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This week, we meet a West Virginia high school student whose love of reading inspired her to bring books to young children. We also check in on people who were displaced by historic flooding in Kentucky. What’s happening now that we’re deep into winter? And we find advice for people navigating the difficulties of caring for aging parents. You’ll he…
 
For working comedians, mean-spirited hecklers are part of the job. But what happens when someone gets angry enough to throw a beer? And, West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman had his own experience with an intimidating gig. We also hear some advice for people caring for aging relatives. You’ll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appal…
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we go back to school with West Virginia women who are training to fill the shortage of construction jobs. And, EMTs and first responders take care of Appalachian communities, but who’s watching out for them? We’ll also talk with country music star Morgan Wade about what it’s like to play in Nashville one week and the…
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear about a farm in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that can grow a lot of agriculture on one acre of a former industrial site. We’ll also hear about a podcast that remembers the "Back to the Land" movement in West Virginia during the 1970s and 1980s — as well as a mysterious disappearance. And, we’ll hear about a tea…
 
On this week’s encore episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re journeying far and wide through Appalachia and beyond. Author Mesha Maren takes us from the hills of West Virginia to the border between Texas and Mexico — the land of the Luchador. We’ll also hear about what West Virginians are doing to help Ukrainian refugees flee the war with Russia. And,…
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we venture to southern Ohio to visit the last remaining washboard maker in the United States. Its washboard’s aren’t just for laundry — but for music. And people come there to jam. We also speak with Elliott Stewart, who makes the zine "Porch Beers." The zine tracks his life and travels, like his move from West Virgi…
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk with James Beard-nominated West Virginia chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson, who serve up special dishes with stories behind them. And, we’ll visit an old-fashioned toy shop whose future was uncertain after its owners died, but has a new chance at life because of a twist of fate. We’ll also be sharing a few m…
 
It’s been a year in America with lots of big political news and some very disturbing events. Supreme Court decisions are reshaping the nation’s policies as violence and shootings continue to take lives. Us & Them host Trey Kay has been traveling around asking people “How’s America doing?” and “Why do you think that?” Trey spent Election Day in a sw…
 
This week, one of the NFL’s oldest franchises began right here in Appalachia — in Portsmouth, Ohio. And for some workers in the natural gas industry, unregulated, radioactive waste is part of the job. We also revisit one of our most popular stories from 2022. It’s all about Appalachia’s contribution to America’s great pizza wars. You’ll hear these …
 
This week, we'll meet a man who has struggled with substance use disorder. Now, he’s a recovery coach. We'll also meet a woman who started a farm and culinary training program to help people in recovery, and we'll learn about barn quilts in North Carolina. And childhood friends who first started singing together 70 years ago show us why it’s never …
 
This encore episode was originally recorded in 2014 in Charleston, WV. The show features The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin' McCourys feat. Keller Williams, Susan Werner, Mandolin Orange (Watchhouse), Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnnie Irion. Podcast support is provided by Diversified Energy. https://bit.ly/3Bh34QO…
 
This week, we look back at some of the stories we told in 2022. We took you to the floods in eastern Kentucky, where you met people who witnessed terrible destruction. We also invited you along as we talked to Appalachians who know a little something about resilience, like Dolly Parton. Because you invited us into your homes, we invited you into ou…
 
This episode was recorded on October 23rd, 2022, in Pittsburg, KS. The lineup includes John Fullbright, Willi Carlisle, Matt the Electrician, Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller, and Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld. Podcast support is provided by Diversified Energy. https://bit.ly/3ONK2qJBy West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 
This week, we talk with folklorist Emily Hilliard about her new book exploring contemporary folklife and Appalachian culture — like the lore behind the West Virginia slaw dog. We’ll also hear about the Asian-Appalachian experience from a student filmmaker who was born in China and grew up in western Maryland, and we’ll travel back to 2016 and liste…
 
Our 1,000th episode was recorded on October 9th, 2022, in Charleston, WV. The lineup includes Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar, Parker Millsap, Lucy Kaplansky, Caleb Caudle, and The Paranoid Style. Podcast support is provided by Diversified Energy. https://bit.ly/3Ew6rUFBy West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk with contributors to a new collection of writing by LGBTQ Appalachians — about how they see themselves reflected here in the region. We also hear about the history of baseball in the coal camps of southwestern Virginia and we return to flood damaged eastern Kentucky and meet gospel musician Dean McBee. You’ll…
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about traditional ballads — how they tell stories and connect us to the past. These old tunes can mean so much. They can tap into difficult emotions and give feelings space to be heard. Some songs may even be too uncomfortable to sing. In this special episode with guest co-host, ballad singer Saro Lynch…
 
This episode was recorded on September 25th, 2022, in Charleston, WV. The lineup includes Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier, Darden Smith, Frances Luke Accord, and Cole Chaney. Podcast support is provided by Diversified Energy. https://bit.ly/3Gr13omBy West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 
There’s a lot of energy and movement on abortion policy and law this fall. Some states have defined their position with five states offering ballot measures to protect or further restrict access to abortion. Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, plenty of people feel like one side has won...and the other has lost. But how is …
 
This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk to podcaster Abe Partridge about a uniquely Appalachian art — the religious music heard in snake handling churches. We also travel to southern West Virginia and talk real estate. The Itmann Coal Company Store building is up for sale, and the owner’s looking for a buyer who appreciates its history. And, it’s h…
 
This episode was recorded on September 18th, 2022, in Harrisonburg, VA. The lineup includes Joy Oladokun, Karan Casey Trio, The Heavy Heavy, Michaela Anne, and Phil Wiggins & The Chesapeake Sheiks. Podcast support is provided by Diversified Energy. https://bit.ly/3fwRCJ0By West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 
This week, we travel to Cabbagetown — an Atlanta neighborhood that was home to Appalachian workers who migrated there for textile jobs. We also tag along with Coal, a dog with a big job in a southern West Virginia elementary school. And just in time for the spooky season, we hear about Mountain Cove, a community of spiritualists who came to West Vi…
 
It’s time for our Us & Them dinner party crew to share a meal in person! This remarkable group of people has been meeting for two years, virtually, to talk across their social and political divides. There’s a lot they disagree on and there are moments of awkward concern at the table as they navigate that space. In this new episode, we’re together t…
 
This episode was recorded on August 28th, 2022, in Charleston, WV. The lineup includes Laurie Lewis, Maya de Vitry, Bill & The Belles, Tiffany Williams, and The Early Mays. Podcast support is provided by Digital Relativity. https://bit.ly/3TCMv8WBy West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 
This week, we travel to Charleston, West Virginia, to learn about the importance of funeral singers to Black communities. We’ll also hear about a new tool whose maker believes he can help save thousands of lives from fatal opioid overdoses. And we talk with author Barbara Kingsolver about the influence of Appalachia in her books. You’ll hear these …
 
This week, we bring back our special Halloween episode of Inside Appalachia from 2021. It’s packed with ghost stories and mysteries from across the region. In This Episode: W.Va.’s Bigfoot Museum The Flatwoods Monster Spooky Nights Tour The ‘Witch Of Wildwood’ ‘The Old Woman And Death’ Museums Central West Virginia has a new monster museum that pay…
 
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