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Mountain Stage Marks 25 Years Since Legendary R.E.M. Performance


This week marks the 25 year anniversary of the world renowned alt-rock band R.E.M.'s appearance on Mountain Stage. The 1991 performance was one of only a handful of live performances the band gave that year. 

Mountain Stage Executive Producer Adam Harris discusses the significance of the performance and its anniversary.

Despite a nationwide increase in home births over the last few years, the percentage of women choosing to give birth in their homes remains less than 1 percent throughout most of Appalachia.

Kara Lofton reports many of the women in the region choosing a home birth with a midwife do it because they want to control their birthing experience and eliminate what they perceive as unnecessary medical interventions. 

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.