Inside Appalachia Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. The show is an audio tour of our rich history, food, music and culture.
Inside Appalachia

Inside Appalachia

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. The show is an audio tour of our rich history, food, music and culture.

Most Recent Episodes

The Grand March And A Year After A Denied Abortion, Inside Appalachia

For nearly a century, the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has staged a formal dance. We visit the festival and learn about a manual that's been passed down for generations.Also, abortion is illegal in most cases in Tennessee. A photographer spent a year following one mother who was denied an abortion. And we talk to Marshall University professor and poet Sarah Henning about her latest book, Burn. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Encore: The Climbing Climate And Paddle Making, Inside Appalachia

This week, rock climbers with disabilities have found a home in Kentucky's Red River Gorge, which offers some pumpy crags. Climbers have also been working to make West Virginia's New River Gorge more inclusive. And a master craftsman, who makes one of a kind whitewater paddles remembers some advice. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Filipino Hospitality In Asheville And Famed Thru-Hiker Shares Journey, Inside Appalachia

This week, a chef has created a hidden culinary hot spot in Asheville, North Carolina that's attracting national attention for its eclectic menu and Filipino hospitality. Also, every thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) begins with a first step. Famed hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis shares hers. And the holy month of Ramadan ends with a feast. But war and famine in Gaza muted some of this year's celebrations. We'll have these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Filipino Hospitality In Asheville And Famed Thru-Hiker Shares Journey, Inside Appalachia

Award Winning Stories From 2023, Inside Appalachia

In March, broadcast journalists from Virginia and West Virginia were recognized when the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters met to present awards for notable stories produced in 2023. This week, we listen back to some of our award-winning stories.

A Tale Of Treenware And A NASCAR Legend, Inside Appalachia

This week, a pair of former miners found love shoveling coal and shaped a life making wooden spoons. We learn about treenware. Also, NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood shares stories, and a bit of advice. And, group bike rides are a way to socialize and get outside. But here in Appalachia, newcomers are met with steep hills.

The Herbal Magic Of Violets And A Book Ban In Virginia, Inside Appalachia

Spring wildflowers are in bloom, and some of the most common species play an important role in herbal medicine. This week, we learn about some of the ways people use violets. What's your favorite style of egg roll? An acclaimed, out-of-the-way restaurant in Pounding Mill, Virginia bends culinary genres and uses an unexpected ingredient. And, more and more school boards are pulling books from library shelves. We'll speak with a reporter in a Virginia county where 57 titles were yanked.

The Herbal Magic Of Violets And A Book Ban In Virginia, Inside Appalachia

ENCORE: True Stories Behind Folk Heroes, Runaway Trains And Murder Ballads

This week on Inside Appalachia, we're talking about traditional ballads — how they tell stories and connect us to the past. These old tunes can mean so much. They can tap into difficult emotions and give feelings space to be heard. Some songs may even be too uncomfortable to sing. In this special episode with guest co-host, ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason, we explore songs about lawbreaking folk heroes, runaway trains and murder ballads.

ENCORE: True Stories Behind Folk Heroes, Runaway Trains And Murder Ballads

Chair Caning And A Housing Fight, Inside Appalachia

This week, we visit the Seeing Hand Association. They bring together people who are visually impaired to learn the craft of chair caning. Corporate greed has been gobbling up newspapers for years. Now, some of those same companies are taking a bite out of mobile home parks. They're raising rents and letting repairs slide. And, as the Mountain Valley Pipeline nears completion, people who live near it say government officials are ignoring their concerns about pollution. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Remembering And Revisiting Resistance To The Mountain Valley Pipeline, Inside Appalachia

Red Terry's property in Bent Mountain, Virginia, is in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. She says the place was beautiful, but she's worried about the dangers of the pipeline not far from her home. Plus, almost everybody has a favorite cup or coffee mug, but how far would you go to replace it? One woman would go pretty far. And... we explore an effort in western Virginia to make old-time music more available to Black musicians. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Remembering And Revisiting Resistance To The Mountain Valley Pipeline, Inside Appalachia

Encore: What Is Appalachia? We Asked People From Around The Region. Here's What They Said

This week, we're revisiting our episode "What Is Appalachia?" from December 2021. Appalachia connects mountainous parts of the South, the Midwest, the Rust belt and even the Northeast. The Appalachian Regional Commission defined the boundaries for Appalachia in 1965 with the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commision, a part of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. It was legislation that sought to expand social welfare, and some localities were eager for the money, while others resisted the designation. The boundaries and definition of Appalachia can now only be changed by an act of Congress. Politically, Appalachia encompasses 423 counties across 13 states — and West Virginia's the only state entirely inside the region. That leaves so much room for geographic and cultural variation, as well as many different views on what Appalachia really is. For Inside Appalachia, we turned our entire episode over to the question, "What is Appalachia?" With stories from Mississippi to Pittsburgh, we asked people across our region whether they consider themselves to be Appalachian.

Encore: What Is Appalachia? We Asked People From Around The Region. Here's What They Said