Inside Appalachia

Inside Appalachia

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.More from Inside Appalachia »

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Coal's Legacy in Appalachia: As Mining Companies Close, Water Systems Fail

The coal industry has done a lot for central Appalachia. It's created jobs, and it's helped many families afford college. Coal has also created a very strong sense of pride. But as jobs in the coal industry have declined, so have the opportunities in Central Appalachia. On this episode of Inside Appalachia , we explore one of the legacies of of the industry: crumbling water infrastructure.

Coal's Legacy in Appalachia: As Mining Companies Close, Water Systems Fail

Our Valentine For Appalachia

On this episode of Inside Appalachia, in honor of Valentine's Day, we wanted to bring you voices from people who've written love letters for Appalachia, of a sort. And like most loves, this love, well.... it's complicated. Some of the folks we'll hear on our show grew up in these mountains and were eager to move away, but when they did, they felt a strong homesickness that seemed to draw them back.

Three Inspiring Appalachians Who Save Lives and Defy Stereotypes

Since 2010, West Virginia Public Broadcasting has produced a series called Inspiring West Virginians , highlighting 29 leaders in health, business and science. In this week's episode, we hear three of these stories- a kind of finale- because this is the final year of the Inspiring West Virginians series. Geoffrey Cousins- Heart Pioneer We'll hear from Geoffrey Cousins , who could have worked anywhere as a heart surgeon. But he came home to West Virginia to practice medicine. "I think I bring a lot back to WV that other heart surgeons who are not West Virginians can't possibly bring," he said. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Former HHS Secretary We'll hear the story of a West Virginia native who was once hand-picked by the president to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. "It is incredible thing to be from our state and to be proud of it," said Sylvia Mathews Burwell , the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Obama Administration. Burwell is now President of

Exploring The Mighty Ohio River Inside Appalachia

It's easy to take the water coming out of your faucet for granted, but tragedies like the Elk River Chemical spill that left thousands of residents in West Virginia's capital city without water for days have put tap water front and center. Appalachia is no stranger to water contamination, especially in places with a history of heavy industry, like the Ohio River Valley. But as a large source of drinking water, how do we know it's safe?

3 Things About Appalachia's Signature Foods That You May Not Know

If you didn't grow up in West Virginia, you may have no idea what a pepperoni roll is. But those who grew up eating them in school cafeterias or buying them at some of the Italian bakeries in north-central West Virginia, probably know pepperoni rolls are strongly connected to Appalachian culture and childhood memories . This week, we'll learn a bit more about this signature Appalachian food, and we'll learn about how its origins are deeply connected with the history and culture of coal mining, and to the food that miners brought to work in their lunch buckets.

Hope Battles Fear in Appalachia as Trump Takes Office

It's officially a week away. On January 20th, Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States. Appalachia voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. He won 95% of the counties here. Trump did better in Appalachia than previous Republican candidates. Why was he so popular here? And how confident are Appalachians that Trump will change the economy and bring back thousands of coal mining jobs? On this show, we talk with Appalachians about their hopes and fears surrounding Trump. We'll also dig into the facts and talk with experts about what a Trump Presidency could actually mean for Appalachia.

For a Generation of Appalachians, Growing Up With a Parent Addicted to Drugs is a Way of Life

For a generation of Appalachians, growing up with a parent addicted or abusing drugs is a way of life. On this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear from men and women who have experienced the effects of opioid addiction and of the innocence that this epidemic has claimed.

For a Generation of Appalachians, Growing Up With a Parent Addicted to Drugs is a Way of Life

Religion in Appalachia, StoryCorps Special Year End Episode

We've teamed up with StoryCorps and Georgetown University's American Pilgrimage Project for this episode about faith in Appalachia. We hear a 91-year-old man talk about his baptism in a river when a revival came to town. When Tragedy Strikes, a Daughter Questions her Faith A woman finds out how important her faith was to her after her father was injured in a mining accident. "It's hard to keep the faith in situations like that. But you kind of have no other choice. It's like you have your faith or you have nothing. And I'd rather have my faith than have nothing," says Adelina Lancianese, in an interview with her grandfather, 84-year-old Pasco Lancianese, whose parents immigrated to West Virginia from Italy. His parents were Catholic, but he converted to the Protestant church when he was in his thirties. Jewish Man Says He Feels Welcomed by West Virginians And a rabbi remembers the first time he visited West Virginia thirty years ago. "We're walking down the Kanawha Boulevard, and

Joy Amidst Loss: Christmas Inside Appalachia

This week's Inside Appalachia is a special holiday edition. We hear stories of Christmas past, present and hope for the future. We'll check in with West Virginians still recovering from historic flooding that hit about 6 months ago, find out how to avoid gaining weight, hear a story about a welcomed Star of David on a Christmas tree, and more.

Inside Affrilachia

Ever hear the word 'Affrilachian'? In the 1990s, a poet in Kentucky named Frank X Walker came up with the term. It refers to African Americans living in Appalachia. "To us it was about making the invisible visible, or giving voice to a previously muted or silenced voice," Walker told the Appalachian Studies Association during its 2016 conference at Shepherd University. Walker's word gave rise to a group of Affrilachian writers called The Affrilachian Poets, who write about social justice issues and support diversity in Appalachian literature. The group includes Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson. "Any time that you can come across something that gives you a stronger sense of self identity that important to have. The name what we call ourselves is important," Wilkinson told WMMT's Kelli Haywood earlier this year. "And it's a sort of a back-straightening, empowering word that has long since gone on beyond his original intention. And I think that's a wonderful thing, too," said Wilkinson.

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