Podcasts are a great way to while away the time on a road trip. This summer, keep a little WNC with you when you’re traveling with these regionally focused podcasts on topics ranging from food to music and more. And because they’re streaming, rather than exclusively live radio, you can hit play or pause whenever you like.
Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina
Old-time and mountain swing artist Laura Boosinger explores regional music traditions via topics like the African roots of the banjo. blueridgemusicnc.com
Speaking of Travel
An Asheville face in marketing and lover of travel, Marilyn Ball talks travel tips and transformation with local guests like Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers. speakingoftravel.net
Making. Living. Better.
Host Hal Row interviews Catawba County locals about passion projects like homesteading and baking to improve the community. themesh.tv/making-living-better
The sounds of cooking are a backdrop for stories that guests, like Sunil Patel of Asheville’s Patchwork Farms, share with hosts Jen Nathan Orris and Cass Herrington about food, family, and culture. skilletpodcast.com
Appalachian State University’s Megan Hayes talks with professors as well as national personalities about global issues like sustainability and social justice. appalachianmagazine.org
Music on the Fly
A monthly concert series featuring performances by local artists staged at the Asheville Regional Airport is hosted and recorded by Ashvegas.com founder Jason Sandford. ashvegas.com
Se Ve Se Escucha (Seen and Heard)
This bilingual podcast from the Center for Participatory Change is for anyone interested in social and language justice in WNC. seveseescucha.com
Hosts Jon Ammons and Catherine Campbell take up themes like Affrilachian cooking and table manners with guests like 2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year winner author Michael Twitty, plus share stories and songs. dirty-spoon.com/radio-hour
Southern Songs and Stories
Tunes and autobiographical tales flow in this series, where host Joe Kendrick (aka WNCW’s director of programming) spends time with musicians like Town Mountain. southernsongsandstories.com