Watch Anna Sale, host of the popular podcast "Death, Sex & Money" from WNYC, and Dwight Garner, author and New York Times literary critic, as they discuss how growing up in West Virginia affects their work, as part of FestivALL Charleston. You can watch the live stream here starting at 5:30 p.m. today:

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on how the state can meet the federal EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Trey Kay about his a new episode of his podcast “Us & Them” that’s available today.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Today a new episode of our podcast "Us and Them" comes out. This one focuses on sex education.  Beth Vorhees talks with host and producer Trey Kay about the conflict that has surrounded sex education for decades. 

When you see panhandlers on the street, what do you do? Ignore them and walk the other way? Hand them some spare change? And, how do you decide?

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 Americans are as divided as they’ve ever been. A recent Pew Research Center study found that “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.” The report found the percentage of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled over that period, to 21%, and that “ideological overlap between the two parties has diminished.”

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On Friday, May 1, West Virginia Public Broadcasting debuts its new podcast, Us & Them. The program, hosted by Peabody Award-winner and Charleston native Trey Kay, seeks to explore the issues that create vast cultural divides. 

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from a drug summit in Martinsburg where heroin addiction is a serious issue.  And Digital Coordinator Dave Mistich talks with Trey Kay about his new podcast launching May 1 called “Us and Them.” 

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

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined us to speak about another tight budget year and how his legislative agenda will play out in a GOP-controlled statehouse.

A piece of legislation that would repeal a 2009 energy bill progressed through both chambers at the state house Monday, but that bill is changing shape as it makes its way through both chambers. 

Also, as session began last week there were some tense moments during a discussion of rules in the House of Delegates.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state capitol where new legislative leaders were chosen yesterday.  And we profile another inspiring West Virginian who was the first to use supercomputers to study the large-scale structure of the universe.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.  And Clark Davis reports from the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.

On West Virginia Morning, Suzanne Higgins reports on a new drug that successfully treats Hepatitis-C, but it comes with a big price tag.  And we’ll visit a distillery in the Eastern Panhandle.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with freelance radio producer Jean Snedegar about the people she is profiling in her fifth season of Inspiring West Virginians.  And reporter Roxy Todd takes us to Webster County for the Burgoo cook-off. Burgoo is a stew made without rules. 

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports on “resource recovery,” a polite way to say how household garbage can be used for fuel.  And Jessica Lilly joins Beth Vorhees to describe the scene at the arraignment of former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship Thursday in Beckley.

On West Virginia Morning, a widow of the Farmington Mine disaster, which happened 46 years ago today, remembers the last day she spent with her husband in an archived interview from 1992.  And Beth Vorhees talks with the director of the Partnership for Elder Living about aging issues facing the state. 

On West Virginia Morning, the chair of the Public Service Commission responds to a report that the state over regulates public water utilities.  And the city council in Morgantown has decided to delay an ordinance banning certain truck traffic downtown.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board sits down with an expert on stress to talk about how social factors play a role in our health.  And Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.

On West Virginia Morning, Fairness West Virginia is celebrating same sex marriage in West Virginia, but the group knows there’s still work to do for equality in housing and employment.  And a profile of the Reverend Jim Lewis of Charleston who supported gay marriage in the 1970’s.

On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly talks with the father of one of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion who welcomes the news that former CEO of the company that owned the mine has been indicted.  And Dave Mistich reports from Parkersburg about the posted signs asking people not to give money to panhandlers.

On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller will get a school named after him at West Virginia University.   And we’ll have an update about how the community of Matewan is turning their town around.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with a health care worker who spent a month assessing the Ebola virus in Liberia. And the Public Service Commission is holding public hearings across the state on a rate increase request from American Electric Power.  Jessica Lilly attended one in Mercer County.