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A podcast by and for Appalachians, addressing issues and possible solutions for the folks who live here.

A podcast by and for Appalachians, addressing issues and possible solutions for the folks who live here.
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A podcast by and for Appalachians, addressing issues and possible solutions for the folks who live here.




Seth McLaughlin/Herbalism in Appalachia

Hello podcast listeners! On this week’s episode of My Appalachia, we talk with Seth McLaughlin, a nurse practitioner and herbalist. Seth tells us about common herbs in Appalachia and their uses; other medicinal plants from around the world; and tells some stories about the history and Indian traditions of Appalachian plant use. Seth is on the faculty of Herbalachia in Johnson City. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, or on your own podcast app. Follow...

Duration: 00:29:37

Luke Bauserman/Storytelling in Appalachia

On this week’s episode of My Appalachia, we’re pleased to introduce you to Luke Bauserman, blogger, storyteller, author of Some Dark Holler, and who has his own website dedicated to spooky and offbeat Appalachian history, The Weekly Holler; then Rod tells us about his experiences at telling stories in Pound, Virginia, we tell the history of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough; finally, we all try our hand at telling y’all a Jack tale! You can subscribe to the podcast at...

Duration: 00:29:48

We’s Talkin’ Here!

It’s time for English class, folks…Appalachian English! On today’s episode of My Appalachia, we look at the thing that sets us apart from other Americans, our dialect. We discuss its origins, some rules of grammar, how we are looked at because of our accent and choice of words and phrases, and we look at words that are peculiar to Appalachian English. We hope you enjoy… You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on...

Duration: 00:35:37

Helms Honey

On this week’s episode of My Appalachia, Gena chats with Cody and Rene Helms, two young Appalachian entrepreneurs from East Tennessee who have decided to make a business out of beekeeping. That leads us to a discussion of the uses of honeybees, including helping to reclaim worked out mountaintop removal sites back to a healthy ecosystem. Gena also explains how to be “one” with the bees, and Rod tells us about other insects that are often mistaken for bees and wasps. You can subscribe to...

Duration: 00:34:06

The Holidays Are Upon Us

One of the most well-known holiday traditions in southern Appalachia is the running of the Santa Train, which takes place on November 18th. Started as a way to show the appeciation of Kingsport, Tennessee, merchants for all the business they got from Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, the Santa Train has evolved into something akin to Santa and his reindeer, as the jolly old fellow tosses out presents and candy at every stop along the way from Kentucky to Kingsport. And with the...

Duration: 00:20:18

Monica Neubert

Today on the podcast, we start by introducing you to an amazing immigrant to East Tennessee, Monica Neubert. Monica had a life altering experience that she shares with Gena, which led her to discover artistic talents she never knew she had. That leads us to talk about other Appalachians who have gone through similar circumstances, which leads to a discussion of the traditional healing arts in the mountains. Did you know, for example, that you can charm warts away? We’ll tell you all about...

Duration: 00:42:06

Racists, Conferences, Chestnuts And Trails, Oh My…

Welcome in to this week’s episode of My Appalachia. Gena is out this week, but Rod and Steve are here to talk about the latest unsuccessful attempt by white nationalists to organize a rally in an Appalachian town, this time in Murphreesboro and in Shelbyville, both in Tennessee; a development conference was held in Pittsburg to hash out ideas to help bring opportunities to Appalachia; the latest ideas on how to use and rehabilitate the land left over after mountaintop removal; and the...

Duration: 00:25:57

The Second Battle of Blair Mountain

Blair Mountain in West Virginia is the site of a 1921 pitched battle between coal miners and 3000 lawmen and strikebreakers that actually included aerial bombing of the miners. This battle is the most famous in the mine wars that took place in the coalfields as the UMWA organized the mines against the violent opposition of mine owners. Today it is on the verge of being blasted out of existence by those mine operators. On this episode of My Appalachia, we talk about Blair Mountain’s...

Duration: 00:19:23

Sharyn McCrumb

Rod and Steve had the opportunity to speak with Appalachian author Sharyn McCrumb, who was in Kingsport, Tennessee, promoting her latest book, The Unquiet Grave. Today, we’re going to share that conversation with you. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean or on your favorite podcast app. We’re also on Twitter @myappalachia. Thanks for listening!

Duration: 00:29:00

Sometimes Chemical Plants Explode in Appalachia, And Other Things

Two thirds of the hosts of the podcast are glad to be here to discuss last week’s explosions at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport; that turns to a discussion of healthcare and RAM’s appearance in Grundy, Virginia; the opioid crisis continues, and we introduce our countdown of the top five drug stories of the week; then we wrap up on a more positive note with news of the newest hiker/biker rail trail to open in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the southwest part of the state. Lots of stuff this...

Duration: 00:30:27

Tales of the Cumberland and More!

Hello, folks. Today we tell you about a recent conference on Appalachian stories, genealogy, history and culture that took place at the Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia last weekend, and the concept of “cultural tourism,” which can be good, as in the aforementioned conference, or not-so-good, as in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. That leads into a discussion of the importance of Appalachian folk telling their own stories to the world. We also talk about hipster paw-paws,...

Duration: 00:21:04

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Yeah, we know it’s been awhile, but sometimes life gets in the way. Whadda ya do? On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at one of the rarest things in the country: listening to each other. We talk about the recent Trump supporters’ rally in D.C., at which protesting Black Lives Matter folks were invited to take the stage and explain a bit about themselves. After some initial boos and heckling, the crowd quieted down and listened respectfully to the BLM speakers, with the result...

Duration: 00:22:02

Racism in Appalachia, Part 2

With the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, we have decided to take a look back at where we have been in Appalachia, in terms of race. We do this to both show how bad things used to be here, but also as a warning as to how things could become again if we give in to the hateful rhetoric that we heard Friday and Saturday. On this podcast, Rod and Steve present three stories of lynchings and mob violence from Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. You can subscribe to the podcast...

Duration: 00:18:33

Sports in Appalachia

Hello folks! This week we’re looking at the role sports, especially high school football, has played in knitting Appalachian communities together over the years, as we share some of our memories of long ago high school days. Then we talk about local dirt racing and NASCAR and how that has also become part of our culture and identity as Appalachians. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @myappalachia,...

Duration: 00:22:01

Is It Really My Appalachia? Who Owns The Land; Can I Have Some Health Care, Please?

On this podcast Steve, Rod and Gena talk about land use in Appalachia, an important issue to deal with as we continue the slog on towards a post-coal economy; then we turn to what’s become the topic of the day, health care. We look at how we got to the point where thousands of Appalachians show up for medical care at an event that was designed for third-world countries, along with the current ongoing political debate over health insurance in Washington, then talk about possible...

Duration: 00:39:55

Update on Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School Building

On this podcast, Rod has an update on the Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School Building, and some thoughts on how to save it for future generations. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @myappalachia and on the web at Thanks for listening!

Duration: 00:09:42

Appalachian Cuisine

My picking beans from my garden the past few weeks and sharing pictures of canning on Twitter has sparked a conversation about the foods we like to eat, Appalachian comfort foods if you will. Rod’s not with us this week, but you can join Steve and Gena as they talk about those staples of Appalachian fine cuisine, like soup beans, chow chow, ramps, paw paws and more. And we didn’t forget to bring the pepperoni rolls, either! WE also talk about how Appalachian foods are starting to make it...

Duration: 00:15:43

Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School

Today Rod and Steve tell about the Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School, which is facing possible demolition. We talk about the possibilities for the school and invite you to make your views known through a petition (found here). You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re also on Twitter @myappalachia…be sure to follow us. Thanks for listening!

Duration: 00:19:37

Appalachian Renaissance

Hello again folks…no Gena this week, but Rod and Steve take the reins and talk about the arts in Appalachia. We also have an interview with the son of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, who has a new book out featuring correspondence between his grandparents, aunts and his father while Powers was in a Russian jail for espionage. We also talk about other Appalachians who are finding their voices in a renaissance of creativity currently sweeping over...

Duration: 00:39:44

I Don’t Want To Feel No More Pain

On this episode, Rod, Gena and Steve take a look at the origins of the opioid epidemic in America from ground zero: Appalachia. Our area was the initial target for the introduction of these highly addictive painkillers, and we tell you just exactly why that was. Thanks for listening. We’re available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, the Podbean App or on your own favorite podcast app. We are also on Twitter @myappalachia, where we invite you to share with us your ideas for future topics....

Duration: 00:17:27

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