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
Politically, Appalachia encompasses 423 counties across 13 states — and West Virginia’s the only state entirely inside the region. That leaves so much room for geographic and cultural variation, as well as many different views on what Appalachia really is. For Inside Appalachia, we turned our entire episode over to the question, “What is Appalachia?”Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Appalachia connects mountainous parts of the South, the Midwest, the Rust Belt, even the Northeast. The Appalachian Regional Commission defined the boundarie...Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A few weeks ago, we asked listeners to share your favorite spooky stories from across Appalachia. This week’s special Halloween episode of Inside Appalachia is packed with ghost stories and mysteries from across the region.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will take over hosting duties from Larry Groce. Groce is not leaving entirely. He will retain his other duties with the show, which he co-founded.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Crystal Wilkinson is Kentucky’s new poet laureate, the first Black woman to have this title in the state. She recently spoke with Inside Appalachia’s co-host Caitlin Tan. Wilkinson began by reading a poem that is an ode to tobacco and her grandfather. The poem is featured in her soon-to-be-released collection of poems, ‘Perfect Black.’Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Mental health across the nation has taken a toll since the pandemic began -- and this includes eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, hotline calls are up nearly 80 percent in the past year.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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