W.Va. Coal Miner, Ky Distiller, Former NASA Astronaut, Mill Operator, Chef and more
In this episode, we hear from Larry Mustain, who grinds heirloom corn at his family’s mill in West Virginia.
And we'll learn more about traveling along the Bourbon Whiskey Trail in Kentucky?
We'll also talk with, Jordan Bridges, a coal miner in southern West Virginia who is worried as more and more mines are laying off workers.
Stone-Grinding West Virginia Cornmeal Since 1791: Roxy Todd of West Virginia Public Radio found one of the few gristmills that has been in continual operation in this country, and it grinds a local heirloom corn that has been passed down for generations.
Following the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Alan Lytle of WUKY of Lexington takes us along to some of the distilleries along the trail.
Checking in with Appalachian Native and Former Astronaut Homer Hickam: Every October, author and West Virginia native, Homer Hickam, makes a trip home for the annual Rocket Boys festival in Beckley. Hickam also makes a point to stop in on his hometown of Coalwood in McDowell County during his visit. Liz McCormick with West Virginia Public Radio got the chance to sit down with Hickam and hear about his hometown, current work, and of course Appalachia.
Yellow-rumped warbler: If someone calls you a butter-butt, that may sound like an insult...But it turns out that the butter-butt, the colloquial name for the yellow-rumped warbler, is one smart cookie. The Allegheny Front’s Aidan Place, the show’s resident teenage birder, lets us in on the strategic eating habits of this warbler.
The Climber: For years, Michael Barrick lived in a cabin near Blowing Rock, North Carolilna, which is in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Listen to hear a story about accepting a challenge, and finding the inspiration to climb a mountain thanks to a four-year-old girl.
Looking to try Pawpaws (the fruit)? We checked in with Author Andy Moore, who’s writing a books about pawpaws. He shares how to grow the fruit in your own yard. Moore also says the following nurseries carry pawpaw trees:
Third Generation Coal Miner:
After Coal:Students, local officials and candidates for office, community organizers, and residents from across Appalachia packed into the Appalshop theater in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky to participate in a public forum. WMMT’s Sylvia Ryerson reports on the possibilities for economic transition in the coalfields, but looking far beyond our own mountains for inspiration and ideas.
West Virginia Students Work with NASA:As the coal industry declines, some educators are exploring how to encourage their students to pursue STEM fields, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students at that very small school are wrapping up a very big science project…with help from NASA. They’re building a full scale model of a satellite. It’s something you might not expect to see at the second-smallest school in the state, but as Liz McCormick of West Virginia Public Radio reports, one teacher had the ambition and enthusiasm to make it happen.
What’s in a Name? Pawpaw, WV Did somebody’s grandfather inspire them to name a West Virginia town Pawpaw? Listen to the show to find out.