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Gravy Podcast: Swine Country

By the end of the twentieth century, hog farming had replaced tobacco as the backbone of eastern North Carolina’s economy. Today, the hog industry is a source of both contention and pride in the area. In rural Duplin County, the home of Smithfield Foods, hogs outnumber people 40 to 1.

My Ex’s Favorite Icing

I’ve been making this cake for him for about thirty years. The last fifteen or so we haven’t even been married.

Gravy Podcast: Home with the Armadillo

In 1970s Austin, Texas, country music mixed with rock-and-roll to create the “Austin sound.” Its cradle was the Armadillo World Headquarters, where the so-called hippies and rednecks came together over cold beer, cheap nachos, and cosmic cowboy sounds.

Groves and Grace

For the last thirty-five years, citrus farmer Fred Schwarz has tended the six hundred–plus satsuma and navel orange trees on his family’s land in low-lying Plaquemines Parish.

Hecho con amor

Eduardo Chávez never imagined that his truck-based take on seafood—fresh, herbaceous, citrusy—could compete with the giant fried platters offered at every other brick-and-mortar on Ocracoke Island.

Más Manteca, More Lard

Lora Smith explores how changes in the grocery aisle reflect changes in the broader Appalachian community of Manchester, Kentucky.