Arts & Culture

Marshall Sports
3:48 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Marshall Enters College Football Polls

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For the first time since the final polls of the 2002 season, Marshall University Football is ranked in the top 25.

After a 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday in Huntington, Marshall Football found itself ranked in both major polls Sunday. The Herd sits at 25th in the newest Associated Press College Football Poll and 24th in the newest Coaches Poll

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Recommended If You Like: Soulful Electro-Pop
10:07 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz
Credit Neil Krug

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Madi Diaz, an up-and-coming artist who creates upbeat electro-pop from some pretty heartbreaking experiences. Needles to say Madi's approach to pop on her latest record, Phantom, is nothing short of postmodern ear candy. Check out the interview below to learn more about Madi's new record and overall pop ambition. If you're a fan of post-breakup synth in the same vein as Charli XCX, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Technology & Politics
1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

These (Quasi) Anonymous Social Media Accounts Are Interjecting Themselves Into W.Va. Politics

If you’ve been watching West Virginia politics play out on social media this election season, you’ve probably noticed some pretty vitriolic rhetoric. Some of it comes from the usual suspects--like candidates and their parties. But, some of it--it’s not clear where it’s coming from. Not surprisingly, there are those who contribute to the state’s political discourse through the veil of anonymity.

Byrd's Finger: A Contractor for the Republican Party

When it comes to politics on Twitter, one of the most active accounts in West Virginia is Byrd’s Finger. It’s an obvious reference to the late Democratic senator Robert C. Byrd. But, there’s no question it’s coming from a Republican point of view.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:46 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 11 & 12

The members of supergroup Red Horse (John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson) have appeared on Mountain Stage over 21 times, but never as a group until this 2011 performance.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Need to countrify your weekend? Of course you do, and that's why "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is here to help with performances from some amazing alt-country, bluegrass, and folk artists. 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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Arts & Culture
5:59 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Musicians Explore Connections Between Romanian and Appalachian Folk Music

Student and teacher from Constantin Brailoiu Music and Arts High School in Târgu Jiu, Romania
Credit Clay Center

On Thursday at the Clay Center in Charleston, four Romanian high school musicians and three of their teachers met with musicians from Wahama high school in Mason County. The students are participating in a year-long project exploring the connections between Appalachian and Romanian folk music.

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Marshall Sports
4:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Marshall Men’s Basketball Ready for 2014-2015 Season

Credit Adam Rogers

Marshall University Basketball is set to begin practice with new coach Dan D’Antoni.

A long coaching search in the spring began with rumors of Marshall trying to lure Mike D’Antoni away from his job with the NBA LA Lakers. And it ended with Marshall hiring Dan D’Antoni, Mike’s older brother and assistant with the Lakers. The need for a new coach was required after Tom Herrion resigned following an 11-22 season.

D’Antoni immediately put the team through an extensive off season program that saw many of the players lose considerable weight.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
11:57 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 4 & 5

Ani DiFranco made her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

What do you get when you mix two iconic singer-songwriters with a whole lot of good music? A little something called "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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Forest Festival
9:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lost Tradition Returns to Mountain State Forest Festival

Credit Mountain State Forest Festival Facebook Page

The 78th Annual Mountain State Forest Festival is underway in Elkins this week. Amid this year’s festivities and fun, an old tradition is making a comeback.

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Heritage Day
10:49 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Mercer Co. School Celebrates Appalachian Heritage

Students listen to a monologue about the first settlers of Mercer County.

An event in Southern West Virginia was designed to give students a sense of place and pride. Athens Elementary hosted Appalachian Heritage Day on Friday.

Some presentations included home remedies, historical monologs, and more.

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Historic Preservation
6:03 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Fairmont Lights a Fire Under Historic Preservation Effort

Credit Courtesy Firehouse Cafe Facebook Page

The City of Fairmont is closer to moving forward on a downtown historic preservation project which officials hope will attract creative people and additional activity. Fairmont City Council officially accepted a State Historic Preservation Grant this week and filed a related covenant restricting how the building – the old city firehouse – can be used. The grant of nearly $50,000 will be matched by the city and will help pay for a new roof on the building.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Appalachian Heritage Festival Continues in Shepherdstown this Weekend

Appalachian Mountains
Credit Valerius Tygart / Wikimedia Commons

The annual Appalachian Heritage Festival in Shepherdstown continues this evening.  The dance, art, and music filled weekend is a celebration of the region’s artistic traditions. This past week included a quieter celebration of Appalachian literature with Shepherd University’s 2014 writer-in-residence, Homer Hickam.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
6:02 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 27 & 28

Chuck Prophet performing on Mountain Stage in 2007.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

2007 was a great year: the final "Harry Potter" book was released, we were introduced to some plucky teenagers in "Juno," Steve Jobs made an announcement about something called an iPhone, and Mountain Stage Radio Show featured some top notch perfomers, as we'll hear on this week'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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Stereotypes
9:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Rising Above Appalachian Stereotypes for a Higher Education

Dr. Sarah Beasley, Concord University Director of Retention

While it’s no longer politically correct to use racist, or gender-related remarks that stereotype groups of people, what about negative West Virginian or Appalachian stereotypes?

Appalachians are commonly stereotyped as white, lazy, tobacco smoking, overall-wearing, poor farmers with poor dental hygiene, no indoor plumbing, and no shoes.

So how does that influence the pursuit of an education? Well it depends on the individual Appalachian mindset. The conversation about the connection and possible impact continues with this second report.

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Block Historical District
5:45 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Barbara Hicks Lacy Remembers Charleston During Segregation

Workers outside the Ferguson Theater, 1939. Lacy remembers that Richard Sonders, an usher, is the tall man to the right with an eye patch.
Credit Courtesy of the W.Va. State Archives, Bernidean Brown Collection

In Charleston, those who grew up during segregation remember a tight knit community in the downtown neighborhood known as The Block. During the 30's and 40's Barbara Hicks Lacy grew up in this neighborhood, and she's one of the remaining residents who vividly recalls The Block, which today has all but disappeared. The West Virginia Center for African-American Culture and Arts recently invited her to share her story at the West Virginia State Archives.

When she was a kid, Lacy's best friend, named Baby Sue, was white, and so they weren't allowed to attend the same school.

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Concord University Celebrates Banned Books Week

Concord University is participating in banned books week. Library officials released a list of books that have been “identified as morally, visually or otherwise unsuitable to read” at one time.

Banned books week is celebrated in libraries across the country to commemorated the freedom to read unorthodox material. It’s considered a way to fight censorship and share ideas.

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Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Mon September 22, 2014

W.Va. Broadcasters Hall of Fame to Induct Ten Members

Credit WV Broadcasting Hall of Fame / via Facebook

Former ESPN executive Dan Shoemaker is among 10 people named to the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

The other inductees are Jack Canfield, Dick Callaway, Jack Deakin, the late Lloyd Scott Garten, Randy Kerbawy, Michael Kidd, the late Paul Krakowski, Fritz Leichner and Lacy Neff.

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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 West Virginia, Exploring What's in a Virginia Name

WVDEP's drilling map
Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  

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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 Virginia).

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