Southern Comforts

July 28, 2002

If grocery shopping isn’t your thing, here’s a new way to put food on the table: try sticking your arm under a rock until a big ol’ catfish clamps onto to you.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, noodling for catfish and other southern pastimes.  Also, Texas singer Steve Earle’s odyssey from heroin addict to resurgent country star.

  1. Burkhard Bilger on Southern Pastime

    Burkhard Bilger tells Steve Paulson how to catch catfish with your bare hands; describes the delights of eating squirrel brains; and chronicles the exploits of some Southern marbles champions - the Rolly Holers.

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  2. Lorraine Johnson-Coleman on Southern Cooking

    Lorraine Johnson-Coleman tells Anne Strainchamps that cornbread is the ultimate Southern food and that Southerners can always recognize their loved ones’ fried chicken.

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  3. Noah Adams on "Far Appalachia"

    Noah Adams tells Jim Fleming that researching his book "Far Appalachia" let him learn about his own family’s origins in Kentucky.

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  4. David Blight on Civil War Memories

    Historian David Blight tells Jim Fleming that popular memory of the Civil War all but obliterated the liberation of Black Americans.

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  5. Steve Earle on Songwriting

    Singer/songwriter Steve Earle was the Next Big Thing in alternative country music until heroin addiction and a chaotic personal life de-railed his career and almost killed him.

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