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Recommended If You Like: Lorde-esque Alt-Pop
9:39 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Brooke Fraser

New Zealand folk-pop singer Brooke Fraser.
Credit 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.

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8:36 am
Fri January 23, 2015

January 23, 1888: Labor Leader Fred Mooney Born

Mooney was part of a more radical leadership team that also included district President Fred Keeney and Vice President Bill Blizzard.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Hear Black Prairie Play "The 84" Live from Mountain Stage

Black Prairie on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Black Prairie began as a bluegrass-influenced side project lead by 3 of the 5 members of indie rock band The Decemberists. They've since become a very successful and in demand group in their own right, releasing four acclaimed albums. Here they perfrom "The 84," from this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
1:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 24 & 25

Rhonda Vincent on Mountain Stage in 2006.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

A pinch of folk, a dash of soul and a good dollop of bluegrass. Mix it all together and what do you get? This week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight!" 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. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night. 

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8:29 am
Thu January 22, 2015

January 22, 1927: Confederate General John McCausland Died

McCausland had grown up at Henderson, near Point Pleasant.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Confederate Brigadier General John McCausland died at his Mason County home on January 22, 1927. He was 90 years old and the next-to-the-last living Confederate general. He was survived by a little more than a year by Felix Robertson.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
2:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- Listener's Choice!

Pick two of these great Mountain Stage performances to air next week: 1. Rosanne Cash, 2. Randy Newman, 3. The Del McCoury Band, 4. The Civil Wars
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Last year, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" posed a question to its music-loving fans: Who do you want to listen to overnight weekends? You voted on our Facebook, we tallied'em up and Bela Fleck and Robert Cray were crowned the victors.

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8:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

January 21, 1906: First Passenger Train on the Coal & Coke Railroad

It allowed him to market coal and timber resources from his vast landholdings in Randolph, Upshur, Braxton, Gilmer, and Barbour counties.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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8:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

January 20, 1824: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Born

Jackson spent the next 10 years teaching philosophy and artillery at the Virginia Military Institute.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Thomas Jackson was born in Clarksburg around midnight on the evening of January 20, 1824. He was raised by an uncle at Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County and then attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He fought gallantly during the Mexican War but resigned from the army after the war.

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9:25 am
Mon January 19, 2015

January 19, 1894: John Hardy Hanged in Welch

Hardy was just one of tens of thousands of African Americans who poured into southern West Virginia in the late 1800s and early 1900s to work in the coal and railroad industries.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

John Hardy was hanged in the McDowell County seat of Welch on January 19, 1894. The black railroad worker had been convicted of murdering a man in a gambling dispute at present-day Eckman.

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9:34 am
Fri January 16, 2015

January 16, 1892: Activist Robert Simmons Dies

So, in 1862, Simmons and other free black men established Sumner School in Parkersburg.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Robert Simmons died at his Parkersburg home on January 16, 1892. A free black man during the days of slavery, he moved to Parkersburg in 1841 and earned a living as a barber. He and his wife Sarah worried that their nine children wouldn’t receive a proper education.

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9:13 am
Thu January 15, 2015

January 15, 1890: West Virginia Legislators Convene to Choose Governor

After the initial election tally in November 1888, Republican Nathan Goff Jr. had held a 106-vote lead over Democrat A. B. Fleming.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
2:40 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 17 & 18

Joe Pug on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

You know that ol' Wendy's slogan, "Eat Great, Even Late?" Well the same holds true for "Mountain Stage After Midnight," a delicious public radio program that feeds music lovers into the wee hours of morning. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "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.

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9:47 am
Wed January 14, 2015

January 14, 1957: Cecil Underwood Inaugurated State's Youngest Governor

A Democratic-controlled legislature blocked most of his agenda. Most notably, it slashed 90 percent from Underwood’s proposed $500 million road program.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
12:23 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hear James McMurtry Play "Ain't Got a Place," Live on Mountain Stage

James McMurtry on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry makes his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage this weekend, with songs from his first new album in 7 years. Here he performs "Ain't Got a Place," an ode to the feeling of spiritual homelessness that comes with a life spent as a touring musician.

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9:05 am
Tue January 13, 2015

January 13, 1889: Beckley Newspaperman Charles Hodel Born

In 1929, Hodel and his associates acquired the Register’s competitor, the Post-Herald, which became Beckley’s morning paper. The Register was then published in the afternoons and on Sundays.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Newspaperman Charles Hodel was born in Ohio on January 13, 1889. After learning the printing trade, he moved to Beckley at age 24 and became editor and general manager of the Raleigh Register newspaper. Thanks to the rapidly expanding coal industry, Beckley was a booming town.

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8:16 am
Mon January 12, 2015

January 12, 1939: Anna Johnson Gates Died

In 1922, Gates was elected to the West Virginia Legislature, becoming the first woman ever to serve in that body. During her one term in the legislature, she sponsored 13 pieces of legislation, and five were passed.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Anna Johnson Gates died on January 12, 1939, just before her 50th birthday. In the 1910s, the East Bank native fought for women’s suffrage. After women were granted the vote nationally in 1920, she served as the associate chair of Kanawha County’s Democratic Executive Committee.

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Recommended If You Like: WV Alt-Folk Rock
8:45 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Ona

Cover art for Ona's new EP, "The Other Side of June."
Credit Ona

They’re earnest, they’re indie, they’re Ona, the five-piece rock outfit that found its start in a sliver of unincorporated Appalachia called Ona, West Virginia. If you're a fan of deliciously mellow alt-rock bands that live by the motto "WWNYD" (that's "What Would Neil Young Do"), this interview and music are recommended for you.

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8:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

January 9, 1911: State Poet Laureate Louise McNeill Born

With its rich tapestry of stories and characters, McNeill's Gauley Mountain is still hailed as a classic work of American poetry.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill was born on her family’s Pocahontas County farm on January 9, 1911. Her first book, Gauley Mountain, was published in 1939. In it, she peppered her poems with the speech and dialect she’d grown up with.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
8:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 10 & 11

Punch Brothers on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

National Bubble Bath Day was this past week (yes, that's a thing), but why not keep the relaxation celebration alive this weekend by unwinding, lighting some candles and listening to some smooth music provided by "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midni

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8:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

January 8, 1964: President Johnson Declares War on Poverty

The resulting initiative featured a wide range of programs, including training for unemployed coal miners to learn new skills. Most controversially, it provided funding to community action groups, many of which failed to accomplish their objectives.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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