An Oxford American Podcast

Exploring the complexity and vitality of the South, its present and its past.

Episode 4 / Season 1
November 13, 2019

Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan

Introducing the 21st annual Southern Music Issue

EDITORS’ ROUNDTABLE

OA Editors discuss the upcoming South Carolina Music Issue and share their favorite stories and behind-the-scenes moments. Plus: A preview of the issue’s tracklist.

Featuring Eliza Borné, Maxwell George, Jay Jennings, and Hannah Saulters.

IN CONVERSATION

Deputy Editor Maxwell George with OA contributor David Ramsey.

Read David Ramsey’s essay
“Like a Shovel and a Rope”.

TOP 5

Maxwell George shares his favorite Southern Music Issue moments.

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The Hurting Kind

John Paul White live from the Oxford American stage

MAGAZINE FEATURE

Julian Rankin, director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, visits the artist’s sacred place, an island off the coast of Mississippi, and meditates on the conditions that influenced Anderson’s art.

Read Julian Rankin’s essay “Sacred Place” from the Fall 2019 issue.

IN CONVERSATION

Mary Miller, author of Biloxi.

IN SESSION

A performance by John Paul White.


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Working on a Building

Why is country music so white?

THE PROLOGUE

Ken Burns and Rhiannon Giddens discuss the legibility of African and African-American contributions to country music—from the Carter Family to Lil Nas X—and how that influence has been erased in the American consciousness.

Featuring Ken Burns, Rhiannon Giddens, and Julie Dunfey

IN CONVERSATION

Documentarians Julie Dunfey and Ken Burns on the soundscape of Country Music.

IN SESSION

Dom Flemons performs from Black Cowboys live from the Oxford American stage.


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A Cemetery Angel

AIDS and end-of-life care in Arkansas

THE PROLOGUE

Known as Arkansas’s “cemetery angel,” Ruth Coker Burks provided end-of-life care for patients with AIDS in Hot Springs during the height of the crisis and buried their remains in her family’s cemetery.

IN ADAPTATION

“Three Encounters” by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
Performed by MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger.

Produced by Spacebomb and Maxwell George

IN SESSION

A Fayetteville Roots Festival performance by Los Texmaniacs.


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Don’t Cry (Warriors Song)

Can we achieve togetherness in our time?

THE PROLOGUE

The story of Clyde Kennard, the first person to attempt desegregation at the University of Southern Mississippi.

IN CONVERSATION

Sarah M. Broom, author of The Yellow House

IN SESSION

A performance from No Tears Suite, an original jazz composition commissioned by the OA to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock’s Central High School.

Featuring Kelley Hurt, Chris Parker, Rufus Reid, and Brian Blade.


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