Gravy Podcast

Series produced by Southern Foodways Alliance

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Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.

Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals. Gravy the print journal lands in the mailboxes of SFA members four times per year. Gravy the podcast releases a new episode every other week.


85 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Thousands of Southerners live in prisons. What are we feeding them? About a third of them are imprisoned in the South. As the population of incarc...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 23:40
  • Purchases: 1
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In restaurants, economics and sexual harassment are intimately entwined. Restaurants, along with hotels, have the highest rates of sexual harassmen...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 21:00
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Can Carolina Gold rice make a good sake? Hagood Coxe is determined to find out.

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 20:06
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Cooperative extension is a century-old government program that places agricultural agents in counties to educate and work with farmers. But for yea...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 23:34
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Community canneries–facilities, often subsidized by local government, where people can in bulk–are closing. With groceries easily available even in...

Bought by WMMT, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 19:43
  • Purchases: 3
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In the early 1970s, two hundred hippies from San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood resettled in rural Tennessee.

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 26:33
  • Purchases: 3
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Visit Fiesta Fest in De Queen, Arkansas, for sopes, mangonadas, and norteño tunes.

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 23:05
  • Purchases: 3
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Delta blues found its voice and audience on KFFA’s King Biscuit Time, a daily broadcast out of Helena, Arkansas.

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Gospel star Mahalia Jackson used fried chicken to push for economic empowerment in the black community.

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:56
  • Purchases: 3
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Legal moonshine production—funny as that sounds—has exploded in the South.

Bought by WMMT


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 21:10
  • Purchases: 1
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At the FARM Café in Boone, North Carolina, diners can pay $10 for meal—or they can pay nothing. The restaurant, one of dozens of its kind, follows ...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 19:21
  • Purchases: 2
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In the United States, home-cooked meals with family are revered almost to the point of fetishization. Dinners are seen as moral imperatives for hap...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 24:02
  • Purchases: 2
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In an era where chef-driven, trend-surfing restaurants are the norm, how does an old-school institution like Upperline thrive? Owner JoAnn Clevenge...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 25:05
  • Purchases: 1
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With the Lee Brothers as our guides, we step behind the scenes of the catering world.

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 23:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Can cookbooks be a vehicle for social change? For Julia Turshen, the answer is yes.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 18:36
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What do restaurant menus have to say about the identity of a restaurant or the point of view of the chef? It turns out, menus are more nuanced and ...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 20:44
  • Purchases: 1
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Head to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for a taste of Dollywood.

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and WMMT


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:51
  • Purchases: 2
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Twenty-one years after Eugene Walter's death, why don’t more people know about Mobile's consummate character?

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 25:37
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Hannah Drake (r) with her daughter, Brianna Wright, in their neighborhood garden.
Hannah Drake is creator of a dinner project is called Stories From The Hem Of My Mother’s Apron. She’s afraid there’s a generation of African Ameri...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 26:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Taylor Holliday and Fong Chong
What happens when a white family in the American South adopts an 11-year-old Chinese girl who’s never eaten a meal other than Chinese in her entire...

Bought by WMMT, KVSC, KVLU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 27:30
  • Purchases: 4