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The Reckon Interview is the home for the best stories about the South. Each week, John Hammontree speaks with Southern authors, entertainers, artists, leaders and thinkers to better understand the most interesting region of America and learn how we can each craft our own narratives about the South.

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    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

The Reckon Interview is the home for the best stories about the South. Each week, John Hammontree speaks with Southern authors, entertainers, artists, leaders and thinkers to better understand the most interesting region of America and learn how we can each craft our own narratives about the South.

    Elizabeth Spiers on Gawker, Jared Kushner and growing up in Alabama

    Elizabeth Spiers on Gawker, Jared Kushner and growing up in Alabama

    Elizabeth Spiers helped establish how we read and write on the internet. Elizabeth was the founding editor of Gawker, a website that maybe didn’t introduce the snarky, blogger voice that took over media, but certainly took it mainstream. She helped define that voice and went on to work with New York Magazine, edit the New York Observer, and found and run several other media sites. 


    And Elizabeth grew up in Wetumpka, Alabama. So how did a woman from small town Alabama become a key player in New York media? It’s part of a long tradition of Southern expats playing a role in shaping the national conversation.


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    Jason Kirk on the Bible stories Southern churches leave out

    Jason Kirk on the Bible stories Southern churches leave out

    Religion affects almost everything in the South. Even for nonbelievers. But so few people actually spend time understanding the stories they heard as children in Sunday School. Jason and Emily Kirk's podcast "Vacation Bible School," examines everything that was glossed over in the watered down versions we remember. They've set out to break down the Bible one book at a time, binge mode style. Jason joins the Reckon Interview to discuss how faith has shaped the South, the Southern influence on Christianity, the stories we get wrong, and how Star Wars Episode IX set him on a spiritual journey.


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    Connor Towne O'Neill on Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Lost Cause & the Big Lie

    Connor Towne O'Neill on Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Lost Cause & the Big Lie

    Long before the Big Lie there was the Lost Cause, one of the most pervasive and damaging "stories" in American history. Connor Towne O'Neill is the author of "Down Along with That Devil's Bones" a book that examines the Lost Cause through the lens of Nathan Bedford Forrest statues. He is also a producer of critically-acclaimed podcast "White Lies." He joins the Reckon Interview to discuss Forrest, the Lost Cause and the parallels we see today with the Big Lie being pushed about the 2020 election.
     
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    Dr. Regina Bradley on the rise of the hip hop South

    Dr. Regina Bradley on the rise of the hip hop South

    Dr. Regina Bradley, author of the new book "Chronicling Stankonia" explains how the South’s hip hop generation used their music to respond to, remix and interpret their parents’ and grandparents’ civil rights struggles as well as the whole of Southern history. In addition to the unique sound created by sampling Southern blues, soul and funk, this was a unique perspective for hip hop at the moment.


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    What the election results mean for the South + a preview of "Unjustifiable"

    What the election results mean for the South + a preview of "Unjustifiable"

    What do the election results say about the state of the South? It’s a mixed bag. John Archibald and Roy S. Johnson join hosts, John Hammontree and R.L. Nave, to break down the 2020 election and what it means for the future of the South. Archibald and Johnson also discuss the upcoming season of Reckon Radio, “Unjustifiable,” a series perfect for this moment in America.
     
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    What will the South look like in four years?

    What will the South look like in four years?

    On the eve of the election, the Reckon Interview sits down with five people from around the South to discuss three simple questions:
    - What's one thing you hope happens next year?
    - What's something you hope never happens again?
    - What do you think the South will look like in four years?


    No matter who wins Tuesday, it will be people like you shaping the future of the South.


    Show Notes
    3:27 Whitney Miller-Nichols | Educator
    8:44 Courtney Campbell | Social Worker
    17:03 Devon Frazier | Founder, Non-profit
    23:32 Darius Williams | Cybersecurity
    25:28 Kyle Buchanan | Hospital President
    32:54 We want to hear from you. Tweet us your thoughts at @JohnHammontree and @RLNave
     
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Lgallitz ,

All seasons so far: A+!

I have listened to every episode and can say that if I ever lived outside of the South, this show would make me want to move back. John Hammontree is so good at getting to the heart of each guest. The interviewees are all amazingly accomplished individuals —some I had heard of and some I hadn’t. I leave every episode smarter and with a broader perspective on the work being done in the world. I almost always am left with a new person to follow and/or book to read. I am a fan of the Reckon brand and hold this podcast up as an example of their diverse body of work and current-day journalism. Thanks for making my commutes (and walks, and laundry folding) more interesting!

Jafraz ,

Great show.

Great guests, great questions, great insights!

Harry Paget Flashman ,

Activism posing as journalism

The intellectual diversity of this podcast and news organization is severely lacking. One doesn’t have to listen to the show or read any articles to guess what the predictable leftist take will be for the day. Think for yourself, and don’t let these guys propagandize you into more division and hate.

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