13 episodes

An Oxford American podcast.
Southern Stories. Southern Songs.

Points South Oxford American

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 79 Ratings

An Oxford American podcast.
Southern Stories. Southern Songs.

    If You Would Know Us

    If You Would Know Us

    OA contributor KaToya Ellis Fleming investigates the 1898 Wilmington Massacre, a violent attack on the city’s thriving African American community, drawing parallels with the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. Plus, a live performance by folk duo Birds of Chicago.

    • 43 min
    Half My World

    Half My World

    In this special episode, poet Tess Taylor reflects on the rich and naturalistic poetry of Virginian Anne Spencer. We're honored to partner with the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, Inc. Archives on this episode, which marks the first time listeners can hear Anne Spencer's voice outside of the museum's archives. Plus: Lucy Dacus performs live from the 30A Songwriters Festival.

    • 40 min
    The Borderlands

    The Borderlands

    Texas journalist Michelle García explores the violent backlash to Black Lives Matter protests in the Rio Grande Valley. Her journey through the region uncovers the history of the U.S-Mexico border and its significance to refugees of enslavement. Plus: Adia Victoria performs live from the 30A Songwriters Festival.

    • 45 min
    Brittany Howard and the Greatest Hits Music Issue

    Brittany Howard and the Greatest Hits Music Issue

    In this episode of Points South, managing editor Danielle A. Jackson is joined by Brittany Howard, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, lead vocalist of Alabama Shakes, and guest editor of our 22nd anniversary music issue. Join Brittany and Danielle as they talk about songwriting, growing up in the South, and choosing the OA’s music writing greatest hits. Plus, hear tracks from Brittany’s debut solo album, Jaime, and from the upcoming Jaime (The Remixes).

    • 30 min
    Points South Live: Dead Horses

    Points South Live: Dead Horses

    Milwaukee-based folk band Dead Horses plays from BlakeSt in Bentonville, Arkansas, and chats with Bryan and Bernice Hembree (Smokey and the Mirror), co-founders of the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

    • 36 min
    Points South Live: Front Country

    Points South Live: Front Country

    Pop string band Front Country performs live from BlakeSt in Bentonville, Arkansas, and chats with host Sara A. Lewis and Bryan Hembree (Smokey and the Mirror), co-founder of the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Schick08 ,

The South in context…

Thanks to Adia Victoria’s mention of the show on her podcast Call and Response, I found this excellent project. Equal parts good music, enlightening topics, scholarship and always relating back to the South’s underlying thread, this podcast is masterful.

Thank you Oxford American, an amazing magazine by the way. Thanks also to the incomparable Ms. Victoria.

YogaEtc ,

My favorite podcast

Since its premiere this has been my favorite podcast! I rarely sit down to read a whole issue of any magazine, so even though I’m a subscriber to OA, I tend to get interested in pieces through the podcast and then go back to the issue or topic referenced and read in the magazine. Dr. Lewis is knowledgeable on the subjects and conducts great interviews—personable but full of interesting facts! I recommend this podcast! Five stars

randy JM ,

Thoughtful and important

I look forward to each episode, and always learn something. This podcast is a wonderful companion to one of the best print magazines in publication.

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