Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
7:12 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Homer Hickam Comes to Appalachian Heritage Festival

Homer Hickam on the set of October Sky in 1998.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

This week, the 19th annual Appalachian Heritage Festival comes to Shepherd University. West Virginia native and author, Homer Hickam, is this year’s writer-in-residence.

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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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Tourism
1:43 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Calhoun County's Darkness May Be Worth A Lot of Money

Night time sky over West Virginia
Credit wikimedia

Amateur astronomers are seeking nice dark places where they can watch the nighttime sky.  They just might find it in Calhoun County.

Saturday night stargazers will set up their equipment in a park near Grantsville to see just how dark it is.

Tim Ezzell is a researcher at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  He’s leading a team of other UT researchers and officials in Calhoun County to determine if this area is dark enough to become an attractive tourist destination.

“We looked at maps and charts and sure enough Calhoun was about the darkest place left in the Eastern United States," Exell explained.  

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Recommended If You Like: Rhythm-based Rock
11:28 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Coyotes in Boxes

Coyotes in Boxes.
Credit Porter McLeod

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Kyle Baughman (drums, vocals) and Steve Holland (vocals, bass) from the indie rock band Coyotes in Boxes. The band is currently based in Nashville, but these Box-loving Coyotes still have a fond place in their heart for their alma mater (Marshall University), their hometown musical heroes (Sly Roosevelt, Tyler Childers, Qiet), and their home state (West Virginina).

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Arrested Athletes
11:32 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Do Arrested NFL Stars Take a Pay Cut?

Credit nflmedia.com

Research by a West Virginia sports economist is shedding new light on the recent string of domestic violence and abuse scandals involving NFL players. It’s a study that looks at the connection between players’ arrest records and their salaries.

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Gambling
1:05 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Officials Mull Fewer Racing Days at W.Va. Tracks

Credit AngMoKio / wikimedia Commons

  The state Racing Commission could request legislation to drop the number of days racetracks have to hold live races under law.

The Charleston Gazette reports that on Tuesday, the commission discussed reducing the required number of racing days to 185 at the state's four racetracks.

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Government
10:03 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tomblin: Festivals, Fairs Won't Suffer Next Budget

Credit West Virginia Department of Commerce

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says festivals and fairs likely won't suffer in next year's budget.

Tomblin tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that his upcoming budget proposal would maintain the $1.9 million set aside for fairs and festivals this year.

Tomblin has said he wants to use $100 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected funding gap in the 2016 budget year.

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Culture
9:46 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Actor Chris Sarandon Returns to WVU for Staged Reading

Chris Sarandon

Notable actor and Beckley-native Chris Sarandon will be in Morgantown this week presenting a play to the public, for free …about physical and sexual abuse.


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Faith
1:35 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Marshall Co. Hare Krishna Village Reinvents Itself with Food, Color, and Community

Susan Board

A Hare Krishna community in rural Marshall County that’s been around for almost 50 years is trying to reinvent itself  and its relationship with area residents. One way the community is reestablishing itself is through what’s becoming one of New Vrindaban’s biggest festivals of the year: The Festival of Colors.


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Theatre
9:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Crazy For Poe In A One-Man Show

Credit Seven Stories Theatre Company

Nestled near the West Fork River in Weston, the imposing stone structure of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum will be the scene this weekend for the world premiere of a play focused on the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe. The playwright sees the unique location, Poe’s tragic life story, and the enduring characters he created as a perfect match. 

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Science Behind the Art
3:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Youth Program Combines Science and Art

A new after school program in Beckley is bringing Science and Art together. The program is made possible by a grant from the Beckley Area Foundation with the help from the Benedum Foundation and West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

Dr. Aida Jimenez is the Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Charleston in Beckley and director of the after school program.


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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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Volunteerism
8:29 am
Fri September 12, 2014

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2013-2014 Appalachia Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps members met for conservation training at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge last September
Credit Stephanie Petersen

Friday marked the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps- a volunteer service program that works on a number of community development projects across the country. The ceremony was a rare opportunity for AmeriCorps members from across the country to come together—along with alumni and community partners.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
10:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 13 & 14

The late, great Magic Slim first appeared on Mountain Stage in 2012. His music remains "a national treasure" in the blues world.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

As the old saying goes, "Everybody's working for the weekend," and it's no wonder considering the Mountain Stage archived performances we've picked out for this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." 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. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Turn This Town Around
2:06 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Turn This Town Around Awards Grants

Credit Clark Davis

“Turn This Town Around” is a project in which two West Virginia communities- Matewan and Grafton - have been selected to receive training, coaching, and technical assistance to help residents revitalize their communities.  Wednesday night members of Turn This Town Around Matewan found out which of their ideas will receive funding.

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Religion
1:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Faith Leaders in Morgantown Meet to Talk Tolerance

Credit Community Coalition for Social Justice

Continued news about conflicts between faith groups around the globe inspired interfaith discussions this week in Morgantown. A Forum on Religious Diversity explored what different faiths teach about social justice, tolerance, and compassion.


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Footgolf at Pipestem
4:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Concord Soccer Teams Set to Test FootGolf Course

FootGolf is the newest outdoor recreation activity available at Pipestem Resort State Park.
Credit West Virginia Department of Commerce

There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. Pipestem Resort State Park is the only place to play it in West Virginia

Soccer teams from Concord University plan to use the course on Thursday, but according to a release, they won’t be playing soccer.


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Lilly Bridge
9:42 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Construction Project Bridges Lilly History

The Lilly Bridge in Summers County was built around 1950.
Credit Jessica Lilly

A bridge commemorating a village settled in Summers County in 1772, is being replaced. But the project is providing more than just a new bridge for vehicle traffic.


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Arts & Culture
5:45 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Two West Virginians Join Artists Across the Globe to Reimagine Hubcaps as Art

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art on view in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA, through March 1, 2015.
MSV photo by Ron Blunt.

Janice Summers-Young is one of two West Virginian artists who were selected for a new exhibit at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia. The exhibit, called Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, features 287 artists from 36 different countries and opened yesterday.

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Recommended If You Like: Easy, Breezy Folk
7:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Bahamas

Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas).

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Bahamas, the pseudonym for singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen. Although Bahamas is far from being Bahamian (hint: Jurvanen hails from the non-Caribbean lands of Canada), his effortlessly beautiful folk will make you believe you're surrounded by sun and sand.

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