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Host Stephanie Burt travels the Southern United States (with a fork!) and chats with some of the most interesting voices in the culinary South. From chefs to farmers, bakers to brewers, and pitmasters to fishermen, they all have a story. Listen and learn more behind some of your favorite foods.
 
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Fiona Hopkins and Stephanie Burt

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Hosts Fiona -- a forever GM -- and Stephanie -- a professor and comics critic -- explore the multiverse of superhero TTRPGs with a variety of expert guests from the world of roleplaying games and comic books. In each 2-4 episode run of the show we do an actual play of a different superhero RPG to demonstrate how the game works at the table. Each run ends with a detailed discussion of the system, where we talk about what kinds of superhero stories each game helps tell, how effective they are ...
 
When a textbook just won't cut it, turn to the real experts…moms like you! Twin moms who have experienced all the ups and downs of raising multiple kids. Amber will interview one of her friends that will inspire you, educate you and more importantly, let you know that you're not alone. This podcast is not just for twin moms. Any mom can benefit from the experiences of these twin moms. When you have twins, it's motherhood compounded. You learn a lot of lessons very quickly, and we want to sha ...
 
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Read: "Whale Watch" at Turbine Purchase: We Are Mermaids (Graywolf Press, 2022) Stephanie Burt is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poems and literary criticism, most recently WE ARE MERMAIDS (Graywolf, 2022), AFTER CALLIMACHUS: Poems and Translations (Princeton UP, 2020) and DON'T READ POETRY: A Book About How to R…
 
It’s time to dissect A City of Shining Stars by Aaron Lim, with our guest from this run, Jeff Stormer. For our Origin Story segment, we took the opportunity to interview Jeff about how he prepped for this game with a lifetime of watching, reading, and studying superhero stories. Back Issues Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross (1994). The influenti…
 
We’re back with Jeff Stormer of Party of One and All My Fantasy Children — not to mention Anyone Can Wear the Mask — to play Aaron Lim’s A City of Shining Stars. We’re using this superhero city-building game to develop the history of New Olympia, a parallel-universe version of New Arcadia. Find all of Aaron Lim’s games here: https://ehronlime.itch.…
 
Sara Lefsyk is Head Ethel over at Ethel Zine & Micro Press. Her book We Are Hopelessly Small and Modern Birds is published with Black Lawrence Press, 2018, and she has work previously published in Bateau, The Greensboro Review, The New Orleans Review, Phoebe, Poetry City, and Tinderbox among others. Read: "When They Taught Me How to Slit the Bird,"…
 
This run we’re joined by Jeff Stormer of Party of One and All My Fantasy Children — not to mention Anyone Can Wear the Mask — to play Aaron Lim’s A City of Shining Stars. We’re using this superhero city-building game to develop the history of New Olympia, a parallel-universe version of New Arcadia. Find all of Aaron Lim’s games here: https://ehronl…
 
Read: "Family of Origin Rewrite: 1982" in The Common Purchase: Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco (Milkweed Editions, 2023) K. Iver is a nonbinary trans poet from Mississippi. Their poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Salt Hill, TriQuarterly, The Adroit, and elsewhere. Their book Short Film Starring My Beloved…
 
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941 in New Orleans. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in the Treme neighborhood. Founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Sr., the restaurant soon became the meeting place for music and enterta…
 
Time to talk about Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game! In this back matter episode we go over the remarkable guided character creation mechanism, the balance between narrative and simulationist play, and Fiona breaks out a spreadsheet to report on probabilities. Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game was co-developed with Critical Hits Studios an…
 
Most food tours in the US involve quick stops at multiple restaurants, but in Charleston, SC, there is one that is very unique, led by a chef and certified tour guide with a passion for the history of Lowcountry foodways. Undiscovered Charleston is the brainchild of Forrest Parker, a chef whose restaurant tenures include Opryland, Louis’s, the Old …
 
The conclusion to our actual play of Sentinel Comics: the Roleplaying Game from Greater Than Games. Our heroes have a note from Time Keeper’s future self telling them to go to Monomer’s company office at midnight in a few days. How will they prepare? What will happen when the clock strikes 12:00? The Cast Ian Gregory (they/them, @fissionmale) — Urs…
 
Read: "War Machine" at The Tiny Mag Purchase: Making Water (Futurepoem, 2022) Laura Jaramillo is a poet and critic from Queens, New York living in Durham, North Carolina. Her books include Material Girl (subpress, 2012) and Making Water (Futurepoem, 2022). She holds a PhD in critical theory from Duke University. She co-runs the North Carolina-based…
 
New Orleans restaurateur Ralph Brennan grew up in restaurants. Part of a storied New Orleans family, the restaurant group he helms today owns multiple spots -- including Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen located at the Disneyland Resort -- but to me, the crowning jewel of this group is Brennan’s, a restaurant in the French quarter opened in 1946 that st…
 
Part two of our actual play of Sentinel Comics: the Roleplaying Game from Greater Than Games. There’s a volcano in the middle of the Grandsmeddow that is being brought forward in time by a strange device. Our heroes need to contend with an angry fire-wielding supervillain, Flame Jane, and quite a few lava wurms as they work to get to the device and…
 
In 1850 Sawyer Hayward came to New Orleans from the West Indies to start in the cotton business but soon expanded to source other items, including beans, which were prized by the large population of Caribbean immigrants. Vince Hayward is a descendant of Sawyer and the CEO of L.H. Hayward and Company, founded by his great-grandfather in 1923 to sell…
 
We’ve got Ian and Ceci back to play Sentinel Comics: the Roleplaying Game from Greater Than Games. It’s time for some good ol’ superheroing as a volcano erupts in the middle of New Arcadia. Can our heroes—a scientist/entrepreneur with a powered suit of her own making, a college dropout who stole the wrong magical artifact from the mob, and Ursula, …
 
If you didn’t already employ them to make a take-out dish this week for your Thanksgiving table, chances are you’ll probably meet some friends at some point at a restaurant during the holidays to celebrate. There are 15 million people working in the hospitality industry in the United States, and 63% of entry-level restaurant workers identify as fem…
 
As we move into the season of cheer, many of us will dip our toes into the grand American cocktail tradition, if only to make a cosmopolitan or hot toddy for a holiday gathering. Cocktails are uniquely American, asserts Abigail Gullo of Loa in New Orleans, LA. She revels in their chemistry, caretaking, and craft traditions, and she bases her work o…
 
Time to talk about Mutant City Blues! In this back matter episode we discuss our feelings about creating characters using the Quade Diagram, the challenges of GMing a mystery, and the uncomfortable relationships between superheroes and cops. Our Mundane Supernatural Life is written by Vee Hendro and Hayley Gordon, and published by Storybrewers. Bac…
 
Vaucresson Sausage has been a true flavor of New Orleans since 1899. Vaucresson’s Sausage Company is a third-generation, family-owned business in the 7th Ward of the city, and its current caretakers are Vance Vaucresson and his wife Julie. They’re well-known members of the community but especially visible each year during Jazz Fest when patrons que…
 
Listen: On the web, or at your favorite player (Google, Apple, Spotify) Read: "Flowers as Mind Control" at Queen Mob's Teahouse. Purchase: Flowers as Mind Control (BkMk Press, 2021) Laura Minor’s critically acclaimed debut book of poems, Flowers as Mind Control, won the 2020 John Ciardi Poetry Prize and is published by the University of Arkansas Pr…
 
Fiona and Stephanie are sitting down together for the cozy and delightful Our Mundane Supernatural Life by Vee Hendro and Hayley Gordon, published by Storybrewers. Stephanie plays the sentient robot G.I.M.A., who was built by New Arcadia to help with municipal infrastructure maintenance but developed a mind of her own. Fiona is her roommate Emily, …
 
All over the South in city after city, the idea of a French bistro or brasserie has taken hold. There’s something about those French comfort food classics, the gleaming bar, and the plates of briny oysters that invite conversation and communing with friends, but there’s much more to learn behind the scenes than just what wine pairs best with steak …
 
In this season of alchemy and the celebration of potions, harvest, and even bubbling cauldrons, we turn to a true culinary alchemist whose ideas for good food meet transformation on the daily. Elizabeth Johnson’s rich background reflects her complementary philosophies at her restaurant, Pharm Table, in San Antonio, TX. The James Beard Foundation re…
 
Time to talk about Mutant City Blues! In this back matter episode we discuss our feelings about creating characters using the Quade Diagram, the challenges of GMing a mystery, and the uncomfortable relationships between superheroes and cops. Mutant City Blues is written by Robin D. Laws and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, and published by Pelgrane Press. Ba…
 
Steve McHugh is a 5-time James Beard-nominated chef whose career has always celebrated seasonality, sense of place, and the central idea that food is community. From his time in New Orleans in various storied restaurants to opening Cured at Pearl and now Landrace in San Antonio, TX, Steve’s focus has always been more about excellence in the kitchen…
 
It’s the second half of our actual play of Mutant City Blues by Robin D. Laws (@RobinDLaws) and Gareth Hanrahan (@mytholder), published by Pelgrane Press. Our three investigators from LICK, Inc. have headed to Leos, a café in VR Heights, to track down Kerrigan Park. They found suspicious payments to Ms. Park’s B*Spoke shop on a thumb drive owned by…
 
Sitting high atop a hill with a view of the scrubby brush and low oaks of the rolling landscape of Central Texas, Southold Farm + Cellar seems a long way from Long Island, NY. But less than 10 years ago, that’s where this winery was located, with wines from winemaker Regan Meador filling the glasses of New York City and getting celebrated in hotspo…
 
We’re starting our actual play of Mutant City Blues by Robin D. Laws (@RobinDLaws) and Gareth Hanrahan (@mytholder), published by Pelgrane Press. Hear our three super-powered private investigators, who have been hired by the local transit engineers’ union to investigate a suspicious fire on a subway car. Find out more about the game: https://pelgra…
 
John Washburne swears that he remembers me when I visited his restaurant Otto’s 7 or 8 years ago. While I’m still not quite convinced, my Otto’s German Bistro memory was one of the reasons I wanted to return to Fredericksburg, TX. The town was settled in the 1800s by German immigrants and still retains a lot of German character, and Otto’s was a st…
 
Located just 40 minutes away from Asheville, N.C. but in many ways still a secluded secret, The Swag’s 250-acre property includes distant views of the mountain city from its 5000-foot elevation, luxurious rooms, a spa, and plenty of rest and relaxation in rockers on porches. Originally built as a private family retreat, this intimate luxury spot fe…
 
Eating in a restaurant is more than just food -- in its simplest form, it is an experience eating food in an environment outside your home. For Kate Towill of Basic Projects in Charleston, SC, that experience is a blank slate for design, design that goes way beyond what color to paint the walls. She spent 6 years in the film industry as a set desig…
 
Come for the uncharacteristically sloppy opening, keep listening for a great discussion about Exceptionals by Gar Atkins, and stay to the end for a li’l song. In this back matter episode, we dig into character creation, game mechanisms, and the comics we think go with this game. More Info: https://bramblewolfgames.itch.io/exceptionals Back Issues N…
 
Read: "Moon Without Possible Approach" at Tin Fish Press. Purchase: The Silk the Moths Ignore (Inlandia Books, 2021) Bronwen Tate teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, and creative writing pedagogy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is the author of the poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore and a contributor to the collabo…
 
This time of year, it feels like everything is speeding up. The kids are back in school, the holidays are around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but it feels like everyone is back from vacation and emailing me. But author and mixologist Mike Wolf is asking us to slow down, take the time to make a proper drink and in the process, get to know…
 
We’re back with the second half of our AP of Exceptionals by Gar Atkins (@Sahoni_Stuff). We left off just as Manticore was writing her lesson plans. Find out how she rolled, and then what happens when the crew paddles over to the Traipse River power plant to give it what for. Find out more about the game: https://bramblewolfgames.itch.io/exceptiona…
 
In 1954, when Dot Hubbard wanted to start a Virginia peanut mail order business from her home in Sedley, VA, there was no system for zip codes in the United States. UPS wasn't operating in Virginia and FedEx had not yet been founded. Nevertheless, Hubbard Peanut Company was born, with business phones on party lines and a fine recipe for cooking Sup…
 
It’s the first half of our actual play of Exceptionals by Gar Atkins (@Sahoni_Stuff)! Our three mutants genos just want to hang out in nature, help children, and make video games, but the area’s indifference to a coal-burning power plant spurs them to action. Find out more about the game: https://bramblewolfgames.itch.io/exceptionals The Cast Armaa…
 
What if two of the 21st century’s largest problems: rising seawater levels and excess carbon dioxide, could be leveraged into next generation sustainable agriculture? That was the daunting research question that Sam Norton posed when he was in graduate school, and what eventually grew into Heron Farms in Charleston, SC. Heron Farms’ most recognizab…
 
Vern’s in Charleston, SC represents the culmination of Daniel and Bethany Henize's years of experience. They have worked in lauded restaurants around the country, including the now-closed Charleston institution McCrady’s, as well as Animal, Jon & Vinny’s, and Gjusta in Los Angeles. Located in a quaint corner building from the 1880s and named after …
 
Our AP is over, so now it’s time to talk about Champions 6th Edition from Hero Games. In this back matter episode, we dig into character creation, game mechanisms, and the comics we think go with this game. More Info: https://www.herogames.com/ Back Issues Freedom Force — Irrational Games Justice Society Avengers — Anything with art by George Pérez…
 
According to the most recent data from the USDA, out of the 3.4 million farmers in the United States today, only 45,000 are Black. Deep in the maritime forests near the Edisto River in Dorchester, SC, Marvin Ross of Peculiar Pig Farm is one of that number. He started the farm in 2009, farming 15 acres of the 100 acres that his grandfather, Thomas H…
 
We’re back playing Champions, 6th Edition from Hero Games. How will The Human Slingshot and Anemone deal with Johnny Three-Guns, Liar, and Larry the Hench? What evil schemes are afoot elsewhere while they’re tossing guns around and mildly bruising each other? Champions, 6th Edition is the 2009 version of the long-running Champions RPG. It’s a gener…
 
A California girl now living in New Orleans, Joy Wilson, known more on the internet as Joy the Baker, never tires of the alchemy of baking at home. In 2008, Joy started a blog to share her indulgent, comforting, yet approachable recipes in her little corner of the internet, and the path since has been super sweet. She’s a baking instructor, a three…
 
New run! New game! This time we’re playing Champions, 6th Edition from Hero Games. The Human Slingshot and Anemone are dispatched to the surprisingly posh New Arcadia Aquarium to stop Johnny Three-Guns and his hench from robbing a gala full of socialites. Champions, 6th Edition is the 2009 version of the long-running Champions RPG. It’s a general s…
 
Vishwesh Bhatt has been a part of Chef John Currence’s City Grocery Restaurant Group in Oxford, MS since 1997. He started off as a prep cook at City Grocery and worked his way up to Executive Chef at Snackbar, where he has developed a menu that intertwines both Southern and subcontinental foodways. His new cookbook, I Am From Here: Stories and Reci…
 
Sometimes, waiting for the conditions to be exactly right keeps us from seeing the opportunity in starting right now, even, literally, in our own backyards. But that certainly wasn’t the case for one Charlotte, NC farm. Located inside the city limits off Brookshire Freeway is Small City Farm, owned and operated by Kim Shaw and Rohan Gibbs. Although…
 
Our AP is over, so now it’s time to talk about Anyone Can Wear the Mask by Jeff Stormer. In this back matter episode, we dig into character creation, game mechanisms, and the comics we think go with this game. More Info: https://jeffstormer.itch.io/mask Back Issues Daredevil — Frank Miller and Ann Nocenti runs Luke Cage — Comics and TV show Ms. Mar…
 
If you’ve spent time in Charlotte, NC in the last 40 years, Barbara McKay's voice could be as familiar as family. One of the region’s most popular media personalities, she taught a generation of viewers to cook through her consistent presence on WBTV during an era when viewers sat by the television with pad and paper ready to write down the recipes…
 
Dr. Dee is a physician, wife and mom to four, including her fraternal girl twins. Dr. Dee and I get on our soap boxes and talk about her being a recovering perfectionist, her philosophy that work-life balance is trash and why she thinks putting yourself first is vital to survival. Dr. Dee is also a twin mom coach and the host of Twin Moms Thriving …
 
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