He grew up in Birmingham and has spent more than 20 years doing stand-up, returning again to his experiences as a Black man and a Southerner. For the last five years he has also been a correspondent for “The Daily Show,” often coming back down South to poke at our contradictions and absurdities.
Oct 14, 2020