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Storytelling Podcasts

We tell the folklore of Appalachia

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United States

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We tell the folklore of Appalachia

Language:

English

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Episodes

Sop Doll Sop

1/25/2023
We have a Jack Tale for you today. Once upon a time old Jack decided to hit the road to find some easy work. This he did, and in the process he encountered a witch and her coven. To find out what happened next, just hit that start button on this podcast episode! You can subscribe to the MountainLore podcast wherever you download your favorite podcasts. Sweet dreams, y'all...

Duration:00:08:16

The Winking Corpse

1/18/2023
In the latter part of the 19th century feuds were common across remote parts of Appalachia, the most well-known of which was the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. They weren't the only feudists, though. In Rowan County, Kentucky at that time two families, the Martins and the Tollivers, were engaged in a bloody feud of their own. Today we tell a tale that sprang from the fighting there, one involving a dead man who, while he could tell no tales, certainly could wink at you. You...

Duration:00:07:39

Jack's True Love

1/11/2023
Today we tell a Jack tale about Jack and his most unusual true love, who he found during one of his countless adventures in Appalachia. Thanks for listening and for sharing our podcast worldwide! Be sure to subscribe to MountainLore wherever you get your podcasts... As always, sweet dreams, podcast listeners...

Duration:00:15:47

The Praying Ghost

1/4/2023
A sailor retired to the Bull Run Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge, in Virginia. With him, the sailor brought many exotic and unusual things and people from far-distant parts of the world. He also, it was said, brought some unusual and odd beliefs as well. What happened to this sailor after his life on this earth was done is our tale today. You can subscribe to the MountainLore podcast at Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Goodpods, Audible or wherever you get your podcasts. Sweet...

Duration:00:06:43

The Bride and Groom of Mt. Pisgah

12/28/2022
We are back from Christmas break with a new bit of folklore for you! If you're in the Asheville, North Carolina, area when it snows, look up at nearby Mr. Pisgah. There you'll see what looks like the image of a man and a woman, known locally as the bride and the groom. That name comes from an old folklore told in that part of North Carolina for years; today, we'll share that tale with you. You can subscribe to the MountainLore podcast in many ways: on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Spotify,...

Duration:00:06:47

The Legend of Spearfinger

12/14/2022
Today we tell about the legend of Spearfinger, or U'tlun'ta, the Cherokee witch whose diet included something very, very bad. The MountainLore podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcatcher. We're on Facebook and Twitter @myappalachia and on Mastodon @MountainLore@podcasts.social Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:09:27

The Haint in the Pillow

12/8/2022
What happens if that bargain you got at a yard sale turns out to be occupied by the ghost of a person who happens to be experiencing the horrors it saw right before death? That's our tale today. You can subscribe to the MountainLore podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Audible, Spotify or on your own favorite podcast app. Sweet dreams, podcast listeners.

Duration:00:09:53

The Dark Side of Christmas: Krampus

12/1/2022
We're back after the Thanksgiving holidays, ready to head on into the Christmas season. Speaking of Christmas... Did you know that Christmas has a dark side? It does, at least in some parts of not just Appalachia but around the world, in the form of a shaggy, horned man-goat named Krampus! Merry Christmas...and, uh, sweet Christmas dreams, y'all!

Duration:00:08:00

An Animal Tale

11/20/2022
Today we tell a traditional "talking animals" story, about Dog, Cat, Jackass, and, ummm, Rooster....enjoy! You can subscribe to the MountainLore podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcatcher. We're on Facebook and on Twitter @myappalachia. We're also now on Mastodon @MountainLore@podcasts.social Thanks for listening...sweet dreams, podcast listeners...

Duration:00:10:05

The Legend of Annie and the Boojum

11/13/2022
Many years ago, it's said, a young woman met and fell in love with a strange, hairy creature in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Today we tell the tale of Annie and the Boojum, Appalachia's own tale of Beauty and the Beast. If you've not done so already, be sure to subscribe to the MountainLore podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, Audible, Goodpods, IHeartRadio, RadioPublic or on your favorite podcast app. Sweet dreams, podcast listeners...

Duration:00:06:58

The Mothman

11/6/2022
In the fall of 1966 several men digging a grave in a town in West Virginia first spotted a strange being with wings and red, glowing eyes. Over the next year many folks in the state reported seeing the same mysterious creature. Today we tell the tale of Appalachia's most famous cryptid: the Mothman. Be sure to subscribe to the MountainLore podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, Audible, Goodpods or on your favorite podcast app. Sweet dreams, podcast listeners...

Duration:00:10:48

The Haunting

10/26/2022
Halloween is fast approaching, so Gena and I did a little digging in our archives and found the scariest tale we could find for you...that is 100% TRUE! From 2019 we bring you a tale of ghosts, spirit possession and evil that happened to a young radio disc jockey and his girlfriend in a house they were renting in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the early 1990's. The twist? One of the people involved in this story is the one telling it, first hand. The MountainLore podcast is available wherever...

Duration:00:17:34

The Woman In The Blue Polka Dot Dress

10/19/2022
In 1932 a woman's body was found alongside a road in Logan County, West Virginia. The woman was wearing a bloodstained blue polka dot dress. There were two trials of two different men later that year in which salacious gossip about this woman's alleged affairs were told. In the end one man was acquitted and the other man, a black handyman, was convicted of her murder. And ever since that time, it's been said, you can see that woman, Mamie Thurman, walking the roads around Logan looking for...

Duration:00:10:50

Headless Annie

10/13/2022
Many years ago, it's said, a cruel coal mine owner in Harlan County had a troublesome miner and his family brutally murdered. Ever since that time tales have been told of a headless ghost, that of the miner's daughter, appearing to travelers along the road at Black Mountain. Today we tell the story of Headless Annie Be sure to subscribe to the MountainLore podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Audible, Spotify or on your favorite podcast app.

Duration:00:07:13

The Legend of the Greenbrier Cove Gold Mine

10/6/2022
Greenbrier Cove is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's a great place to hike and to enjoy nature. It's also a great place to find gold, or so it's said. Today we tell a tale of a lost gold mine, supposedly located at Greenbrier Cove. Be sure to subscribe to the MountainLore podcast if you haven't done so already. You can do so at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Audible, Goodpods, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:08:12

The Vampire of Big Stone Gap/The Haunted Rock

10/1/2022
Wise County, Virginia, is full of history, from the early days of the pioneers, through the coal boom after the Civil War, to the Cold War (U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers grew up there). And Wise County is also home to more than its share of Appalachian folklore, from Jack tales to spooky stories. Today Steve and Gena tell you a couple of the latter, involving a vampire that supposedly lived in Big Stone Gap and a haunted rock that lay along the route from Norton to Wise. You can subscribe to...

The Unshaven Ghost/The Visitor

9/22/2022
Today we tell a couple of traditional ghost stories from Southwest Virginia. First up, from Russell County, is the story of a ghost that demands a good, clean shave. Then it's on to a story about a ghost that is seen going...well, we don't know, but it's a good tale. Thanks for listening and for sharing our bits of MountainLore with your friends!

Duration:00:07:31

Shooting at Witches

9/15/2022
Straight from the news headlines in 1875 we tell the story of a man so obsessed with the witches invading his home, he turned it into a shooting gallery. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our tales with your friends. Til we meet again, sweet dreams, podcast listeners...

Duration:00:09:51

Tunnels of Doom: The Sensabaugh Tunnel and the Big Bull Tunnel

9/8/2022
With the coming of the railroads into Appalachia came tunnels through which tracks were laid, making it easier to transport people into the region and coal out. Turns out those holes in the hills made excellent homes for haints. Today we tell you stories about two of those tunnels: the Big Bull Tunnel in Southwest Virginia and the Sensabaugh Tunnel in East Tennessee. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our tales with your friends.

The Wizard Clip

9/1/2022
Many years ago on the Virginia frontier, in what's now West Virginia, a man sought room and board from a farmer. This man later got sick and died without benefit of the clergy of his choice. That's when this story becomes interesting. Today Steve and Gena tell the tale of the spirit known as the Wizard Clip. The MountainLore podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Audible, TuneIn or on your favorite podcast app. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook @myappalachia. Thanks for...

Duration:00:08:43