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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. 

A Trifling Place
12:40 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Cupid' Ranks Southern Drawl Most Attractive in North America

A new "study" found that 45 percent of men prefer women with a Southern accent, according to Cupid.com.
Credit Cupid.com

Turns out the “lilting twang of the South” is the most attractive accent in North America, according to a “study” by Cupid.com. From their press release:

When it comes to romance, most of us dream of long lazy days in the sun, epic sunsets and, ahem, rolls in the hay.

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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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A Trifling Place
5:14 am
Fri April 26, 2013

What's The Charlotte Accent?

Credit Tasnim Shamma

When you "talk,"  do you say "tawk" or "tock?" What does it mean to have a Charlotte accent? If you were born in the Charlotte region (or even if you’re a newcomer like me), we want to know what you sound like. 

So we've started a new project to collect your voices called The Charlotte Accent Project. We'll publish your recordings and photos on the radio as well as our web site, Tumblr blog, Facebook and Twitter

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