Southern Oddities is a new podcast from Jared Ordis, host of Even The Podcast Is Afraid. The twice weekly episodes are perfect for short commutes and provide a respite from the news of the day.
This podcast focuses on myths, lore, and history of the Southern United States via stories of the supernatural, bizarre, or unexplained. They are not the kind found in academic history books, but rather are usually only repeated in the local region where they originated.
Jared is a natural storyteller, and his southern accent is perfect for his choice of tales. The banjo background music is a great fit for the transitions.
Southern Oddities is part anthropology and part history. What I enjoy about this podcast is that Jared provides just the right amount of detail. He whets the listener’s appetite while leaving room for a deeper dive, if they choose it. For example, episode three is about a Baptist preacher who believes he has found the Garden of Eden in Bristol, Florida. Jared’s description led me to Google photos of the area now known as the “Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.” The photos of the flora and fauna are stunning, and listeners might be inspired to add it to their Florida travel bucket list.
I recommend this podcast to anyone who is looking for a quirky, short, unexplained mysteries type of podcast.