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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 or use the form below 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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Tressie McMillan Cottom ponders the shape of America, and the tragedy that shaped her
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociologist, author, columnist for the New York Times, recipient of the MacArthur “genius grant” … whew, she’s done a lot, and she talks beautifully about all of it. Our conversation ranges from the concept of whiteness in American life to the tragedy that shaped her life.
Aug 03, 2022
A long time ago, Chris Mullis took some pictures of galaxies far, far away
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Chris Mullis, a retired astronomer who took the first pictures 20 years ago of a galaxy cluster featured in the latest images from the Webb Space Telescope. Mullis reflects on making that discovery, and on what we can learn from looking at the stars.
Jul 20, 2022
Stephanie Stuckey is bringing back her family's iconic roadside brand
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Stephanie Stuckey, whose grandfather created the iconic Stuckey’s roadside stands that once lined the highways of the South. After the company was sold and fell into disrepair, Stephanie bought it back — and is trying to rebuild it one pecan log roll at a time.
Jul 06, 2022
Dan Chapman retraces John Muir's Southern journey, for good and ill
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Dan Chapman, whose new book “A Road Running Southward” retraces the steps of environmentalist John Muir, who walked the South from Kentucky to Florida in 1867. Along the way, Chapman shows what development and climate change have done to the Southern landscape.
Jun 22, 2022
Stephen 'Dr. Beach' Leatherman picks America's best beaches and worries about their future
On the latest SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Stephen Leatherman, who is known as “Dr. Beach” for his annual ranking of the best beaches in America. But he’s also a scientist who has a lot to say about how to protect our beaches—both on a global scale and through little things any beachgoer can do.
Jun 08, 2022
Tripp Mickle details how Apple conquered the tech world — and what it lost in the bargain
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Tripp Mickle, who covers Apple for The New York Times. His new book, called "After Steve," is about the battle for the soul of the company and the Alabama native named Tim Cook who came out on top.
May 25, 2022
Marissa R. Moss shows how women in country music battle the Nashville establishment
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Marissa R. Moss, who has written a new book called "HER COUNTRY" about how a new generation of female artists have made their own paths in a country music industry that has become increasingly hostile to them. We talk about Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and many more artists.
May 11, 2022
Mary Tribble dives into an ancestor's story and finds hints of the modern South
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Mary Tribble, who spent years researching her great-great-great-great-grandmother, a woman who came to North Carolina on a Baptist mission and helped found Wake Forest University. Tribble tells her story in the book “Pious Ambitions.”
Apr 27, 2022
Murder, mental illness and justice: the story of the two Dr. Gilmers
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Dr. Benjamin Gilmer, who has written a new book, called “The Other Dr. Gilmer,” about a strange situation: He took over the Asheville, North Carolina-area medical practice of a man who shared his last name, and that man was in prison for murdering his own father. Many plot twists followed.
Apr 13, 2022
Kristen Green tells the story of an enslaved woman who transformed a notorious slave jail
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson welcomes Kristen Green, the author of an upcoming book called “The Devil’s Half Acre,” on the little-known story of a former enslaved woman who helped turn a former slave jail into the beginnings of a historically black university.
Mar 30, 2022
SouthBound replay: Anna Sale dives into talking about hard things
This week on the SouthBound podcast, we’re reairing our episode from last year in which host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Anna Sale, the host of the podcast "Death, Sex & Money." Sale is also the author of the book “Let’s Talk About Hard Things,” which is about to come out in paperback.
Mar 16, 2022
Author Phoebe Zerwick revisits Darryl Hunt's wrongful conviction and bittersweet freedom
Phoebe Zerwick has written a new book about the case of Darryl Hunt, a Winston-Salem man who spent 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. His freedom was celebrated — but he struggled almost as much with life outside prison as he did on the inside.
Mar 02, 2022
SouthBound Rewind: Latria Graham thinks about hiking, and farming, while Black
This week on the SouthBound podcast, we're re-airing a 2020 conversation with Latria Graham, a South Carolina writer who grew up on her family farm and speaks with deep passion about the experience of Black Americans in the great outdoors.
Feb 16, 2022
Del McCoury keeps making that high lonesome sound, even into his 80s
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Del McCoury, the legendary bluegrass singer who is still going strong at age 83. We talk about his new album and his beginnings in rough-and-tumble clubs.
Feb 02, 2022
NC's Jason Mott takes a surreal trip through tragic subject matter in 'Hell of a Book'
This week on the SouthBound podcast, host Tommy Tomlinson talks to Jason Mott, the North Carolina writer whose novel “Hell of a Book” recently won the National Book Award for fiction. It’s a funny, surreal and tragic story about trying to process the far-too-common violent deaths of young Black people in America.
Jan 19, 2022
Hank Klibanoff shines a light on old unresolved killings — and the Ahmaud Arbery case
Hank Klibanoff's podcast “Buried Truths,” which is about long-ago racially motivated killings in Georgia, has won a Peabody Award. This season, though, Klibanoff decided to tackle a more current case: last year’s death of Ahmaud Arbery.
Jan 05, 2022
SouthBound's Best of 2021 — Shea Serrano, Anna Sale, and more from a year of podcasts
This week on the SouthBound podcast, it’s the best of 2021 – clips from some of my favorite interviews of the year. You’ll hear from everyone from bestselling author Shea Serrano to poet Ada Limon to “Death, Sex & Money” podcast host Anna Sale, plus many others.
Dec 22, 2021
Joseph Ewoodzie sets the table for a look at race and class in the South through food
Joseph Ewoodzie is a sociology professor at Davidson College and the author of a new book called “Getting Something To Eat In Jackson.” It’s about the interplay of race and class in Mississippi through the lens of what Black people there eat and why.
Dec 08, 2021
Ed Southern goes deep on Southern college football (and basketball) in his new book
This week on the SouthBound podcast, Tommy Tomlinson's guest is Ed Southern, author of a new book called “Fight Songs.” It’s part love story and part history lesson, telling how college football became such a huge deal in the Deep South – and how college basketball became just as big a deal in North Carolina.
Nov 24, 2021
Michael Graff and Nick Ochsner wrote the book on a tarnished North Carolina election
This week on the SouthBound podcast, my guests are Michael Graff and Nick Ochsner. They’re the co-authors of a new book called “The Vote Collectors,” which takes a deep look at the controversial 2018 election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District – a rare election where voter fraud actually occurred. But there’s a lot more to the story than one election.
Nov 10, 2021