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Preserving The Homemade Music Of W.Va.'s Hollows

Old-time music is a large part of West Virginia’s heritage – it is the folk music of the state. And although it has now gained the popularity of people from all over the world, hundreds of years ago it was isolated within Appalachian communities. However, as it gains traction, some people think the uniqueness is lost. In a special report exploring folkways traditions, as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project , Caitlin Tan explores the master-apprentice relationship in the old-time music community.

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Finding Meaning And Authenticity In Hot Rods, Dollywood and Everywhere Inside Appalachia

One could spend a lifetime learning about Appalachia, and just scratch the surface. On this week’s episode, we take a deeper look at traditional cultural practices found throughout these mountains. We’ll hear stories spanning from fiddle music, to Appalachian style food. We’ll also hear how moonshine getaway cars turned into an Appalachian subculture of families who rebuild and race hot rods.

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The Japanese soldiers came out of their concrete “pill box” with bayonets fixed, determined to get the Marine who had been killing them all afternoon with a flamethrower.

Their target was Hershel Williams. He was 5-foot-6, the youngest of the 11 children of a dairy farmer from Quiet Dell, W.Va. He had a nice smile, and a girl back home named Ruby whom he planned to marry when the war was over.

This Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, shows incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va.
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The net assets of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of its bishop amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, an audit shows.

Pipe ready for construction.
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A battle over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, Feb. 24. Oral arguments are scheduled in the case U.S. Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association for Monday, Feb. 24.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginia could be one of more than 30 states to “ban the box” and prohibit certain employers from asking applicants about their criminal history, after lawmakers considered House Bill 4905 Friday evening. 

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A bill granting compensation benefits to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) passed the West Virginia House of Delegates unanimously Friday.

W. Clayton Burch, Interim Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce.
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The West Virginia State Board of Education has selected someone to take over as state superintendent of schools. 

We recap this week’s legislative action with statehouse reporters, and we take a special look at bills seeking to bar discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Members of the West Virginia Senate have voted to provide free feminine hygiene products to inmates of the state’s prisons and jails. 

Senate Bill 484 would have the superintendent of a state correctional facility to provide inmates their choice of tampons or sanitary napkins within eight hours of a request.

Caitlin Tan/ WVPB

One could spend a lifetime learning about Appalachia, and just scratch the surface. 

On this week’s episode, we take a deeper look at traditional cultural practices found throughout these mountains.

We’ll hear stories spanning from fiddle music, to Appalachian style food. We’ll also hear how moonshine getaway cars turned into an Appalachian subculture of families who rebuild and race hot rods.


Caitlin Tan / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Old-time music is a large part of West Virginia’s heritage – it is the folk music of the state. And although it has now gained the popularity of people from all over the world, hundreds of years ago it was isolated within Appalachian communities. However, as it gains traction, some people think the uniqueness is lost. 

In a special report exploring folkways traditions, as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project, Caitlin Tan explores the master-apprentice relationship in the old-time music community.


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