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Southern Storytellers

Celebrate Southern identity through the eyes of contemporary creators of literature, music, film, and television, including authors Jesmyn Ward, Michael Twitty, Angie Thomas, and David Joy; poets Jericho Brown and Natasha Trethewey; songwriters Jason Isbell, Lyle Lovett, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Adia Victoria, Amanda Shires, Thao Nguyen, and Justin Moore; songwriter/screenwriter/actor Billy Bob Thornton; songwriter/actress Mary Steenburgen; and screenwriters Qui Nguyen and Michael Waldron in three one-hour-long episodes.

  • Episode 1: Five noted creators of literature, music and film reveal deep ties to the American South.
  • Episode 2: Six of the South’s native creators take us home to the places that define their work.
  • Episode 3: Southern creators take us home to the places that define them.

Celebrating Our Southern Storytellers

Through the lenses of very different professions, these four wonderful storytellers add to Kentucky’s great storytelling tradition.

Southern Sounds

In addition to the three-part broadcast series, Southern Storytellers includes a six-part series of 10-minute episodes on PBS Digital Studios – Southern Sounds – that explores the powerful role of place in the lyrics of Southern songwriters.

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Season 1 Season 1 Episodes

Episode 3

S1 E3 Length 54:08 Premiere Date 08/01/23

Episode 2

S1 E2 Length 53:28 Premiere Date 07/25/23

Episode 1

S1 E1 Length 53:23 Premiere Date 07/18/23

Episode 3 Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 08/01/23

Jesmyn Ward Reads From Her Memoir 'Men We Reaped'

Clip Length 02:13 Premiere Date 08/01/23

Justin Moore Discusses the Inspiration for His Songwriting

Clip Length 01:13 Premiere Date 08/01/23

Natasha Trethewey Returns to New Orleans

Clip Length 02:31 Premiere Date 08/01/23

How Storytelling Endures In the South

Clip Length 01:30 Premiere Date 07/18/23

Author David Joy with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Clip Length 04:38 Premiere Date 07/18/23

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Thursday July 20, 2023 @ 7:00pm EDT

Southern Storytellers

Join KET for this special event that celebrates Southern storytelling and features a performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter S.G. Goodman!

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