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Remembering And Revisiting Resistance To The Mountain Valley Pipeline, Inside Appalachia

A flurry of trees in the autumn and without leaves. The trees can be seen against a clear, blue sky.
In 2018, Mason Adams interviewed Theresa "Red" Terry, who was protesting the advancing Mountain Valley Pipeline from her own land.
Mason Adams/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Red Terry’s property in Bent Mountain, Virginia, is in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. She says the place was beautiful, but she’s worried about the dangers of the pipeline not far from her home.

Plus, almost everybody has a favorite cup or coffee mug, but how far would you go to replace it? One woman would go pretty far.

And… we explore an effort in western Virginia to make old-time music more available to Black musicians.

You’ll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

In This Episode:

Back On Bent Mountain With Red And Coles Terry

Two older people stand in front of a truck outside their home. They both are wearing jeans and long-sleeved shirts. Behind them is a white house.
Coles and Red Terry at their home in Virginia in 2024.

Photo Credit: Mason Adams/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

People have been fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline since it was first announced. The project runs through West Virginia and Virginia, connecting natural gas terminals with a 303-mile pipeline stretching across some of Appalachia’s most rugged terrain. Almost immediately after construction began, protestors tried to block it by setting up platforms in trees along the route and living in them. 

In 2018, host Mason Adams interviewed activist and tree sitter Theresa “Red” Terry, as she protested against the pipeline on her own property.

Six years later, with the pipeline nearly finished, Adams went back to Bent Mountain to talk with Red Terry and her husband Coles to hear what’s happened since Red came down from her tree sit.   

The Last Unicorn (Mug)

A handmade mug is shown with a braided handle. Inside the mug is a small unicorn.
The magic is in the mug.

Photo Credit: Wendy Welch/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Folkways stories come in all shapes and sizes. And sometimes, they bring a little magic – like a story about how losing a very special mug can lead to finding something greater.

Folkways Reporter Wendy Welch brings us this tale of a potter who lost her mojo and a woman who helped her get it back. 

Earl White’s Old-Time Music 

A woman and a man stand next to each other, smiling, and an arm wrapped around the other. The woman is wearing a blue shirt, and the man is wearing plaid.
Earl White (right) with wife and bandmate, Adrienne Davis, in their home in Floyd County, Virginia. White and Davis are both old-time musicians, and they host a music camp on their farm called Big Indian Music Camp.

Photo Credit: Nicole Musgrave/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Appalachian old-time music brings together traditions from man cultures: African and African American, Native American and Scots-Irish. And yet, the contributions of Black and Indigenous musicians have often been erased or overlooked. In Floyd County, Virginia, one man has spent years working to make old-time music more available to Black musicians.

Folkways Reporter Nicole Musgrave has this story.


Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Other music this week was provided by Jeff Ellis, June Carter Cash, Joe Dobbs and the 1937 Flood, Earl White, Amethyst Kiah, Tyler Childers and Dinosaur Burps.

Bill Lynch is our producer. Zander Aloi is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens.

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