Gravy Podcast

Series produced by Southern Foodways Alliance

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Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.

Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals. Gravy the print journal lands in the mailboxes of SFA members four times per year. Gravy the podcast releases a new episode every other week.


109 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Follow pastrami, the signature dish of the Jewish-American delicatessen, to the Olde Tyme Deli in Jackson, Mississippi.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:48
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The story of the West African diaspora in the American South is the story of the Transatlantic slave trade. But one of its staple foods, black-eyed...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 23:42
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Horchata, a refreshing drink originally made from tiger nuts, made its way to present-day Texas and Mexico via the Islamic conquest of Spain and th...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:25
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Pasteles mean Christmas to many Puerto Ricans, both on and off the island. Why is this beloved, labor-intensive dish popping up at plate sales in s...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:03
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For nearly a century and a half, Louisianans have migrated to the San Francisco Bay area. If there's a portal between these two worlds, it's built ...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 25:07
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Despite Houston's great diversity, Indonesian immigrants have struggled to make their food recognizable and understood in the city’s dining community.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 25:33
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In Arkansas, one popular restaurant owner has married his love of his hometown—Damascus, Syria—with his love of his present home in Little Rock.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 22:55
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Hear the origin story of the Cuban sandwich, and learn how it influenced the current identity of Floridian Cuban Americans.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:24
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Gravy travels in search of the mithai—or sweet—life of North Carolina’s Indian American community.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 25:20
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Atlanta, Georgia, is home to one of the country’s largest Ethiopian communities. Immigrants brought their families, their traditions, and their foo...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 23:42
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Food is the number one category of waste going to landfills. Composting can be an answer, but Charlotte, NC's experience reveals difficulties.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 23:59
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Southern religious leaders increasingly see food security and climate change as intrinsically Christian issues, with representation and instruction...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 24:53
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Conservation easements are one way to protect farmland and help the environment.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 23:12
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Documentary photographer Tom Rankin talks about how goat can figure into a Southern future.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 33:19
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A conversation with poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil about her book, World of Wonders.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 31:24
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In her book The Fate of Food, Amanda Little considers the sustainable food revolution in light of growing global populations and climate change.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 27:40
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Scientists are developing peach cultivars for Georgia farmers that need fewer cold days to grow.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 21:18
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Poet Ashley M. Jones and singer/songwriter Lee Bains III share verses about food labor.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 24:22
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Gravy explores how some food festivals can hurt the chefs they're meant to help.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: :00
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Fred Reggie and his daughter, Simone, share how they’ve peppered traditional Lebanese recipes with Cajun lagniappe.

Bought by KVLU and WMMT


  • Added: Jul 14, 2020
  • Length: 22:25
  • Purchases: 2