Inside Appalachia

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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.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, a salute to Jewish traditions in food and music.  Also, singer songwriter Craig Finn has our Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s all on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On this  episode of the Inside Appalachia podcast, we talk immigration, migration and what it could all mean for Appalachia.

 

Unemployed Seek New Job Opportunities

Nov 23, 2015
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet two African American women who did something unique for their generation.  They went to college.  One of them, who is now 93 years old, became a teacher and one of her students went on to earn a Ph.D.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear stories of women whose grit and determination changed their own lives - and changed other people's lives, too. We’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly talks with Concord University president Dr. Kendra Boggess who was the first in her family to attend college.  And Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Story telling is a great part of family gatherings.  This Thanksgiving StoryCorps is encouraging families to sit down and record some of those stories as part of a national project.   A particular focus is working with high school students, however anyone can participate. So, take some time, download the app and give a listen to someone you love. 

This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

Jessica Lilly

In this week’s Inside Appalachia, we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the latest from the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.  Also, Jessica Lilly tells the story of a Wyoming County student who is the first in her family to go to college. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

WVNS-TV

This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from first generation college students, like Savanna Lusk, the daughter of an underground coal miner and Logan Bays the son of a former surface miner. Host Jessica Lilly spoke on WVNS-TV Morning Show, previewing this week's episode.

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So how do you say Appalachia? This week, our episode is about the many different accents, and pronunciations, of Appalachia. Many of those interviewed for the show said they have very strong feelings about pronunciation.

Inside Appalachia’s host Jessica Lilly found six known pronunciations of the word Appalachia. Yes, that's right, six different ways to say it:

How Do You Say "Appalachia?"

Nov 6, 2015
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis previews the basketball season at the state’s universities.  And how do you pronounce the name of our region?  There are many ways to say “Appalachia.” 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

There's a park in West Virginia with a name that's hard to pronounce. But what's even more interesting about it is that a lot of people think it's the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War. History teaches that the Revolutionary War began in in Concord Massachusetts in April of 1775, but Laura Allen brings us the story of a battle in October of 1774 in Point Pleasant some say was the first in America's war for independence.

 

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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.

On West Virginia Morning a preview of our podcast "Blankenship on Trial" reporting the latest from the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Also, Beth Vorhees talks with West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductees John Ellison and Bob Thompson.  That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

Charleston Newspapers

What should children learn in school? It’s a question that’s stirred debate for decades, and in 1974 it led to violent protests in West Virginia. People planted bombs in schools, shot at buses, and shut down coal mines. This week on Inside Appalachia, we feature Charleston native Trey Kay, the host of Us and Them.

Courtesy of Fret and Fiddle

This week on Inside Appalachia we pay tribute to fiddler Joe Dobbs, who passed away September 21st at the age of 81. For 25 years he hosted a radio show, called Music From the Mountains, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Andy Todd

Food deserts: it’s more than just an urban issue. Hey, we all have to eat. This week, we’re bringing you an encore presentation from the Inside Appalachia archives about Appalachian food deserts.  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.

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Once he was considered untouchable, but next week former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is scheduled to go on trial on conspiracy to violate mine safety standards and conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials charges. Blankenship denies the charges.

Those charges stem from an investigation that followed the Upper Big Branch Disaster that killed 29 men in 2010. It’s a trial that folks in the coalfields never thought would happen.

In this episode, we take a look back at how we got here and talk about the significance of this case.  You can also hear part of a special investigative series of reports about outlaw coal mining companies, that keep operating despite injuries, violations and millions of dollars in fines.

P & G Breaks Ground in Berkeley County

Sep 21, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Proctor and Gamble manufacturing site in Berkeley County.  And Roxy Todd talks with novelist Glenn Taylor about his book “A Hanging at Cinder Bottom” set in McDowell County at the turn of the 19th century.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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