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A look at the history of Appalachia, one story at a time.

A look at the history of Appalachia, one story at a time.
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United States

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A look at the history of Appalachia, one story at a time.

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English

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Episodes

A Soviet Spy in Appalachia

6/22/2019
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Today, in a retelling of our very first podcast episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of a man who, during the 1930's and 40's, worked at Tennessee Eastman, Holston Defense and in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project. He also was a Russian asset who sold information about American weapons to his handlers. The Stories podcast is available, for free, at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of...

Duration:00:12:02

The Judge Who Ran Both Ways

6/15/2019
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Today we tell the story of Judge Alexander Ratliff of Pikeville, Kentucky, who ran for office as both a Democrat and as an Independent, at the same time, gathering enough votes from both ballots to be elected. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on any number of podcast apps, all for free. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.

Duration:00:09:41

Encore-Chief Benge's Last Raid

6/15/2019
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This week we bring you an encore presentation from 2015, the story of the last Native American raid on the settlements of Southwest Virginia by Chief Benge, the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots-Irish trader named John Benge. We're available on such apps as RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, among others. Join us on Facebook@storiesofappalachia and on Twitter@storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!

Duration:00:09:57

The Kidnapping of Peggy Ann

6/8/2019
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The story of the kidnapping of a high school student in Shade Gap, Pennsylvania, who was dragged off into the woods while walking from her bus stop to her house. The man who took her was known as an eccentric in the community. The kidnapping triggered the largest manhunt in American history to that time. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast, for free of course, at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of other podcast apps. We're on Facebook...

Duration:00:09:03

Massacre at Lattimer

6/1/2019
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On September 10, 1897, more than a dozen coal miners, mainly eastern European immigrants, were shot and killed by police while on strike at the Lattimer mine in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. This was a turning point in the UMW's efforts to organize the coal fields of northern Appalachia and today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Stitcher or on most other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on...

Duration:00:10:39

Nance Dude

5/25/2019
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Today we tell the story of Nance Dude, of Haywood County, North Carolina, convicted in the death of her granddaughter in 1913. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Player FM and on many other podcast apps. For more stories about the history of this place we call home, you can follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and Twitter @storyappalachia.

Duration:00:09:59

Dr. John Romulus Brinkley

5/18/2019
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Today we tell the story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, from the mountains of western North Carolina. Dr. Brinkley lived a colorful life as a promoter of patent medicines, quack cures and goat "gonad" operations, among other things. Oh, he even had time to run for governor of Kansas, more than once. He was also a master marketer, pioneering the use of what were called "border blaster" radio stations located near the U.S. border in Mexico and aimed at the American radio market to promote his...

Duration:00:28:11

Encore: The Wytheville Polio Epidemic

5/11/2019
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Today we present an encore episode about a polio epidemic which swept through Wytheville, Virginia in the 1950's. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history!

Duration:00:13:50

The Baroness

5/2/2019
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Today we tell a story of love, lust, and espionage in Chattanooga, Tennessee during World War I. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and many other podcast apps, all for free! We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening to our tales of Appalachian history...

Duration:00:08:28

Sam

4/27/2019
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For today's podcast we travel over the mountains to Buladean, North Carolina, the hometown of a man who once traveled the world as part of the P. T. Barnum sideshow. Be sure to listen to find out why that was. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn or on your own favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, folks!

Duration:00:09:06

Highlander

4/19/2019
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The Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, outside Knoxville, was in the news recently when one of the buildings there was burned. Fire investigators found a white power symbol in the ashes of that building. Today we're going to tell you just why that might have been as we share the story of Highlander's history in the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 60's, as well as in labor struggles in Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at...

Duration:00:08:57

Tennessee Ernie Ford

4/11/2019
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Today we're going to have a pea-pickin' old time telling the story of one of the most talented and popular entertainers to ever come out of Appalachia: Tennessee Ernie Ford, of Bristol, Tennessee. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and on many other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!

Duration:00:10:24

Dock Boggs

4/6/2019
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Among the pioneers of what was then known as "hillbilly music" was a coal miner from Norton, Virginia, named Moran Lee Boggs. Better known as Dock Boggs, he became known for his unique style of banjo playing and singing, which was a combination of old time Appalachian folk music and African American blues. Today we tell his story. You can find the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our...

Duration:00:09:52

Another Batch of Short Stories

3/30/2019
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Today we share some interesting short stories about this place we call home, Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history with your friends!

Duration:00:12:21

The Mummies of Philippi

3/23/2019
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Today we tell you a story about some homegrown Appalachian mummies from West Virginia. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends!

Duration:00:07:25

The Homestead Strike

3/16/2019
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In 1892 Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the site of a strike, pitting the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, one of the most powerful unions, against Carnegie Steel, owned by Andrew Carnegie and run by Carnegie and his partner, Henry Clay Frick. The strike turned into a full fledged riot on July 6. Today we tell the story of the Homestead Strike. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks...

Duration:00:13:47

The Murder of Mary Magdaline

3/9/2019
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Greenup, Kentucky, was the scene of a tragic and brutal murder of a three year old child at the end of 1927. That crime and its notoriety brought the nation's attention to the issue of child abuse. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history!

Duration:00:07:18

John Peter Salling

3/2/2019
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In 1742 German immigrant John Peter Salling was asked to join an expedition set to travel far into the Virginia back country, all the way to the Mississippi River. To this he agreed, thus setting him on the path to an adventure involving Indians, French soldiers, the Governor of Louisiana, and even a hijacking at sea. We tell that story on this week's episode of Stories. If you'd like to get our podcast episodes automatically, simply subscribe at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify,...

Duration:00:09:47

Andrew Taylor Still

2/23/2019
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Andrew Taylor Still, born in the Appalachian frontier town of Jonesville, Virginia, went on to become a self-educated doctor. He moved to Kansas just in time to become involved in the bloody civil war sparked there by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He fought in the American Civil War, too, but it was his development of a new form of medical practice that placed him in the history books. You can subscribe to the Stories Podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify,...

Duration:00:09:45

The LaFollette Bombing

2/16/2019
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In 1935 LaFollette, Tennessee, like most other American towns, was in the grips of the Great Depression. Money was tight and the banks were calling in loans that couldn't be paid. One of those loans was on a restaurant in town owned by an Italian immigrant, and what this man chose to do in response to losing his business is the subject of this week's episode of Stories. You can listen to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of podcast...

Duration:00:08:48