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February is Black History Month, and today, we look back at some of our favorite moments from past interviews that examine the culture and history of African-American life in the American South.

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So how do you document history if a lot of that history has been hidden from the outside world? That’s the challenge and the life’s work of Josh Burford, who has set out to tell the LGBTQ history of the South.

Courtesy of Kathleen Purvis

Kathleen Purvis has spent the last 30 years eating, sipping, thinking about and writing about Southern food and drink. She has been the food writer at the Charlotte Observer since 1989 and has won a slew of regional and national awards for her stories. She has written three books – her latest book, “Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors,” will be published in May by UNC Press.

Courtesy of Kathleen Purvis

When it comes to writing about Southern food, women have traditionally dominated. But there’s been a shift – so much so that it had turned into a men’s club, argues author and Charlotte Observer food writer Kathleen Purvis. She wrote about it in a piece last year for The Bitter Southerner – and talks about it on the latest episode of the WFAE podcast, SouthBound. Here’s a preview of her conversation with host Tommy Tomlinson.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 2

Dec 20, 2017
Jess Hodge

On last week's SouthBound, guest Dolph Ramseur talked about the songs and artists that defined his life, not to mention his career as a music manager and record label owner. Here's a playlist to go along with our podcast conversation:

Courtesy of Dolph Ramseur

On this episode of SouthBound we talk with Dolph Ramseur, who grew up on a dirt road in Concord, North Carolina, trying to keep from having to work in the cotton mills that used to employ so many southerners, including many in his own family.

The Avett Brothers are perhaps the most influential band to launch out of the Charlotte area. The two brothers, Scott and Seth, grew up in Concord and their distinct mix of folk and punk-rock music have earned them critical acclaim and an international following.

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Last week's guest on SouthBound, John T. Edge, went to the University of Georgia in the early '80s. So did I. Here's some music that was floating around Athens back then -- from local bands and from around the South.

Jason Thrasher

On this episode of SouthBound we talk to John T. Edge, who has thought more, and more deeply, about Southern food than maybe anyone else in the world. 

What lessons can we learn about the South’s history through traditional Southern dishes? That’s a question that John T. Edge has set out to examine in his new book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

Edge is a food writer and historian who heads the Southern Foodways Alliance. He’s the guest on the newest episode of WFAE’s new podcast, Southbound.

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