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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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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DNC 2012
4:18 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

More Bust Than Boom For Strip Clubs

Leather and Lace strip club.
Tanner Latham

In advance of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, strip clubs in both cities invested in upgrades. WFAE’s Tanner Latham checked whether the investments paid off in this report.

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DNC 2012
10:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

With Mo On Radio Row

Mo Rocca
Tanner Latham

While thousands of people filed into Time Warner Cable Arena Thursday afternoon, Mo Rocca, one of the regular panelists of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me sat down with WFAE’s Tanner Latham to discuss a new documentary he stars in, his take on political conventions, and his description of the quintessential public radio groupie. 

DNC 2012
1:52 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Behind The Scenes At The Daily Show

Over 500 people attended the taping Wednesday. Some showed up as early as 8 a.m. to secure front row seats.

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DNC 2012
5:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Famous And Not-So-Famous Doing The Work Of The Candidates

Presidential candidates cannot be everywhere at once, so they have an arsenal of surrogates, people who speak on their behalf and hammer home the campaigns’ message points.   For the most part, they fall into two camps, political surrogates and celebrity surrogates.   WFAE’s Tanner Latham joins host Mark Rumsey in the studio to talk about the role of surrogates in the campaign.


MR: Tanner, give us a quick rundown of the people who’ve been hitting us up for interviews. 

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DNC2012
12:39 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Dispatches From The Public Radio Paparazzo

The LA hip hop quartet Far East Movement, best known for their 2010 #1 Billboard hit "Like a G6," performed at an event at Mez Tuesday sponsored by Rock the Vote.
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DNC 2012
4:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Firebird Patrol

Cathie Burns, the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, stands with the Firebird.
Tanner Latham

One of the most popular Uptown photo ops during the DNC will be the Firebird, the tall, mirrored glass sculpture standing outside the Bechtler Museum. 


That kind of publicity is priceless, but the museum knows the exposure could also attract vandals. And it has taken measures to try to prevent that.

Cathie Burns is the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She’s got her normal day-to-day tasks…


“Taking light levels and humidity levels in the galleries, pest management, temperature, things like that,” she says. 

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