Arts & Culture

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.
Credit Provided

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


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 .

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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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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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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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10:54 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Berkeley County to Offer Food Recycling Program

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Berkeley County is giving residents an opportunity to recycle food as well as paper, aluminum and glass.

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority's food waste collection program is part of a 12-month composting pilot initiative funded by a $7,400 federal grant.

The authority is encouraging residents, businesses, church groups, restaurants and others to participate in the program.

Food waste that will be accepted includes meat, poultry, fish, table scraps, bread, coffee grounds and tea bags.

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West Virginia Morning
8:56 am
Mon January 5, 2015

The Best of 2014: Fiona Ritchie Talks Irish, Scottish Connection to Appalachian Music

We're featuring our favorite stories of 2014 this week on West Virginia Morning. 

Monday starts the week with an interview with Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR's "The Thistle and Shamrock." Ritchie, along with noted musician David Orr, published a book in the fall which details the history and connection between Irish and Scottish heritage and Appalachian music and culture. 

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Arts & Culture
8:04 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

West Virginia Native, Country Music Legend "Little" Jimmy Dickens Dies at 94

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West Virginia native and country music legend "Little" Jimmy Dickens has died at the age of 94. According to a press release from The Grand Ole Opry, Dickens passed away Friday afternoon as a result of cardiac arrest following a stroke he suffered on Christmas Day.

Born in Bolt, West Virginia on December 19, 1920, Dickens would go on to be the longest running member of The Grand Ole Opry. He first performed on the show in 1948 and last played on December 20, 2014--just a day after his 94th birthday.

"The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President & General Manager through a news release on the show's website Friday evening.  “He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."

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Inside Appalachia
6:49 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Inside Appalachia, One of 2014's Biggest Shows

This week we revisit an Inside Appalachia episode from 2014 packed with so much information we felt it’s worth sharing again.

We go back into the archives for the November 15, 2014 show. It includes an interview with Gary Quarles, who lost his son Gary Wayne Quarles, in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in 2010. He spoke with host Jessica Lilly about Don Blankenship's indictment before federal Judge Irene Berger ordered a gag order against speaking with the media and more.

A seemingly fitting show since on this same day, nine years ago, loved one gathered in West Virginia as they waited to hear if their loved ones survived a mine disaster. In the end, they found 12 coal miners died.

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9:55 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Trout Stocking to Commence in West Virginia for 2015

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Starting this month, hatchery workers will begin stocking trout to 55 West Virginia waters.

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A Change of Tune Holiday
4:18 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

'Tis the Season for Holiday Music

West Virginia Public Radio's unofficial mascot, Uri the Sheepdog, dressed for the holidays.
Credit Joni Deutsch

December's finally here, a season full of yule log background savers and ugly-yet-still-popular-at-Urban Outfitters holiday sweaters. To me, the best part of the holiday season comes from rock'n around the Christmas tree/menorah and giving special gifts to my family and friends. And yes, dear reader, A Change of Tune, West Virginia Public Radio's brand new indie/alternative music program, is sending some holiday musical cheer your way.

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Bridge Day
10:34 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Some Jumpers Say They'll Skip Bridge Day Because of Scans

Credit New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

Some BASE jumpers plan to skip West Virginia's Bridge Day festival next year because of a new security requirement.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:48 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 3 & 4

Duncan Sheik and his band.
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Rather than keeping to the ol' "Eat Better, Work Out More, Read More" New Year's mantra, why not spice up your resolution routine with "Hear More Rock'n Music?" We here at "Mountain Stage After Midnight" are more than happy to supply such music. 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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11:09 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Beech Fork State Park to Offer Online Campsite Reservations

Beech Fork Lake Visitors Center
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Beech Fork State Park is making it easier to reserve campsites.

Beginning Thursday, visitors can reserve campsites online for up to a year in advance.

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Bridge Day
10:29 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Bridge Day Adds Fingerprint Requirement for Participants

Credit New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

Rappellers, BASE jumpers and vendors participating in future Bridge Day events will have to undergo fingerprint scans.

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10:13 am
Mon December 29, 2014

State Sets Christmas Tree Recycling Event

Credit Jessica Lilly

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Natural Resources are gearing up for their 10th annual Christmas tree recycling event.

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