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Authentic South

Series produced by Tanner Latham

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Authentic South is a storytelling series that explores Southern culture through food, art, music, travel, the land and the interesting characters who define the region.

Authentic South is a storytelling series that explores Southern culture through food, art, music, travel, the land and the interesting characters who define the region. The series is produced and hosted by Tanner Latham, a Travel writer, NPR reporter and multimedia storyteller based in Atlanta. For more, visit www.authenticsouth.com.


22 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: New cabin in foreground and Montpelier in the background., Credit: Kelley Libby
For years, at historic plantation sites across the South, the focus was on the big house and not on the slave cabins. But as contributor Kelley Lib...

Bought by WTJU and WABE


  • Added: Jan 30, 2015
  • Length: 07:12
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hungarian-born Blues musician Little G Weevil., Credit: Tanner Latham
Little G Weevil is a Hungarian-born Blues musician living in Kennesaw, Georgia. When he talks, you know he had to come from Budapest. But when he s...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, and WABE


  • Added: Jan 20, 2015
  • Length: 07:05
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The slave cabin in the foreground with Montpelier in the background., Credit: Kelley Libby
For years, at historic plantation sites across the South, the focus was on the big house and not on the slave cabins. But cabins like that are now ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 21, 2014
  • Length: 10:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chef Vivian Howard, Credit: Tanner Latham
Vivian Howard is the chef at Chef and the Farmer in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston. She also "co-stars" with her husband Ben Knig...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jul 01, 2014
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hunter Lewis, Credit: Tanner Latham
Hunter Lewis is the executive editor at Southern Living magazine. Before that, he had stints at the publications Bon Appetit and Saveur. In this ep...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 17, 2014
  • Length: 23:04
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sean Kelley shouldering his slaughtered pig Dinner., Credit: Charlene Dy
In the previous episode, we met Sean Kelley, a writer who set out to raise a couple of pigs for the purpose of butchering them himself. He was so a...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 08, 2014
  • Length: 15:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Journalist Sean Kelley, Credit: Tanner Latham
Sean Kelley is a journalist, and in this show, he begins telling us about raising a couple of pigs so that he could slaughter them and eat them and...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: May 24, 2014
  • Length: 13:29
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Chef Hugh Acheson, Credit: Tanner Latham
Athens, Ga.-based Chef Hugh Acheson is one of the most celebrated and influential chefs in the country. The James Beard Award winner and Top Chef s...

Bought by WABE, Troy Public Radio, and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 14:33
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Historian Tom Hanchett at a booth at El Pulgarcito. , Credit: Tanner Latham
Charlotte, North Carolina-based historian Tom Hanchett speaks about the ever-evolving South, especially as it relates to food, from a booth in El P...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Mar 09, 2014
  • Length: 17:54
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Cookbook author Cynthia Graubart, Credit: Tanner Latham
Cynthia Graubart attained culinary celebrity status last year when she won a James Beard Award for the cookbook she co-wrote with famed Southern au...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Feb 01, 2014
  • Length: 11:37
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eudora Welty, New Haven, CT, 1974, Credit: William Ferris
Eudora Welty was one of the South’s most beloved writers, and her fiction is still a study in detail and dialogue and wit. Her settings were often ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 13:47
  • Purchases: 2
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Little G Weevil is a Hungarian-born Blues musician living in Kennesaw, Georgia. When he talks, you know he had to come from Budapest. But when he s...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WABE, Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 08:25
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The Storied South , Credit: Bill Ferris
Preeminent Southern folklorist Bill Ferris has spent the last 40 years documenting the South in print, photography and film. His latest book, The S...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 15:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Cross Keys Ruritan Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, Credit: Sarah Cumming
Contributor Kelley Libby visits a shape note sing event in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Sometimes this style of singing is referred to as Sac...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 10:18
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Cassandra King, Credit: Tanner Latham
Bestselling novelist Cassandra King talks about her new book Moonrise as well as her writing relationship with her husband, famous author Pat Conro...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 20:07
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Liz Barr, reigning Miss Biscuit, Credit: Tanner Latham
One of the highlights of Knoxville’s International Biscuit Festival is the Mr. & Miss Biscuit Pageant. This piece profiles Liz Barr, the reigning M...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 08:18
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: James "Ooker" Eskridge is a waterman and also mayor of Tangier Island, VA., Credit: Tanner Latham
James “Ooker” Eskridge is a waterman who has lived on Tangier Island, Virginia, his whole life. Ooker talks about being the Chesapeake Bay island’s...

Bought by WTJU, Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 06:43
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Jimmy McNeill, owner of the Indian Pass Raw Bar, Credit: Tanner Latham
The Indian Pass Raw Bar is the anchor of the tiny community of Indian Pass in the Florida panhandle. It’s an institution in this part of the world ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 07:25
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Chef Roscoe Hall, Credit: Tanner Latham
In our food-obsessed culture, we likely never think about what's on the menu at an eating disorder clinic. A couple of gourmet chefs bring their in...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 08:55
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Les Thomas, legendary travel writer and storyteller, Credit: Tanner Latham
Les Thomas wrote his way across the South. His travel writing, for Texas newspapers, Southern Living magazine and beyond, has spanned over 45 year...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 07:18
  • Purchases: 3