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 Week, October interim meetings of the West Virginia Legislature kicked off in Charleston. Children’s health and education continue to be in the spotlight with state leaders discussing everything from school discipline to childhood literacy. And we have more on the conditions inside West Virginia jails and prisons.
Also, thrill seekers from across the world are gathering at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day event this weekend.
And we hear how the end of pandemic-era benefits will affect child care costs and quality, the Black Infant and Maternal Health Working Group’s breakfast with lawmakers and a story about a practicing Appalachian witch.
Emily Rice is our host this week. Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert.
West Virginia Week is a web-only podcast that explores the week’s biggest news in the Mountain State. It’s produced with help from Bill Lynch, Briana Heaney, Caroline MacGregor, Chris Schulz, Curtis Tate, Emily Rice, Eric Douglas, Liz McCormick, and Randy Yohe.