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On this West Virginia Morning, it's election season, and in West Virginia that used to mean everyone and their dead brother was casting a vote. Have times changed? We talk with a historian about voter fraud. Also, we hear a report on high numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Panhandle, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore the unique connection between Wales and Appalachia. We also bring you a report on food insecurity in the Ohio Valley, and we listen to this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

On this West Virginia Morning, we visit the Wetzel County 4-H and FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg show. We also hear a report about how the coronavirus pandemic is boosting interest in locally sourced food, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

On this West Virginia Morning, 19-year-old banjo player Trevor Hammons never met his musical ancestors, but he’s determined to make sure their legacy lives on. We also hear a report about the upcoming primary election in West Virginia, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

On this West Virginia Morning, the front porch is a traditional gathering place for Appalachian families, and in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, one reporter shares how those practices have become even more important. We also hear a report about the increased risk for coal miners due to COVID-19, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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In California, the land of endless sun, freeways and possibilities, there’s plenty of room in the musical test kitchen to birth a band that’s a little mariachi, a little bit hip hop, funk, folk country and rock and roll.

R.E.M. made their historic visit to Mountain Stage 29 years ago this week. The appearance was just one of three shows scheduled to promote their upcoming release "Out of Time."  The other appearances included in the media tour were "Saturday Night Live" and MTV's "Unplugged."

The anniversary is all the reason we need to revisit their performance of "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. on April 28th, 1991.

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore how to stay connected to one’s faith while houses of worship are closed. We also bring you a few moments of Zen, courtesy of the West Virginia Botanic Garden, and we listen to this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

On this West Virginia Morning, we visit Charleston’s historic Triangle District, a community forever changed by urban development. We also bring you an update from the Ohio Valley region on unemployment claims filed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Letha Mullins is a nurse who lives in Logan County, West Virginia. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 24 and spent more than two weeks in self-isolation. In this audio postcard she talks about how the virus took a toll on her body and her spirit.

John Prine, a wry and perceptive writer whose songs often resembled vivid short stories, died Tuesday in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19. His death was confirmed by his publicist, on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

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On this West Virginia Morning, modeling can help show health officials when the coronavirus is expected to peak in West Virginia. And you had questions about COVID-19; we have answers.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who voted! We'll announce the top vote-getters next week on our Facebook page and we hope you will listen for them on these NPR Music stations in the coming weeks.

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Songwriter Joe Pug has made six appearances on Mountain Stage since 2008. His ability to paint a scene is among his greatest gifts, as you can hear in our song of the week, "After Curfew."

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On this West Virginia Morning, food pantries across the state cope as the coronavirus turns life upside down – we’ll explore regional food security in the Mountain State. We also bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we are taking a much-needed break from the news. We’ll explore ways we can continue to stay connected with each other, even when we’re self-isolating for health reasons.

Due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19, our live Mountain Stage shows scheduled for March will be canceled. We will work to reschedule the artists as soon as we can.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Dolly Parton crafted her mountain dream theme park around the idea that visitors could see and taste a little bit of what her childhood was like in rural Appalachia.

But does Dollywood give travelers an authentic mountain experience?

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from people in our region who maintain a dedication to the art of canning fruits and veggies. It’s a practice that used to be critical not long ago to be able to survive long winter months in Appalachia. Their efforts are ongoing to revive the practice and make it easier for people who grow their own food to can their veggies safely and cheaply.


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Our Song of the Week is a fan-favorite from Colorado's The Devil Makes Three.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll explore some old fiddling traditions unique to very specific geographic locations.

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This week's broadcast of "Mountain Stage" revisits a show from last April with special guest host Kathy Mattea that includes an awe-inspiring set from New England quartet Darlingside.

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Our Song of the Week is from pop-songsmith Matt Nathanson, who expertly combines the heartfelt and the humorous, in his song "Bill Murray."

Courtesy of the Artist

Mountain Stage is adding guest artists to their array of live shows already on the calendar.

There are currently six shows on sale for audiences to be a part of our live Mountain Stage events. Browse the entire schedule for details on each show, and let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

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On this West Virginia Morning we’ll visit a special restaurant in Helvetia.


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Award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range made their first appearance on Mountain Stage last March with songs from their newly released album Aeonic.

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This week singer-songwriter Mark Cline Bates makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage with songs from 2019 release, King Of The Crows. In our Song of the Week, "Ginger," Bates weaves a heart-wrenching tale about aging, reflection, regret and loss.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we explore the concept of the West Virginia mountaineer. We’ll learn why the term isn’t just a sports mascot. We also bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Get a first glimpse at the new video for “Coal Country.”

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We revisit our Anniversary show from 2018 this week with Amy Ray Band, Crash Test Dummies and more.

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