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Inside Appalachia will report on stories common to the mountain region. Inside Appalachia will provide in-depth coverage of mountain politics, culture and the environment.

Inside Appalachia will report on stories common to the mountain region. Inside Appalachia will provide in-depth coverage of mountain politics, culture and the environment.
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Inside Appalachia will report on stories common to the mountain region. Inside Appalachia will provide in-depth coverage of mountain politics, culture and the environment.

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Inside Appalachia: The Farmington Mine Disaster, 50 Years Later

12/14/2018
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On Nov. 20, 1968, an underground explosion ripped through a West Virginia coal mine and killed 78 miners. Fifty years later, the local community still comes together the Sunday before the anniversary of the Farmington Mine Disaster to remember the men lost that day. Following the tragedy in Farmington in 1968, the widows of the families demanded safer working conditions and action from Congress. The disaster was one of the instrumental forces that led Congress to pass the 1969 Federal Mine...

Duration:00:57:25

Indie Pro-Wrestling, A Look Back: Inside Appalachia

12/7/2018
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we take another look at the world of independent pro-wrestling. While pro-wrestling is popular across the country and all around the world, the sport has a rich and storied history here in Appalachia. In this episode we’ll take a glimpse at the action, intensity, and drama (real-life and otherwise) that happens between the ropes. We’ll visit Madison, W.Va., where All Star Wrestling (ASW) draws hundreds of people to most matches and meet Gary Damron who...

Duration:01:05:42

Another Look at Economic Development: Inside Appalachia

11/30/2018
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Since the War on Poverty in the 1960s, federal funds to help revitalize coal country have poured in from Washington, D.C. And in recent years, a new federal push has brought millions of dollars worth of funding to projects that are intended to create jobs and retrain people in coal country for work in other fields. There are also a number of state initiatives to help generate job growth. But have these projects worketd? In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at an...

Duration:00:59:14

A Sense of What’s Possible: A Struggle to Stay Follow-Up

11/23/2018
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This week we’ll revisit an episode that originally aired earlier this spring about two young people who are learning farming as part of a workforce development program called Refresh Appalachia. We'll also get an update on where Colt Brogan and Crystal Snyder are today. The federal government has tried for years to encourage economic growth in this region, from President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty that launched more than 50 years ago to federally-funded retraining programs for displaced...

Duration:00:56:40

Another Look At The Pope’s Long Con

11/16/2018
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at a story we aired earlier this year. The story details the life of Kentucky politician and pastor Danny Johnson and the investigation that exposed a long line of questionable actions that preceded his rise to power. “ The Pope’s Long Con ” from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has earned several national honors, including a Peabody Award . The five-part investigation revealed some shocking facts about Johnson’s personal...

Duration:00:54:07

Who's Telling Appalachia's Story? Appalachian Writers Discuss Their Work

11/9/2018
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On today’s show, we’ll hear from people who write novels, short stories and newspaper articles, each one telling Appalachia’s story in his or her own way.

Duration:00:54:20

Revisiting Mark Combs' Struggle to Stay: Headed Home?

11/2/2018
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On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at the story of Mark Combs — a comedian, an actor and dog owner moving from West Virginia across the country to chase big dreams. What could possibly go wrong? And we’ll get a new update on where he is now.

Duration:00:53:43

Werewolves, Panthers and Ghosts...Oh My, Appalachia!

10/26/2018
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On this special Halloween episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re doing something a little bit out of the ordinary for us—we’re suspending our disbelief. Telling and retelling stories is part of our Appalachian tradition. Long before TV or the Internet came along, a well-told tale was often how our ancestors entertained each other and kept the crisp chill at bay as the darkness of winter approached.

Duration:00:53:52

Changing Coal Communities and Overcoming Poverty in Appalachia

10/19/2018
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Jeannette Walls grew up poor in America. She wrote about it in her memoir "The Glass Castle," which has remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for more than eight years. She spent most of her childhood west of the Mississippi River, but her father, who was originally from West Virginia, eventually brought her family back to McDowell County, where she lived for four years. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll listen back to an interview Jessica Lilly did with Walls in...

Duration:00:53:52

Appalachian Food: What Happens When Local, Traditional Foods Get Trendy?

10/14/2018
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The Inside Appalachia team is hitting the road and heading to Beckley for its first LIVE Listening Party the evening of Bridge Day. Join us for an evening of live interviews, videos, art and music. The event will be at the Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre in Beckley on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. -- and it’s free. Seating is limited, so don’t forget to RSVP .

Duration:00:54:02

The Tough Landscape of Economic Development: Inside Appalachia

10/5/2018
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Since the War on Poverty in the 1960s, federal funds to help revitalize coal country have poured in from Washington, D.C. And in recent years, a new federal push has brought millions of dollars worth of funding to projects that are intended to create jobs and retrain people in coal country for work in other fields. There are also a number of state initiatives to help generate job growth. But have these projects worked?

Duration:00:59:09

Celebrating 'Apple-Atcha', Inside Appalachia

9/28/2018
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Here in Appalachia, it’s apple season. Did you know that Golden Delicious Apples originated right here in West Virginia? In fact, apples are our state fruit. Apples have been a major agricultural industry for the Mountain State.

Duration:00:53:54

From Coal to Music: Appalachia's Connection to the United Kingdom

9/21/2018
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Coal miners and their families in Appalachia take great pride in their work and the fellowship that surrounds coal mining. As Jeremy Brock, one former Kentucky coal miner, put it: "It's a culture. It's a brotherhood." “Once you get used to it, I wouldn’t do nothing else," he told the documentary project, Humans of Central Appalachia, in 2016.

Duration:00:54:00

Baseball as Transcendence: How Appalachia's Pastime Creates Character, Camaraderie

9/14/2018
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As we head into the final weeks of summer, this week on Inside Appalachia we explore the impact of baseball throughout the region. We’ll learn about the history of early baseball in the coal camp towns of southern West Virginia, and go inside the legendary baseball bat factory — the Louisville Sluggers. And we’ll meet a man who went from living in an isolated timber town in Pocahontas County, West Virginia to being a professional umpire for the Cincinnati Reds.

Duration:00:56:15

LGBT Issues Across Appalachia

9/7/2018
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This week on Inside Appalachia we're revisiting an episode from earlier this year, exploring issues in our region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We’ll hear from a teenager getting ready for an LGBT formal. We’ll learn how difficult it can be to access healthcare in eastern Kentucky for one gender nonconforming Appalachian. We’ll also take a look at efforts in West Virginia to provide legal protection to people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity....

Duration:00:53:00

Road Trip: Appalachia’s Hidden Gems

8/31/2018
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re going on a road trip to meet people who are working in Appalachia to preserve American culture and traditions.

Duration:00:56:07

Fighting HIV and Hepatitis Inside Appalachia

8/24/2018
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In parts of Appalachia, needle exchange programs have brought controversy, and they sometimes carry a stigma that such offerings enable, or even encourage, drug use. But supporters say the practice, especially when coupled with addiction treatment options for participants, can help get them on a path to recovery.

Duration:00:54:29

Drama, Mayhem and Trust: Indie Pro-Wrestling in Appalachia

8/17/2018
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the world of independent pro-wrestling. While pro-wrestling is popular across the country and all around the world, the sport has a rich and storied history here in Appalachia. In this episode we’ll take a glimpse at the action, intensity, and drama (real-life and otherwise) that happens between the ropes.

Duration:01:04:07

Farming, Race, Poverty, and the Media Inside Appalachia

8/10/2018
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Being a farmer isn’t easy. One woman in Georgia found that getting assistance as a black farmer can be especially tough. Shirley Sherrod said she found discrimination in the federal government’s farm assistance programs, and she and other farmers fought back in the biggest class action lawsuit in U.S. history. Listen to the episode to hear the results of the lawsuit, and what it meant for farmers across the country.

Duration:00:51:20

Inside Appalachia Features the Pope’s Long Con

8/3/2018
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll learn about the life of Kentucky politician and pastor Danny Johnson, and the investigation that exposed a long line of questionable actions that preceded his rise to power.

Duration:00:54:19