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 »

Most Recent Episodes

What Happens When Walmart Closes in One Coal Community?

Eating your fruits and veggies is good for you, but it's not always an easy choice. On this episode, we explore some of the challenges, choices, and barriers to eating healthy. Sometimes it's the cost, or poor choices, sometimes it's limited access because they live in what's called a food desert.

Stories of Hope, Resilience & Loss Still Surround W.Va. Flood

This week on our Inside Appalachia podcast, we're revisiting some of the stories from our recent TV episode of Inside Appalachia. We hear stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents and community leaders share their stories of loss and resilience. And we'll hear how West Virginia's Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) called on Mennonites to help by building wooden bridges designed to handle flooding.

A Look Back at Early VISTA Workers in Appalachia

On Inside Appalachia this week, a look back at VISTA workers and the impact they had on our region in the 1960's. They were Volunteers in Service to America. VISTA was started in December 1964 by President Lyndon B Johnson as part of his "War on Poverty". Most of the early VISTAs were middle or upper class college graduates in their early 20s. Like the Peace Corps which sent eager volunteers to foreign countries, VISTAS were sent to low income communities all over the U.S. Today VISTA is under the umbrella of AmeriCorps, begun by President Bill Clinton in the 1990's. And we'll hear an excerpt from "Jay: A Rockefellers Journey" , a documentary that just won a regional Emmy Award. In it- former Senator Jay Rockefeller talks talk about his time in WV as a VISTA volunteer. And we'll hear from an Academy Award nominated film, called Before the Mountain was Moved, that's based on the true story of the VISTAs who came to work along Coal River in 1966-1967. Special thanks to Gibbs Kinderman

Pipelines Creating Increasing Safety Concerns in Appalachia

On this week's show, we'll hear how the natural gas industry is affecting communities in the region. On this episode, we hear a special report about environmental concerns surrounding the production and transportation of natural gas. Hundreds of miles of new pipelines are in the works to move natural gas from the shale formations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio to markets across the country.

LISTEN: Hippies, Home Birth and the History of Birthing Babies in Appalachia

On this week's episode, we'll hear from a midwife who started delivering babies in the early 1970's. We find out what it's like to deliver a baby at home. And we speak with one doctor about why she opposes home birth. We also visit a famous hippie commune in Appalachia that's said to be the birthplace of modern midwifery.

LISTEN: Hippies, Home Birth and the History of Birthing Babies in Appalachia

Documentary Explores Economic Future of Appalachia, Through the Words of Novelist Mary Lee Settle

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of a series of novels called The Beulah Quintet. The novels are by the late Mary Lee Settle, a writer who set out to capture moments in West Virginia history when a revolutionary change was at stake. Today's economic uncertainty here in Appalachia has many people wondering whether we are also living in the midst of a transition.

Documentary Explores Economic Future of Appalachia, Through the Words of Novelist Mary Lee Settle

In the Face of Tough Realities, 5 Stories of Appalachian Victories

As the coal industry in Appalachia continues to decline, more and more families are struggling. Poor job prospects throughout the region are causing a lot of anxiety in families. And mental health expects say that kind of stress can accumulatively lead to mental illness. What can parents do to help their children cope with stress?

Inside Appalachia: What Does It Take To Rebuild After a Flood?

After floods ravaged central and southern West Virginia on June 23rd, some residents are wondering how can we rebuild? And can communities bounce back- after a devastating disaster?

Can We Rebuild? Many Flood Survivors Grappling With a Long Recovery

On Thursday June 23, massive flooding swept across most of West Virginia. It began with a rare event- a tornado touched down in Nicholas County, West Virginia on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 21. Regional rain storms followed but nothing like what started to fall throughout a 22-county region on Thursday, June 23.

Inside the 'Brotherhood' of Coal Mining

As coal jobs continue to disappear in Appalachia, some families are holding tight to the idea that coal will come back. Surprisingly, it's not the pay that they miss about the work but the bond that comes with working in the mines. They often call it a 'brotherhood.'

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