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Congress will return to session after Labor Day to a full schedule. They will consider long term funding for the nation’s roadways, the Iran nuclear deal and an education bill replacing No Child Left Behind.

The full schedule has the conservation community worried about the impending expiration of a little-known program for buying park and forest land. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has generated almost $17 billion during its 50-year history.

About $10.5 billion of that has been spent to buy 5 million acres of public land, mainly out West, but West Virginia has also benefited from the fund. Think Harpers Ferry, the New River Gorge and the Monongahela National Forest. 

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To say that Mountain Stage is excited about returning to Grand Marais this September? Total. Understatement.

On this week's episode of the podcast Us & Them, producer Trey Key looks at the evolution of textbooks in the U.S. and the controversies in both Kanawha County and Texas that have shaped the textbooks students read in school.

Inside Appalachia focuses on the out-migration of young people from West Virginia and Appalachia in general, a move that often leaves Appalachian natives homesick for their roots. 

Husband and wife due Shovels and Rope play "Evil," this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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What's on the line-up for this week's #MSAM? A little folk, a little alt-rock and a whole lot of archived music goodness.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the Eastern Panhandle where a group of artists get together to critique each other’s work.  Also, singer-songwriter Jill Barber has our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Josh Saul

While singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Can't make it to this weekend's Mountain Stage? There's a stream for that.

On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the Augusta Heritage Center...one about a young fiddle player and another about the traditional arts and crafts workshops.  Also, Judith Owen performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.


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Stop us if you've heard this one: Soul'n'roll rocker Booker T. Jones, indie pop darlings Lake Street Dive and folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen walk onto a stage... If that story doesn't ring a bell, you're in for a treat on this week's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Josh Saul

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about this week’s episode featuring a discussion about outsiders taking pictures in Appalachia.  And we visit the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins where it’s bluegrass music week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Did you hear? Our good friend Tift Merritt is returning to Mountain Stage this fall! Since we have such a “Sweet Spot” for the singer-songwriter, we’ll look back at one of her last performances (in Alaska, no less!) on this week’s Mountain Stage After Midnight

Josh Saul

The undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage last year when the show returned to the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

Unfortunately Delta Spirit is unable to appear as scheduled July 26 due to unexpected circumstances. And if you can't make it to this Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Tyler Childers, Jarekus Singleton, and Los Aztex, you can watch live from anywhere at mountainstage.org.

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.

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Mountain Stage loves to travel. In just a few weeks, we’ll be hitting the road for shows at Davis & Elkins College, Abingdon’s Barter Theatre and Grand Marais’ North House Folk School. But before we do, let’s get in the ramblin’ spirit with some good ol’ archived trips.

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Our rock-friends Steelism released their new EP The Drawing Room, Volume 1 a couple weeks back. Since the duo came to Mountain Stage last month with their new music (and snazzy dress jackets) in tow, we’re posting this performance of the first single “The Serge.”

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

On West Virginia Morning, a lot of music.  We’ll meet a brother and sister team playing the blues at the Augusta Heritage Center, preview Matt Jackfert’s debut on Performance Today this morning and country superstar Martina McBride has today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we feature a lot of music.  From the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins we learn about Louisiana Cajun music and Umphrey’s McGee is featured on our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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