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

Forest Farming, Falcons and Frozen Fungus Ice Cream? We Got It All Inside Appalachia

The natural world can be a source of food and medicine along with a place to escape and unwind. There are people who know plants like they're old friends, complete with stories and histories. These experts can also help guide us to recognize how plants can even help us in times of need. We'll hear stories about tapping into the natural world, from a recipe that uses chanterelle mushrooms to make ice cream, to the sport of falconry (the oldest form of hunting), to a new initiative that teaches

Forest Farming, Falcons and Frozen Fungus Ice Cream? We Got It All Inside Appalachia

Flying High In, From, And Around Appalachia

Many of us are dreaming about the things we want to do when this pandemic is over — like traveling someplace far away. If you have wanderlust, or the itch to fly, these are not ideal circumstances. But being grounded does give us time to reflect and dream about flights in our future and those in our past. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we are looking at the history of flight in West Virginia and some of the unique stories that comprise the Mountain State's history of aviation.

Dollywood, Hotrods And Moonshine Getaway Cars Inside Appalachia

One could spend a lifetime learning about Appalachia, and just scratch the surface. On this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we're listening back to a show we originally aired earlier this year, before the pandemic changed so much of our lives.

Addressing Racism And Passing On Traditions Inside Appalachia

Across the globe, many people are wondering how to change society to deal with structural racism. It might all depend on our youth. Today's episode of Inside Appalachia features people inspiring the next generation to change the world around them.

7 Stories About Appalachia You Probably Won't See In Mainstream Media

For this episode of Inside Appalachia , we're taking another listen to an episode we originally aired in January of this year, featuring stories about the ongoing struggle to rebuild from the 2016 West Virginia flood and the work yet to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. You'll also hear how a video game is helping players from all over the world make a connection to the Mountain State, and a discussion about our diversity of dialects throughout Appalachian culture. And we learn about

Finding Resilience Through Song, Faith, And Storytelling

In this episode of Inside Appalachia , we hear how religious leaders are adapting to change and finding ways to continue helping people find solace and peace during the pandemic. We also hear a series of stories from high schoolers who were challenged to work outdoors, in snow and ice and didn't complain. Quite the opposite. Their teachers say they appeared to be more engaged in learning. The students reported on topics like sheep farming and ice hockey, as part of a project that's meant to help

Urban Renewal Forces Black Community Out Of Triangle

The recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota has reignited the Black Lives Matter movement, sparking protests across this country, including in several cities in W.Va. It has launched candid conversations about long held institutionalized and systemic racism and brought forth stories of individuals that are vital to understanding injustice in our country. For this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we are taking another listen to an episode we originally produced earlier

Culture That Connects Appalachia To The World

Culture can connect us to our kindred spirits across great distances, even during a global pandemic. It helps build bridges in other ways, too. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear stories about cultural ties that bind us to people across the globe.

'I Hope You're Never Afraid When I'm Around': Dads Share Their Stories

In honor of Father's Day, this week's episode of Inside Appalachia is dedicated to dads. A man's brain is rewired when he holds his newborn baby just after birth. Scientists have found that after holding his infant in his arms for 30 minutes, a dad's brain gets flooded with dopamine and oxytocin, which is sometimes referred to as "the love hormone." In just a few moments, his brain chemistry is changed forever. This episode includes stories from new fathers who have spent more time with their

7 Stories Of Growing Up Black In Appalachia

Protests against police killing unarmed black Americans continue across the country, including here in Appalachia. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks protesting the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among others. These protesters seek an end to police brutality and many point to our nation's long history with systemic racism. In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia , we'll listen to stories about the protests and hear the voices of Appalachians who

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