G&G’s Whole Hog Podcast

Listen to the brand new podcast from the editors and tastemakers of Garden & Gun

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’re launching a brand new bi-weekly podcast, Garden & Gun’s Whole Hog. The show, hosted by John Huey, will explore the best of Southern culture, from must-hear music to where to find the best fried chicken.

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Season Two

Episode 6: 

A Year of Southern Culture

On the final episode of the Whole Hog’s second season, host John Huey looks back at the year in Southern culture. Matt Hendrickson joins the show to talk about 2017’s best music releases, Kim Severson weighs in on Southern food, and Square Books’ Richard Howorth discusses the year’s must-read books. Listen or subscribe below. For more on our year-end favorites, check out G&G’s 17 Best Southern Albums of 2017 and the full list of Richard Howorth’s favorite books, too.

Episode 5: 

S is for Southern

Garden & Gun’s latest book, S Is for Southern, is an encyclopedia of Southern tradition and contemporary culture, and this episode of the Whole Hog is its crash course. Host John Huey is joined by editor in chief David DiBenedetto for a rundown of the new book, along with lively readings from some of its contributors. Hear Julia Reed’s ode to Doe’s Eat Place, a Greenville, Mississippi, institution. And listen in as Roy Blount, Jr. riffs on humidity, Kathleen Purvis retraces bourbon’s roots, Randall Kenan talks Charley Pride, and much more.

Episode 4: 

On the Road with Jessica Lange and Julia Reed

Jessica Lange is one of the most accomplished actresses of the past four decades, earning acclaim and industry-wide respect for iconic roles in films like Frances and Tootsie, and on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire. But Lange is a talent behind the camera, too. Her photography is featured in the latest issue of Garden & Gun, in which Lange joins author and G&G contributor Julia Reed on a road trip through the Mississippi Delta. Go beyond the feature in the latest episode of the Whole Hog, where host John Huey is joined by Lange and Reed to talk about the trip.

Episode 3:

Rosanne Cash’s Arrow to the South

“I was taught you’re not worth much if you don’t have the courage of your convictions,” says Rosanne Cash, and in her work as a singer, songwriter, author, and activist, it’s easy to see that the message stuck. On the latest episode of G&G’s Whole Hog, host John Huey speaks with Cash about storytelling; the influence of her father, Johnny Cash; speaking up politically; and the ability of songs to mean something different to each listener.

Episode 2:

A Conversation with Lolis Eric Elie

Host John Huey sits down for a wide-ranging conversation with author and screenwriter Lolis Eric Elie. In a frank discussion that touches on race, cultural traditions, and American history, Elie talks about the influence of his father, civil rights attorney Lolis Edward Elie, and “the difference between symbols and substance.” Elie, a New Orleans native, also reveals how he found a touch of the Crescent City out West, talking with chef Marcus Christiana-Beniger, who co-founded a restaurant in Los Angeles’ Historic Chinatown called the Little Jewel of New Orleans.

Episode 1:

WNCW – The Little Radio Station That Could

In the mountains of western North Carolina, one radio station reigns supreme: WNCW, a public broadcasting station owned by Isothermal Community College in Spindale. We’re so obsessed with the station that we’ve devoted a whole episode to it. Host John Huey is back for the Season Two premiere to catch up with WNCW’s music director, Martin Anderson, about the station’s devoted following and the eclectic sounds—old and new—that go out over its airwaves.

Season One


Episode 8:
The Amazing Life of Chuck Leavell

For more than 40 years playing with the Allman Brothers Band to the Rolling Stones, Chuck Leavell has made rock-and-roll his career. But the legendary keyboardist is equally passionate about land conservation and forestry (he’s not a bad shot either). We catch up with Leavell on his musical legacy, Gregg Allman’s passing, and life as a Georgia tree farmer.

Episode 7:
Wet Your Whistle

From whistling in the Oval Office to eating supper under the stars, in this episode you’ll meet four-time national and international whistling champion Chris Ullman, have dinner with James Beard Award-winning chef Steven Satterfield, and enjoy the stories behind Julia Reed’s favorite Southern songs.

Episode 6:
On the Trail With a Master Tracker

In his thirty years as a backcountry ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dwight McCarter rescued twenty-six people. Now he’s sharing stories on how he found them and tips for surviving in the wild. Plus, Nashville singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has penned songs for Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, but now she is making a name for herself in Music City. 

Episode 5:
A Trip to S-Town, Alabama

We catch up with Brian Reed, the producer and host of S-Town to discuss his experience in the Alabama town and the making of this epic Southern story, then we’ll dissect the dialect and accents of S-Town‘s characters with linguistics professor Dr. Walt Wolfram, and chef Duane Nutter answers the question, “What’s for supper?”

Episode 4:
Tour Savannah with Author Bruce Feiler, Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong, and More

Author Bruce Feiler takes us back to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, head into the kitchen with Charleston, South Carolina-based pasty chef Cynthia Wong, and G&G assistant editor Jed Portman shares his family’s secret for perfect fried chicken.

Episode 3:
A Spanish Ham Pilgrimage, Pit Bulls, Bluegrass, and More

Join us on a trip to Spain with John T. Edge and cure master Allan Benton, catch up with author and pit bull-lover Bronwen Dickey, and explore bluegrass’ new sound.

Premiere Episode, Part 2:
Steel Magnolias, Master Distiller Marianne Barnes, and a Delta Road Trip

We continue our conversation about the real story of Steel Magnolias with Julia Reed and Robert Harling, talk whiskey with master bourbon distiller Marianne Barnes, head out on a father-and-son road trip in the Mississippi Delta, and hear from some of country music’s newest outlaws.

Premiere Episode, Part 1:
Steel Magnolias, Bourbon Punch, and Roy Blount, Jr.

In our debut podcast episode, we’re celebrating ten years of Garden & Gun magazine with special guests Roy Blount, Jr., and editor in chief David DiBenedetto, a potent bourbon party punch, and part one of a conversation with Julia Reed and Robert Harling on three decades of Steel Magnolias.