Inside Appalachia

Mountain Stage is one of the longest running live music performance shows on public radio.  It began in 1983 and has featured nearly 2,000 acts from more than 50 countries--and nearly every conceivable genre. With such a storied history, there is little doubt the show has helped to create a lot of memories over the years.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, from Kentucky reporter Nicole Erwin has the story about complaints from residents there over a large scale hog operation and Ashton Marra talks with a political science professor from California about the impact of candidate endorsements.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Candace Nelson

If your father worked in the coal mines, chances are you remember his lunch or dinner bucket and the food that he brought to work. For many families, the extra food that was packed away in these dinner buckets was practical -- it would be there just in case an accident happened.


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It's election season and we want to know what Appalachians are looking for in a new president. We’ll hear from a former coal miner from Whitesburg, Ky, Gary Bentley. We'll also hear from a veteran who lives in Bristol, Va., Ralph Slaughter.

Jess Schreibstein

Fall is upon us, which means apples are now in season. Apples played a major part in the history of Appalachia, and on this week’s episode, we explore some of that history, and what the apple is doing for the state now.


CAIR/ Ikram Benaicha

How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Zain, the youngest member of a family that immigrated from Syria to West Virginia and Mannington native William Matheny is along with the Mountain Stage song of the week. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

June Flood Devastating to Many Farmers

Sep 13, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the massive flood in June caused over three million dollars in damages to farms.  Roxy Todd visits one such farm in Greenbrier County and Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton spends a day with a crew from the HealthNet Aeromedical Services.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear about what it’s like to actually work in a coal mine. So often we hear about miners from environmentalists or people who proudly declare they are Friends of Coal. But so much about what we hear about coal mining these days is full of political agendas.

U.S. National Archive Jack Corn

On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk about the American Dream and what it takes to reach it in Appalachia. We hear from JD Vance, author of the new bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, which is about his time growing up in a rust belt town in Ohio, and in Jackson, Kentucky. In this episode, we’re going to hear stories about the working class here in Appalachia and talk about some larger battles they’re fighting today.

Author J.D. Vance Discusses "Hillbilly Elegy"

Sep 2, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly talks with author J. D. Vance.  His new bestseller is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the quartet Darlingside is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week. 

That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Transportation is a Big Factor in Food Insecurity

Sep 1, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we conclude our series about food insecurity with a report from McDowell County where farmers are trying to sell their local produce but meet with certain challenges and in Wayne County pop up farmers markets are bringing fresh food where it’s needed. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we continue Roxy Todd’s series about food insecurity in one southern West Virginia county and some schools in Kanawha County have had to close due to air conditioning issues, but in may offices, the air conditioning works too well. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Roxy Todd/ WVPB

This week, we've been hearing a series of stories from the Inside Appalachia team about the challenges that some Appalachian families face when trying to eat fresh food. Sometimes it’s the cost, or poor choices. Sometimes it’s limited access because they live in what’s called a food desert.

Seven months ago the Walmart in McDowell County closed, and this was especially difficult for the Five Loaves and Two Fishes food pantry, run by Linda McKinney and her husband Bob. They say the superstore’s closing has actually inspired their family to rethink how they get food for the pantry.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton on how physical activity can help students perform better in the classroom and Roxy Todd reports on people’s grocery buying habits. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Appalachian Power is Decreasing Use of Coal

Aug 29, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports that even if coal producing states win the case against the U.S. EPA over coal regulations, experts think the outcome won’t bring coal back and Roxy Todd reports about food insecurity in one southern West Virginia county.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Our podcast "Inside Appalachia" inspired Matthew Shirley to take a trip to our region. This is a pretty cool fact by itself, made even cooler by where Matthew is from: England.

By pure chance, Matthew was staying as an Airbnb guest with our health reporter, Kara Lofton. Imagine her surprise when she found out why he came to West Virginia!

Matthew is a primary school principal in Callington, England. He became fascinated with our region after listening to the “Inside Appalachia” podcast. So he decided to come here to see it for himself.

VISTA History in West Virginia

Aug 12, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about this weekend’s episode featuring stories about VISTA volunteers that are working or have worked in the state.  And Tift Merritt is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton visits Richwood where flooding closed the town’s largest employer, a local nursing home.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about the radio show’s first step into television with a special about the June floods.  It airs tonight on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Inside Appalachia: West Virginia’s 1,000 Year Flood

Jul 27, 2016

In this special television broadcast of Inside Appalachia with host Jessica Lilly, WVPB brings you the stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents and community leaders share their stories of loss and resilience.

The National Weather Service called the June 2016 flooding in southern West Virginia an exceptional meteorological event, a vicious line-up of storms that came in simultaneously from multiple directions.

Roger May

  This year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of a series of novels called The Beulah Quintet.  The novels are by the late Mary Lee Settle, a writer who set out to capture moments in West Virginia history when a revolutionary change was at stake. Today's economic uncertainty here in Appalachia has many people wondering whether we are also living in the midst of a transition.

Daniel Walker/ WVPB

As the coal industry in Appalachia continues to decline, more and more families are struggling. Poor job prospects throughout the region are causing a lot of anxiety in families. And mental health expects say that kind of stress can accumulatively lead to mental illness. What can parents do to help their children cope with stress?

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After floods ravaged central and southern West Virginia on June 23rd, some residents are wondering how can we rebuild? And can communities bounce back- after a devastating disaster?

Jessica Lilly

Seventy-five-year-old Carol Holmes lives in Nicholas County, one of the counties hit hardest by the downpours that fell on June 23. Several people have died because of the severe weather. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called the floods “the worst in a century for some parts of the state.” The Associated Press reports that President Obama spoke to Tomblin by phone Saturday to offer federal assistance and condolences to the people of West Virginia.

This is the second time her home has been flooded in the past 20 years. Listen to her explain why she doesn’t want to leave Richwood. She also explains that tough times are nothing new to her family. She also explains why she's “West Virginia tough.”

Malcolm Wilson / Humans of Central Appalachia

As coal jobs continue to disappear in Appalachia, some families are holding tight to the idea that coal will come back. Surprisingly, it’s not the pay that they miss about the work but the bond that comes with working in the mines. They often call it a 'brotherhood.'

When you think of Appalachia, hip hop isn't often the first thing that comes to mind. But because of the hard work of several generations of Appalachians, there is a growing hip hop scene here in these hills, complete with music festivals, political action, and youth development programs.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, an all music edition as we listen to hip hop, hear from an artist who caters to musicians and the Mountain Stage song of the week. 

That’s coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

State Budget Being Considered in the W. Va. House

Jun 13, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra has the latest from the special session at the state capitol.  Democratic Governor Tomblin wants to make a deal with the Republican led House.  And we’ll meet a busy piano tuner in southern West Virginia. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Andrew Carroll/ Davis and Elkins College

This week on Inside Appalachia, we're taking a look at Appalachians of all stripes who are retooling tradition to create a brighter future. We'll hear from a family of guitar makers in Virginia, members of Davis and Elkins College's first graduating class of its Appalachian Ensemble, an enterprising young reporter who's working to amplify #WVMusic, one of the few piano tuners in West Virginia, and a group of folks from Letcher County, Kentucky who are bringing square dancing back into vogue. 


Inside Appalachia: It's All Gravy, Baby

Jun 3, 2016
Courtesy: Southern Foodways Alliance

Biscuits, gravy, pepperoni rolls, fried chicken, and... salt? This week on Inside Appalachia, we're investigating the history and stories of some of Appalachia's most famous foods with the help of Gravy, a podcast produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance

We'll hear about the revitalization of West Virginia's salt production industry, the complicated history of fried chicken, and the growing popularity of Appalachian food in major urban centers. 

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