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The Broadside

WUNC

Each week, The Broadside highlights a story from the heart of the American South and asks why it matters to you. From news to arts and culture, we dive into topics that might not be on a front page, but deserve a closer look. Along the way, we explore the nuances of our home—and how what happens here ripples across the country.Hosted by Anisa Khalifa, The Broadside is a production of North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC. Find it every Thursday wherever you listen to podcasts.

Each week, The Broadside highlights a story from the heart of the American South and asks why it matters to you. From news to arts and culture, we dive into topics that might not be on a front page, but deserve a closer look. Along the way, we explore the nuances of our home—and how what happens here ripples across the country.Hosted by Anisa Khalifa, The Broadside is a production of North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC. Find it every Thursday wherever you listen to podcasts.

8hr 16min
Thumbnail for "Robert F. Williams' bold history lesson".
One man’s fascinating and unusual legacy in a Southern town is challenging how we talk about the Civil Rights Movement.
Thumbnail for "Purple, teal and the rise of basketball fashion".
The Charlotte Hornets lost 60 games in 1988, but they looked incredible while doing it. Their iconic uniforms would launch a global fashion trend.
Thumbnail for "More power poles, more problems".
As the energy grid expands, so does demand for power poles — and the trees we use to make them.
Thumbnail for "Craft beer’s emerging Southern flavor".
Can you put a place in a pint?
Thumbnail for "How one business built Black Wall Street".
For decades, the epicenter of America’s Black middle class was in a midsize city in central North Carolina. Now that it's gone, what legacy does it leave?
Thumbnail for "NASCAR's racing simulator revolution".
Video games are fundamentally changing the real world of motorsports.
Thumbnail for "Place, Erased: Environmental ghost towns".
Explore Southern communities transformed by forces beyond their control.
Thumbnail for "EVs are reshaping the South one small town at a time".
Stanton, Tennessee is a microcosm of the powerful new economics at play in states throughout the American South.
Thumbnail for "The remarkable story of daredevil Tiny Broadwick".
The Wright Brothers aren’t the only icons of early aviation with ties to the South.
Thumbnail for "Featuring: Embodied - How fandoms build community".
We hear a lot about toxic fandoms — but this episode of the award-winning podcast Embodied has a lot to share about the brighter side.
Thumbnail for "The kids are alright: NPR Student Podcast Challenge finalist".
A young journalist tells us how she uncovered the history of her neighborhood and fought to preserve it for future generations.
Thumbnail for "Recovering from long Covid could be a long journey".
We check in on a group of long Covid patients and doctors from the Carolinas to see how we’re adapting to the second silent pandemic.
Thumbnail for "Millions across the South can’t trust their tap water".
When you turn on the faucet, you really don’t want to think twice about the quality of the water coming out. But that’s the reality for millions of people across the South.
Thumbnail for "One state could be a test case for tackling the opioid crisis".
North Carolina will spend $1.5 billion in opioid settlement funds. Its unique model could be a compelling test case for solving the opioid crisis across the country.
Thumbnail for "Featuring: North Carolina pottery from clay to kiln".
This Thanksgiving, we take a look at what's under your meal.
Thumbnail for "The process to return Native American remains is broken".
A once-promising process for returning looted Native American remains has slowed to a crawl. We ask what can be done to fix the problem.
Thumbnail for "My next-door neighbor is a weapon of mass destruction".
For more than half a century, the citizens of Richmond, Kentucky lived in the shadow of something extraordinary and terrible: an arsenal of chemical weapons.
Thumbnail for "The takeover of The Robesonian".
In 1988, two armed Native American men occupied a newspaper office in a North Carolina community. 35 years later, we look at the legacy of the takeover of The Robesonian.
Thumbnail for "How many dollar stores are too many?".
Dollar stores can be convenient and even necessary, but some advocates warn their rapid spread is creating food deserts.
Thumbnail for "What it takes to make music in prison".
Influential, exploitative and ever-evolving, this week we look between the bars of Southern prison music.
Thumbnail for "Asian American Studies has arrived".
Fifty years after the first movement for Asian American Studies, we explore why it's finally having its moment at universities across the South.
Thumbnail for "A look inside America’s climate data bunker".
A basement in the mountains of North Carolina might hold the keys to the climate crisis. Meet the keepers of America’s weather data.
Thumbnail for "How y'all conquered the world".
English speakers outside the South are embracing the word y’all. And the reasons may surprise you.
Thumbnail for "Introducing: The Broadside".
Weekly stories from the American South - and why they matter to you.