Arts and Culture

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8:02 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews The Ericksons

The Ericksons
Credit Sara Mourner

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews The Ericksons, a Minneapolis-based indie folk band comprised of sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini. After a number of family losses, the two women finally came together to channel their love and grief into achingly beautiful folk music, as seen with the band's newest release Bring Me Home. Check out the interview below to find out more about The Ericksons' history, the band's connections to folk visionaries Justin Vernon and S.

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Local Food
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

How Vacant Lots in Charleston Are Transforming Into a School for Farmer-Entrepreneurs

Meg Reishman (sitting), Kathy Moore (l) and Jenny Totten (r) are planning their mid-summer planting of vegetables for the garden.
Credit Roxy Todd

On a sultry summer evening, three women are killing harlequin beetles in an effort to save the greens at the SAGE micro-farm on Rebecca Street that they landscaped themselves.

Last year, Kathy Moore, Jenny Totten and Meg Reishman completed 18 agriculture and business classes through SAGE, which stands for Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurs. Kathy says she loves getting to take home an unlimited supply of fresh vegetables each week.

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Block Historical District
7:41 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Speaker Gives Insight into the Heart of the Black Community

The first C.H. James Produce Company was located in downtown Charleston on Summers Street.
Credit courtesy of C.H. James III

The Block Historical District is a section of Charleston that was once the heart of the African American community. As part of a project to resurrect some of the history of this neighborhood, the West Virginia Center for African American Art and Culture has organized a series of lectures. About 60 people attended the second of these talks last week.  

Charles James III is the fourth generation in his family to own and operate one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the United States, the James company. James said that he remembers being invited to the local country club in the late 80's. But his father in an earlier generation was not asked to join until the 80's.

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5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Children Combat Hunger in West Virginia

Hannah McCune, age 11
Credit Roxy Todd

Tom Toliver has seen people with children who are hungry, searching for food in dumpsters in the alleys of Charleston. And he isn’t the only one. At the Union Mission where Toliver has been donating fresh vegetables, the president and CEO Rex Whiteman says hunger is on the rise throughout the state, and in Appalachia.

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Train Race
1:28 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Steam Engine Wins Train Race at the Ghost Town of Spruce

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park - Shay Heisler 6 and Shay 11 are both pictured here pulling logs
Credit Shayfan via Wikimedia Commons

It's been called the NASCAR of train races, and it takes place at an altitude of 3,853 feet in Pocahontas County.

Yesterday a crowd of 250 people gathered to watch as two massive trains, one departing from Cass and the other from Elkins, converged at the wilderness ghost town of Spruce. The two trains raced side by side for nearly a mile.

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6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

BBQ, Soul Food, and Charleston's West Side

Sam Rivers manages the ribs and pork on the grill
Credit Roxy Todd

On a drizzling morning around 7:00, Sam Rivers has just lit the oak-wood fire for the meat smoker, and smoke is pouring over the sidewalk into the rain. The owner of Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill, Adrian Wright, stands behind him. Adrian oversees the entire operation, from the time when the ribs and pork begin grilling in the early dawn, until the spicy barbecue sauce is made each night.

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Canadian Football League
3:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Marshall’s Bazzie Playing Pro Football in Canada


One Marshall University football player has found a unique route to a professional career.

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Culture and History
2:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

W.Va. Author Tells Stories that Come 'Out of Peel Tree'

Laura Long interacts with her audience at a recent reading of her book, Out of Peel Tree.
Credit Chip Hitchcock / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a new novel out from a West Virginia native about a place that’s very special to her. The book is a collection of family stories about life in Appalachia. 

Laura Long lives in Charlottesville, Virginia now but she grew up in West Virginia. She recalls going to visit her grandmother while traveling from Buckhannon to Clarksburg. Her grandmother lived near a place called Peel Tree. She says the image of that place stayed with her for years, until she was ready to write her first novel.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

2014 Vandalia Award Goes to Logan Native

Credit West Virginia Division of Culture and History

The Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folklife honor, was presented to singer, songwriter and performer Roger Bryant last week at the 38th Annual Vandalia Gathering.

A native of Logan, Bryant is a musician whose roots are in the old-time and folk music traditions. He is the grandson of local folk legend Aunt Jennie Wilson and spent several years traveling with her, and accompanying her on his guitar.

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Riverfront Revitalization
2:46 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Playground Just a Step in Revitalization of Huntington Riverfront

New playground at Harris Riverfront Park.
Credit Clark Davis

A new playground at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington could serve as the beginning of a revitalized riverfront.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams along with Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District officials opened the new playground yesterday morning. The $50,000 playground was paid for by the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District. The playground is just one step among many that Huntington Mayor Steve Williams hopes revitalizes the park.

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Learning English Language
2:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

International Students Learn the Intricacies of the English Language

International students at Marshall are taking advantage of a new partnership that helps them better learn the English language.

Akira Uchida is an international student at Marshall from Japan. He’s taking advantage of dialect lessons in the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center.

“One class we do is, we go into a classroom and we learn some slangs, not bad slangs, but what American students use to communicate and how to take an order to a restaurant when you go to a restaurant and those kinds of basic things,” Uchida said.

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Video Awards
3:34 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Marshall Professor Keeps Winning Awards for His Storytelling

One professor at Marshall University has a story to tell you….and an award winning story at that. Dan Hollis- a professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications has started a tradition, for producing award winning videos.

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Marshall Basketball
5:36 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Dan D’Antoni Announced as Marshall Head Basketball Coach

Dan D'Antoni given his green jacket.

Marshall University’s Athletic Director Mike Hamrick introduced Dan D’Antoni as the new basketball coach at a press conference Friday on Marshall’s campus.

Marshall University’s men’s basketball program finally has a new

   leader, in Dan D’Antoni. The Los Angeles Lakers’s assistant coach will lead the school that he once played for from 1966 to 1970.  Dan is the younger brother of Mike, the Head Coach of the Lakers.

Dan D’Antoni says he’s ready for the opportunity.

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Herd Sports
2:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Dan D'Antoni the Right D'Antoni for Herd?


Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick announced this afternoon a Dan D’Antoni will be the new head coach for Herd Men’s Basketball.

Marshall University has announced that Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Dan D’Antoni is the new head basketball coach at Marshall. Dan is the younger brother of Mike, the Head Coach of the Lakers.

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Musuem Break-in
9:48 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Two Men Indicted for Museum Break-in


A Cabell County grand jury has indicted two Beckley men on charges stemming from a 2012 break-in at the Huntington Museum of Art.

25-year-old Remington Wright and 26-year-old Deon Staunton are each charged with destruction of property, attempt to commit grand larceny, conspiracy and entering a building other than a dwelling.

The men are accused of breaking into the museum on April 14, 2012, and attempting to take silver antiquities.

Police disrupted the break-in after an alarm company notified the museum's director.

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Digital Evidence
2:19 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Can Social Media be the Key to an Investigation?


The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its 5th annual conference this week in Huntington and Charleston.

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1:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Orders Extradition

A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade has been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge. 

A West Virginia judge on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms charge.

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2:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Flying High!

Peter Pan

Milwaukee Public Television's production of the Milwaukee Ballet's wildly popular production of Peter Pan will play to a national primetime television audience in spring 2014.

The original adaptation of J. M Barrie's classic story is scheduled to premiere on MPTV Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9 p.m.

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Recovers from Finances
8:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Theatre W.Va. Will Return for 54th Season

A production of Theatre W.Va.'s "Hatfields and McCoys."
Credit WVNS-TV

Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.

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Inside Appalachia
7:00 am
Sat March 15, 2014

More Snowy Owls, Southern W.Va. Water Woes, Groundbreaking Crayfish Research & More

This winter has brought a lot of snow, and snowy owls.

Some southern West Virginia residents almost always have unusable water.

We visit an old general store with a new purpose.

And learn more about the world of crayfish research.

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