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This weekend you can hear the second of the two episodes that Mountain Stage recorded on the road in Grand Marais, Minnesota this fall. Iconic folk singer Tom Paxton closes the show, and Lori McKenna shows why she’s one of the most respected and in-demand singer-songwriters working today. Matraca Berg plays a few of the hits she’s written for others, along with the songs only she sings best. Andrew Walesch recalls classic jazz and lounge vocals.

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One in five West Virginians are seeing a reduction in food assistance, Downstream Strategies takes a critical look at the water-use data provided by natural gas drillers in the past couple years to the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Huntington Prep's basketball team enters their season with high expectations.

The Law Works - Sentencing in Criminal Cases

Nov 1, 2013

Why are some convicted criminal defendants sentenced more harshly than others? If two people commit the same offense, and are convicted of it, sometimes one goes home, and the other to prison. Why is that?  Judge Alan Moats and Judge Russell Clawges join Dan Ringer to discuss Sentencing in Criminal Cases on this episode of The Law Works.

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Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville's most in-demand singer-songwriters, even though she didn't begin making music of her own until she was in her mid-20's. Here she performs "If I Could By This Town," on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

   A new study argues that America doesn't have 200 years worth of coal left like many believe, Berkley Springs writer John Douglas talks about his book A Fog of Ghosts: Haunted Tales and Odd Pieces, and the conclusion of the Halloween-themed mini series The Soul of a Company Store.

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A look at the economic outlook for the Eastern Panhandle, juvenile detainees testify on the conditions of the centers where they're being held, and the second part of a series of ghostly stories on the Whipple Company Store.

The family of an EMT who died on the job honors him with a scholarship to promote his vocation, an online program called West Virginia Welcome helps statewide the hospitality and tourism industries, and Beth Vorhees speaks with horror writer Frank Larnerd discusses his book Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckled Yarns of Appalachia.

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Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's bill that proposes a delay in the individual mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act, Cecelia Mason on electric billing issues in the Easter Panhandle, Clark Davis previews Marshall Women's Basketball season and The Pines perform "Rise Up and Be Lonely" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

The Law Works - Buying a House

Oct 25, 2013

West Virginia Morning
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Ashton Marra reports how legislators are still learning how they can help improve early childhood education in the state, Ben Adducchio takes a look at regulations created to protect student athletes, and Concord student Brian Allen reports on a lumberjack festival from earlier this month at Twin Falls State Park in Wyoming County.

The Pines - "Rise Up and Be Lonely"

Oct 23, 2013
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The lush, dark, and atmospheric sounds Twin Cities band The Pines evoke the steely autumn breeze coming off the shore of Lake Superior, where this week's premiere episode of Mountain Stage was recorded.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Governor Tomblin's call for a bill that would insulate businesses and individuals from another federal shutdown, Glynis Board has more on the Israeli Consul General's visit to a Morgantown synagogue, Concord student Chad Brown bring us more on a college "prep rally", and more.

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A new Kentucky café caters to Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

Arts and Culture provide economic development in one Kentucky county.

A new book profiles one of West Virginia’s most picturesque river valleys.

And ink lovers turn out for the first WV tattoo expo.

West Virginia Morning - October 18, 2013

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On this WV Morning, a task force is trying to find solutions to the state’s drug problem. Also, construction is underway on a new baseball stadium at WVU, and more!

The Law Works - Americans with Disabilities Act

Oct 18, 2013
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The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communication and governmental activities.  Sounds nice, but what does it mean to you and your family. Beth Loy of the Job Accommodation Network and Carol Kisner McGraw, an Occupational Therapist join host Dan Ringer to talk about the ADA on this episode of The Law Works.

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This week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce features the banjo-clad indie pop of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Roots rock heroes The Bottle Rockets close out the show with some new songs and old favorites like "Thousand Dollar Car" and "Radar Gun." Kentucky native and cello master Ben Sollee fuses chamber pop, hip hop, classical, and jazz.

West Virginia Morning - October 17, 2013

Oct 17, 2013
Ashton Marra

On this WV Morning, the state continues to gain more interest in home-grown food; WVU students get a crack at testing cutting edge technology; and the  30th annual West Virginia International Film Festival opens in Charleston. Those stories and more.

Bottle Rockets - "Big Lotsa Love"

Oct 17, 2013
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Roots rock heroes The Bottle Rockets return to Mountain Stage with a love song - and a story - inspired by a new guitar, and frontman Brian Henneman's wife's favorite discount shopping location.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

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West Virginia Public Radio's part time classical music announcer, Frank Stowers, was among the 2013 class of inductees into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame on October 12.

The remaining eight inductees are: Jack Kane, Ralph Allen, Charles Baily, Shirly "Kitty" Bocock, the late Tom Hicks, Kay Murray, Emil Varney and George Woody. 

West Virginia Morning - October 16, 2013

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On this WV Morning, cutting edge technology at local parks is an idea most wouldn’t believe; Clark Davis reports on park WIFI in Huntington. Also, Concord University is partnering with a school from the land down under to learn more about Australian culture, and Jessica Lilly has a report on the first African American student and athlete at Concord University. And as Cecelia Mason reports, the WVU Medical School’s Eastern Division is trying to fill a void in doctor education through a new class called Med Chef.

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West Virginia Public Radio Presents is broadcast Thursdays at 9 p.m. and features a variety of insightful programs that explore life, politics, and culture in and around the Mountain State.

Produced by Larry Groce (host of Mountain Stage) these three one-hour programs  dramatize five of the short stories from G.D. McNeill’s book, "The Last Forest."

West Virginia Morning - October 15, 2013

Oct 15, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's ideas on how to get the government funded, and Glynis Board brings us a feature on the first annual WV tatto expo. Those stories and more!

West Virginia Morning - October 14, 2013

Oct 14, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ben Adducchio talks about the importance of science with David Pogue, a columnist for the New York Times who also works as the host of the PBS program Nova Science Now. Also, Grand Canyon woes and how the National Park Service is effected by the federal shutdown. Plus, take a ride on the railroad in a Traveling 219 special about a tourist train run by the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad.

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Compressed natural gas is a hard sell despite all the drilling.

West Virginia native John Nash continues to inspire.

Traditional music lovers will soon be able to own The 1928 Johnson City Sessions.

And we take a trip to the quiet zone in West Virginia, shhhh.

The Law Works - Social Media & Employment

Oct 11, 2013

Are you active on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, or other forms of social media? They can be fun. They can keep you in touch. They can be dangerous.  Attorney C. David Morrison joins host Dan Ringer to talk about Social Media and Employment on this episode of The Law Works.

This episode premiers October 17, 2013 at 8:30pm on WV PBS.

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This week's special broadcast from the Mountain Stage archives looks back to 1989, when we were joined by the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Here he plays what many consider to be his signature tune, "Uncle Pen."

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

On this West Virginia Morning, Sen. Joe Manchin calls for an investigation into the Food & Drug Administration, more federal charges are brought against officials in Mingo County, Fayette County Schools talk consolidation with the state Board of Education and more.

Imagine this -- you hold in your hand the keys to a new sports car. You open the door, ease into the seats, and breathe in.

This is how I feel about our website. It's shiny and fast, and definitely has that new car smell.

With help from NPR Digital, we've created this new platform with a new address: wvpublic.org. Why wvpublic? Well, it's easier to say than our old address, and it reflects our mission: we belong to you, the public. This is YOUR website.

Mountain Stage, founded in 1983, is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. The show recently recorded it's land-mark 800th episode. A capacity crowd at the Clay Center was in attendance to see performances by folk-singer Ani DiFranco, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Mason, California rockers Dawes and the high-energy, horn-driven Brooklyn group Red Baraat. WV Public Radio listeners can hear the entire show Sunday November 10 at 2pm. 

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