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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. Watch Inside Appalachia videos Follow the Inside Appalachia podcast on Soundcloud here . Subscribe to the Inside Appalachia podcast here or click the red button below. Inside Appalachia is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from public radio stations in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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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. Watch Inside Appalachia videos Follow the Inside Appalachia podcast on Soundcloud here . Subscribe to the Inside Appalachia podcast here or click the red button below. Inside Appalachia is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from public radio stations in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Wonderful Regional Podcast

By CMKeathley88 - Jun 26 2019
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I love listening to this each week and I look forward to a new episode. The reporting style is great and they always choose interesting people to interview. It is a must listen!

Brilliant

By Jenny Helen - Sep 09 2017
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Love this podcast! Well done!

iTunes Ratings

135 Ratings
Average Ratings
123
7
2
1
2

Wonderful Regional Podcast

By CMKeathley88 - Jun 26 2019
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I love listening to this each week and I look forward to a new episode. The reporting style is great and they always choose interesting people to interview. It is a must listen!

Brilliant

By Jenny Helen - Sep 09 2017
Read more
Love this podcast! Well done!

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Inside Appalachia

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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. Watch Inside Appalachia videos Follow the Inside Appalachia podcast on Soundcloud here . Subscribe to the Inside Appalachia podcast here or click the red button below. Inside Appalachia is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from public radio stations in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Ghosts, Monsters And Things That Go Bump In The Night -- Inside Appalachia

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For a few years now, an Inside Appalachia tradition is to ask listeners for a favorite ghost tale or legend. We have a lot of great storytellers here in Appalachia, and we love to celebrate that. The legends and stories in this episode aren’t fact-checked or verified. And they aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. But they do speak to something traditional for us.

Oct 25 2019

57mins

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When Traditional Food Becomes Trendy, Inside Appalachia

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What foods did your parents and grandparents cook when you were growing up? What memories of food do you hold onto after all these years? This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll talk about food from our region. We'll explore what happens when fancy chefs start cooking up our traditional fare, and we discuss how what we consider to be staples are called "trash food" by others.

Oct 04 2019

52mins

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What Happens When People Meet the Gas Industry, Inside Appalachia

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The economy of central Appalachia has long revolved around extractive industries: timber, coal, oil and natural gas. The jobs associated with these industries are often good paying jobs. They also can bring environmental and health issues to the region. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how an increase in natural gas development has brought challenges and concerns, both for our health and our natural environment. But for some, the jobs and economic benefits that come with this increased activity are welcome, especially as so many jobs have left our region in recent years.

Aug 16 2019

55mins

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Meet 5 People Who Complicate The Narrative About What It Means To Be Appalachian

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Think back to the last time you saw an Appalachian portrayed on TV, in the national media, in a book or a cartoon. Often, when people talk about Appalachians, they portray us as white, or poor, or ignorant -- or all three. But when you dig beneath the surface, and challenge the stereotypes that are often used to misrepresent people who live in our region, the story becomes much more honest, and interesting.

Oct 11 2019

48mins

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Reshaping Appalachia while Remembering the Past — from Coal Mining to Culture

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll look at how our history is intertwined with our future. We’ll hear from coal miners and children about how they are reshaping Appalachia, while remembering the past. Also in this episode, we’ll hear from a woman who found recovery, and a job, after struggling with drug addiction for more than two decades. And we’ll hear from some of the miners in Harlan County, Kentucky who are protesting their employer, coal operator Blackjewel LLC. We’ll talk about what the protest says about the state of organized labor in the mines. In this episode: “Bloody Harlan” Revisited: Blackjewel Miners Draw On Labor History While Facing Uncertain Future A Growing Recovery: Food Service And Farming Jobs Provide a Path Out of Addiction Working at the Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery W.Va. Counties Implement ‘Family Treatment Court’ Hoping to Reunify More Families National Guard Program Eyes Southern W.Va. Expansion, But One Community Remains Skeptical It’ll Come Monster

Sep 06 2019

52mins

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What Happens When a School Closes Inside Appalachia

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School is, or soon will be, back in session, so we wanted to take another listen to an episode we originally aired in May, about the devastating effects a school closure can have on a community. Basketball was a big deal for the small town of Northfork, in McDowell County, West Virginia. The high school team won the state championship eight years in a row. “Little old ladies who wouldn’t know a football from a basketball became big fans because it brought positive notoriety and attention to the community,” Northfork alumni Gary Dove recalled. Yet, despite its success on the basketball court, Northfork was one of thousands of schools that have closed across the country in recent decades. Declining population in rural Appalachia has made this especially common as school boards attempt to consolidate resources. But when a school is closed, it’s more than a building that disappears. In this episode, we’ll explore how school closures affect community pride, and participation in

Aug 09 2019

54mins

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Boom and Bust, Recession and Renewal; When Factories and Mines Close, Lives Change

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Our region has faced major economic changes and challenges in the past decade. But if you know our region’s history, this story of boom and bust, renewal and recession, is an all too familiar story. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how these economic changes affect people, our friends, our neighbors, and how entire communities can be uprooted by the closing of a local factory, or coal-mine layoffs.

Aug 02 2019

53mins

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Black Lung Disease Back and Worse Than Before, Inside Appalachia

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Across Appalachia, thousands of coal miners have suffered from black lung disease. In the 1960s, miners organized a movement to end the chronic condition. They convinced Congress to pass new laws that were supposed to make black lung a thing of the past. Today, conditions underground have changed, and the disease has come roaring back. For this episode of Inside Appalachia, we are taking another listen to this show which aired in the spring. Black lung, also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis, is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust in the process of mining. Inhaled coal dust builds up in the lungs, causing inflammation, and eventually tissue death. Many sufferers describe a feeling of drowning because their lungs are unable to work properly and they can’t take a breath. A 2013 investigation by the Center for Public Integrity into the misconceptions surrounding the disease and the regulatory maze associated with applying and being approved for black lung benefits revealed a

Aug 23 2019

53mins

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Thousands Of Children Are Born Exposed To Opioids: These Are Some Of The People Working To Help Them

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re dedicating our episode to all the children who are affected by substance abuse before they're even born. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a topic that is heartbreaking, but critically important for us to spend some time understanding. The stigma that follows mothers, and their unborn babies, is keeping them from getting the prenatal care, and help for recovery, that women across our region desperately need.

Sep 20 2019

51mins

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In The Face Of Adversity, 6 Stories Of Resilience In Appalachia

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Across Appalachia, there are remarkable stories of resilience in the face of adversity. This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll meet several people who are recovering from drug addiction, and are finding a new path forward by learning to build stringed instruments. And we’ll learn about a rare plant that rebounded after being put on the endangered species list. And why this particular plant, called the buffalo running clover, has a secret weapon; when it’s beaten down, it bounces back even stronger.

Sep 27 2019

50mins

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Rivers And Lakes See Heavy Recreational Use, Inside Appalachia

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For many people in Appalachia, the lakes, rivers and creeks are the first places we swam, played in the water or caught crawdads. For many adults, our waterways are some of the best places to get outdoors and cool off in the summer. We have whitewater rafting, swimming, boating and even scuba diving to choose from (yes, scuba diving, you read that right.) It may be December, but we wanted to take another listen to this episode to imagine the fun we will have this summer. And as a reminder that the rivers and waters of Appalachia are an important, vital resource all year long.

Dec 06 2019

53mins

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Reimagining A New Economic Future For Appalachia

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Our region has faced major economic changes and challenges in the past decade. But if you know our region’s history, this story of boom and bust, renewal and recession, is an all too familiar story. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how these economic changes affect people, our friends, our neighbors, and how entire communities can be uprooted by the closing of a local factory, or coal-mine layoffs.

Nov 29 2019

49mins

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Connecting, And Reconnecting With Loved Ones -- Inside Appalachia

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll meet several people who are making connections with each other, themselves, or a spiritual community.

Nov 22 2019

54mins

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Rediscovering The Power Of Learning Outside, Inside Appalachia

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Increasingly, teachers are finding that spending time in nature with their students is essential to learning. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from educators who are knocking down classroom walls so that kids can get some fresh air and exercise, and improve test scores in the process.

Nov 15 2019

53mins

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Working Moms Struggle To Make Breastfeeding Work, Inside Appalachia

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Doctors point to overwhelming evidence that breast milk is superior to formula. But breastfeeding rates in the United States continue to be low. Reasons for that may be lack of paid maternity leave in the U.S., challenges breastfeeding at work, the role of WIC in subsidizing formula and the fact that for many women, breastfeeding, although natural, is a learned skill and there aren't enough people teaching techniques. We’re taking another listen to an episode this week that we aired earlier this year about this important topic. More than a dozen women share their stories about motherhood, breastfeeding, and society’s demands.

Nov 08 2019

58mins

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Promoting Tourism And Reclaiming The Hillbilly Narrative, Inside Appalachia

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By branding southern West Virginia “Hatfield & McCoy” country, are we re-affirming negative stereotypes in Appalachia? In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll look at how some communities in southern West Virginia are hoping to jumpstart their local economies through tourism. In particular, we’ll explore a type of tourism that caters to ATV riders along the Hatfield and McCoy trail system. But what do we gain, and what do we lose, when we market ourselves to visitors? Are people able to remain true to their real identity, and claim ownership of their own narrative? We'll discuss that and more in this week's episode.

Nov 01 2019

53mins

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Ghosts, Monsters And Things That Go Bump In The Night -- Inside Appalachia

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For a few years now, an Inside Appalachia tradition is to ask listeners for a favorite ghost tale or legend. We have a lot of great storytellers here in Appalachia, and we love to celebrate that. The legends and stories in this episode aren’t fact-checked or verified. And they aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. But they do speak to something traditional for us.

Oct 25 2019

57mins

Play

How Scientists, Faith Leaders, And Foster Parents Are Fighting Adversity Inside Appalachia

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Adversity isn’t new to Appalachia. We’ve faced boom and bust cycles for over a century. This episode of Inside Appalachia looks at some of those struggles and various efforts to curtail them. We’ll hear stories about West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system, to questions about what is killing off apple trees. And we’ll explore the research behind job creation programs ⁠— many of which are supported by federal grants. Do they bring long-term economic impact to Appalachia?

Oct 18 2019

53mins

Play

Meet 5 People Who Complicate The Narrative About What It Means To Be Appalachian

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Read more
Think back to the last time you saw an Appalachian portrayed on TV, in the national media, in a book or a cartoon. Often, when people talk about Appalachians, they portray us as white, or poor, or ignorant -- or all three. But when you dig beneath the surface, and challenge the stereotypes that are often used to misrepresent people who live in our region, the story becomes much more honest, and interesting.

Oct 11 2019

48mins

Play

When Traditional Food Becomes Trendy, Inside Appalachia

Podcast cover
Read more
What foods did your parents and grandparents cook when you were growing up? What memories of food do you hold onto after all these years? This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll talk about food from our region. We'll explore what happens when fancy chefs start cooking up our traditional fare, and we discuss how what we consider to be staples are called "trash food" by others.

Oct 04 2019

52mins

Play

In The Face Of Adversity, 6 Stories Of Resilience In Appalachia

Podcast cover
Read more
Across Appalachia, there are remarkable stories of resilience in the face of adversity. This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll meet several people who are recovering from drug addiction, and are finding a new path forward by learning to build stringed instruments. And we’ll learn about a rare plant that rebounded after being put on the endangered species list. And why this particular plant, called the buffalo running clover, has a secret weapon; when it’s beaten down, it bounces back even stronger.

Sep 27 2019

50mins

Play

Thousands Of Children Are Born Exposed To Opioids: These Are Some Of The People Working To Help Them

Podcast cover
Read more
This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re dedicating our episode to all the children who are affected by substance abuse before they're even born. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a topic that is heartbreaking, but critically important for us to spend some time understanding. The stigma that follows mothers, and their unborn babies, is keeping them from getting the prenatal care, and help for recovery, that women across our region desperately need.

Sep 20 2019

51mins

Play

Families and Caregivers Struggle to Find Resources Inside Appalachia

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Today, many seniors in rural communities don’t have the support they need to live independently, safely. Who’s going to care for our elders in the years to come? In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore the resources available to caregivers and their loved ones. We’ll also hear what some people are doing to help seniors feel less alone and isolated. Across most of central Appalachia, population is declining as young people leave to find work. Those who stay are rapidly aging. In West Virginia, for instance, about 16 percent of the population is 65 or older, according to a Department of Health and Human Resources report . Seniors are expected to be about a quarter of the total population by 2030. In this episode: Families Discuss Struggles and Help for Caregivers Fighting Loneliness Taking Care of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Taking Care of a Partner at the End of Life Interview with a Hospice Care Nurse Appalachia Health News Coordinator Kara Lofton spent several months

Sep 13 2019

53mins

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Reshaping Appalachia while Remembering the Past — from Coal Mining to Culture

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll look at how our history is intertwined with our future. We’ll hear from coal miners and children about how they are reshaping Appalachia, while remembering the past. Also in this episode, we’ll hear from a woman who found recovery, and a job, after struggling with drug addiction for more than two decades. And we’ll hear from some of the miners in Harlan County, Kentucky who are protesting their employer, coal operator Blackjewel LLC. We’ll talk about what the protest says about the state of organized labor in the mines. In this episode: “Bloody Harlan” Revisited: Blackjewel Miners Draw On Labor History While Facing Uncertain Future A Growing Recovery: Food Service And Farming Jobs Provide a Path Out of Addiction Working at the Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery W.Va. Counties Implement ‘Family Treatment Court’ Hoping to Reunify More Families National Guard Program Eyes Southern W.Va. Expansion, But One Community Remains Skeptical It’ll Come Monster

Sep 06 2019

52mins

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Inside the River Boat Industry, How Mussels Clean Our Rivers & More Inside Appalachia

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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re looking at how water shapes us ⁠— and how we’re impacting our waterways. Our rivers are a vital part of our identity as Appalachians. We depend them for survival, recreation and transportation. And we depend on rivers for economic reasons, too. The handful of riverboat companies that still operate in Appalachia have primarily made the majority of their money towing coal barges. But a downturn in coal production meant many of these companies had to look to other ways to stay afloat.

Aug 30 2019

54mins

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Black Lung Disease Back and Worse Than Before, Inside Appalachia

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Read more
Across Appalachia, thousands of coal miners have suffered from black lung disease. In the 1960s, miners organized a movement to end the chronic condition. They convinced Congress to pass new laws that were supposed to make black lung a thing of the past. Today, conditions underground have changed, and the disease has come roaring back. For this episode of Inside Appalachia, we are taking another listen to this show which aired in the spring. Black lung, also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis, is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust in the process of mining. Inhaled coal dust builds up in the lungs, causing inflammation, and eventually tissue death. Many sufferers describe a feeling of drowning because their lungs are unable to work properly and they can’t take a breath. A 2013 investigation by the Center for Public Integrity into the misconceptions surrounding the disease and the regulatory maze associated with applying and being approved for black lung benefits revealed a

Aug 23 2019

53mins

Play

What Happens When People Meet the Gas Industry, Inside Appalachia

Podcast cover
Read more
The economy of central Appalachia has long revolved around extractive industries: timber, coal, oil and natural gas. The jobs associated with these industries are often good paying jobs. They also can bring environmental and health issues to the region. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how an increase in natural gas development has brought challenges and concerns, both for our health and our natural environment. But for some, the jobs and economic benefits that come with this increased activity are welcome, especially as so many jobs have left our region in recent years.

Aug 16 2019

55mins

Play

What Happens When a School Closes Inside Appalachia

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Read more
School is, or soon will be, back in session, so we wanted to take another listen to an episode we originally aired in May, about the devastating effects a school closure can have on a community. Basketball was a big deal for the small town of Northfork, in McDowell County, West Virginia. The high school team won the state championship eight years in a row. “Little old ladies who wouldn’t know a football from a basketball became big fans because it brought positive notoriety and attention to the community,” Northfork alumni Gary Dove recalled. Yet, despite its success on the basketball court, Northfork was one of thousands of schools that have closed across the country in recent decades. Declining population in rural Appalachia has made this especially common as school boards attempt to consolidate resources. But when a school is closed, it’s more than a building that disappears. In this episode, we’ll explore how school closures affect community pride, and participation in

Aug 09 2019

54mins

Play

Boom and Bust, Recession and Renewal; When Factories and Mines Close, Lives Change

Podcast cover
Read more
Our region has faced major economic changes and challenges in the past decade. But if you know our region’s history, this story of boom and bust, renewal and recession, is an all too familiar story. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how these economic changes affect people, our friends, our neighbors, and how entire communities can be uprooted by the closing of a local factory, or coal-mine layoffs.

Aug 02 2019

53mins

Play

Paddleboats, Whitewater Rafting and Scuba Diving — in the Mountains? Yep — Inside Appalachia

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For many people in Appalachia, the lakes, rivers and creeks are the first places we swam, played in the water or caught crawdads. For many adults, our waterways are some of the best places to get outdoors and cool off in the summer. We have whitewater rafting, swimming, boating and even scuba diving to choose from (yes, scuba diving, you read that right.)

Jul 26 2019

52mins

Play