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Food can evoke so many rich memories. A book by Savannah food writer Jonathan Barrett captures some of the stories tied to Southern recipes. We talked with Barrett, author of the new book Cook & Tell, in 2017. We also heard from freelance writer Amy Condon, who contributed her own story to the book.

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Three years ago, a coyote with ice blue eyes lay stock still as scientists took her blood, weighed her, and fixed a GPS collar around her neck on a dirt road next to a field near Augusta.

 

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Sometimes the best way to deal with serious subjects is to have a laugh. Comedian Trae Crowder uses humor to talk about politics and culture, and he's found a big following online. Trae calls himself "the Liberal Redneck" and he seems to take pleasure in flouting Southern stereotypes. He'll perform in Georgia this week as part of the WellRED Comedy Tour, along with fellow comics Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan.

According to a National Science Foundation report from 2014, Hispanic college students received only 12 percent of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees and African-American students less than 9 percent. To bolster diversity in STEM fields, the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) funds and encourages students of color to enroll in science-related majors. The organization was recently awarded a $4 million grant by the NSF to continue the effort. LSAMP director Angela Birkes Stokes joins us to talk about the program's next steps.

It’s easy to fall back on stereotypes when you describe the American South, but the creators of the comic series “Southern Bastards” show there’s more to Southern identity than what meets the eye. The series takes place in Craw County, Alabama where football is religion and the head football coach controls the town. The third volume comes out today. 

We speak with creators Jason Aaron and Jason LaTour about how they depict the South in the comic series and their love-hate relationship with their hometowns. 

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For National Iced Tea Day, we dive into the little-known origins of a Southern staple: sweet tea. These days you can find it just about everywhere in Georgia. However, there was a time when sweet tea was more rare. Producer Sean Powers pours up a tall glass of history with freelance journalist Tove Danovich and Vernell Mosley of the Sweet Tea Factory.

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A trio of comedians want to challenge what people think about the South. The Sick of Stupid comedy tour is described as “the voice of reason with a Southern accent.” The performers take on religion, racism, and Bible Belt politics, and their goal is to show audiences that not all Southerners are stuck in the past. 

We speak with comedians Cliff Cash, Tom Simmons, and Stewart Huff about defying Southern stereotypes through comedy. 

Oyster Renaissance In the South

Jun 7, 2016
The Ordinary

You can serve them fried, steamed, or raw on the half shell. But oysters probably don't immediately come to mind as a food product of Georgia. Now there is an oyster renaissance underway in the South, and the tasty mollusk will be the subject of a class at this weekend's Southern Grown Festival on Sea Island. 

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Only the most special of foods can make a seamless transition from breakfast platter to dinner plate. The biscuit certainly holds that honor here in the South. They come baked, fried, or flaky, almost always crowned with a shiny glaze of melted butter. So imagine our excitement when we discovered that there is a region of Georgia dedicated to this Southern delicacy. The so-called "Biscuit Triangle" is located north of Atlanta, between Marietta and Kennesaw. 

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Francine Bryson is a self-proclaimed "redneck."  She's also a championship baker who watched her mother and grandmothers whip up Southern suppers in the kitchen every Sunday. Bryson takes those classic recipes and makes them her own in her new cookbook, "Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen."

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Probably no other region of the country has been sung about as much as the South. Results, as they say, have varied. Some songs, and songwriters, stand out however.

Rosanne Cash is a good example. Her 2014 album The River and the Thread traces the veins of the Southern experience through its many sounds and through the imagined voices of its people. It casts an image of beauty and of pain.