Southern Stories Episode 8-Chad Barger

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Chad Barger

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.

Southern Stories Extra 1 – Derek’s Summers past

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Derek reminiscing 2

In this bonus selection, Derek talks briefly about summer days long past and considers the positive consequences of eating hearts.

Southern Stories Episode 7-Andrea Edmonson

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Andrea Edmonson

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.

Southern Stories Episode 6 – Aaron and Derek

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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.

Southern Stories Episode 5-Devin Balentine

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Devin Balentine

In this episode, Aaron and Derek interview Devin Balentine who talks about his life growing up in both Mississippi and Arkansas. He discusses everything from playing soldiers with friends and wrecking go carts to his time in the high school band and his exposure to marijuana. Finally, Devin tells a uniquely Southern Story about farm life and discusses his future as a family man and electrician. In addition, Aaron, Derek, and Devin engage in a discussion about the dos and don’ts of chewing tobacco, its southern connection, and its potentially unpleasant consequences.

Southern Stories Episode 4- Grant Larkins

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Grant LarkinsGrant Larkins discusses his move from a small Southern community to a burgeoning town, the difference between the two, and how they have affected his life. He tells Aaron and Derek of his family life and the roles that both his father and step-father have played in his development and eventual decision to follow a military career path. Ultimately grant considers the influence the South has had on him and contemplates what the future has in store.

Additionally, Aaron and Derek briefly discuss their own ideas about the military, Aaron hears the unexciting tale of how Derek injured his hand, and they both try to determine who is responsible for a missing episode of Southern Stories.

Southern Stories Episode 3-Terry Richmond

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Terry Richmond

This week’s guest, Terry Richmond, talks about his life growing up in Central Arkansas through the 60s and 70s. He talks of relationships, the changing Southern landscape, and the Southern delicacy that is cornbread and buttermilk. Terry tells of life’s hardships from losing a child to a motor vehicle accident that changed him mentally and physically. Ultimately, Terry offers insights on dealing with life’s twists and turns all while showing pride in his Arkansas heritage.
In addition, Aaron and Derek briefly discuss their own stomping grounds in Benton, AR and make an appeal to Southern moms to join the conversation and tell their Southern Stories. Those interested can contact Aaron and Derek at or message them on Facebook at Bear and Giraffe.