Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
On this West Virginia Morning, advanced black lung disease, or progressive massive fibrosis, is rampant across coal country. It’s caused when miners breathe in quartz rock dust as they try to get at seams of coal. Inside Appalachia Host Mason Adams recently spoke with Howard Berkes about a new investigation into advanced black lung cases he helped lead that was co-published by Public Health Watch, Louisville Public Media and Mountain State Spotlight.
Also, in this show, our Mountain Stage Song of the Week comes to us from world-renowned jazz singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli. We listen to his performance of “I Want to Be Happy.”
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