Arts & Culture

Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center

This week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, it's Early Country Music Week, but it's also Cajun Week. Louisiana Cajun music is rising up out of Randolph County, with a splash of some French Quebec sounds, too. It's a rich, multi-ethnic scene and one Canadian Cajun-accordion player is on a mission.

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Marshall University hosted the annual Health Science and Technology Academy Summer Institute this week with a camp titled Fun with Science. It’s a summer program that begins a journey toward college for high school students.

The Health Science and Technology Academy is a collaboration between Marshall and West Virginia University. The statewide initiative was created to inspire first-generation, rural and African American youth to attend college and offset the disparity of those populations in the areas of science and health care.  Students took part in dissection activities and got to diagnose mock patients after some instruction. 

B. Hockensmith Photography / All Good Festival, 2011

It’s been four years since the All Good Music Festival has been in West Virginia. After spending almost a decade in Preston County, then two years in Ohio, and taking a hiatus last year, the festival comes back to the Mountain State to Jefferson County. It begins Thursday and ends Sunday, July 11.

While the festival is loved by many because of its line-up of big-name bands and relaxed atmosphere, it’s also developed a reputation for heavy traffic and drugs.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Shepherdstown is a little place with a lot of history. Harpers Ferry and the Antietam battlefield are literally down the road. The tiny downtown has Civil War era brick buildings filled with mom n’ pop restaurants and shops. But there’s a kind of counterculture side to the town, too.

Locals can be seen playing live music on the street with a cup of coffee or tea in hand - maybe even wearing tie-dye. And there’s a big demand for local, organic foods including a local favorite - a restaurant called Mellow Moods.

This week, Inside Appalachia is hearing from people across the region, sharing their views about the Confederate Battle Flag.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Between the two of them, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have appeared on Mountain Stage over 15 times in the last twenty years. Until the First Family of the Banjo make their next appearance on the show (get to writing, Bela/Abby!), we'll go ahead and listen back to their past pick'n tunes on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

The Charleston Tennis Club

Thirty years ago this week, a Charleston native caused a sensation when she played her first round at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club near London.  In 1985, the 24 year old White wore a body suit.

Glynis Board / WVPB

Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of West Virginia, buried evidence exists of communities and times gone by. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Moundsville at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. The curators there work daily next to a giant Adena Indian burial mound, preserving artifacts found over the years throughout the state.


Since July 2014, A Change of Tune has vowed to never play the same exact song twice. Why? Because we like the challenge of playing new and exciting music each week, not to mention the fact that we want to give our listeners a music discovery experience every time they listen.

 

But this weekend, we’re flipping the script.

Marshall University

Marshall University has three new degree programs that will go along with the university's new engineering facility, set to open this fall.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Marshall's Board of Governors approved the addition of the three engineering-based degrees, as well as the elimination of a business degree, during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Farm Security Administration

This weekend, the Tygart Valley Homestead School celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first graduating class.


We Remember Elmer Rich

Jun 27, 2015
Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center

95-year-old Elmer Rich, a famous old-time fiddler, died this past June 20th, West Virginia Day, at his home in Westover, West Virginia. He’ll be missed throughout these old hills.

Christine Cover

Appalachia has certainly been stereotyped by many people in the media. But not all storytellers are the same, and the stories that are told about Appalachia are often complicated with layers of misunderstandings. 

It takes time, compassion and perhaps an inside perspective to delve deep and do justice to the people affected by the story. So much of this type of work- that which is reshaping how Appalachia is portrayed- is being rendered by women in the media.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

What if I told you that Neko Case, Vic Chesnutt, Colin Hay and The Proclaimers took the same stage years ago? And what if I told you that it all happened in good ol' Charleston, WV. Don’t believe me? Hear it for yourself this weekend on 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.

WVPB's Beth Vorhees Among Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Jun 23, 2015

Ten people have been named to the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame, including WVPB News Director Beth Vorhees.

The 2015 class of inductees includes Vorhees, MetroNews broadcaster Hoppy Kercheval, retired West Virginia Public Broadcasting executive director Dennis Adkins and ESPN regional sportscaster Frank Giardina.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is cutting 50 days from its 2015 racing schedule to avoid lowering average daily purses.

Mountaineer director of racing Rose Mary Williams tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the move will keep purses at the same level.

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Wheeling has erected a statue of West Virginia's founding father, Francis H. Pierpont, at the site of the state's birthplace.

 City officials unveiled the 1,200-pound bronze statue outside Independence Hall on Saturday, West Virginia's 152 birthday.
 

Pierpont served as governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia which was formed in 1861 during the Second Wheeling Convention at Independence Hall. He served as governor until 1863, when West Virginia became a state.

Travelin' Appalachian Tour Showcases Local Artists

Jun 18, 2015
Jade Artherhults

A group of friends from all around West Virginia have come together to form the Travelin' Appalachians Revue, a celebration of local writers, musicians and artists.

Co-founders Tyler Grady and Howard Parsons set out to show Appalachia in a different light with their tour, Tales of Tribulations and Turpitude. Grady and Parsons handpicked musicians, writers, poets and other artists to showcase in a series of events across the state.

When it came to choosing artists to showcase on their first tour, Grady said their friends were the first to come to mind.  

"These are guys who have been honing songwriting as a craft," Grady said.


Let's Talk #WVmusic

Jun 18, 2015
Joni Deutsch

Hey, West Virginia. It's me, Joni Deutsch, your friendly neighborhood public radio host. You have a second to talk #WVmusic? Cool? Cool.

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