Last weekend, my girlfriend and I drove on the Skyline Drive, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, through the Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia. The foliage was beginning to turn bright red and yellow, and the views were spectacular. At the end of one hike, we found ourselves in "Big Meadows," an incredibly vast, golden field.

The Appalachian Mountains are beautiful, especially at this time of year.

In our second hour, we'll talk to two filmmakers, Ross Spears and Jamie Ross, about the region. Their newest project, Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People, airs on many PBS stations this month.

If you're from the Appalachians, or if you live there now, tell us how those mighty mountains have shaped, or shape, your life.



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