Students Get Hands-On Experience with Science at Marshall University

On this West Virginia Morning, 800 elementary school students gathered at Marshall University on Thursday for the 11th annual Brain Expo. Kara Lofton reports the expo is designed as an opportunity to bring science out of the classroom and give third-sixth graders hands-on learning.

Also on today's show, the book “Hillbilly Elegy” by JD Vance was on the New York Times Bestseller list for 24 weeks. The book, which is set partly in Appalachia, sold more than a million copies and a Ron Howard film is now in the works, which means the story could reach an even wider, and perhaps different, audience. But the book also drew very strong criticism among people here in Appalachia.

This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia explores some of the varied reactions from people inside our region. Ohio Valley ReSource Reporter Sydney Boles went to speak with people in Jackson, Kentucky, asking for their reactions to “Hillbilly Elegy”.

And John Gorka has been a regular guest on Mountain Stage since his first visit in 1989. He has our Song of the Week with "Tattooed," from his latest album "True In Time," accompanied by the Mountain Stage Band.

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