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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.
||CleanWho's Telling Appalachia's Story? Appalachian Writers Discuss Their Work||On today’s show, we’ll hear from people who write novels, short stories and newspaper articles, each one telling Appalachia’s story in his or her own way.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisiting Mark Combs' Struggle to Stay: Headed Home?||On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at the story of Mark Combs — a comedian, an actor and dog owner moving from West Virginia across the country to chase big dreams. What could possibly go wrong? And we’ll get a n||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWerewolves, Panthers and Ghosts...Oh My, Appalachia!||On this special Halloween episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re doing something a little bit out of the ordinary for us—we’re suspending our disbelief. Telling and retelling stories is part of our Appalachian tradition. Long before TV or the Interne||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging Coal Communities and Overcoming Poverty in Appalachia||Jeannette Walls grew up poor in America. She wrote about it in her memoir "The Glass Castle," which has remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for more than eight years. She spent most of her childhood west of the Mississippi River, but her||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAppalachian Food: What Happens When Local, Traditional Foods Get Trendy?||The Inside Appalachia team is hitting the road and heading to Beckley for its first LIVE Listening Party the evening of Bridge Day. Join us for an evening of live interviews, videos, art and music. The event will be at the Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Tough Landscape of Economic Development: Inside Appalachia||Since the War on Poverty in the 1960s, federal funds to help revitalize coal country have poured in from Washington, D.C. And in recent years, a new federal push has brought millions of dollars worth of funding to projects that are intended to create jo||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating 'Apple-Atcha', Inside Appalachia||Here in Appalachia, it’s apple season. Did you know that Golden Delicious Apples originated right here in West Virginia? In fact, apples are our state fruit. Apples have been a major agricultural industry for the Mountain State.||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Coal to Music: Appalachia's Connection to the United Kingdom||Coal miners and their families in Appalachia take great pride in their work and the fellowship that surrounds coal mining. As Jeremy Brock, one former Kentucky coal miner, put it: "It's a culture. It's a brotherhood." “Once you get used to it, I would||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBaseball as Transcendence: How Appalachia's Pastime Creates Character, Camaraderie||As we head into the final weeks of summer, this week on Inside Appalachia we explore the impact of baseball throughout the region. We’ll learn about the history of early baseball in the coal camp towns of southern West Virginia, and go inside the||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLGBT Issues Across Appalachia||This week on Inside Appalachia we're revisiting an episode from earlier this year, exploring issues in our region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We’ll hear from a teenager getting ready for an LGBT formal. We’ll learn how diff||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoad Trip: Appalachia’s Hidden Gems||This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re going on a road trip to meet people who are working in Appalachia to preserve American culture and traditions.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting HIV and Hepatitis Inside Appalachia||In parts of Appalachia, needle exchange programs have brought controversy, and they sometimes carry a stigma that such offerings enable, or even encourage, drug use. But supporters say the practice, especially when coupled with addiction treatment optio||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrama, Mayhem and Trust: Indie Pro-Wrestling in Appalachia||This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the world of independent pro-wrestling. While pro-wrestling is popular across the country and all around the world, the sport has a rich and storied history here in Appalachia. In this episode we’ll take a||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFarming, Race, Poverty, and the Media Inside Appalachia||Being a farmer isn’t easy. One woman in Georgia found that getting assistance as a black farmer can be especially tough. Shirley Sherrod said she found discrimination in the federal government’s farm assistance programs, and she and other farmers fo||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside Appalachia Features the Pope’s Long Con||This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll learn about the life of Kentucky politician and pastor Danny Johnson, and the investigation that exposed a long line of questionable actions that preceded his rise to power.||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis One Sentence Helped Purdue Pharma Sell Billions of Dollars Worth of Opioids||Between 1999 and 2015, roughly 300,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdoses. And of the five states with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2016, four were in Appalachia. In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll hea||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPipelines, Birds and Coal Ash: A Look at Environmental Coverage Inside Appalachia||Coal has dominated Appalachia’s energy economy for more than a century. But natural gas is emerging as a new economic force, bringing with it jobs, infrastructure needs and new environmental concerns. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Struggle Continues: Iraq War Vet Focused on Path out of Appalachia||A comedian, an actor and dog move from West Virginia across the country chasing big dreams. What could possibly go wrong?||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Jell-O Marked a New Era in Rural Appalachia & the History of the Hip & Trendy Mason Jar||On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about two things you’re likely to find on a supper table in Appalachia: Jell-O and mason jars.||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside Appalachia: LGBT Issues in Our Region||On this week’s show, we’re exploring issues in our region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We’ll hear from a teenager getting ready for an LGBT formal. We’ll learn how difficult it can be to access healthcare in eastern Kent||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The best radio show on Appalachian history, news and culture.
One of my faves
Found this podcast a few months ago, I listen to every episode. I love hearing about what's going on around the region and the history carefully retold, the music scattered throughout. No hillbilly stereotypes here, an authentic representation of the people and the place that is Appalachia.
Wonderful, Insightful Stories
For stories about Appalachia, you can't beat Inside Appalachia. They report on current events and the region's history. They include heartwarming and heartbreaking tales. And the reporting is polished, professional, and insightful. I can't recommend this podcast enough.