21 episodes

The Bitter Southerner Podcast, hosted by Bitter Southerner magazine editor Chuck Reece, explores the culture and history of the American South. It is a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Bitter Southerner magazine.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 1.1K Ratings

The Bitter Southerner Podcast, hosted by Bitter Southerner magazine editor Chuck Reece, explores the culture and history of the American South. It is a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Bitter Southerner magazine.

    BONUS: "Jamón, Y'all" from America's Test Kitchen

    BONUS: "Jamón, Y'all" from America's Test Kitchen

    In a special bonus episode of The Bitter Southerner Podcast, Bridget Lancaster of America's Test Kitchen introduces a story from her podcast called Proof. In it, reporter Maya Kroth looks at how a Spanish pig is changing Southern farmlands. She meets Georgia farmer Will Harris, who is upping the South’s pork game by introducing Iberian pigs to the United States. These pigs are the source of jamón ibérico, a precious cured ham produced in Spain.

    • 44 min
    Can the South Be Redeemed?

    Can the South Be Redeemed?

    For our grand finale this season, we’re going to attempt to answer a question that ... to every truehearted Southerner … is among the most difficult questions ever: Can the South be redeemed? Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin talk about their mission to tell the Civil Rights Movement through comics....we hear about a Freedom Rider’s lifelong fight against injustice....Pulitzer Prize winning columnist John Archibald on overcoming the “great silence” that exists in many of our lives....and Peggy Wallace Kennedy reflects on the legacy of her father, former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Progress, Heartbreak & Art: The TVA

    Progress, Heartbreak & Art: The TVA

    The Tennessee Valley Authority’s dams brought electricity to the rural South, and in our region’s lore, it looms huge: the classic story of people vs. progress. As these dams were completed, entire communities were washed away. In this episode of The Bitter Southerner Podcast, we explore the progress, heartbreak and art inspired by the TVA.

    • 52 min
    Hillbillies Need No Elegy

    Hillbillies Need No Elegy

    In his book “Hillbilly Elegy,” author J.D. Vance argues that the people of Appalachia cause the region’s problems — and not the industries that have spent centuries extracting its rich resources. On this episode, three mountain women help us set the record straight about Appalachia.

    • 36 min
    The Ways of Waffle House

    The Ways of Waffle House

    How could a 2,000-store restaurant chain become, to Southerners, something more than just another place to eat?

    • 41 min
    The Exactly Right Cake

    The Exactly Right Cake

    Being part of a Southern community means baking the exactly right cake when we gather. NYT bestselling cookbook author Anne Byrn joins us to talk about the history of famous Southern cakes, two sisters running a Georgia bakery share how they're cooking with a purpose, and we dig into the pages of the "White Trash Cooking" cookbook.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

jmmorman ,

Great show about the south

I really enjoy this podcast and learning different subjects that concern the south.

LoveAVL ,

I sure Hope you will be back.

This podcast helped me make it through the beginning of the pandemic!
Listened to this remarkable podcast while burning up the road walking.

I sure hope another season is coming around the corner.

My daughter was born in Winston-Salem, NC. Some NC friends tease her because she “doesn’t have a southern accent and tell her she isn’t Southern.”
Her reply “ Well then what am I?”

The topic of the south is Rich and Complicated.
This show covers the topic so respectfully and spends time going over the many layers of the south and what it means to be southern.

Bravo for all who make this podcast possible.

Thank you.

dowenby ,

What we talk about

Maybe I’m late, but I love that you’re from Ellijay! My dad’s family is from nearby Jasper and I grew up going to visit. At his funeral a few years ago, I couldn’t even understand what the speakers were saying because their accents were so thick. This episode really made me check myself and my own biases about the way people sound with a southern accent. Thank you!

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