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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.




Planting By The Signs

Hello podcast listeners! Today, it’s just Gena and Steve, since Rod has lost his voice and is under the weather, but even with 1/3 of the crew missing, we carry on. We talk about the Appalachian tradition of planting by the signs, then look ahead to this spring to give some hints on when to plant, courtesy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac; We then talk about a new venture in Pike County, Kentucky, that aims to start growing food commercially using state of the art greenhouses, and one of the...


Religion, Faith and Spirituality

This week we take a look at religion in Appalachia by sharing some of our experiences in church during our time growing up in this place we call home, as well as our views on faith and spirituality as opposed to religion. We appreciate you listening. If you’d like to subscribe to the podcast, you can do so at Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Facebook and on Twitter @myappalachia. Again, thanks for listening and for sharing our podcast with...


The Art Of Clogging, And Other Bits And Pieces

On this week’s episode of My Appalachia, we take a look at the state of the arts in Appalachia; both Kentucky and West Virginia are looking to defund the arts and education in those states, prompting a teacher sit in at the West Virginia state capitol in Charleston on Friday; the need for arts in the area; and a look at an Appalachian dance form, clogging, by way of an interview with Kathy Arnold of Kingsport, who has performed with her family in Nashville before the governor of Tennessee...



Hello folks… This week Rod, Steve and Gena sit down for a conversation that goes all over the place, from Governor Matt Bevin’s budget proposal that cuts a lot of programs that people use in Kentucky; that leads to a discussion of the problems in Washington with the budget and the return of pork; naturally, that leads Steve to give you a couple of recipes involving hogs that you may or may not want to use. All in all, a potpourri of stuff. Hope you enjoy. You can subscribe to My...


The Scenic Stuff

Hello folks, it’s good to be back! This week on My Appalachia, we talk about some of the places where you’ll find natural beauty, history, or just odd stuff. From the Breaks Interstate Park to the Lost Sea to a bike trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., to a giant teapot, Appalachia has it all, and we’ll tell you about it, or at least as much as we can fit into a 35 minute podcast! You can subscribe to My Appalachia on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, or on your favorite...


Fighting The Opioid Epidemic With Medical Cannabis

Today we look again at the opioid epidemic in Appalachia and efforts to legalize medical cannabis as a way to combat those highly addictive painkillers. You can subscribe to My Appalachia at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In, or on your favorite podcast app. We are on Twitter @myappalachia; we’re now on Facebook, too, @myappalachia. Thanks for listening…be sure to share our show with your friends.


Ira Jackson Seay

This week, we talk with Ira Jackson Seay, who has written two books about his very interesting life in Virginia. Mr. Seay tells us of his days making and running shine in Henry and Franklin Counties, among other interesting stories. We hope you enjoy. You can subscribe to My Appalachia at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. You can find us on Twitter @myappalachia. Have a safe and Happy New Year!


Christmas 2017

It’s Christmastime in Appalachia, and this week Gena, Rod and Steve talk about Appalachian food, traditions, and folklore for this time of the year. We also get into the fruitcake a little too much, too, which leads to talk of possum, fresh and canned, and sundry other things! We’re on Twitter @myappalachia. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. Merry Christmas, y’all!


High Tech Holler

Hello podcast listeners! On today’s episode, Rod tells us about his recent trip to Pikeville to visit Bit Source, a recent high tech company formed to train and employ laid-off miners and others in need of work with decent paying jobs that have a future. We also talk about entrepreneurship as a way to develop new and profitable employment in Appalachia. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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!


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...


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,...


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