Inside Appalachia

Jeff Pierson

Two artists that were featured on Inside Appalachia recently had their work recognized- and we think that's worth celebrating. So this week we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes from earlier this year- Inside Appalachia Road Trip: Art and Murals Across Appalachia's Backroads.

Young Syrian Refugee Makes WV His Home

Mar 22, 2016

On this West Virginia Morning, We get a first-hand look at the life of an 11-year-old boy who came to West Virginia six years ago to flee conflict in Syria.

CAIR/ Ikram Benaicha

How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

This issue has been heating up in the last year. As refugees from Syria have been arriving in Europe, some Americans, like Donald Trump,  have called for barring them from entering the United States.

Judy Sheppard, a dynamic West Virginia entrepreneur
Jean Snedegar

This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

Major Changes Made To Religious Freedom Bill

Mar 2, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at some changes that were made to the controversial religious freedom restoration act and Jessica Lilly brings us the story on the search for the new Mountaineer mascot for WVU.

WVU

West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the - now four - finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She's a coal miner's daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen.

Lance Booth

In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear about what it’s like to actually work in a coal mine. So often we hear about miners from environmentalists or people who proudly declare they are Friends of Coal. But so much about what we hear about coal mining these days is full of political agendas.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Kara Lofton brings us the story on a service called “Help 4 WV”, which connects those who struggle with substance abuse or behavioral problems to already-existing programs for help and Ashton Marra brings us a story about Sen. John Unger dropping his lawsuit against Senate President Bill Cole.

Also, Liz McCormick reports on a debate among the Delegates over science standards, we hear a clip from this week's Inside Appalachia about Gary Bentley, who writes a blog about the life of a coal minor, and Drive-By Truckers bring us "Pauline Hawkins" for the Mountain Stage song of the week.

Malcolm Wilson/ Humans of Central Appalachia

Our roots with coal run deep here in central Appalachia. But the future for the people in the Appalachian coalfields is unclear.  Although coal will likely still continue to be mined, it doesn’t seem like jobs in this industry will ever come back, not like they once were. People in the coalfields are worried. Jobs are disappearing -- and there isn’t a lot of hope right now.

Lauren Stonestreet, of Elle Effect Photography

This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about food and some of the food we southern Appalachians are  famous for.

We’ll travel to explore stories and the roots of some southern food, visit a historic salt mine in West Virginia that’s being revived and we’ll head over to a fried chicken festival in Virginia.

In light of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, this week on Inside Appalachia we remember the West Virginia water crisis from 2014. We’ll also hear from people in the coalfields who don’t have access to clean water, day in and day out. And we’ll honor the traditional “Appalachian” way of coming together to lean on each other.

Molly Must/ Traveling 219

This week for Inside Appalachia, we wanted to go on a kind of road trip and meet people who are making community art across Appalachia. 

Right to Work Bill Takes Center Stage

Jan 15, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at an upcoming segment on Inside Appalachia, and differing opinions on the Right to Work bill which is currently being debated by West Virginia Lawmakers.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, reporter Roxy Todd talks with artist Jeff Pierson about his assignment to cover the courtroom trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Teaching Teachers to Teach W. Va. Mine Wars History

Jan 8, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning Senia Smoot Reinert of Charleston got an early start in her engineering career when she attended a camp at a university while in high school. And singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McAnally performs our Mountain Stage song of the week. That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Mountain Stage/Pat Sergent

In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll hear why Davis and Elkins College offers a unique type of scholarship for students who play traditional folk music. And we’ll hear about a new tourism music trail in West Virginia called The Mountain Music Trail.

Malcolm Wilson/ Humans of Central Appalachia / Humans of Central Appalachia

What happens when strangers with cameras go to Appalachia? It’s a complicated topic that many Appalachians have strong feelings about. This week, we revisit our most popular episode from 2015. Since this first aired, Vice Magazine has published another article by photographer Stacy Kranitz. It's the latest in Kranitz's photo essay series called, "There Aint No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down", which takes its title from the song by Brother Claude Ely.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear stories of Christmas past, Christmas present and even hope for Christmases in the future.

Mountain Stage's Larry Groce and A Change of Tune's Joni Deutsch join over 50 public radio hosts in listing their favorite songs of 2015.
NPR Music

Public radio hosts from across the country came together this past month to pick their favorite songs of 2015. The result? An NPR Music Best Songs of 2015 playlist, of course!  Here's a recap of that list and the music you heard this past year on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Scotty White/ Inside Appalachia

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began December 6, and continues through December 14th at sundown. In light of Hanukkah, this week's show features Jewish Appalachians, a group that’s not really talked about a whole lot.

Jewish communities across West Virginia are struggling to keep their traditions alive.

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