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Rhiannon Giddens

This past winter has been a hectic one for Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens. Between recording Dylan covers with Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello under the moniker The New Basement Tapes and dueting with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on NBC's Parenthood series finale, she's somehow found time to release her solo recording debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. If you're a fan of spellbinding interpretations of Americana classics, this interview and music are recommended for you.

Five hundred seventy-four pounds of Holl’s Chocolate – or the equivalent of two baby elephants -- will be heading out to donors and their Valentines over the next two weeks as a result of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 19th annual Chocolate Challenge.

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After being captured in 1776, Lee supplied the British with plans to defeat the Americans.
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General Charles Lee was born in England on February 7, 1732. As a young man, he served with distinction in the British army before immigrating to America in the early 1770s. When the Revolutionary War began, he sided with the Americans and served as a major general in the Continental Army.

Henderson played the tournament with only eight players due to budget restrictions on travel.
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Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Punxsutawney Phil might have put a damper on your mood (seriously, more winter?), but this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is sure to make your weekend feel better, brighter and at least 20 degrees warmer.  Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. 

For years after Haley’s death, stories circulated about the fiddler’s remarkable talent.
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Legendary fiddler “Blind Ed” Haley died in Ashland, Kentucky, on February 4, 1951. The Logan County native never made any commercial recordings during his lifetime because he feared that record companies would cheat a blind musician.

Brian Blauser

The song "Hushabye Mountain" originally appeared in the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has since been covered by everyone from Tony Bennett to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour.

for 25 of those years, he also was the lead play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Broadcaster Jack Fleming was born in Morgantown on February 3, 1923. After serving in World War II as a navigator on a B-17, he enrolled in West Virginia University through the GI Bill. In 1947, as a 24-year-old undergrad, Fleming became the “Voice of the Mountaineers” on radio.

Hundreds of men died from a debilitating lung disease known as silicosis.
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Chris Graham

It's taken two years for Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf's The Bearer of Bad News to reach the States, but now we can finally hear why this Saskatchewan crooner is being hailed as "the next Nick Drake." Without a doubt, Shauf's folk is the kind of folk that makes you pause. If you're a fan of lush, contemplative songwriting, this interview and music are recommended for you.

The N&W, as it was known, built a major rail yard at Williamson, which would become the Mingo County seat.
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More than 7,000 men—including many African Americans—laid track through the New River Gorge and cut tunnels through the mountains between Hinton and Covington, Virginia.
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Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Four Mountain Stage performances enter, two Mountain Stage performances leave. So who was it going to be: legendary country music offspring Rosanne Cash, legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman, bluegrass maestro Del McCoury or folk-rock duo The Civil Wars?

It devastated communities along the entire 1000-mile stretch of the Ohio.
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The four virtuoso musicians that make up Lake Street Dive met as students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.

He later recalled that the spirit of God had told him to build crosses across the countryside.
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On January 27, 1925, the Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer was born at Craigsville in Nicholas County. During World War II, he served in the Marines and was wounded on Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to West Virginia and amassed a small fortune through a coal-washing business.

He also managed to pull down 32 rebounds. His Burnsville team routed the Widen squad 173 to 43.
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On January 26, 1960, 17-year-old guard Danny Heater of Burnsville High School scored a record-breaking 135 points in a basketball game against Widen High School. He easily shattered the previous state high school record of 74 and the national record of 120.

Brooke Fraser

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Brooke Fraser released infectious folk pop songs like "Something in the Water." What's even crazier is the New Zealand singer-songwriter's brand new record, which effectively transforms that lighthearted acoustic pop princess into an electrifying alternative pop queen. If you're a fan of Lorde-esque soundscapes that are filled with depth, darkness and beauty, this interview and music are recommended for you.

This was a particularly active period in the Mine Wars—a violent time that pitted miners against coal operators.
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Labor leader Fred Mooney was born in Kanawha County on January 23, 1888. At age 13, he began working in coal mines as a trapper boy.  Six years later, at the young age of 19, he became secretary-treasurer of District 17 of the United Mine Workers of America.

Brian Blauser

Black Prairie began as a bluegrass-influenced side project lead by 3 of the 5 members of indie rock band The Decemberists. 

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