Laura Harbert AllenFolkways Reporter
Laura Harbert Allen (she/her) is an experienced audio storyteller who has contributed to and produced work for podcasts such as Making Contact, Us & Them, Freakonomics Radio and Inside Appalachia. She also has public media leadership experience as a program director and general manager at WEKU-FM near Lexington, KY. She hopes to finish her Ph.D. in media studies at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University this year. Her dissertation topic is the 2018 Teacher Strike in West Virginia, with an emphasis on the role of mainstream and social media in the strike. Laura also teaches podcasting and audio storytelling at OU, and loves teaching and learning from the next generation of audio storytellers.
Starting in the late nineteenth century, trains were everywhere in southern Appalachia. And so were songs about them.
People look forward all year long to the spring ramp collecting season. These days, chefs all over the country use ramps — and experts worry the plants could get over-harvested. For many years, ramps were a hidden gem. What do local communities think? Folkways reporter Laura Harbert Allen brings us this story on this popular — and pungent — food.
A McDowell County food pantry is teaming up with a non-profit called Dig Deep in order to bring residents clean drinking water.