Podcasts are the new wave of storytelling, bringing to life the tales from around the region. You can find them on nearly every topic including the Southern Gothic-style tales from the South. Do you have a favorite podcast we left out? Let us know below!
The Color Line Murders
This incredible podcast by Shannon Ballard tells the stories of lynchings of African American men, women, and even children in the South.
The Color Line is not exactly easy listening, but important to remember in today’s society. The episodes are all under 20 minutes so they can be heard in one sitting.
The Fall Line
As a part of the Exactly Right network, The Fall Line tackles different stories from around the Fall Line, which is named for an area in Georgia and Alabama.
In its four seasons, it talks about the stolen children from Atlanta‘s Grady Hospital, missing people from the LGBTQ community, and other untold stories. The hour-long stories are thematic more than episodic.
From the creators of Up and Vanished, Atlanta Monster discusses the Atlanta Child Murders that plagued the city’s African American community during the 1980s.
It contains archive footage from local news stations as well as interviews with the accused perpetrator and the people who lived through the tragedy. The long-form episodes are thematic, not linear, and over an hour.
This podcast put on by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells six seasons of Georgia crime stories including the trial of Justin Chapman, the “hot car child death” trial of Justin Ross Harris, and the murder trial of Tex McIver. Breakdown is hosted by legal affairs writer Bill Rankin. Episodes are around 45 minutes long.
The team behind Serial produced S-Town, an investigation of an alleged murder in the small town of Woodstock, Alabama. The investigating producer strikes up a friendship with the local man who contacted him and their path takes a shocking turn. The single-season jumps back and forth in time for its narration and episodes last less than an hour.
Southern Fried True Crime
Tennessee native Erica Kelley hosts Southern Fried True Crime, a podcast about the dark side of the South. Each episode tells a different story, apart from a few two-part crime stories, from history and the modern age. It also presents the criminal justice system, flaws and all.
Food and Drink
Put together by the Southern Foodway Alliance, Gravy tells different and unique food stories hosted by guest presenters. Episodes focus on immigrant communities around the region, untold histories behind beloved dishes, and conversations with people tackling stereotypes in the food industry.
A part of the Made South podcast network along with Potluck and Southerner, The Podcask focuses on bourbon, whiskey, and sometimes scotch, especially those in the South. They talk about special labels, cocktail recipes, and under-the-radar distilleries.
Culture and Sports
The Bitter Southerner
The beloved online publication launched its own podcast in 2018 in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting. Editor Chuck Reece explores conversations with people around the region including writers, musicians, and cooks.
Hosted by food and lifestyle blogger, and Chattanoogan, Kate Robertson, this podcast interviews residents of the Tennessee city. This includes musicians, business owners, radio hosts, and comedians talking about pop culture and local news.
Saturday Down South
Florida is Sinking
Calling itself “a native podcast of the strangest state,” Florida is Sinking tells the most outlandish news stories from the Sunshine State. Episodes feature alligators in unusual places, the dark side of Disney, people on drugs, and appearances of “Florida Man.”
Hosted by Charlotte‘s NPR station, SouthBound features interviews with journalist Tommy Tomlinson and notable Southerners from all walks of life. Past episodes feature farmers, historians, chefs, athletes, and politicians.
Our State Magazine launched this North Carolina-focused podcast covers all corners of the state. Episodes cover news stories, untold histories, and interviews with notable locals like astronauts, authors, and performers.
This Is My South
We can’t forget our own podcast! This Is My South tells stories about unique places and elements of history from around the region that aren’t often heard. We’ve released one season so far but have another in the works to come your way soon! Subscribe here to be the first to know about it.