Tanner Latham

Authentic South Host

Tanner spent the first 10 years of his career in print as a travel and features writer for Southern Living magazine in Birmingham, Alabama.

He then transitioned into multimedia reporting, using sound, video, and photography to tell his stories.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Tanner is a world traveler, folk art collector, foodie, and he always tries the local beer on tap.

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Authentic South
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Southern Living's Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis
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Authentic South
11:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

To Eat A Pig, Pt. 2

Sean shouldering Dinner.
Credit Charlene Dy

In To Eat A Pig, Pt. 1, we met Sean Kelley, a writer who set out to raise a couple of pigs for the purpose of butchering them himself. He was so adamant about that mission that he even named the pigs Lunch and Dinner. This episode picks up at the point where Dinner had grown to over 300 pounds, and Sean was finally ready to slaughter her.

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Authentic South
2:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

To Eat A Pig, Pt. 1

Kelley
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Sean Kelley is a journalist, and in this show, he begins telling us the sometimes comic/sometimes tragic story about raising a couple of pigs so that he could slaughter, butcher and eat them just learn about that entire process firsthand.

"We know everything about pork and beef and poultry. We know nothing about pigs and cows and chickens," he says. 
 

Podcast
10:09 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Authentic South: Chef Hugh Acheson

Acheson
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Chef Hugh Acheson is one of the most celebrated and influential chefs in the country.

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Authentic South
11:28 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Newest New South

Tom Hanchett
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“Folks started talking about the New South after the Civil War," says Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. "Where we are now is the newest of the New Souths, the Newcomer South.” Tom speaks about the ever-evolving South, especially as it relates to food, from a booth in El Pulgarcito, a Honduran-Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant on the east side of the city.

Special music in this episode courtesy of Charlotte-based band UltimaNota.   

Authentic South
3:38 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Mastering The Art Of Southern Cooking

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Cynthia Graubart attained culinary celebrity status last year when she won a James Beard Award for the cookbook she co-wrote with famed Southern author Nathalie Dupree. It’s called Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, and it is amazing. It took four years to write, and it weighs six and a half pounds. It’s got 750 recipes and another 650 variations on the standards. It is becoming itself a standard--a bible--for any Southern cook.

Authentic South
3:58 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Remembering Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty, New Haven, Conn., 1974
Credit William Ferris / From THE STORIED SOUTH: VOICES OF WRITERS AND ARTISTS by William Ferris.

Eudora Welty was one of the South’s most beloved writers, and her fiction is still a study in detail and dialogue and wit. Her settings were often Southern, but her themes were universal. Eudora won multiple awards in her lifetime, including a Pulitzer in 1973 for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter. She passed away in 2001.

The audio you hear of Eudora in this episode is part of folklorist Bill Ferris' recent book The Storied South, which is a collection of interviews with iconic writers, musicians, historians, photographers and artists. 

I first featured Bill in Episode 10, and we talked extensively about his 40-year career and how the South has perfected the art of storytelling. 

In this episode, Bill returns to tell us about his close friendship with the famous Southern writer. 

Podcast
3:27 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Authentic South: Novelist Cassandra King

Cassandra King
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Bestselling novelist Cassandra King talks about her new book Moonrise as well as her writing relationship with her husband, famous author Pat Conroy. 

"Being married to another writer was just like dropping a little fat kid into a candy store."   

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Authentic South
11:53 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Folklorist Bill Ferris

Preeminent Southern folklorist Bill Ferris has spent the last 40 years documenting the South in print, photography and film. His latest book, The Storied South, is a collection of interviews with some of the South's (and country's) iconic writers and artists, including Alice Walker, Alex Haley, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty. We discuss the book, the importance of story and how Bill defines the South. 

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Authentic South
11:30 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Miss Biscuit

Liz Barr, the reigning Miss Biscuit 2013.
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One of the highlights of Knoxville’s International Biscuit Festival  is the Mr. & Miss Biscuit Pageant. This episode profiles Liz Barr, the reigning Miss Biscuit 2013. Her win was surely secured after she performed an interpretive dance to an original love song...about a biscuit.

The pageant's talent competition was serious. One guy ate a spoonful of flour. There was a woman who carved a butter sculpture to resemble the Sunsphere, one of the city’s iconic landmarks.

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