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Covering the Spill
11:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WVU Panel on Elk River Chemical Spill Broadcast As Part of 'West Virginia Talks'

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra provides insight into coverage of January's Elk River chemical spill as part of WVU School of Journalism's panel discussion on the event.
Credit David Smith / WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism

Last week, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism held a panel on how West Virginia media covered the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries and the subsequent water crisis that affected some 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
9:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Sam Baker and More on This Week's Broadcast of Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Moutain Stage
Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with another premiere broadcast of live music, featuring Holly Williams, Gary Nicholson, Sam Baker, Charlie Faye, and Missy Raines & the New Hip.

Listen this Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 stations across America.

The Really Big Questions
10:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Really Big Questions: Why Do We Share?

Dean Olsher hosts The Really Big Questions. This special episode is entitled Why Do We Share?

Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate. In this program, we hear from a fascinating cast of characters.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Listen to Holly Williams Perform "Drinkin'" Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

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Radio
1:57 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Who Shall Smite the Scorpion?

Mexican black scorpion.
Credit WikiCommons

Many things are taught on Robert Fripp's guitar courses, but one cannot imagine that defensive tactics against scorpions is one of them. Saints preserve us!

I had to point out this most unexpected entry in the RF diary:

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Mountain Stage Live Show Preview
2:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Watch the LIVE Webcast of This Sunday's Sold Out Mountain Stage

Robert Cray, appearing live on Mountain Stage, Sunday March 23rd.

Even though this weekend's Mountain Stage with Robert Cray, The Blind Boys of Alabama & more is sold out, you can still watch the live webcast of the show at MOUNTAINSTAGE.ORG beginning at 7pm this Sunday. We'll see you then!

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Women's History Month
10:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tina Fey Continues to Uncover 'The Hidden World of Girls'

Credit PRX

Host Tina Fey, star of 30 Rock, author of Bossypants and Saturday Night Live alumna, takes listeners around the world into the secret life of girls—from the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah—and reveals some of her own hidden worlds.

Tune in to The Hidden World of Girls on West Virginia Public Radio on Thursday, March 27 at 9 p.m.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:05 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Listen to Deer Tick Perform "Mr. Sticks" Live on Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser

Originally based out of Rhode Island, Deer Tick have won fans over with their unique blend of country-soul, indie-pop, folk, and garage rock. Here they perform "Mr. Sticks" from this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Radio
1:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New Live Shows Announced for Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell feat. Steuart Smith & Friends will perform on Mountain Stage Sunday May 18 in Charlesto. Tickets are on sale Thursday March 20.
David McClister

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce announces four new events scheduled at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets for all four events go on sale Thursday, March 20 at 8 a.m.

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Radio
1:40 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, Pt. 2: The Morning Sitting

Rising at dawn, the participants of the Snowshoe Guitar Craft course in 2008 began their day with the "morning sitting" at 7:30.
Credit Jim Lange

"Life without the morning sitting is like trying to walk without legs. This is the beginning, the foundation, of strengthening personal presence. If we are absent, then life is all stuff. Nothing real happens;" ~ Robert Fripp

"And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating... ~ TS Eliot

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
3:10 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Hear The Mountain Stage Irish Tribute Special This Weekend

Bell X1 Live on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

This weekend Mountain Stage pays tribute to Ireland with a special episode featuring featuring Bell X1, Karen Casey & John Doyle, The Henry Girls, The Lost Brothers, Cathie Ryan, Lunasa, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.

Listen this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of 130 stations around the country.

Women's History Month
10:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Tina Fey Uncovers 'The Hidden World of Girls'

Credit PRX

Groundbreaking writer, actress and comedian, Tina Fey comes to West Virginia Public Radio's airwaves to host The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long Specials inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Tune in Thursday March 20, at 9 pm.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Listen to Bell X1 perform "Four Minute Mile" Live on Mountain Stage

Bell X1, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Like their fellow Irish rockers U2, Bell X1 take their name from another iconic aircraft - the first to fly faster than sound - flown by Lincoln County native Chuck Yeager. In fact, the first time Bell X1 visited Mountain Stage, they asked only half jokingly if Yeager might be in the audience. This performance is taken from the band's second appearance on the show in 2011, and opens this weekend's special Irish Tribute edition of Mountain Stage.

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Opera Lovers
7:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Boy Meets Girl - Watch "Werther" in Theatres

Jonas Kaufmann appears as the title character, Werther.
Credit Met Opera

Boy meets girl, passionate feelings, unrequited love, societal restraints of duty, hopeless love, tragic ending, all are plot elements in the lyric drama Werther by French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912).

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Radio
9:41 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Your Weekly Earworm: Far From Any Road

Brett and Rennie Sparks, aka The Handsome Family
Credit Used by permission of the artists.

There is no defense against an earworm.

Even if the tune drives you mad (Call Me Maybe) and/or the lyrics are insipid (Blurred Lines) or the artist has no discernible talent (Miley-Bieber-et al), earworms are something to which you must surrender. You'll be a lot happier acknowledging the sheer ear candy's appeal than wearing your music snob-critic mask of misery.

Fortunately, there are good earworms. Enter The Handsome Family's Far From Any Road.

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From the Archives
2:34 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Townes Van Zandt on Mountain Stage

Townes Van Zandt signs the wall at the Captiol Plaza Theater in Charleston, WV as Guy Clark looks on.
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage / mountain stage

Legnedary Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt made three appearances on "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce" before his death in 1997. In honor of his birthday we're sharing two songs from his 1995 appearance; "If I Needed You" and "Buckskin Stallion Blues."

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
12:18 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Hear the Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams & More on This Week's Mountain Stage

Susan Werner, live on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with our first premiere episode of 2014, featuring The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin' McCourys featuring Keller Williams, Mandolin Orange, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnnie Irion, and our returning champion Susan Werner.

Listen this weekend on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

Radio
9:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

To the Beat of the Boom!

Boomwhackers are color-coded percussion tubes.
Credit WikiCommons

Percussion, in all of its variants, is simply exciting to me and always has been.

From Ringo's groove on Ticket to Ride or Charlie Watt's weird back-beat on Street Fighting Man, the drums are the foundation of a great rock song.

Many methods are used to teach kids the excitement of music, one of which is the very famous Orff instruments. Here we have the emphasis on rhythm. Even if we disagree on other musical issues, rhythm is a primacy of both music and life.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Listen to the Del McCoury Band Perform "In Despair," Live on Mountain Stage

The Del McCoury Band, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

One of the most respected bluegrass bands of all time, The Del McCoury Band is one of the few groups who are equally beloved by audiences at traditional bluegrass festivals and hippie jam band gatherings. They perform the song "In Despair" on this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Women's History Month
11:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes Launch on Thursday Night

NASA narrator for the March 12 airing.
Credit Eileen Collins

Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes is the story of women in the ultimate Man’s World – the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA. 

Catch the broadcast Thursday March 12 at 9 pm.

Told in the first person, these stories explore the experiences of NASA’s first woman engineers and scientists and its first astronauts.  It also tells the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who – in the early 1960s – were led to believe that they would be America’s first women astronauts and were given the exact same physical tests are the Mercury astronauts. 

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