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Plugging the Brain Drain

  • On this West Virginia Morning, we share our final story in our series “Plugging the Brain Drain.” We talk with three young chefs about the opportunities they see in West Virginia and elsewhere. Also, in this show, we visit an art exhibit in Beckley called “Social Studies” that is displaying visual art that relates to local, national and even global social standards.
  • Over this summer, Abie Reed will graduate culinary school, do a stint as a bread and pastry chef at a diner, plan a wedding, get married, and as if all that isn’t enough, build a house with her fiance -- a tiny house.They’re planning to move into the tiny home at the end of the summer, and settle in while she takes a gap year to find mentors in the food industry.
  • Casey Johnson lives in Pittsburgh’s North Shore, a couple of blocks from one of the most colorful buildings in the nation, Randyland, a utopian-esque public art installation with walls, chairs, and trinkets in every possible shade and hue.When apartment shopping in the Steel City, Johnson, who is pansexual, gender non-binary and uses non-gendered pronouns, searched to find a neighborhood that was the “most accepting.” North Shore, they said, fits the bill.
  • On this West Virginia Morning, many younger West Virginians are interested in one key thing from their home state — acceptance — and some say they see it in short supply. Also, in this show, we have reports on a push for policing alternatives in Charleston and water infrastructure challenges.
  • A year from now, Ryan McFarland will don a cap and gown and walk across the stage at the University of Charleston, located along the Kanawha River across from the statehouse's shiny golden dome.The Pleasants County native will then be confronted by two decisions: law school or graduate school? Stay in West Virginia or leave?
  • On this West Virginia Morning, there are master crafters of all stripes from music to poetry to wood working. But have you ever heard of a master crafter of ‘pull candy?’ We meet one. Also, we chat with some young people who are contemplating whether to stay or leave West Virginia, and we have the latest on the governor’s executive order ending the statewide COVID-19 mask mandate for fully vaccinated West Virginians.
  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with NaBryia Palmer, a nursing student in Cabell County and Charleston native, how about she is deciding whether or not to leave the state.This article is the first in our series “Plugging the Brain Drain” with stories of how young West Virginians are making the decision to stay or leave.