Authentic South

Authentic South
8:12 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Resurrecting Slave Cabins

Kelley Libby

For years, at historic plantation sites across the South, the focus was on the big house and not on the slave cabins. But cabins like that are now being resurrected by a program called Slave Dwelling Project on the grounds of Montpelier, James and Dolley Madison's home in Virginia. 

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Authentic South
1:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chef Vivian Howard

Credit Tanner Latham

Vivian Howard is the chef at Chef and the Farmer in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston. She also "co-stars" with her husband Ben Knight on their Peabody Award-winning PBS show “A Chef’s Life.”

Authentic South
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Southern Living's Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis
Tanner Latham

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
Tanner Latham

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
Tanner Latham

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
Credit Tanner Latham

“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

Credit Tanner Latham

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
3:30 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Authentic South: Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers

Credit Sarah Cumming

Contributor Kelley Libby visits a shape note sing event in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Sometimes this style of singing is referred to as Sacred Harp. That’s because there’s an old tune book called The Sacred Harp, and most shape note singers use it, especially in the deep South.

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