Inside Appalachia 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.
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.

Most Recent Episodes

Why We Still Need Collaboration, Compassion and Community to Thrive Inside Appalachia

In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll explore why communities with a culture of volunteerism, and strong support systems, are more resilient. This episode features several stories that all have one thing in common — they're about the impacts of community, and social interactions, have on our ability to thrive. We'll learn about "bright spot" communities in Appalachia, which have better than average health statistics, despite also experiencing economic challenges. Researchers have

Why We Still Need Collaboration, Compassion and Community to Thrive Inside Appalachia

Dear Red States and Blue States, Can We Talk?

This week on Inside Appalachia, we're wading into the American political divide and bringing you voices with distinct points of view from opposite sides of the country. It's no secret that these days, we live in the divided states of America. Sometimes, it can feel like the only thing that unites us anymore is that now-nearly universal experience of sitting awkwardly around the Thanksgiving table with family members who have different political beliefs, trying to find a way to avoid politics

Appalachian Writers Discuss Their Work: Inside Appalachia

People who write novels, short stories and newspaper articles each tell Appalachia's story in their own way. This is an encore airing of an Inside Appalachia show that deals with a few of the writers who tell Appalachia's story. We'll hear from journalist Ken Ward. He's been writing for the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia for 27 years covering environmental issues, coal mining and worker safety. He's heard both praise and criticism for his coverage. "When somebody who's been

Appalachia's Folkways: Handmade and Passing It On

This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear from Appalachians who have a knack for making things with their hands — people who make the essentials of life in the old ways. "And when I sit down at one of those looms and I start creating a piece of cloth, I feel connected to the place of my ancestors, the people who have come before," said weaver Jane Gilchrist.

Appalachia's Connection to the United Kingdom

For many people in central Appalachia, coal mining doesn't just mean jobs or the ability to earn a good living right out of high school. We're also talking about identity and culture.

Inside Appalachia: Stories of Love, Friendship and Loss from StoryCorps

StoryCorps producers brought their mobile recording studio to Charleston, West Virginia, in fall 2019, and recorded more than 100 stories. These recording are between friends, co-workers and family members. StoryCorps' mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. These recordings will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in the largest collection of oral histories in the

Inside Appalachia: EPA May List Minden, Government Shutdown Causes Delays

Two years ago, residents of Minden, West Virginia, asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do more testing and consider the town's soil and water to be a health and environmental risk in need of another cleanup. Last September, residents received the news that, after analyzing new data, the agency proposed listing Minden on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). A final determination was supposed to happen this spring, but the partial government shutdown has pushed that back.

Inside Appalachia: EPA May List Minden, Government Shutdown Causes Delays

Stirring the Waters Inside Appalachia: How Drinking Water Systems Are Failing Rural Residents

For many families in parts of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water has become part of daily life. This week on Inside Appalachia we'll hear from folks like Blaine Taylor, a 17-year-old resident of Martin County, Kentucky, who struggles to manage basic hygiene when his water comes out with sendiment in it.

Stirring the Waters Inside Appalachia: How Drinking Water Systems Are Failing Rural Residents

Inside Appalachia: In-depth Look at Needle Exchange Programs Fighting the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is one of the biggest public health challenges in our region today. One strategy that's been proved to help curb the epidemic's worst effects is to implement harm reduction programs. These generally offer a variety of services but the most controversial component is often the needle exchange. Just because something is proven effective, doesn't mean the public has bought into the idea. This week we're taking an in-depth look at needle exchanges — and what they can mean for

Inside Appalachia: In-depth Look at Needle Exchange Programs Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Inside Appalachia: Some of Our Favorite Stories

To begin 2019, Inside Appalachia is taking a look back at some favorite stories. Not our favorite stories, but those of the show's friend Adam Harris. Harris is the Executive Producer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Pepperoni rolls have been called the unofficial food of West Virginia. They were invented here in the Mountain state. Legend has it they were originally made for coal miners to take underground in their dinner buckets - because the cured

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