Inside Appalachia

Saturday at 6 a.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. Host Jessica Lilly leads us on an audio tour of our rich history, our food, our music and our culture.

Inside Appalachia is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from public radio stations in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Affiliate Stations

  • Allegheny Mountain Radio Marlinton, W.Va., WVLS Monterey, Va. and WCHG Hot Springs, Va.- Saturday 7 a.m.
  • WETS, 89.5 FM, Johnson City, Tn.- Sunday 6 p.m.
  • WMKY, 90.3 FM, Morehead State Public Radio, Morehead, Ky.- Saturday 4 p.m.
  • WMMT, Appalshop Mountain Community Radio, Whitesburg, Ky.- Sunday 11 a.m. & Tuesday 6 p.m.
  • WEKU Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.- Sunday 6 p.m.
  • WSHC, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va.- Sunday 9 a.m.
  • WUOT-2, Knoxville, Tn. - Tuesday 7 p.m.
  • WVCU, Concord University, Athens, W.Va.
  • West Virginia Public Radio - Saturday 6 a.m. & Sunday 6 p.m.
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Inside Appalachia
5:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Mixed Feelings About Gas Industry Growth in W.Va, Exploring What's in a Va. Name & More

Credit Roxy Todd

In West Virginia residents are concerned about their water supply as the gas drilling industry expands, 

Scientific jargon is discouraged in Pennsylvania for the sake of climate change education.

And strange symptoms in smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania.

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Inside Appalachia
8:09 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Old Fashioned Apple Cider, Craft Beer, Exploring Economic Opportunities and More

In West Virginia, Executive Director of Main Street Fairmont, Kate Greene, sees a city on the move.

The Clinch River region of Southwestern Virginia is looking for new economic opportunity.

And Tennessee State Park Ranger, Bobby Fulcher, has spent the last three decades traveling the Tennessee hills to record folk-music. These stories and more on this week's Inside Appalachia.

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Inside Appalachia
6:38 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Monitoring Water Quality in Va., Marking a Ky. Blues Singer's Grave, the Gospel Ranger and more

In Virginia, ordinary citizens are being specially trained to monitor water quality.

We remember Brother Claude Ely, known as the Gospel Ranger.

And in West Virginia, what was it like to grow up in a federal prison camp?  Ed and Agnes Friel’s parents were corrections officers there.

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Inside Appalachia
4:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va.

In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.  One company is trying to be sensitive.

In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.

And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.

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Inside Appalachia
3:44 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Coal and Politics in Ky., Civil War Baseball in Tenn., Studying History in Va. Cemeteries

In east Tennessee, modern spectators watch a Civil War era baseball game.  To history buff Mark Aubry, it’s like time travel.

In West Virginia, Charlie Massey runs the American Heritage Music Hall where people from all over the world come to dance.

And in Virginia, history students are hanging out in Richmond’s cemeteries because their professor Ryan Smith has told them to.

These are among the stories Inside Appalachia this week.

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Inside Appalachia
4:34 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Debating the Death Penalty in Ky., Trying to Track Fracking Materials, "Uncle Dude" and more

Capital punishment is debated in Kentucky.

Coal camp communities are working to cope with dated water systems created by coal companies.

A farmer’s market is provides summer meals to children. 

Questioning Capital Punishment in Kentucky:  Mirroring a national trend, the debate over capital punishment continues to makes headlines in Kentucky. Earlier this month, the state legislature held the first public hearing testimony on the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador found that arguments for and against a bipartisan legislative effort to abolish capital punishment boil down to, in part, a moral quandary over vengeance versus forgiveness.

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Inside Appalachia
5:14 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ky Pastors Share Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage, an Addict's Advice, Korean ex-POWs and more

Kentucky pastors sound off about gay marriage.

A former addict urges drug courts to address the roots of addiction.

The America Legion says the VA is a system worth saving.

 

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Inside Appalachia
4:38 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Voices of Appalachia on EPA Regs, Ky. Fancy Farm Picnic, Beaten Biscuits and more

Appalachian voices sound off at hearings about proposed EPA regulations:  “Our jobs our securities, for our families, I’m a recent retiree my benefits may be in jeopardy.”

But some residents are supporting new regulations: “We need to make it clear that the EPA does have the authority and the mandate and moral obligation to reign in CO 2 emissions.”

A Kentucky political tradition goes without a strong voice: “Darling if you want to use your outside voice you can go over there and play on the playground, OK. We’re trying to get some serious conversation going on so you can go over there play on the playground.”

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Therapeutic Gardening for Vets, Gardens Feeding the Hungry, Chinese Medicine and More

The country’s top energy official visits Pittsburgh.

Veterans find gardening therapeutic.

We visit with Appalachian blogger and podcaster Dave Tabler.

And take a tour of a historic home in Hinton West Virginia.

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Inside Appalachia
9:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mountaintop Removal Concerns, "Food Tourism," Nostalgic Rebirth and more

A young yoga skeptic finds interest in the exercises.

Kentucky farmers are testing the nutritional value of hay.

And a music camp carries on the tradition of ole time Appalachian music.

Residents concerned about environmental impact. After approval for a mountain top removal site near Kanawha State Forest, the safety of people living in the area are not the only red flag being raised. As Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Radio reports, the possible effects on plant and animal life are drawing criticism.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
12:06 am
Sat July 12, 2014

How Mountaintop Removal Affects Fish, Tourism Along the Clinch River, An Appalachian Opera and More

Research shows mountaintop removal mining does impact fish populations.

Southwestern Virginia is trying to boost its economy using culture and nature.

Appalachian food is the topic of a summit in Kentucky.

And a new play delves into the issue of sexual assault in the military.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Documenting Appalachian Culture, The Meaning of Wheeling, A Special Soldier and More

Two regular guys take on the job of documenting Appalachia’s culture and history.

A new book explores the meaning behind the name Wheeling.

Looking at Appalachia is still looking for photographs of the region.

And a West Virginia soldier is honored to be a member of the Old Guard.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat June 28, 2014

A Former Coal Miner Promotes Green Energy, Synchonizing Fireflies, Memories of Frog Hunting and More

One Virginia man spreads the gospel of green.

There are fireflies in Pennsylvania that blink together.

More women are taking on the role of farmer.

A Tennessee writer has fond memories of hunting frogs.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Heroin Problems, W.Va. African American History, Growing Hops and More

Heroin could be replacing prescription pills as Appalachia’s biggest drug problem.

West Virginia is 151 years old and we look at the African American contribution to its culsture.

Efforts are underway to encourage farmers across the region to grow hops to support the brewing industry.

And we visit with Bridget Lancaster from America’s Test Kitchen.

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Inside Appalachia
6:00 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Battling for Black Lung Benefits, Creative Paths to Fresh Food & More

A coal miner fighting for black lung benefits,

Creatively bringing fresh food to a city in West Virginia,

And, finding good use of an environmental pollutant.

Coal miner fights for benefits. Black lung disease has a long, crippling history in Appalachia. A former coal miner shares his battle for medical compensation after being diagnosed with the disease. Jessica Lilly  reports.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
11:40 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Reaction to Proposed EPA Regs, Making Lawns Healthier for Waterways, Growing Hemp in Ky. and More

Pennsylvania coal miners mull over the proposed new EPA carbon rules.

Solar Power is too expensive for many non-profits but a West Virginia organization is making it possible.

And, Kentucky farmers have new crop option- hemp.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Opposition to New Black Lung Regs, A Kentucky Banjo Legend, Helping the Birds & Bees, and More

Efforts to combat black lung disease draw criticism.

Meet Kentucky banjo player Lee Sexton.

A look at efforts in Kentucky and Pennsylvania to save the birds and bees.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 24, 2014

A Futuristic Library, Re-enacting the Matewan Massacres, Documenting W.Va. Art and More

  A new school library in Wheeling, West Virginia, looks to the future.

Also in West Virginia town of Matewan revisits its violent history.

And an Appalachian couple gives us an inside look at artists and their work.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Carbon Capture, Drugs in Drinking Water, Feeding Senior Citizens and More

Carbon Capture Technology could be the key to using coal cleanly.

What impact do drugs in drinking water have?

A national organization tackles senior hunger in McDowell County, West Virginia.

And we revisit a famous West Virginia civil rights case.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Preserving Appalachia's Heritage, Saving an Old Theater, Looking For A Special Bird and More

Two West Virginians by choice work to preserve Appalachian culture and foster dialogue.

An historic Virginia theater gets ready for a new season.

While an old West Virginia theater might get a new lease on life.

And we hear from an old farmer in Monroe County, West Virginia.

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