West Virginia Week is a web-only podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting that looks back at the major news of the week. This podcast features rotating hosts and producers from the WVPB Newsroom. Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert.

Check back every Saturday at 8 a.m. to listen to our latest episode and learn what happened this week in West Virginia.

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Episodes

Chris Schulz,May. 18, 2024

The Primary Election, Raw Milk And Child Nutrition, This West Virginia Week

This week, West Virginians went to the polls for primaries to decide some national and local issues. We’ll talk about the results of some of Tuesday’s elections and hear from some voters. 

WVPB Staff,May. 11, 2024

Continuing Education Emergencies And Special Session Priorities This West Virginia Week

This week the U.S. Department of Education is launching a multimillion-dollar program to help boost the completion of FAFSA nationwide. We’ll also learn more about the state’s largest methamphetamine seizure in history. And we’ll hear about a rupture in the Mountain Valley Pipeline during a pressure test. 

Emily Rice,May. 04, 2024

Superfund Sites, Education Emergencies And The Attorney General’s Role, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for the state’s educational system. We’ll also learn more about a group of organizations asking the state Supreme Court to side with Cabell County and Huntington in their lawsuit against opioid distributors. And we’ll hear about a South Charleston landfill listed as a Superfund site.

Curtis Tate,Apr. 27, 2024

Rivers, Manchin’s Successor, Firing Up A Gas Pipeline And New Power Plant Rules, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, Earth Day was Monday. We’ll hear from a hydrologist about the state’s rivers. We’ll learn more about why two leading candidates for governor are trading accusations in ads over transgender youth. And we’ll visit a community in southern West Virginia affected by contaminated water.

Chris Schulz,Apr. 20, 2024

Legislative Interims, Digital Parenting Demands And Composting, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, legislators started off the week back in Charleston for the first time since the end of the regular session for interim meetings. Meanwhile, we heard about the state’s rising natural gas production, the new challenges of digital devices for parents, and ahead of Earth Day, we took a look at a major composting operation. 

Jack Walker,Apr. 13, 2024

Sawmills, Storm Fund Squabbles And The Solar Eclipse, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, residents celebrated the end of Ramadan and a solar eclipse, while state officials squabbled over state emergency funds related to last week’s storms.

Briana Heaney,Apr. 05, 2024

Severe Weather Covers The State, IDD Waivers Cut From Budget, And Warmer Weather Brings Out Cyclist

On this West Virginia Week severe weather pounded the state, from destructive tornadoes in the south to historic floods in the north. 

Chris Schulz,Mar. 30, 2024

The Governor’s Signed And Vetoed Bills, COVID-19 Impacts And The Race For U.S. Senate, This West Virginia Week

WVPB looked at what did and didn’t get the governor’s signature and we continue our series looking back at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic four years after its start. We also take a look at the Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat, as well as updates from the state police on investigations into sexual misconduct.

Curtis Tate,Mar. 23, 2024

Potholes, Solar Panels, COVID-19 Lessons And Sleeping Babies, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, spring has sprung! We’ll look at patching potholes, how babies learn to sleep, what’s changed in health care four years since the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

Jack Walker,Mar. 16, 2024

Babies, Beavers And A Special Session At The Capitol, This West Virginia Week

Another year’s legislative session is now behind us, but news of a special session this spring means the West Virginia Legislature won’t be gone for long. In the meantime, we’ll dive into stories on education, including stories on a new study on special education and a group of West Virginia principals visiting the United States Capitol.

Liz McCormick,Mar. 09, 2024

2024 State Legislative Session Nears Its Close, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, the 2024 West Virginia Legislative session is wrapping up. Saturday, March 9 is the final day state lawmakers can consider bills during this regular session. We bring you conversations with members of the House of Delegates and Senate who look back at the last 60 days — and ahead.

Jack Walker,Mar. 02, 2024

Potential Kroger Strike, Southern Coal And Artificial Intelligence, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, the state legislature began winding down its 2024 session. Wednesday marked the last day for new bills to pass out of their chamber of origin, and now both the House and Senate are voting on bills proposed by their colleagues across the rotunda.

Curtis Tate,Feb. 24, 2024

The Postal Service, The Legislative Auditor, Fossils And Statues, This West Virginia Week

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, Chris Schulz, Curtis Tate, Emily Rice, Eric Douglas, Jack Walker, Liz McCormick, and Randy Yohe.

Chris Schulz,Feb. 17, 2024

Law And Order, Child Care Access And A Women’s Bill Of Rights, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, the state legislature had Child Care Advocacy Day, centering on an issue leaders flagged as a top priority at the start of the session. But with the session more than halfway through, action still remains to be seen.

Jack Walker,Feb. 10, 2024

Air Monitoring, Trans Rights And Babydog, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, we are back with more coverage of the West Virginia Legislature. Plus, we’ll discuss a failed Senate bill that aimed to increase border security, a debt owed by one of Gov. Jim Justice’s companies, and ongoing medical difficulties facing the governor’s bulldog, Babydog.

Chris Schulz,Feb. 03, 2024

Drug Test Strips, Taxes, Natural Hair And Transgender Rights, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, we continue our coverage of the West Virginia Legislative session with discussions from lawmakers and community stakeholders. We’ll listen back to a few of our conversations with our guests on our program The Legislature Today as they discuss taxes, natural hair and trans rights.  

Liz McCormick,Jan. 27, 2024

Conversations From The State Legislature And Morgantown Welcomes Ukraine Veteran, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, the West Virginia Legislative session is in full swing, and lawmakers have been considering a number of pieces of legislation. We’ll listen back to a few of our conversations with our guests this week on our program The Legislature Today. Also, we’ll hear from a man who recently arrived in Morgantown from the front lines in Ukraine.

Emily Rice,Jan. 20, 2024

Resources For Children And Looking At The Legislature, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, we began with Child Advocacy Day at the Capitol where lawmakers learned about resources available to the state’s children. Also, we hear from a new survey that shows teachers are increasingly likely to leave the profession in West Virginia. And, we listen to legislative leaders discuss their thoughts on the 2024 West Virginia Legislative session. 

Eric Douglas,Jan. 13, 2024

Tiny Homes, The Water Crisis And The State Of The State, This West Virginia Week

On this West Virginia Week, we began with interim meetings of the West Virginia Legislature and then the 2024 regular session kicked off on Wednesday along with Gov. Jim Justice’s final State of the State Address. 

Chris Schulz,Jan. 06, 2024

Improving West Virginia Corrections, Conserving Salamanders And Accessing Dental Care, This West Virginia Week

This week on West Virginia Week we learn about improvements being made to the state’s correctional facilities. Also we learn about the issues of protecting endangered Appalachian salamanders.