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The Bitter Southerner Aims To Tell Stories Of A Better South

Chuck Reece was tired of the lingering stereotypes of the South, like debutantes and hillbillies. A few years ago he came across a list of the top 50 bars in the world which did not include a single venue in the American South. The snub jolted him to action and inspired the creation of a website showcasing the region’s best bars and drinks. 

The project quickly grew into The Bitter Southerner, a collection of longform stories about the South that go beyond the stereotypes. The Bitter Southerner launched a podcast in December, and each episode explores the South’s contributions to American culture through a particular theme, like food or music. Reece is the host of the podcast, and he joins host Frank Stasio to review the latest episodes. Reece is also the editor-in-chief of The Bitter Southerner. The podcast is a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.