Inside Appalachia

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Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. Host Jessica Lilly leads us on an audio tour of our rich history, our food, our music and our culture. Watch Inside Appalachia videos Follow the Inside Appalachia podcast on Soundcloud here . Subscribe to the Inside Appalachia podcast here or click the red button below. Inside Appalachia is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from public radio stations in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Episode Date
Farming, Race, Poverty, and the Media Inside Appalachia
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Being a farmer isn’t easy. One woman in Georgia found that getting assistance as a black farmer can be especially tough. Shirley Sherrod said she found discrimination in the federal government’s farm assistance programs, and she and other farmers fought back in the biggest class action lawsuit in U.S. history. Listen to the episode to hear the results of the lawsuit, and what it meant for farmers across the country.
Aug 10, 2018
Inside Appalachia Features the Pope’s Long Con
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll learn about the life of Kentucky politician and pastor Danny Johnson, and the investigation that exposed a long line of questionable actions that preceded his rise to power.
Aug 03, 2018
This One Sentence Helped Purdue Pharma Sell Billions of Dollars Worth of Opioids
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Between 1999 and 2015, roughly 300,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdoses. And of the five states with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2016, four were in Appalachia. In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll hear a special report from The Uncertain Hour , a podcast from American Public Media's Marketplace. Their investigation, which first aired in December, centered on a lesser-known but significant aspect of the opioid crisis: how Purdue Pharma marketed OxyContin, its highly addictive pain medication.
Jul 20, 2018
Pipelines, Birds and Coal Ash: A Look at Environmental Coverage Inside Appalachia
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Coal has dominated Appalachia’s energy economy for more than a century. But natural gas is emerging as a new economic force, bringing with it jobs, infrastructure needs and new environmental concerns. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear why some are worried about the risk of water contamination from major gas pipelines being built through parts of West Virginia, projects which also promise jobs in the region.
Jul 14, 2018
The Struggle Continues: Iraq War Vet Focused on Path out of Appalachia
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A comedian, an actor and dog move from West Virginia across the country chasing big dreams. What could possibly go wrong?
Jul 06, 2018
How Jell-O Marked a New Era in Rural Appalachia & the History of the Hip & Trendy Mason Jar
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On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about two things you’re likely to find on a supper table in Appalachia: Jell-O and mason jars.
Jun 29, 2018
Inside Appalachia: LGBT Issues in Our Region
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On this week’s show, we’re exploring issues in our region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We’ll hear from a teenager getting ready for an LGBT formal. We’ll learn how difficult it can be to access healthcare in eastern Kentucky for one gender nonconforming Appalachian. We’ll also take a look at efforts in West Virginia to provide legal protection to people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jun 22, 2018
3 Men, 3 Lives, 3 Wishes for a Better Economic Future in Appalachia
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Can Trump bring coal jobs back to Appalachia? We’re a year-and-a-half into his presidency, and some people, like coal operator Barry Estep , are hopeful. “Maybe this is a light at the end of the tunnel we’ve all been hoping for, to get things turned around and changed some.” But others are not so sure that coal has a long-term future.
Jun 15, 2018
From Flaming Bicycles to a Chicken Man- Three Tall Tales From W.Va. Award Winning Storytellers
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This week, we’re listening back to a popular show we did back in 2016, featuring award winning storytellers — telling some whopping tale and lies. We’ll be featuring storytellers from the West Virginia Storyteller’s Guild , all of whom have competed and won prizes across the country.
Jun 08, 2018
Town Reckons With its Toxic Past, While Looking to the EPA for Help
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On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll visit Minden, West Virginia, where residents are asking the federal government to consider adding their town to an official list of places most seriously contaminated by hazardous waste. But this nearly 40-year-old program’s budget has faced repeated cuts over the past 20 years. We’ll learn about how that may affect cleanup efforts for communities that are designated as U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Superfund sites.
Jun 01, 2018
In Appalachia, Some Combat Veterans are Turning to Farming After War: Here's Why
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This week on Inside Appalachia we’re going to listen back to an episode we originally aired in 2017, about veterans who are turning to traditional farming, for therapy. We’ll travel to Sugar Bottom Farm in Clay County West Virginia to meet Veteran Eric Grandon, the first veteran to go through the Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program.
May 25, 2018
Appalachia Has Highest Risk of HIV & Hepatitis in Nation. The Proposed Solutions Are Controversial
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The 10 counties in the United States most at risk for an HIV outbreak are all in Central Appalachia, a ccording to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled after a 2015 outbreak of the disease in southern Indiana, the report found that places with a combination of high poverty, low access to health care, and rampant intravenous drug were mostly likely to experience a similar outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C.
May 18, 2018
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Across Appalachia, 'Grandfamilies' Face Increasing Challenges
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Last year on Inside Appalachia we aired an episode about Grandparents raising grandchildren. Our newsroom just won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for this series, so today, we’re listening back to this important story.
May 11, 2018
Children Share Memories of Growing Up in the Mountains, Puppy Pilates & More: Inside Appalachia
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Our region has challenges, from the economic decline of the coal industry, to the opioid epidemic, there’s work to do in our communities. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from several people who are trying to reinvigorate our region with opportunities for change. We’ll also hear from some younger voices in Appalachian, North Carolina about growing up in the mountains.
May 04, 2018
Giving Appalachians a Sense of What’s Possible
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Several federally funded job-training programs have emerged in recent years designed to help revitalize coal country. In 2017 alone, the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership focused on economic development since the mid-1960s , approved more than $150 million in projects for the region. But how successful are these programs, and what are the challenges?
Apr 28, 2018
Revisiting the ‘Struggle to Stay’
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It’s been a year since we started following six Appalachians as they grappled with whether to stay in their home state or leave for better opportunities. On this week’s episode, we’ll revisit those we profiled in our Struggle to Stay series – and reflect on what we learned as we helped them tell their stories.
Apr 20, 2018
Controversy and Mystery Still Surround Lakes Built by the Army Corps of Engineers
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In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we visit communities impacted by creation of flood-control lakes. In one, the Village of Lilly, about 40 families were pushed off their land along the Bluestone River in Summers County, W.Va., in the 1940s. Many of these families had lived there for more than 200 years.
Apr 13, 2018
Appalachia's Deep Ties to Extractive Industries May be Keeping Region 'Poor, Sick & Stuck on Coal'
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll learn more about how our reliance on coal and other extractive industries have affected our region’s economy.
Apr 06, 2018
Charlie McCoy, 'Amazing Grace,' and How Gospel Music Inspired Rock ’n Roll
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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll talk about faith and music. We learn about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the first great recording stars of gospel music, find out the story behind "Amazing Grace," and why it became an American icon, and hear the story of Nashville session musician, W.Va. native Charlie McCoy.
Mar 30, 2018
Sugar Shacks and Maple–Glazed Rabbit: Appalachian Cuisine Beyond the Stereotypes
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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll travel to the sugar shacks of Appalachian maple producers, and we’ll learn how to use syrup in everything from glazed greens to buttermilk ice cream – and even roasted rabbit.
Mar 23, 2018