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
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.
Credit Tanner Latham

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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Authentic South
6:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Josh Vasa

Josh Vasa
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Birmingham, Alabama, singer-songwriter Josh Vasa of the band Sanyasi talks about his Indian heritage, writing, and the value of cheesy lyrics.

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Authentic South
2:27 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Indian Pass Raw Bar

The raw bar sits right off of County Road 30A west of Apalachicola, FL
Tanner Latham

The Indian Pass Raw Bar is the anchor of the community in the Florida panhandle. It sits on County Road 30A, just southeast of Port St. Joe and west of Apalachicola. It’s an institution in this part of the world and has been here since owner Jimmy McNeill's grandparents opened it in 1929. People come for the oysters and the unusual 'honor system' code, but they also come for Jimmy, the unofficial mayor of Indian Pass.  

This episode features the song "372" by Pressed And.

Authentic South
11:04 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Southern Storytellers - Les Thomas

Les Thomas
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Les Thomas wrote his way across the South. His travel writing, for Texas newspapers,  Southern Living magazine and beyond, has spanned over 45 years. He's a giant of a man with an innate curiosity.  

"I've always liked to ask questions," he says. "That's been part of my life, I guess. I've probably asked way too many beyond patience, but I don't know how you find out things unless you ask." 

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Authentic South
3:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

To Teach To Learn To Eat

Chef Roscoe Hall
Tanner Latham

In our food-obsessed culture, we likely never think about what's on the menu at an eating disorder clinic. A couple of chefs bring their inventive cuisine and gregarious personalities to Magnolia Creek, a treatment center in rural Alabama. The episode features the song "Pour Traverser" by the Birmingham-based band War Jacket. 

Podcast
11:42 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Authentic South: Happy Hollow Happiness

Barbara Nottingham has owned the Happy Hollow Gift Shop for almost 40 years.
Tanner Latham

Barbara Nottingham has been running the Happy Hollow Gift Shop in Medicine Park, Oklahoma, for almost 40 years. Its live rattlesnakes and an abundance of tchotchkes draw most of the visitors who have come to the area to tour the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

Authentic South
9:55 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ooker On Tangier Island

James "Ooker" Eskridge grew up on Tangier Island, is a waterman by trade, and has been the mayor for the last 7 years.
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This episode features James “Ooker” Eskridge, a waterman who has lived on Tangier Island, Virginia, his whole life. Ooker talks about being the Chesapeake Bay island’s mayor (population 450), the dwindling interest in working in the seafood industry, and the island’s distinct Cornwall, England-tinged accent.

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Authentic South
3:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Hungarian Blues

Little G Weevil's Old Kraftsman guitar
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Little G Weevil is a Hungarian-born Blues musician living in Kennesaw, Georgia. When he talks, you know he had to come from Budapest. But when he sings, it’s like he’s stepping right off of Beale Street in Memphis.

This is his story.

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Authentic South
4:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What Is Southern?

Ma Ma's fried okra in the cast iron skillet
Tanner Latham

I believe that okra symbolizes the ever-evolving definition of the South. It is Southern to the core, but as a non-native plant, okra had to become Southern. In my search for an answer to the question, "What is Southern?" I talk to my grandmother about her fried okra, the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the former editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine, and a Korean-born pop singer-turned-chef who fries okra in tempura batter at her Southern barbecue joint in Atlanta.

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