South Carolina

Much of Appalachia’s economy has rested on the boom and bust cycles of industries like coal and manufacturing for decades. It’s true that these industries have long put bread on the Appalachian table, but as those industries have faded in recent decades, jobs have grown scarce. 

So are there industries that might one day provide more financial stability to the region? This week on Inside Appalachia, we learn more about some unexpected and unique ways Appalachians are thinking outside the box to earn money, like growing industrial hemp, installing solar panels and even growing tea.

In this episode, my friend Alice Moore and I visit a Confederate cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi.  Alice tells me about her love for the battle flag.

KaiL Baxley

If you’ve ever gone to kailbaxley.com (and you should, it’s the official website for South Carolina retro folk singer KaiL Baxley), you’ll see this quote from The Huffington Post: “He is a musical nomad that tells his tales in his music and his tales are some of the most fascinating you will hear.”