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An Oxford American podcast.
Southern Stories. Southern Songs.

Points South Oxford American

    • Documentary
    • 4.7, 68 Ratings

An Oxford American podcast.
Southern Stories. Southern Songs.

    Episode Six: Other Arrangements

    Episode Six: Other Arrangements

    Join host Sara A. Lewis and OA contributor Emily Gogolak in conversation about Dilley, Texas, the small town that houses the largest immigration detention center in the country. This segment features interviews from Gogolak’s reporting, in which she investigates Dilley’s oil, smuggling, and confinement economies. Plus: Lavinia Jones Wright reads from her West Virginia reverie “Skyline Drive,” and Parker Millsap plays two songs from his latest record, Other Arrangements, live from the OA office.

    • 44 min
    Episode Five: Don’t Cry (Warrior Song)

    Episode Five: Don’t Cry (Warrior Song)

    National Book Award-winner Sarah M. Broom In Conversation about her memoir The Yellow House. Also: two stories of desegregation—one in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and one in Little Rock, Arkansas—help us confront how we remember our past. In this installment of The Prologue, authors Jerry Mitchell and William Sturkey, along with members of the Southern Miss community, discuss the legacy of Clyde Kennard, the first African American to attempt the desegregation of then-Mississippi Southern College. Later, a special performance from No Tears Suite, a jazz composition commissioned by the OA to commemorate the Central High Crisis.

    • 54 min
    Episode Four: Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan

    Episode Four: Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan

    Introducing the 21st annual Southern Music Issue, featuring South Carolina! The editors take you behind the scenes to reveal their favorite songs and stories from this year’s music issue. Plus: Deputy Editor Maxwell George discusses Shovels & Rope with David Ramsey and reveals his Top 5 moments from the annual music issue.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode Three: A Cemetery Angel

    Episode Three: A Cemetery Angel

    Ruth Coker Burks, Arkansas’s “cemetery angel,” provided end-of-life care for patients with AIDS in Hot Springs during the height of the AIDS crisis and buried their remains in her family’s cemetery. Later, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger reads “Three Encounters” by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Plus: Los Texmaniacs perform live from the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

    • 48 min
    Episode Two: The Hurting Kind

    Episode Two: The Hurting Kind

    Julian Rankin paddles out to Horn Island to understand its importance to Walter Anderson’s life and art. Later, author Mary Miller discusses her novel Biloxi. Plus: John Paul White performs from The Hurting Kind live from the Oxford American stage.

    • 44 min
    Episode One: Working on a Building

    Episode One: Working on a Building

    In the premiere episode of Points South, Ken Burns and Rhiannon Giddens discuss the legibility of African and African-American contributions to country music—from the Carter Family to Lil Nas X—and how that influence has been erased in the American consciousness. Later, filmmakers Julie Dunfey and Ken Burns on the soundscape of their PBS documentary Country Music. Plus: Dom Flemons performs from Black Cowboys live from the Oxford American stage.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

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.

Jonah from New Orleans ,

A treasure - familiar but unexpected

As good as the magazine...and that’s a hard thing to do

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