Arts & Culture

Recommended If You Like: Lorde-esque Alt-Pop
9:39 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Brooke Fraser

New Zealand folk-pop singer Brooke Fraser.
Credit Brooke Fraser

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Brooke Fraser released infectious folk pop songs like "Something in the Water." What's even crazier is the New Zealand singer-songwriter's brand new record, which effectively transforms that lighthearted acoustic pop princess into an electrifying alternative pop queen. If you're a fan of Lorde-esque soundscapes that are filled with depth, darkness and beauty, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Arts and Culture
11:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Haunting Banjo Tune Inspired by Coal Miner's Struggle

Sam Williams (formerly Sam Hall). Photo by Fairness, West Virginia

Songwriter Sam Gleaves was inspired by the story of Sam Williams, a former coal miner who was harassed at work for being gay. 

Sam Gleaves is a musician who grew up playing old time mountain music in Southwestern Virginia. His songs have a high lonesome, old-time sound. Their roots are deep in Appalachia, and the stories they tell explore some bitter truths about how hard it can be to be different here. I met up with Gleaves at his home in Berea, KY to talk about one song in particular.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
1:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 24 & 25

Rhonda Vincent on Mountain Stage in 2006.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

A pinch of folk, a dash of soul and a good dollop of bluegrass. Mix it all together and what do you get? This week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight!" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night. 

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Security
11:35 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Bridge Day Panel OKs Finger Scans, Jumpers Protest

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  The Bridge Day Commission has decided to require BASE jumpers, reppellers and vendors to undergo finger scans.

Commission members voted unanimously on Wednesday to require the scans. Commission members say the scans are less intrusive than the one-day festival's current background checks.

Several jumpers criticized the requirement during the meeting's public comment segment. Marcus Ellison of Fayetteville said jumpers feel insulted by the requirement.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
2:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- Listener's Choice!

Pick two of these great Mountain Stage performances to air next week: 1. Rosanne Cash, 2. Randy Newman, 3. The Del McCoury Band, 4. The Civil Wars
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Last year, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" posed a question to its music-loving fans: Who do you want to listen to overnight weekends? You voted on our Facebook, we tallied'em up and Bela Fleck and Robert Cray were crowned the victors.

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Inside Appalachia
4:31 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Inside Appalachia: Water in the Coalfields

Water Outages and Advisories Continue in W.Va. Coalfields

While the chemical spill in Charleston left more than 300,000 without usable water, it's a problem that folks in the coalfields deal with on a regular basis.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
2:40 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 17 & 18

Joe Pug on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

You know that ol' Wendy's slogan, "Eat Great, Even Late?" Well the same holds true for "Mountain Stage After Midnight," a delicious public radio program that feeds music lovers into the wee hours of morning. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

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Marshall University
9:35 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Flags Lowered on Day of Marshall President Memorial

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West Virginia and U.S. flags at all state-owned facilities will be at half-staff in honor of Marshall University President Stephen Kopp.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags to be lowered from dawn to dusk on Tuesday.

Kopp died on Dec. 17 after being hospitalized for an illness. He was 63.

Marshall will hold a public memorial service for Kopp on Tuesday.

Tomblin says in a news release that Kopp's leadership had a permanent and positive impact on both Marshall and the state.

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Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Specialty Coffee Shops are on the Rise in W.Va.

Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Coffee has always been a popular drink. It’s been a big trade item for hundreds of years and continues to be one of the leading beverages in the world. Coffee is so popular that many people don’t even care if it’s cheap or low quality; as long as they have that caffeine fix. But more and more people are searching for that higher quality coffee only found in the specialty shops.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Puppet Protest Commemorates January 9th Chemical Leak

Mother Earth and the elements; earth, water, fire, and air.
Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A protest featuring giant puppets was held in front of the Kanawha County Public Library yesterday, commemorating the January 9th chemical spill one year ago.

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Recommended If You Like: WV Alt-Folk Rock
8:45 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Ona

Cover art for Ona's new EP, "The Other Side of June."
Credit Ona

They’re earnest, they’re indie, they’re Ona, the five-piece rock outfit that found its start in a sliver of unincorporated Appalachia called Ona, West Virginia. If you're a fan of deliciously mellow alt-rock bands that live by the motto "WWNYD" (that's "What Would Neil Young Do"), this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Documentary Inspired by Water Crisis to Premiere at Culture Center

Near Frametown, several miles below the Sutton Dam. Drone shot.
Mike Youngren Presidio Studios in Lewisburg

Mike Youngren has lived in Charleston for the last 20 years. A West Virginia Public Broadcasting alum, Youngren pursued filmmaking after retiring. When the January 9th chemical leak happened, Youngren decided the problem was widespread enough for people to stop to pay attention to what he had to say. With this in mind, he decided to develop his documentary, Elk River Blues.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
8:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 10 & 11

Punch Brothers on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

National Bubble Bath Day was this past week (yes, that's a thing), but why not keep the relaxation celebration alive this weekend by unwinding, lighting some candles and listening to some smooth music provided by "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midni

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Chemical Spill
2:34 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

One Year Later: Events Held to Remember Elk River Chemical Spill

Actors Nathan Mohebbi and Nicole Perrone rehearse [glug] at Marshall University.
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Environmentalists, activists and artists of all sorts are commemorating the one year anniversary of a chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston. The spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties and left them without usable tap water for days. 

Here's a list of some of the events happening around Charleston and elsewhere to mark one year since the spill: 

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Marshall University
1:16 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Memorial Service Set for Stephen J. Kopp

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Marshall University will hold a public memorial service for the late President Stephen Kopp next week.

Marshall says the service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center Arena on the Huntington campus.

Classes will be cancelled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to allow students and faculty to attend the service.

Kopp died Dec. 17. He was 63.

Marshall says it will live stream the service at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream .

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Expansion
10:39 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Charleston Historic District to Expand

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The National Park Service has approved a 120-acre expansion of Charleston's East End Historic District.

City planners announced the park service's decision Wednesday. The boundary expansion became effective Dec. 16.

A 2014 consultant's survey found that more than 400 structures in the expanded area contribute to the neighborhood's historic nature.

Property owners in the district's expanded area will be eligible for tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties.

The original district was created in 1978.

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West Virginia Morning
8:50 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Best of 2014: Raleigh County Group Works to Continue Appalachian Bluegrass Tradition

As we continue recapping our favorite stories of 2014, we return to Sophia in Raleigh County where a group of local musicians get together each week to play bluegrass. While most of the participants are from older generations, one Glenville State College student learned the basics from the group that eventually inspired him to study the music style in school.

Jessica Lilly brings us the sounds of the Sophia bluegrass jam band and discusses why this tradition is so important to Appalachia. 

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Former DNR Director Named Senator's New Liason

Former WVDNR Director Frank Jezioro buys the first Senior Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License from Felicia Boykins
Credit WVDNR

Senator Joe Manchin has appointed the former state director of the division of natural resources to a new, elevated post. 

Manchin named West Virginia's former director of the Division of Natural Resources Frank Jezioro the senator's new liaison to sportsmen and natural resources. Manchin was recently tapped to serve as co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and will hold a position on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the new Congress.

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Bridge Day
9:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Bridge Day Organizers to Rethink Security Plan

Credit New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

Bridge Day organizers are re-evaluating a new security plan following protests by BASE jumpers.

The Bridge Day Commission has proposed requiring jumpers, rappellers and vendors to submit to fingerprint scans. The fingerprints would be checked against a terrorism watch list.

Some jumpers say they will skip Bridge Day this year because of the requirement. The jumpers cite privacy concerns.

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Hunting
6:30 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Manchin to Co-Chair Congressional Sportsmens' Caucus

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has been named co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

The Democrat says the agenda of the Sportsmen's Caucus is to protect the rights of hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts and to conserve land for recreational use. Manchin says he's an "avid sportsman" who understands the importance of the nation's hunting and fishing heritage.

Manchin will chair the caucus with Sen. James Risch, an Indiana Republican.

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