Aaron and Derek talk with Kristina Campbell about cultural differences that exist between the American south and other areas of the world. They also reminisce about growing up in a shared city and Kristina shares a “non-southern” story.
Kristina also keeps a French blog. You can check that out here: http://pourquoinot.tumblr.com/.
Derek and Aaron talk with Jeff Medders about his works helping youth in America. In addition, they discuss how growing up in a southern religious household may have contributed to his life decisions, as well as how his experiences across the country may shine some light on how cultural landscapes affect the way that people practice the same religion.
In this Southern Story, Derek and Aaron talk with Arkansas author and teacher, Sam Brown about growing up, blue collar work, and the changing cultural landscape in the south. They also take a look at the south through the work force to see how that helps define it. Finally, Sam briefly discusses how his experiences may be some sort of inspiration for his writing.
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Aaron’s brother, Chad, joins the show to talk about his life growing up in Central Arkansas. Among other things, Chad tells the guys about his experiences traipsing through the woods, shooting guns and joining the military. He discusses family, the difficulties of growing up with bipolar disorder, and life after war. Finally, he tells a great southern story about what not to do when you run your truck into a river.
In addition, Aaron and Derek forget how old their audience is and epically fail at developing a metaphor.
In this bonus selection, Derek talks briefly about summer days long past and considers the positive consequences of eating hearts.
Andrea Edminson talks to Aaron and Derek about her life and adventures in rural Arkansas. She discuss everything from her childhood playing outdoors to college, marriage, divorce, parenthood and returning to her roots. She also talks about changing her life’s path after discovering what she truly wants and tells a Southern Story in which her friend might have sent her husband running to, or from in this case, the hills.
In this episode, Aaron and Derek discuss with each other the origins of their friendship and how it grew to what is today. They also try to discover how they fit into what it means to be a southerner through building fires indoors, football games, fishing, and an unending sense of adventure. They also delve into the age old question as to whether knocking at the door or ringing the doorbell is the appropriate way to get someone’s attention.