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GPB and The Bitter Southerner Join Forces To Launch an Engaging New Podcast Exploring Southern Culture


Georgia Public Broadcasting and the The Bitter Southerner magazine are joining forces to launch The Bitter Southerner Podcast on Monday, December 10.

The podcast explores Southern culture and the South’s contributions to American life. Each episode brings listeners stories about the people and organizations helping Southern culture broaden and evolve.

Branding itself as a platform for Southerners “who do cool things, smart things, things that change the whole world or just a few minds at a time,” The Bitter Southerner has been hailed nationally for its unique sensibilities since its debut as a digital publication in 2013. Most recently, in August of this year, editor in chief Chuck Reece was featured in a special issue of Time Magazine and profiled as part of the article “Meet the 31 People Who Are Changing the South.”

For its part, GPB will bring its award-winning long-form broadcast storytelling to the collaboration. GPB reporters and hosts will also contribute to each episode.

“This collaboration is a long time coming,” says Sean Powers, GPB’s director of podcasting. “When I moved to Georgia from the Midwest four years ago, The Bitter Southerner was one of my first introductions to the South. I am excited to help GPB and The Bitter Southerner enter this new chapter as we explore the region together.”

Season one of The Bitter Southerner Podcast consists of six episodes. You can follow each episode at The Bitter Southerner’s website and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and NPR. Stories from the podcast will also be featured on GPB’s award-winning newsmagazine, On Second Thought.

The first two episodes of The Bitter Southerner Podcast will look at Southern culture through two of its most important expressions: music (Episode 1) and food (Episode 2). As the season progresses, the show will explore the community and history of Southern bartenders, how modern immigrants assimilate into and change our culture, how Southern communities come together to bring healing, and the art of storytelling itself.

“For a long time, The Bitter Southerner has let its voice be heard only through its writing and photography,” says Reece. “We are tremendously excited about The Bitter Southerner Podcast allowing our readers all over the world actually hear the voices of the South we cover. We’ve been breaking stereotypes about the South for five years on the web. I’m delighted that, with GPB’s help, we can now do that in the worlds of podcasting and radio.”

Check out the trailer of The Bitter Southerner Podcast here.


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