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47 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Margaret Renkl on the everyday people building a better South
Margaret Renkl's new book "Graceland, At Last" is a balm for anyone who has ever pushed back on Southern stereotypes. She has a true gift for finding unsung voices that push back on the stereotypes perpetuated by Southern politicians or national narratives. On the Reckon Interview, she offers lessons for making a better South day by day from your own backyard."Graceland, At Last" is available from Milkweed Editions at https://milkweed.org/.If you like this episode, check out our earlier discussion with Margaret Renkl in season one. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Why Saladin K. Patterson set the "Wonder Years" reboot in Montgomery during the Civil Rights Movement
Most people probably wouldn't think to set a sitcom in Montgomery in Alabama in 1968, but when he was tasked with rebooting the "Wonder Years," Saladin K. Patterson drew on what he knew. He grew up in Alabama's capital city in the 1970s and 80s and knows how to find the comedy and drama in the lives of the people who lived outside of the spotlight during the years after integration. On the Reckon Interview, he discusses the new show and what it took to get the details right.The Wonder Years airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 8:30/7:30 CT. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Ashley M. Jones on reparations, writing through loss and being Alabama's first Black poet laureate
"Reparations Now!" the latest collection of poetry from Ashley M. Jones is a stirring message from the heart of the Deep South. Jones was just named poet laureate of Alabama, the youngest person and first Black Alabamian to hold the title. On the Reckon Interview, she discusses hearing everyday poetry in Alabama, her works that confront that the South's past and present, the legacy of Black womanhood and more. She also reads three selections from her new collection."Reparations Now! is available from Hub City Press at hubcity.org. Learn more about Ashley M. Jones at https://ashleymjonespoetry.com/. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Stephen Deusner explores Southern culture with the Drive-By Truckers
In his new book, “Where the Devil Don’t Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers,” Stephen Deusner tells the story of the acclaimed band from either Muscle Shoals or Athens, depending on who you ask. The Truckers have, at various points, included some of the greatest songwriters in American music: Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Jason Isbell and Shonna Tucker. But he also tells a story about the making of Southern culture, exploring the history and mythology of places like Birmingham, Richmond and McNairy County, Tennessee. This is an episode for anyone who loves great music – or even anyone who just loves great Southern stories.You can find Deusner’s book through the University of Texas Press. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Cedric Burnside on continuing the legacy of Hill Country Blues
Cedric Burnside started touring when he was just 13 years old. His grandfather, R.L. Burnside, helped create the unique sound of Mississippi Hill Country Blues and Cedric has embraced that legacy. He's been recognized as one of the best Blues musicians in America several times over. Mississippi is where American music was born, but many of its creators never reaped the financial rewards that others would find using their sound. On this episode of the Reckon Interview, Cedric discusses his latest album "I Be Trying," as well as what keeps him rooted in Mississippi and why he's so committed to carrying on the family tradition.All the music included in the episode is from "I Be Trying," produced by Single Lock Records. You can purchase the album and find Cedric Burnside's upcoming tour dates at www.cedricburnside.net.Sign up the The Conversation, our weekly newsletter at ReckonSouth.com/newsletters. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Joshua Burford & Maigen Sullivan on the Invisible Histories of the South
Joshua Burford and Maigen Sullivan, co-founders of the Invisible Histories Project, saw a gap in Southern history and the history of queer culture in America. There have always been Queer people in the South, and so many of them have been collecting and keeping their own stories in private for decades. In the Season 4 finale of the Reckon Interview, Josh and Maigen join the show to discuss their work and their favorite stories.Learn more about the Invisible Histories Project at: https://invisiblehistory.org/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Jennifer K. N. Heinmiller on the stories contained in Appalachian English
Flipping through the pages of the new Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English, you’ll find the stories of thousands of words and phrases unique to the American South. This week, the dictionary's co-author, Jennifer K. N. Heinmiller joins the Reckon Interview to discuss the early 20th century origin of this project, the process of gathering and investigating words to include in a collection such as this, the way Southern Appalachian English has changed with new technologies, and some of her favorite terms and phrases that are included in this edition.Jennifer is also the host of the Appalachian Words podcast which can be found here: https://apple.co/2UDfos1Purchase the Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English here: https://bit.ly/3qvd9D3 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Don Heflin on Southerners abroad, careers in foreign service
For three decades, Don Heflin has served his country abroad. Currently, he's the head of consul operations at the U.S. embassy in India. On the Reckon Interview, he discusses how the pandemic complicated that work, how the rest of the world perceives Southerners and how his time around the globe has changed his perspectives on the South. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Lawrence Wright on 'The Plague Year
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright was in a unique position to chronicle the Covid-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus was beginning to spread through the United States, Wright had just published his prescient novel, "The End of October," a story of a pandemic that upends the world. Wright joins the Reckon Interview to discuss what we know about the origins of Covid-19, what we got right and where we went wrong, as well as the differences between a pandemic novel and pandemic reporting. Find Lawrence Wright's work at: http://www.lawrencewright.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Dr. Carol Anderson on the hidden history of the Second Amendment
Are Americans having the wrong debate about guns? Professor Carol Anderson's new book "The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America" presents the case that the common story we all know about the Second Amendment preserving our rights to fight back against a tyrannical government is wrong. The debate about the Second Amendment at the time it was ratified was rooted in anti-Blackness. And its application has always been anti-Black. And she’s got the documentation to back it up.Learn more about Carol Anderson and purchase her books at https://www.professorcarolanderson.org/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | May 31, 2021
Kiese Laymon the art and power of revision and remixing
Right now, Kiese Laymon is revising and reclaiming his early work. After buying back the right to "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America" and "Long Division," Laymon has updated those books to reflect the stories he originally wanted to tell and to better suit modern audiences. But how do you revise and update beloved works without isolating your longtime readers? How does Laymon's "religion" of revision apply to current conversations about history and society? And will Laymon be in Mississippi in 2022? All these questions, and more, are answered on this week's episode of the Reckon Interview. New York Magazine: Kiese Laymon on Black revision, repayment, and renewalLearn more or purchase Kiese Laymon's work: www.kieselaymon.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | May 24, 2021
Anjali Enjeti on making space for other Southern voices
Anjali Enjeti is the author of two brilliant new Southern works, "Southbound," a collection of essays about identity, and "The Parted Earth," a novel multi-generational novel examining the impact of Indian partition on a woman living in Atlanta, Georgia. On the Reckon Interview, she describes her experiences as a Brown woman living in the Deep South, the whiteness of Southern literature, and the political impact of the AAPI community in 2020 and beyond. Discover her work at www.anjalienjeti.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | May 17, 2021
Sarah Jarosz on the Texas roots of her newest albums
Sarah Jarosz is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in American music, first picking up a mandolin at age 9. She joins the Reckon Interview to discuss her albums, "Blue Heron Suite," and "World on the Ground," each of which were released during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also shares stories about saying goodbye to New York on "Live from Here," lessons learned from Steve Martin and why this new album is a tribute to her mother and Texas roots. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | May 10, 2021
Rodney Scott shares the secrets of whole hog barbecue
Barbecue was born out of the South. But it's hard to fine true masters of whole hog barbecue. Chef Rodney Scott is unmatched. The James Beard award-winning chef joins the Reckon Interview to share the secrets of his trade and why every day is a good day. He also offers his recommendations for the South's best BBQ joints.Buy Chef Rodney Scott's book and find his restaurant locations at https://www.rodneyscottsbbq.com/And sign up for the Conversation newsletter at: https://bit.ly/3dzfbfh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson on truths and lies we tell about Appalachia and the South
Who do our stories about the South serve? Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, co-executive director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, blows up many of America's misconceptions about the South and about Appalachia in the latest episode of the Reckon Interview. A self-described Affrilachian activist, Ash-Lee explains how the South has always been the center of the movement and discusses what comes after the Derek Chauvin conviction of the murder of George Floyd. Learn more about Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Highlander here: highlandercenter.orgSign up for our weekly newsletter, The Conversation, here: https://bit.ly/3dzfbfh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
55 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
John Archibald and Wayne Flynt on the church's history of silence
In a live recording to celebrate the publication of John Archibald's new memoir "Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution," we chat with Archibald, RL Nave and Dr. Wayne Flynt about the history of silence and complicity in the Southern church. Archibald's memoir asks the question: "What good is a pulpit if you don't use it for good?" The event was co-sponsored by Books-A-Million. Buy John Archibald's memoir here: https://bit.ly/3nisl53Sign up for The Conversation, our weekly newsletter: https://bit.ly/3dzfbfh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Minnie Bruce Pratt on the past, present and future of the Queer South
Minnie Bruce Pratt is a queer and feminist icon, renowned for her activism and art. With another spike in anti-LGBT legislation around the South, Minnie Bruce discusses what it’s like to be targeted by these laws. When she came out in the 1970s, the state of North Carolina took custody of her children away from her. And when her spouse, Leslie Feinberg, grew ill, Minnie Bruce experienced directly how our healthcare system treats trans Americans.On the Reckon Interview, she discusses her history of turning personal pain into art and activism, how growing up in the crucible of the South shaped her career of activism and the importance of sharing the stories of queer Southerners.To support scholarships for LGBTQ students attending the University of Alabama and to hear more from Minnie Bruce, go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ua-lgbtq-alumni-fireside-chat-with-minnie-bruce-pratt-joshua-burford-tickets-148276237217Sign up for The Conversation newsletter here: https://bit.ly/3dzfbfh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
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.Sign up for our newsletter, The Conversation here: https://bit.ly/3dzfbfh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
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.Subscribe to their podcast here: https://apple.co/3mkF1rwAnd sign up for the new Reckon Interview newsletter "The Conversation" here: https://bit.ly/3dzfbfh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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