Arts & Culture

James Wickline
Photo courtesy of Maarten Vossen

Seventy years ago, a soldier from West Virginia died trying to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazis. A Dutch man has been tending the soldier’s grave and trying to find out more about him for half his life. Now the story has caught the attention of a filmmaker.

It can be pretty tough to be a young person in Appalachia. There’s a lot of love for our region in the younger generation, too. So some younger people are making their own opportunities. Hear from people in their teens and 20s who are creating art and music here and listen to their ideas and dreams for Appalachia.

Lisa Sullivan

Ever since 'A Change of Tune' started, we've had a list of folks who we've wanted to talk #WVmusic (and pepperoni rolls) with. Last week, we had the pleasure of marking one of those names off our list when we chatted with the self-proclaimed "Redheaded Stepson of the Huntington Music Scene," Americana rocker Tyler Childers.

WV Dog
30-Mile Meal Huntington

As Huntington's Hot Dog Festival approaches, the members of 30-Mile Meal in the city are set to unveil their West Virginia Dog, a product they say perfect symbolizes their work with the surrounding community. 

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Harpers Ferry Mayor Gregory Vaughn says an early morning fire has devastated the historic town's commercial area.

Vaughn says the fire destroyed seven to eight businesses housed in one building. An adjacent restaurant sustained substantial damage. No one was injured.

Roxy Todd

The 1930s, 40s, and 50s in Charleston- before the decline in mining jobs caused many African Americans to leave Kanawha County- those years were electric with music that could be found throughout the city on almost any night of the week. That’s what Hubert "Rabbit" Jones remembers.

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Dozens of Girl Scouts are heading to the Summit in West Virginia for five days of mountain biking, rock climbing and other outdoor challenges.

The Girl Scout Jamboree gets under way Wednesday at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County. The Jamboree is expected to welcome about 240 girls and adults through Sunday.

Kids Count

A new report says more than one in four West Virginiachildren are living in poverty.

The annual KIDS Count report says the number of children living in poverty grew from 87,000 in 2008 to 100,000 in 2013, an increase of nearly 15 percent.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new art installation appeared in Jefferson County, Saturday: Three big, concrete bees were installed on the grounds of Craftworks at Cool Spring. Craftworks is a nature preserve and an art studio located just outside of Charles Town.

An annual summer concert series held in the mountains outside Morgantown has become a favorite destination for musicians and fans alike. The venue’s high elevation often provides a respite from hot and humid weather, making it a fun, family-friendly experience.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Another week, another weekend of live performance radio courtesy of #MSAM.

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The fifth annual Huntington Classic Regatta kicks off next weekend in Huntington. The three day event this year will include a national racing competition.

The five-year-old event is a continuation of the once popular summer fest in Huntington that ended in 1999. The past four years the regatta has included power boat races and this year will include the American Power Boat Racing’s North American Championship. Dan Ferguson is the Chairman of the event.


A dog is being medically evaluated after her rescue from a water-filled West Virginia cave where she had been trapped for nearly two weeks.

One-year-old pit-bull mix was retrieved from the cave at an abandoned quarry after a Bakerton resident heard its barks. The woman says she had heard the barking for more than 10 days.

Amelia Ferrell

It's a new radio year, a new radio perspective for A Change of Tune, and that means a new way of doing our semi-frequent artist chats.

Jesse Stevens

A traveling art exhibit has found a temporary home at Concord University.  The Athens Voices USA 2015 art gallery displays work from artist who live or work within thirty minutes of an Athens community across the country. 


In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

Cannons on Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The National Park Service says a Civil War battlefield near Shepherdstown would make a suitable addition to the Antietam National Battlefield in neighboring Maryland.


An online petition seeking to change the name of Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Charleston is generating some discussion.

The school is named in memory of the Confederate military leader who was born in Clarksburg. The deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, has started a national debate about the Confederate battle flag and public memorials dedicated to leaders of the Confederacy.

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.

Clark Davis / WVPublic

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.