Margaret Renkl's new book "Graceland, At Last" is a balm for anyone who has ever pushed back on Southern stereotypes. She has a true gift for finding unsung voices that push back on the stereotypes perpetuated by Southern politicians or national narratives. On the Reckon Interview, she offers lessons for [...]
Why Saladin K. Patterson set the ‘Wonder Years’ reboot in Montgomery during the Civil Rights Movement
Most people probably wouldn't think to set a sitcom in Montgomery in Alabama in 1968, but when he was tasked with rebooting the "Wonder Years," Saladin K. Patterson drew on what he knew. He grew up in Alabama's capital city in the 1970s and 80s and knows how to find [...]
Ashley M. Jones—Alabama’s youngest, first Black and, possibly, dopest poet laureate—on the need for reparations now, tomorrow and forever
There's power in art. Power to persuade. Power to inform. Power to move. And the powerful work of Ashley M. Jones is deeply rooted in stories and images from the American South. Today on the Reckon Interview, we discuss Ashley's latest collection "Reparations Now!" the title of which comes from [...]
Cedric Burnside, Mississippi music legend, on his family legacy: ‘These days everybody has the blues’
Cedric Burnside joins the Reckon Interview to discuss his latest album, "I Be Trying," and the legacy of Hill Country blues.
Reckon Radio's “Unjustifiable” podcast series has won one of the nation's top journalism prizes. The 2021 national Edward R. Murrow Award for best podcast by a small digital news organization, awarded by the Radio Television Digital News Association, was announced Tuesday. "Unjustifiable," co-hosted by Pulitzer-prize winning columnist John Archibald and [...]
This week on the Reckon Interview, we speak with Jennifer Heinmiller, co-author of the Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English.
This week on the Reckon Interview, we hear from Don Heflin, a diplomat who has served for more than 30 years in the U.S. state department.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s new book “The Plague Year,” is an expansive look at America during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The question isn’t what the Second Amendment protects, it’s who. From the very beginning, the Second Amendment was about protecting white Americans from Black people.
Kiese Laymon joins the Reckon interview to discuss buying back the rights to his first two books and releasing new revised editions.