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Episode 129: Burners and Berners
Today's episode is about the extremely online topic of Bernie vs. Warren. We apologize in advance, we recorded this before the anti-anti-backlash. We'll be back with regularly scheduled programming next week and won't be offended if you SKIP. Oh and we also talk about rioting miners in Pike County, Kentucky, and Moms4Housing in Oakland. Support! The! Patreon!:
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 128: The Bleach Boys
Another episode, another Beach Boys reference. On this year's opening episode we cover...JD Vance?? as well as America's military empire. Then we finish with an op-ed written by some capitalist pig trying to rehabilitate his image through philanthropy. Happy new year! Episode art by Matthew Carter Support us on Patreon:
Jan 09, 2020
Bonus Episode: A Conversation with State Representative Charles Booker
Kentucky state representative Charles Booker is running in the Democratic primary to defeat Mitch McConnell, and he stopped by the cabin to talk about his story and platform. If you like what you hear you can support Charles here:
Jan 07, 2020
Episode 126: Tom Takes A Stand
This week we dig into the absurdity of private insurance and Mayor Pete's weird relationship with the insurance companies; we talk about Matt Bevin's last week in office; and Tom tells us about his Profiles in Courage moment at the local dog park. Episode art from Means TV. Please support them!!! Support us on Patreon where you can hear the next installment of the Trillbillies:
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 125: The Whiteout Factory
This week we huff a whole bunch of whiteout and get totally psychedelic. We talk about selling out to the mainstream media and then take a look at the political scene. Then we take a trip to an oil rig with Bret Stephens and Gail Collins. That's right, it's Act 2 of the political thriller gripping the nation: The Conversation. You don't want to miss it. Patreon:
Dec 05, 2019
Episode 124: Better Ingredients, Better Airplanes
An episode all about flying, just in time for your Thanksgiving holiday travels. We also talk about Papa John, Trump knighting Jon Voight, and read from a very bizarre op-ed in Bloomberg about nonprofits. Support us on Patreon:
Nov 27, 2019
Episode 123: Trolleyology For The Masses
This week we look at one liberal professor's attempt to teach ethics to the benighted, coalsmudged hillbillies of Appalachia. Support the Patreon here:
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 122: For Whom The Bell Polls
We talk about our very favorite eastern Kentucky towns, as well as other Kentucky politics arcana. Then we do a little bit of Speak Your Piece. And for the grand finale, we look at a mysterious fire that brought down former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin's bell manufacturing plant in 2012. Support us on patreon:
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 121: We Called It
All the hottest and best takes about the Kentucky governor's election
Nov 08, 2019
Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones joins us to talk politics ahead of today's election.
Nov 05, 2019
Episode 120: Happy Halloweed
We talk travels, run-ins with the law, depression, pleasure activism, Silas House, and we even use the Quija to speak with the (apparently still-living) spirit of one Jeffrey Epstein.
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 119: Satan is Trill, Pt. 1
Part 1 of our Halloween special has Tanya and Tom swapping haint tales, and dabbling in the dark arts with our friends Carrie, Matt, and their daughter Ophelia while Tarence is on vacation.
Oct 24, 2019
Episode 118: God Is Right And Man Is Wrong
The title of this one says it all.
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 117: Cops Are Ruining The World
We take a dive into the Joshua Brown/Botham Jean case and discuss how cops and prisons are indeed destroying the planet.
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 116: Richard Petty Bourgeois
We're tired from tour folks but we're here to talk about impeachment and argue about what class is. Support the Patreon:
Oct 03, 2019
Episode 115: Rise of the Neoliberal Biker (w/ special guest Sam Adler-Bell)
Cincinnati journalist Sam Adler-Bell (@SamAdlerBell) drops in to tell us about his recent article in The New Republic about fascist farmers and the overlap between nationalism and ecology. We also discuss all the most recent news, and hear from our old friend the neoliberal biker. Sam's article can be found here: Sam's podcast can be found here: And finally, please support our Patreon:
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 114: President My Guy
A rundown of news items from the last few weeks: Biden falling apart, Warren surging, What To Do About Bernie, and radioactive messages to the future Support the Patreon:
Sep 19, 2019
Bonus Episode: Voices from the Frontlines of a Rural Healthcare Crisis
Our very own Tanya Bernice Turner went down to Kingsport, Tennessee, to speak with community members protesting the closure of a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at privately-owned Holston Valley Medical Center. The protest has been going on for over 140 days with little-to-no media coverage, and so we thought it was something you all should know about. This interview features @danithepoet who you can follow for updates. As Dani explains, "The reason this matters is we are the test case for rural America. They intend to roll this out everywhere across the country. And it should scare you that a healthcare corporation and a couple of politicians can make some laws that tie the hands of the federal government." For more information:
Sep 17, 2019
Episode 113: Cotard's Delusion for the Masses
We've got a live one here folks. We cover everything from gun control to Jonathan Franzen to Chris Paul Hayes. Then we do a Tony award-winning dramatic reading, wherein Tanya plays Gail Collins and Tom plays Bret Stephens. Support the Patreon:
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 112: No One Agency Should Have All That POWER
This week we talk a little bit about the Harlan County coal blockade, and then we dig in to Tarence's article in The Baffler about the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Obama Administration's POWER Initiative. You can read the article here: Support us on Patreon!
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 111: Someone's Goin to Hell, and Someone's Goin to Jail
U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath makes a visit to Whitesburg, and in the process lies to a bunch of coal miners about the campaign ad she included them in. You love to see it folks.
Aug 29, 2019
Episode 110: MAGA Morse Code
This week it's Tarence and Tanya covering everything from Hal Rogers to truckers to the Chosen One himself, Donald Trump. We also do a little bit of Speak Your Piece for the first time in...months?
Aug 22, 2019
Episode 109: Doing Crimes To Live
We explore the mysterious circumstances and similarities around the deaths of one Jesus Christ and one Jeffrey Epstein. Then we look at Moscow Mitch, Bernie and the media, and that dreaded inverted yield curve.
Aug 15, 2019
Bonus Episode: Voices of the Harlan County Coal Blockade
Special Trillbillies correspondent Shaylan Clark (@316shaylan), a journalist and student at Berea College, talked to miners, family members, and supporters at the Harlan County Coal Blockade in her hometown of Cumberland, Kentucky. We're presenting these voices to you, as a glimpse into what direct action looks like in the mountains. Photo by Sylvia Ryerson If you'd like to support the miners you can donate here: P.S. We will be taking the week off from our regularly scheduled episode this week, as we are all either very busy or still recovering from touring. We will have a Patreon episode this weekend, and be back on our regular schedule next week. Thank you for your patience!!!
Aug 09, 2019
Episode 108: Birds All The Way Down (w/ special guest Sam Sacks)
Sam Sacks from District Sentinel Radio joins us on this dispatch from the road, wherein we discuss a compelling new theory of everything that involves Fabio, Bernie Sanders, and birds. You can donate to support the miners here: Come see us on tour: And of course, support our Patreon:
Aug 01, 2019
Episode 107: On the New with the Wonders
Tanya tells us about dental dams and glamping, and Tom makes a surprise revelation. Come see us on tour! And subscribe to our Patreon:
Jul 25, 2019
Episode 106: Mother Jones' Will (w/ special guest Emily Guendelsberger)
This week we chat with author Emily Guendelsberger, who gives us an inside glimpse into the current state of service work. You can read Emily's article in Vox here: And check out her book here: Please support our Patreon: And come see us on tour through the southeast!
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 105: I Just Wanna Die
This week it's a fun journey into the world of Kentucky Democratic politics as we roast Amy McGrath, war criminal extraordinaire and latest candidate to try and defeat Mitch McConnell. Support our patreon:
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 104: A Notorious And Vile Cheat
This week we meet Mary Toft, the latest installment in our series Trillbillies Profiles in Courage. If you'd like to hear about Franz Reichelt, the 3rd installment in the series, head on over to Street Fight's page: And support us on Patreon:
Jul 03, 2019
Episode 103: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Debate, Part 1
Part 1 of our abysmal commentary on the equally abysmal first Democratic primary debate, and on the nature of the American character itself. Part 2 will be on our Patreon:
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 102: Why Is This Happening???
Tanya stumbles upon a straight pride parade in Wokelahoma and gives them a piece of her mind. Then we meet a new character, Chris Paul Hayes, who bugs us with all kinds of questions about why this is all happening??? Support us at our Patreon:
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 101: Kitsch Mitch
This week we dive into the 12th and latest iteration of the sure-to-be-successful Ditch Mitch campaign. Come to our show with Street Fight in Lexington on Friday, June 14th, 9pm at Best Friend Bar. $10 cover. Tickets are selling fast: And subscribe to the Patreon:
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 100: Growth And Self Crit
We take all your questions and confessions in this, our 100th episode. We're learning and growing ever more powerful by the day... Come on out to our show with STREET FIGHT on June 14th, 9pm, at Best Friend Bar in Lexington, KY. $10 cover. And sign up for our Patreon:
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 99: Trillbillies Templar
This week we trace our pleasure lineages with Minister Turner, talk more about incrementalism, and examine how Sunday School really messed us all up. Send us questions and confessions for the 100th episode at, or DM us!! Support us at our Patreon:
May 30, 2019
Episode 98: Not All Dogs, Part 1
Topics this week include: male fragility, Tom becoming a first responder, Kentucky's governor race, and abortion. If you wanna hear part 2 of this, in which we dive into the lives of some of the horniest people who ever lived, look for it on our Patreon this Sunday:
May 22, 2019
Episode 97: Appalatchiks (w/ special guest Hannah Gais)
Writer Hannah Gais (@hannahgais) joins us to talk about her article in The Baffler about what the late Soviet Union's obsession with conspiracy theories can tell us about our current political and cultural moment. After that we discuss an article in the New York Times about an Appalachian coding nonprofit that turned out to be a fraud. Read Hannah's article here: Read the New York Times article here: And support our Patreon here:
May 16, 2019
Episode 96: The Feelings Caucus
This week we dig into the Kentucky Derby, the State Department's plans for the Arctic, and another article about how insane rich people are. Please support our Patreon:
May 09, 2019
Episode 95: Resource Degeneration X
We debut some new characters, such as Ace Frehley Keyes, and Tom tells us about his trip to Miami. Then we do a little bit of reading from the New York Times about some rich kids who are under the illusion that they're revolutionaries. Support our Patreon!!!!
May 03, 2019
Episode 94: The Situation Package
The gang recaps the CNN town hall debates, Elizabeth Warren's student debt forgiveness plan, and how to be a good wedding guest.
Apr 25, 2019
Episode 93: Mcmansion Heck (w/ special guest Kate Wagner)
Kate Wagner, the genius behind the website, schools us in architecture, degrowth, the Notre Dame fire, and why we'll get to have nice things under communism. Support our Patreon at:
Apr 18, 2019
Episode 92: Cheating The Weights (w/ special guest Chad Vigorous)
Friend of the show Chad Vigorous (@prettybadlefty) drops in to talk Assange, ecofascism, Bernie, and weightlifting. Support Chad's Patreon here: And support our Patreon here:
Apr 12, 2019
Episode 91: Des Têtes Vont Tomber (w/ special guest Joshua Clover)
Professor Joshua Clover (@joshuaclov3r) stops by to talk Gilets Jaunes, rioting, class struggle in the 21st century, and the challenges of the next 50 years. Check out the professor's book here: And subscribe to our Patreon here:
Apr 04, 2019
UNLOCKED: Hillbilly Butterfly Effect
In honor of Jamal Khoshoggi's children getting a huge pay out from the Saudi government as compensation for having their father dismembered, we're unlocking our Patreon episode about how Khoshoggi's death had weird repercussions all the way across the world in Kentucky. If you'd like to hear more episodes like this one, like and subscribe to our Patreon:
Apr 02, 2019
Episode 90: Bloodhound Gravel Gang (w/ special guest Alex Pareene)
Alex Pareene (@pareene) stops by to talk about his latest piece in The New Republic, "Nihilist in Chief," about Mitch McConnell's complete and absolute transformation of American politics over the last 3 decades. Check out Alex's piece here: Check out Tarence's article here: And subscribe to our Patreon here:
Mar 29, 2019
Episode 89: Getting Queer About Rural America (w/ special guest Rachel Garringer)
This week we're joined by special guest Rachel Garringer, who tells us all about her oral history project Country Queers (@countryqueers) which, as you can guess by the title, is pretty self-explanatory. We also get Kruged by Paul Krugman's latest bad article, "Getting Real About Rural America." Not gonna link to it because it sucks. Support Country Queers here: Support Trillbillies here:
Mar 21, 2019
Episode 88: Republic Of Half Truths (w/ special guest Anna Merlan)
Writer Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) stops by the show to talk about her new book, Republic of Lies, which details the weird world of conspiracy and propaganda lying just beneath the surface of US culture. Preorder Anna's book here: Subscribe to the Patreon here:
Mar 15, 2019
Episode 87: Tanya Soprano & the Trillbilly Outlaws
Tanya Soprano brings her NPR totebag to the Pricele$$ budget grocery store and confusion ensues. Also more commentary on how All Cops and Democrats Are Bastards, bikers love rules, and Ilhan Omar's the only real one out here. Go visit the Patreon:
Mar 07, 2019
Episode 86: Metal Detector Economics
How are we going to fund single payer healthcare? How are we going to fund the Green New Deal? Simple: the spare change in your couch cushions. That's metal detector economics baby. Please support the Patreon, here's the link:
Mar 01, 2019
TEASER: Adventures of Pacman
This is a teaser from Premium Episode #37, "Hillbilly Butterfly Effect," which can be found over at our Patreon page: Please go like and subscribe!
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 85: Getting Back to the Heart Of Worship
This week we take a bit of a dive into televangelism, grifting, and Oral Roberts University's GEB TV. Then we read from a very funny book about leaving the Christian Praise & Worship industry. Finally we talk briefly about the West Virginia teachers' strikes and how we want in on the racket writing about the strikes. It's time the Trillbillies got their cut, dammit. Free episodes every week over at the Patreon (with your donation of $5 a month) visit thanks god bless
Feb 21, 2019
Episode 84: Super Bowl of the Love Game
T&T break down Valentine's Day and the forgotten history of eastern Kentucky racism. Don't forget to check out the great episodes over our Patreon:
Feb 15, 2019
Episode 83: Morelos By Morning
T&T talk about the biggest news of the week: the Green New Deal. Can a Just Transition occur without incurring the wrath of an armed chud rebellion? Find out on this week's episode of the Trillbillies. Also support the Patreon. Thank',s
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 82: BARBARIC!
The gang breaks down frank conversations, beekeeping, what not to tell a rural person, and of course, Senator Robert C. Byrd Sign up for our Patreon!!!!!
Feb 01, 2019
Episode 81: Rich People Are Deeply Diseased (w/ special guest Brendan O'Connor)
Friend of the show Brendan O'Connor (@_grendan) stops by to talk about his recent article in Sludge, which looks at the rise of anti-immigrant environmentalists and the millionaires who are funding them. Read Brendan's article here: Also PLEASE check out our Patreon and like and subscribe: -- we post weekly episodes there, just $5 a month gets you all access to them!!!
Jan 24, 2019
UNLOCKED: The Curious Tale of Omm Sety
We recorded two Patreon episodes over the weekend, so we're releasing one of them so yall can have some extra content this week. This one's about the curious tale of Dorothy Eady, and it asks all the big questions: Is there life after death? Does reincarnation exist? Should some goddamn local bureaucrat be able to decide where you get to be buried when you die? Listen and decide for yourselves... If you aren't yet a Patreon subscriber, PLEASE go like and subscribe, you won't be disappointed by all the great content over there: Thank you god bless
Jan 22, 2019
Community Calendar
A preview from Premium Episode 30 at our Patreon: Please like and subscribe thanks and god bless
Jan 14, 2019
Episode 79: New Year, New Left (w/ special guest Max Elbaum)
We start season 3 off with author Max Elbaum, whose book "Revolution in the Air" is all the rage on the left right now. We talk about the New Communist Movement, coalition building, electoralism, smashing your idols, and other topics of import. Please support us on Patreon, where you can find all kinds of additional Trillbillies content that you can't find anywhere else:
Jan 11, 2019
Episode 78: Here's Lies The Truth [Season Finale]
Season finale thanks like and subscribe
Nov 18, 2018
Premium Ep 26 UNLOCKED: Morris Dees and the Holy Ghost
We're going to be a little late getting the episode out this week (it's been one of Those Weeks, folks), so as recompense here's our latest Patreon episode. For FREE. For the people. Come out to our show on Friday. It's also free and for the people: And subscribe to our Patreon:
Nov 15, 2018
Episode 77: Pissed Off Big Dawgs
T & T sit down to debrief after last night's midterm elections. Please support us on our Patreon:
Nov 07, 2018
Episode 76: Coming Unglued
T & T dissect all the latest developments in global fascism, while at the same time attempt to stay sane, calm, and collected. It's not good, folks. Both the state of the world and this episode.
Nov 01, 2018
TEASER: A Tale of Two Busters
Please check out the rest of this episode on our Patreon: We post weekly episodes on our Patreon, so you're missing out on a lot of good content by not subscribing!!!!! So get on that
Oct 30, 2018
Episode 75: The DSA Dead Pimps Caucus
We're a little rusty coming off a bye week but we still managed to get some good content out of that dumbass paper the White House released about socialism. We also issue a send off to our dear friend Jim Webb aka Wiley E. Quixote, who passed earlier this week and who taught us the ways of Speaking Your Piece. Rest in peace, commodore. Link to our Patreon:
Oct 25, 2018
The Blair Branch Witch Project, Part 1
We're unlocking our very special Halloween premium episode for you to enjoy and share during this spookiest of months. There's also a Part 2 to this, so be sure to go to our Patreon and check that out, and tell your friends about it as well!!!:
Oct 24, 2018
Episode 74: Trillbilly Deluxe (w/ special guests Shuja Haider & Tyler Mahan Coe)
We're joined by Popula's Shuja Haider (@shujaxhaider), and host of the Cocaine and Rhinestones podcast, Tyler Mahan Coe (@TylerMahanCoe) to discuss popular music criticism, Pitchfork, and country music in the 1980s. The amazing cover of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" at the end of the episode is by friend of the show Erin Goudreau (@LeftOutWest) Shuja's brilliant essay can be found here: Check out Tyler's podcast: And please subscribe to our Patreon!!!
Oct 19, 2018
Episode 73: Tomorrow's People
A long episode for a long week. Tanya joins us about 1/4 of the way through to tell us about the parallels between hobnobbing with Hollywood bigshots and jury duty. Music by Chalkboards, please check them out here!!!: Also please sign up for our Patreon here: And today's episode art was made by the one and only Matthew Carter
Oct 12, 2018
Episode 72: Local Lawyer Mum (w/ special guest Mary Cromer)
This week we're joined by Mary Cromer, an environmental attorney with the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center, to discuss some of the environmental legacy issues surrounding the decline of extractive industries in rural areas. Just this week Mary's work and the work of the Martin County Concerned Citizens was featured on NPR, so definitely check that out: You can learn more about the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center here: And support us on Patreon here:
Oct 04, 2018
The Situation Before Us
We've decided to unlock our Patreon Premium Episode 20, which examines the situation before us today (Kavanaugh, the patriarchy, etc.) using Rosa Luxemburg's "Social Reform or Revolution" as a guide. A lot of disjointed thoughts in this one but we're unlocking it because we hope it will get some thoughts moving in the right direction. Please don't @ us because we're fragile lil bb's. There's more great content like this over at our Patreon, so please hop on over and throw us some support:
Oct 02, 2018
Episode 71: Constitutional Hardballs
In this one we examine how to lead a story-based life, how to have a story-based diet, and how to change the story of the world with more stories. Everything is a story, including how this episode was made: with extremely low energy on Tarence's birthday. Music by Alex Dupree: Also please check out our Patreon:
Sep 27, 2018
Premium Ep 19 Teaser: Tales of Pistol City
A preview of our latest Patreon episode, wherein we very unintelligently discuss Neo Southern Gothic Literature, among other things: Make sure you sign up for our Patreon, where we have weekly episodes:
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 70: On Giving...and Receiving (w/ special guest Tom Hansell)
We talk to Tom Hansell about his new book and film, "After Coal," which explores other coal mining regions around the world and what our region can learn from them. After that we take a quick dive into Hilary Clinton's latest missive about how democracy is dying or some shit. Pre-order Tom's book here: And if you'd like more Trillbillies content, don't forget to sign up for our Patreon:
Sep 20, 2018
Episode 69: The Woke Strawman and Other Tall Tales
On our 69th episode, Tarence identifies a disturbing trend in social media wokeness, Tanya lets the fame go to her head, and Tom verifies the tallest tale he's ever told. Don't forget to check us out on Patreon, where we release weekly episodes every Sunday:
Sep 13, 2018
Episode 68: A State of Unreality (w/ special guest Liliana Segura)
Today we're joined by Liliana Segura, who writes about the death penalty, prisons, and the criminal justice system for The Intercept. We discuss the death penalty, and about how to situate it in the larger context and apparatus of the carceral state. Here are links to some of the articles mentioned in this episode:
Sep 06, 2018
Episode 67: The Story of You, The Story of Me, The Story of We
The socialist left's premium tennis podcast is here to bring you all the latest from the tennis world. But really, in this episode we take down the Narrative Industry, philanthropy, and Jon Bon Jovi. Here's more information about the prison strike: And be sure to support us on Patreon:
Aug 31, 2018
Episode 66: It Keeps The Lights On
We get back to the basics in this one by taking a deep-ish dive into recent coal news -- who's mining it, where it's going, and what it means for energy markets, consumers, and elections. We lost some really good audio at the beginning of this episode and we're really torn up about it so please send us your thoughts and prayers. Music by Tenure
Aug 22, 2018
Premium Ep 14 TEASER: More Thoughts on Electoralism
This is a preview of Premium Episode 14: Haunted Heaven House, which can be accessed at our Patreon page: We're releasing weekly Patreon episodes now so make sure you subscribe to get all the latest Trillbillies content!
Aug 20, 2018
Episode 65: Pearl Party (w/ special guests Slut Pill)
Tanya interviews Whitesburg's very own contraceptive rock band Slut Pill. Also, if you'd like more Trillbillies content, please check out our Patreon page, where we've been uploading weekly episodes just for yOU:
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 64: When Keepin It Woke Goes Wrong
Tanya reports back from girls rock camp. Tarence threatens a medical professional. Tom becomes the left's new Carl Sagan.
Aug 09, 2018
Episode 63: Democracy Dies In Whiteness or, Doomsday Clock to White Genocide
This one's got a little bit about "Appalachian-ness" as an identity, and then we take some shots at some nerd who works for the Washington Post.
Aug 02, 2018
Episode 62: When You Burn Coal You Get Dark Energy (w/ special guest Doc Hampton)
Tarence finally got his energy episode, but it's the wrong kind of energy. This episode is really more of a therapy session than anything. Features friend of the show Caroline Hampton doing some tarot reading that bodes well for the Trillbillies' future.
Jul 27, 2018
Episode 61: Glamping in Desolate Valley
Tanya tells us about her latest adventures, dropping into canyons on helicopters like she's Tom Cruise and totally shredding the river gnar. Then we discuss a new trend known as "glamping," also known as "glamour camping." Come to the show tonight (7/20) at Summit City in Whitesburg and watch Trillbilly guests Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires play with Tarence's band Tenure. Show starts at 9:30pm. Check out the new Glory Fires album here: Check out Tenure here:
Jul 20, 2018
Episode 60: Time To Cut The Sh*t
This one's got a little something for everyone. We talk about electoralism, the danger of using mass media to define our movements and strategies, the potential for a socialist party, and centrally planned agriculture.
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 59: Snapping Turtles All The Way Down
We discuss most of the events of this past week, and put a bow on it with details of Tarence's recent canoe trip. This one's got lots of tree philosophy.
Jun 29, 2018
Episode 58: Welcome to the Abyss
On the eve of a daring canoe trip, we talk with our buddy Alex Desha about immigration, concentration camps, the general dissolution of society, and a really good essay by John Berger about Hieronymous Bosch and Subcomandante Marcos. You can find that essay here:
Jun 22, 2018
Episode 57: Tanya Got A Cat
Should we name the cat Khrushchev or Brezhnev? Sound off in the comments.
Jun 15, 2018
Episode 56: Makin' Do (w/ special guest Emily Hilliard)
Emily stopped by during the Seedtime 2K18 music festival to shoot the shit about wilderness survival, Zoroastrianism, and the invasive brown marmorated stinkbug. Pre-order Emily's book with Elizabeth Catte and Jessica Salfia here: Pre-order Rosali's album here:
Jun 08, 2018
Episode 55: Hangin With The Kid
Matt hung out with Kid Rock so of course we had to cinematize it. We cut almost 40 minutes of good and funny content out of this episode and put it up on our Patreon, so please go check that out:
Jun 01, 2018
Episode 54: The Back Of The Book
It was an interesting Election Day here in Kentucky.
May 24, 2018
Episode 53: Baring Witness
In this one we teach you how to fight in the spiritual battle between heaven and hell!!
May 18, 2018
Episode 52: The Chosen Vessel, Part 2: The Grit Grift
We argue that it's time for appalachian nonprofits to go the way of the dinosaurs and chimney sweeps. That's how this idiom works right
May 11, 2018
Episode 51: The Chosen Vessel, Part 1: A Tale of Two Dons
Appalachia: exceptional or nah? We attempt to tackle this burning question, along with providing some analysis on the recent loss of coal baron Don Blankenship and what it ~means~. But before we get started on all that, we take a little dive into our local newspaper's most famous segment: Speak Your Piece.
May 10, 2018
Episode Teaser: Pure Energy
New premium Patreon episode up:
May 06, 2018
Episode 50: Gulag Holler (w/ special guests Sylvia Ryerson and Judah Schept)
On our 50th episode, we're joined by journalist Sylvia Ryerson and Eastern Kentucky University professor Judah Schept, to discuss the federal prison that has been slated for construction in our home of Letcher County, Kentucky. We also talk about rural prison expansion and the carceral state more generally, and about how prisons are sold as economic development for deindustrialized regions. Check out their recent article here: And check out Sylvia's Restorative Radio project here:
May 02, 2018
Episode 49: Hustling the Neon Pool Hall
Tanya regales us with stories of her travels. Tarence has a good new TV show. Tom's not touching any of it.
Apr 26, 2018
Episode 48: Lap Swimming at the Hazard Pavilion
Take a trip with us to the Hazard Pavilion, where we discuss the police state, creative placemaking, and our new reality TV show called Pimp My Side by Side
Apr 20, 2018
Episode 47: Reaching Out for the Gold (w/ special guests Claire Lobenfeld and Jonny Coleman)
Today we're joined by Claire Lobenfeld and Jonny Coleman of NOlympics LA, a campaign launched by members of the Los Angeles chapter of Democratic Socialists of America to stop the 2028 Olympics games from coming to Los Angeles. We talk about how large shiny development projects get forced onto small tax bases in order to squeeze as much money out of constituents as possible. We also talk about how Little Giants should be interpreted as a product and statement of the proletariat.
Apr 15, 2018
Episode 46: Moving the Needle
We're unlocking this week's premium Patreon episode, after technical difficulties thwarted our plan to release a new free episode this week. We're really sorry about that, we're trying our best, please don't be mad at us!! We'll have a new episode to you by the end of the weekend. This is still a good episode though, mostly because we discover that Tom has some serious acting chops.
Apr 13, 2018
Episode 45: Don't Rock the Jukebox (w/ special guest Tyler Mahan Coe)
This week we're joined by Tyler Mahan Coe of Cocaine and Rhinestones, a podcast about the history of country music. We talk about some popular songs, such as Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" and Loretta Lynn's "The Pill," as well as other miscellaneous country music stuff. The song at the end of this episode is "Winter's End" by Michael Howard.
Apr 05, 2018
Episode 44: Trillbilly Therapy Party
We recorded this before the infamous last minute teachers' pension vote in the Kentucky General Assembly. But it's probably pretty good context for what's going on in the state overall.
Mar 30, 2018
Episode Teaser: Wokelahoma
New post up on Patreon. This is just a preview. Like and subscribe:
Mar 28, 2018
Episode 43: Twenty Tons
This week's episode is brought to you by Ira Glass and the good libs over at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 42: Waialae Trillbilly Club
This episode is like a vulgar noirish video game. It ends with me and Matt starting a new religion that has its own theme song and everything. But you've gotta listen through the first hour of the show just to find out about it!! Good luck!!
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 41: Trillbillies 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold Standard
The original trio holes up in a log cabin in the woods to plot their next move.
Mar 08, 2018
Episode 40: Being Straight Edge in the Middle Ages (w/ special guest Scott Benson)
Scott Benson (@bombsfall) drops in to answer a burning question: what was it like to be straight edge in medieval times? Jk this episode is mostly about his killer video game, Night in the Woods. Enjoy!
Mar 02, 2018
Bonus Episode: Voices from the West Virginia Teachers Strike
Special Trillbillies West Virginia correspondent and folklorist Emily Hilliard and Jacobin Magazine contributor Cathy Kunkel got some great interviews with striking teachers in West Virginia, and so we present them to you here as a demonstration of what organized labor and direct action looks like in the Mountain State.
Mar 01, 2018
Episode 39: Jesus Christ Superstar Billy Graham (w/ special guest: Sarah Jones)
For our latest episode, we welcome back Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) of the New Republic to talk about her recent piece on the legacy of Billy Graham (the preacher, not the wrestler) in light of his recent death. We also talk about how the paranoid style of American Evangelicalism brought us to this current moment, and how Graham helped usher that in and bring it into the mainstream.
Feb 25, 2018
Episode 38: The Incredible Journey
The kentucky wildcats won last night so this episode makes a lot more sense in hindsight. Like, the themes and shit.
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 37: Cattehouse or We’re Broke and Our Hearts are, Too. (w/ special guest Elizabeth Catte)
Tarence and Tom are super professional, with the absolute best internet connection speed in the podcasting game. Elizabeth Catte (@elizabethcatte) stops by to tell them about her new book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. Happy Valentines.
Feb 14, 2018
Episode 36: From Trump Country With Love (w/ special guest Nick Offerman)
We're back. It's a new semester. Nick Offerman was in town shooting a documentary so he stopped by to ask us some questions while we pitched him on some great and brilliant tv ideas. Don't steal them please.
Feb 07, 2018
Episode 35: Who Are We? (w/ special guest R.L. Stephens)
Season finale featuring R.L. Stephens. Enjoy.
Nov 10, 2017
Episode 34 Teaser: Workin in the Code Mines
If you can make it through the first 20 minutes of our mindless rambling about the Reformation and Nonprofit-Speak, Elizabeth Catte has some good insights on a recent Reuters article about miners and coding. Check out the full episode by subscribing to our Patreon: Here are the articles discussed on today's show: -- --
Nov 03, 2017
Episode 33: KILL BILLies, Vol. 2: Haint Tales
Scary stories from special guests: Felix Biederman, Elizabeth Catte & Josh Howard, Emily Hilliard, Drew Nutter, and Sally Sexton. The second part to our two part Halloween special. Tracklisting (Start Time): Intro "Sexual Hauntings" by Emily Hilliard (3:29) "Bullseye" by Drew Nutter (10:29) "The Gathright Phantom of Lake Moomaw" by Elizabeth Catte + Josh Howard (11:58) "Virginia Haint Tales" by Tom + Tarence (15:47) "Adactilydium" by Tarence (26:12) "The Great Chicago Potted Plant Caper of 2006, a Psychological Thriller" by Felix Biederman (32:55) "The Big Toe" by Sally Sexton (Tom's Grandmother) (50:26) Outro: "Halloween Town 2012" by Dog Layer
Oct 31, 2017
Episode 32: KILL BILLies, Vol. 1
In part one of our two part Halloween special, we talk about the real life horrors like cutting meat for minimum wage in Pikeville, Kentucky and rabies that should scare us more than the supernatural this Halloween.
Oct 27, 2017
Episode 31: Story Time with Auntie Bernice
Tanya makes a solo run to build up women and share feminist wisdom in the days of #metoo.
Oct 20, 2017
Episode 30: Fahrenheit 151 (w/ special guest Willie Davis)
Friend and author Willie Davis stops by the show to shoot the shit and burn some books. Except the one he wrote, we didn't burn that one.
Oct 13, 2017
Episode 29 Teaser: Allsups Gut Grenades
In episode 29 we talk with journalist Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader about Mr. Social Security himself, Eric C. Conn. This is a premium damn episode, so make sure you subscribe to our Patreon so you can check it out:
Oct 10, 2017
Episode 28: Pet Psychics (w/ special guest Brandie Posey)
Stand up comedian and friend of the show Brandie Posey (@brandazzle)stops by the studio to talk Hungarian villains, wi-fi networks in spy neighborhoods, and of course pet psychics.
Oct 06, 2017
Episode 27: The Unexamined Team Is Not Worth Rooting For
In episode 27, the gang talks about the eventful week in sports with the FBI's probe into NCAA basketball and the NFL protests. Tom also has to reckon with the fact that the coach of his beloved Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari, is coaching the Congressional Republicans in a charity basketball game, and is beholden to the evil coal industry.
Sep 29, 2017
Episode 26: The Tale of Tiddy Roosevelt, America's First Woman President
The gang travels to Bristol for a music festival. On the way there, Tanya unveils her magnum opus about Tiddy Roosevelt, America's first female president. Other items: Thrillbillies, kittens, and stealing Texas valor.
Sep 22, 2017
Shootin Hotdogs With the Bois
It's the definitive guide to Eastern Kentucky street festivals yall. Also we write like a dozen scary movies. We're a movie production studio now. Features special guests Mikie Burke and Jaydon Tolliver. Premium subscribers can hear the full episode at our Patreon: and
Sep 21, 2017
Episode 25: Without Special Guest
A special guest appearance falls through and the Trillbillies turn on one another. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends. Chaos is a ladder or whatever.
Sep 15, 2017
Unlocked Episode: Labor Daze
We're unlocking our Labor Day special with Michelle Miller, co-founder of, because it's a Monday and we had to work today and work sucks. If it's not obvious at this point the topic of discussion is WORK.
Sep 12, 2017
Episode 24: Seasoning Affective Disorder
It's a new season folks. Who's ready to get SAD. We talk about the related topics of poo, Peggy Noonan, and death.
Sep 08, 2017
Episode 23: Player Haters of the Bible
In episode 23, the gang discusses TV preacher Joel Osteen's Harvey scandal, as well as who the biggest player haters were in the scriptures among other topics.
Sep 01, 2017
Episode 22: Sisterhood of the Traveling Jean Jacket (w/ special guests: Sam Cole & Carrie Carter)
With the boys out of town it's real mf'in socialist feminist hours here on the Trillbillies. In this all-femme episode we talk media representations of Appalachian women, book recommendations, doctor face-offs, and more.
Aug 25, 2017
Episode 21: What Is To Be Done?
In this rather somber and factually inaccurate episode, we say a lot of things we'll probably take back in a week.
Aug 18, 2017
Episode 20: The Mothperson Prophecies (w/ special guest: Emily Hilliard)
In episode 20, we welcome our friend and professional folklorist, Emily Hilliard to discuss labor and capital's roles in the creation of folklore, West Virginia's Mothman legend, and why so many whites think they're directly descended from brown people (i.e. Cherokee Indians, Melungeons, Pocahontas, etc.), among other topics.
Aug 11, 2017
Episode 19: Popper Doxx
In Episode 19, Tom signs the gang up for a debate tournament with the big dawg JD Vance. Tarence forces everyone into a problematic leadership exercise. John Popper doxxes some poor soul.
Aug 04, 2017
(Hot) Takes on a Plane
Our friend Sammy G talks the do's and dont's of being a flight attendant. For the full episode, visit:
Jul 28, 2017
Episode 18: The Importance Of Being Southern (w/ special guest: Cazembe Jackson)
In Episode 18, the Trillbillies report for duty for the upcoming race war, and talk southern socialist politics with Cazembe Jackson, national organizer with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and activist with Black Lives Matter Atlanta.
Jul 21, 2017
Episode 17: Ray's Law
In episode 17, there's no substance folks. We talk about how the Mandela effect/Berenstain Bears parallel universe theory has affected us personally, and Tarence details the law of the universe that bears his last name.
Jul 19, 2017
Episode 16: Normie Clown Posse
Tom is MIA, so Tarence and Tanya write a short film about Tanya's vacation. Includes cameos from John Cougar Mellancamp, busted dolphins, Patch Adams, and an army of normie A.I. clown doctors.
Jul 07, 2017
Episode 15: What's The Matter With California? (w/ special guest: Drew Nutter)
In episode 15, we welcome the homie @DrewNutter in to help us analyze the red state/blue state divide, as well as how that divide mirrors the the death row/bad boy records feud of the 90's. Also we talk about the new Tupac movie and the California travel ban among other topics.
Jun 30, 2017
Episode 14: Sherman's March Madness (w/ special guest: Campbell Robertson)
In episode 14, we welcome the southern correspondent for the New York Times, Campbell Robertson (@campbellnyt), to talk about the movement to remove confederate monuments in New Orleans and elsewhere in the south. Tom and Tarence then do a dramatic reading (sort of) of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's 2013 song, "Accidental Racist."
Jun 22, 2017
Swap Shop
B-roll from one of our earliest episodes that we found and thought was kind of funny. You probably won't agree. Listen here (for free):
Jun 20, 2017
Episode 13: WWC Tuesday Night Raw (w/ special guest: Elizabeth Catte)
In episode 13, we welcome historian, author, and all around G, Elizabeth Catte to talk about author Joan Williams's attempts to cash in on the current fascination of the so-called 'White Working Class' with her recent articles and new book of the same title. We also talk about Elizabeth's forthcoming book "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia" among other topics, including whether Harry Caudill's* dick ever graced the pages of Time-Life. *If you're wondering who Harry Caudill is, he was basically JD Vance before JD Vance was JD Vance, but more progressive on environmental issues. More here:
Jun 16, 2017
B-Side Teaser: Is Class an Identity?
A meandering, lost episode we recorded shortly after our appearance on the Katie Halper show. Tarence has a meltdown about class. Tom considers the excellent PR strategies of bad people. Tanya's just walkin' 'ere. Listen here:
Jun 11, 2017
Episode 12: Sexy Sex Miseducation (w/ special guest: Jenny Williams)
In episode 12, our favorite Hazardian Jenny Williams stops by the show with a bomb-ass quiche and chats with us about peppermint swirls, the Hands of God, and 3-way (or 15-way) phone sex.
Jun 09, 2017
Episode 11: Sucks or nah? (w/ special guests: Matt + Carrie)
In episode 11, we welcome our good friends Matt + Carrie Carter to talk sentient snuggies, cd-r consciousness, and the great Sears catalog dick conspiracy of '73 among other topics.
May 26, 2017
Episode 10: Better Not Call Saul (w/ special guest: Aaron Petcoff)
In Episode 10, we interview Aaron Petcoff about his recent Jacobin article, 'The Problem with Saul Alinsky,' and how it applies to leftist organizing in Appalachia and beyond.
May 19, 2017
Episode 9: Internet Goin' Nutz (w/ special guest: Joni Napier)
In episode 9, we highlight famous moments in rural internet history with our homegirl, Joni(@joniwasadiver).
May 12, 2017
Episode 8: Angry A Lot In Public (w/ special guest: Sarah Jones)
In Episode 8, we talk with Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) of the New Republic about her recent piece (co-authored by Laura Reston) entitled "Appalachia Needs Big Government." We also talk about how Appalachia went red, the war on coal, and more.
May 05, 2017
Episode 7: The March For Pseudoscience (w/ special guest: Michelle Eigenheer)
In episode 7, we examine what it looks like when Libs take to the streets, and what a march for pseudoscience would look like with journalist Michelle Eigenheer (@fleurdelou_).
Apr 28, 2017
Episode 6: "And That's How I Made It Out Of The Basement" (w/ special guest: Lee Bains III)
In episode 6, the homie Lee Bains (@thegloryfires) of badass Alabama-based rock band, Lee Bains III + The Glory Fires, rides shotgun as we recount our formative experiences growing up in the church, and analyze the paranoid style of today's American Evangelical Christian Right.
Apr 18, 2017
Episode 5: Trillbilly Chic
In episode 5 we discuss the class analysis (or lack thereof) of anti-racist organizations, the hillbilly chic phenomenon, and how that if Jay-Z can't be cool in his 40's then what chance do the rest of us have? And of course, how sex looks different after 30. Enjoy!
Apr 07, 2017
Episode 4: No Sympathy for Coastal Elites (w/ special guests: Caroline Rubens + Lil Prosperino)
Since we've been on a brief hiatus, we decided to bring you a double episode this week. In part one, we welcome special guest Caroline Rubens of Appalshop to talk about proposed cuts to arts funding in the new Trump budget and what that might mean for cultural documentation on the mountains. In part two, we examine, with special guest Lil Prosperino (@shittykittymom), the cottage industry of think pieces written by so-called 'coastal elites' about the so-called 'white working class.'
Mar 23, 2017
Episode 3: The ASA Mixtape, Vol 1
This week's show is comprised of mixtape cuts previewing the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference at Virginia Tech. @ us on twitter (@thetrillbillies) and let us know if you thought the tape was flames or trash. Track list: (1.) Bad Feminists (2.) Fuccboi Playbooks (3.) Tanya's advice for ASA (4.) Walking in (5.) Creative Communities + Eating Ass (6.) Why do people look different? (7.) Gettin' Out in front of it (8.) EXTREME Rhetoric (9.) All Continents Matter + Cop Dogs (10.) Redneck Tattoos (11.) Y'allmaste + Ben Carson Brain Drain (12.) Fuckload of Mountain Lions (13.) Smut Podcast (14.) Not Extreme Enough Executive Produced By: Marion "Suge" Knight, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, and Jimmy Iovine
Mar 09, 2017
Episode 2: Who Gets To Save Appalachia? (w/ special guest: Willa Johnson)
For round two, we examine the legacy of anti-poverty work in Appalachia. Also, big shouts to dem Mary Kay ladies pushing those pink caddies. Dedicated to the memory of our forest granny, Ms. Carol Judy.
Mar 01, 2017
Episode 1: JD Vance A Snitch
On our maiden voyage, we deliver an elegy for JD Vance's bestseller 'Hillbilly Elegy' while also paying homage to R+B legends Gerald Levert (RIP), Keith Sweat, and Johnny Gill. *Upon further review, Eric Williams, whom we do a bit about on this one, is a respected scholar whose words we clearly took out of context and drew the wrong conclusions about. His radical critique of capitalism and the slave economy was a gap in our knowledge, and we're embarrassed to say we botched that one. But, still, fuck JD.
Feb 23, 2017