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10:08 am
Mon June 30, 2014

My Lithium Sunset

There is a notion that sunsets emit calming lithium. Perhaps this is why they are a universal pleasure?
Credit Jim Lange

Whatever our homes say about us, mine is one that is filled with sound.

We reside in an area two blocks from the bridge and a stone's throw from the busiest avenue in the city.

CAMC, our neighbors, is building a new cancer center across the street. All the while demolishing buildings, one row over from us, to "put up a parking lot."

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Power outage causes viewing/listening problems
10:03 am
Sat June 28, 2014

All Systems Go in Huntington & Charleston

2:56 p.m. -- We should be back to full service for WV PBS in Huntington and Charleston as well as WVWV radio in Huntington -- INCLUDING Suddenlink customers. The problem was related to the power issues yesterday that caused our system to re-boot improperly. We've manually set it and are running a backup generator as well. We will continue to monitor and make course corrections as needed. Thanks again for supporting West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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Radio
10:53 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Traveling Alone" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Accompanied by his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, Alabama-born singer-songwriter Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone," as heard on his acclaimed album "Southeastern."

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Radio
11:47 am
Mon June 23, 2014

A (Not-so) Brief Misery of the Eagles

Eagles' co-founder and Generalissimo Glenn Frey.
Credit WikiCommons

VH1's Behind the Music is always fun to watch. You can revel in the personal struggles of the band and cheer on the comebacks, but the real reason we watch is simple. We love when the narrator begins the segment with, "and then it all went horribly wrong." That's the point when the featured band begins to implode, explode and generally go sideways into an oak tree. A pure case of schadenfreude.

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Radio
10:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Why Does Music Move Us?

The Really Big Questions--Why Does Music Move us Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio Edit | Remove

Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans to make music? And why does music get so deeply embedded into our lives? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain – with musicians and researchers including:

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Radio
10:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Music Picks: Lucius Plays "Turn it Around"

Mountain Stage Assistant Producer Vasilia Scouras Loves Lucius
Josh Saul

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Vasilia Scouras chose "Turn it Around" by Lucius.

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Radio
11:37 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Don't Meet Your Heroes

Eliot couldn't have liked bawdy verse, could he?
Credit WikiCommons

"Expectation is a prison." ~ Robert Fripp

Literary giant T.S. Eliot was a fan of comedic genius Groucho Marx and vice versa.

It is thought that expectations of one another thawed what could have been a spectacular meeting of the minds.

This BBC special is part history and part speculation about their friendship. King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk created this work as well as the music.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
2:32 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Listen to Mountain Stage with Guest Host Tim O'Brien This Sunday

Special Guest Host TIm O'Brien on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

We hope you can tune in this Sunday at 2 pm to hear the first ever episode of Mountain Stage to feature a guest host - our oldest and dearest friend, Americana icon and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien. Rodney Crowell is there, along with The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Tattletale Saints, and another band with deep West Virginia Roots, The Sea The Sea.

Thanks for listening!

Radio
10:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hawaii: The Legacy of Sugar

State of the Re:Union, Hawaii: The Legacy of Sugar, Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

For many Americans, Hawaii is a tropical playground, the place of surf, sun and dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most unique multicultural states in the nation, one still dealing with the complicated legacy of the circumstances under which it become part of this country. And so much of how Hawaii is now comes back to one game-changing element: sugar. For decades, long before it was a tourist’s paradise, what Hawaii did was grow sugar.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:23 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Hear Rodney Crowell Perform "Moving Work of Art" From This Week's Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell returns to this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien. Crowell closes his set with "Moving Work of Art," from his acclaimed 2008 album "Sex and Gasoline."

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Radio
10:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Are You Happily Confused?

Big Picture Science: Happily Confused, Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Do you feel happy today? How about happily disgusted? Maybe sadly surprised, or sadly disgusted? Human emotions are complex. But at least they’re the common language that unites us all – except when they don’t. A tribe in Namibia might interpret our expression of fear as one of wonderment. And people with autism don’t feel the emotions that others do.

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Song of the Week
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Hear Keb' Mo' perform "The Worst is Yet to Come" Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'" In the time since, Keb' Mo' has become one of America's most respected and beloved blues artists. Here he performs "The Worst is Yet to Come" from his brand new studio album Blues Americana.

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Radio
1:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roger Morillo: "My work is my passion."

Roger Morillo and one of many bass magazines to feature his instruments.
Jim lange

Walking into Roger Morillo's shop in St. Albans, you cannot help but feel a tinge of excitement. 

Here is a place where not only valuable instrument repair is done, but it's also where Roger makes his own basses and guitars. This is the proverbial "kid in a candy store" for a guy like me.

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Mountain Stage Live Show Preview
10:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

The Head and the Heart Appearing on Mountain Stage Today

The Head and the Heart, appearing Sunday June 1st on Mountain Stage

This just in - fresh off their appearance at Nelsonville, the "special unannounced band" that will be performing at today's Mountain Stage event in Charleston is acclaimed Portland-based group The Head and the Heart. They'll appear alongside Patty Griffin, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Parker Millsap. Be prepared to cheer them on! Today's show is sold out, but if any remaining tickets become available, they will be placed on sale at 5pm in the Culture Center lobby. We'll see you there.

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Polaroid Photography
10:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Shake it - a modern Polaroid love story

Tune in for Shake it- a modern Polaroid love story, Thursday night 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Can you hear it? Click, whir, wait, shake - ahhhh! 

Listen Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio, Shake it- a modern Polaroid love story.

Taking a Polaroid picture is a totally sensory experience. But it is more than just the sensation of a snapshot; there is something special and social about seeing, giving & receiving that white-framed photo.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:39 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Hear Amy Ray Play "Duane Allman" on Mountain Stage

Amy Ray on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Indigo Girl Amy Ray visits Mountain Stage this week, with songs from her latest solo release. Growing up in Georgia, The Allman Brothers were one of the very first bands Ray listened to, playing a major part in her musical upbringing. Here she pays tribute to the band's beloved legendary lead guitarist with the song "Duane Allman."

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Radio
1:07 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Esa's Apple

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Credit © Katja Tähjä

Conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has a new series of short videos for Apple's iPad Air.

When I saw one of them on TV, I about jumped out of my chair. Rare, oh so rare, are appearances by the people Classical Music broadcasts every weekday. I got riled up when I wanted to rewind and watch the spot again. My wife wanted to move on and watch Jimmy Fallon.

He had Keith Urban. Sigh. That's a far, far cry from an Esa-Pekka Salonen and that's a damn shame as well.

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Radio
2:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Roots/Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blazing!

Flea, aka Michael Peter Balzary, plays like a man posessed.
Credit WikiCommons

Special moments-performances which transcend the medium in which they are presented. Perhaps this is what we seek: those consummate performances that makes everyone smile and feel good.

Last night, on Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined together to perform a Funkadelic cover. It was, to be sure, a display of tightness, fury, exuberance and energy that I have not seen on TV in a long, long time. Forget the Hammies, this was for real. A burning, blazing performance. Unreal.

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BackStory with the American History Guys
10:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

BackStory: Memorials in America

BackStory with the American History Guys Monumental Disagreements: Memorials in America Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio Edit | Remove

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Robert Cray - "You Move Me" - Live from Mountain Stage

Robert Cray live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

In addition to being one of America's foremost electric blues guitarists, Robert Cray's nimble vocals allow him to venture into R&B and rock sounds, as he does here with the song "You Move Me."

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