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

Encore: Fur Trapping In W.Va. And A Blue Ribbon Winner, Inside Appalachia

This week, we visit with West Virginia trappers to learn about the fur trade in the 21st century.We also meet a county fair champion who keeps racking up the blue ribbons and has released a cookbook of some of her favorites. And we hear an update on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Construction has begun again, but some people wonder if it's even needed. These stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Encore: Fur Trapping In W.Va. And A Blue Ribbon Winner, Inside Appalachia

Stickers And The Trouble With Indian Creek, Inside Appalachia

This week, we meet a West Virginia artist who designs stickers, t-shirts, patches and pins. She draws on classic Appalachian phrases her family has used for years. They're not all radio-friendly.Also, people who live near Indian Creek in southern West Virginia say something is wrong with the water. Tests show contamination from a nearby mine. Now people and animals are getting sick. And, lots of schools are seeing teacher shortages. But what happens when the band director quits?You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

The Appalachian Forager And Crosswinds, Inside Appalachia

This week, the woman behind the popular tik tok account "Appalachian Forager" makes jam from wild pawpaws ... and jewelry from coyote teeth.We also talk with the hosts of a new podcast that looks at coal dust exposure beyond the mines, affecting people far downstream from Appalachia. And, in some places, slavery continued in different forms well after the end of the Civil War. A new marker in Western North Carolina acknowledges that history and commemorates a disaster that killed 19 Black prisoners. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

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