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Stories: A History of Appalachia

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

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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423-246-3811


Episodes

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

The Election of '88

2/9/2019
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Our theme today is "the more things change, the more they stay the same." You'll see how that fits in as we tell the story of the contested election for West Virginia governor in 1888. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on a host of other podcast apps. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening, y'all!

Duration:00:15:05

McClure

2/1/2019
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Today we tell the story of the explosion at the McClure Number 1 Mine in Dickenson County, Virginia, in 1983, resulting in several fatalities including the first fatality of a woman in a mine accident. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening.

Duration:00:13:05

A Jailbreak in Wise

1/26/2019
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Back in 1923 there was a mass jailbreak from the Wise County jail, led by a member of the Hatfield family. Today Steve and Rod tell you that story. Stories is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify and a host of other podcast apps. Follow us for more bits of Appalachian history on our Facebook page @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears!

Duration:00:11:20

Three Gun

1/19/2019
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On Halloween, 1952, James Francis Hill was arrested in Northern Florida after an extraordinary string of carjackings, kidnappings and robberies across Appalachia and the South over the prior two weeks. Today we tell you the story of the Three Gun Maniac, another story that makes up the history of this place we call home. The Stories podcast is available for download on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Be sure to subscribe! Thanks for...

Duration:00:13:08

A Dispute Over Liquor

1/12/2019
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Back in 1911 several of the sons of Devil Anse and Levisa Hatfield came to the coal town of Boomer, in Fayette County, West Virginia, with the intent of opening a saloon. Now in those days saloons not only provided one with a stiff drink at the bar, they also delivered beer and liquor directly to one's house. And the Hatfields had the market all to themselves there in Boomer, by agreement with another saloon in a neighboring town. Or so they thought. Today we tell their story. You can...

Duration:00:10:50

Bristol Motor Speedway

1/5/2019
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What started out as a little racetrack in East Tennessee has developed over the years into a world-class sports complex, hosting NASCAR races, college football, remote area medical services, Christmas lights and a whole lot more. Today Rod and Steve tell the story of the Bristol Motor Speedway. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks...

Duration:00:22:54

Dr. Thomas Walker

12/29/2018
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Today we tell the story of Dr. Thomas Walker, who was sent by the Loyal Land Company to explore that company's lands in Appalachia in 1750. The Walker expedition named many of the natural features in this part of the country, including the Powell River and Powell Valley, the Cumberland River and, most famously, the Cumberland Gap. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and many other podcast apps. You can also follow us on Facebook...

Duration:00:14:39

Merry Christmas!

12/22/2018
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Rod and Steve are taking this week off to celebrate Christmas, so we're bringing you an encore Christmas episode with letters to Santa and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all y'all!

Duration:00:14:19

The Potter's Field

12/15/2018
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Back in 1903 the Knox County undertaker was discovered to have been engaged in a bit of fraud. We tell you that story on today's episode of Stories, A History of Appalachia. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!

Duration:00:09:14

The Hensley Settlement

12/8/2018
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Early in the 20th century a family moved to the top of Brush Mountain, near the Cumberland Gap, and proceeded to live the next 50 years much like the pioneers did, growing their own food, making their own clothing and tools, and, um, making moonshine. Today we tell the story of the Hensley Settlement, a place you can still visit today, if you're into a 4 mile hike straight up the side of the mountain. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic or any...

Duration:00:10:20