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A look at the history of the Appalachian region, one story at a time.

Stories-A History of Appalachia Steve Gilly, Rod Mullins

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A look at the history of the Appalachian region, one story at a time.

    Cinder Bottom

    Cinder Bottom

    Today we take another trip to Keystone, West Virginia.  Last time we were here, we told of a bank failure so huge it was a forerunner of the financial crash of 2008 and the Great Recession.  On this podcast we turn to the seedy part of town, a place called Cinder Bottom, where the liquor ran freely and the women were a plenty (for a price).  
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    • 12 min
    Shanksville

    Shanksville

    19 years ago today Al Qaeda terrorists seized four commercial jets with the intent to use them as suicide bombs against American targets.  Three of these succeeded, resulting in the collapse of both towers of the World Trade Center in New York and massive damage to the Pentagon.  The fourth attempt was foiled by the plane's passenger over the skies of Appalachia.  Today we tell the story as seen from the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the plane crashed.
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    William Fayssoux

    William Fayssoux

    William Irvine Fayssoux was a psychic and illusionist in the south early in the 20th century.  He traveled throughout Appalachia, performing feats that would seem incredible even today. There's little doubt that had he been born 100 years later he'd have his own TV show.  Today we tell his story.
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    • 9 min
    D. C. Stephenson

    D. C. Stephenson

    In 1962 a World War I vet came to the VA hospital at Mountain Home, Tennessee for medical care.  This man decided to stay in the area, getting a job at the weekly newspaper in nearby Jonesborough.  There he worked as a linotype operator and part-time reporter.  He also developed a relationship with his widowed landlord, eventually marrying her. When he died he was buried at the Mountain Home National Cemetery.
    It was only after his death that the dark secrets he held were discovered. 
    Today we tell the story of D. C. Stephenson.
    Today we tell the story of D. C. Stephenson.
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    The Cane Ridge Revival

    The Cane Ridge Revival

    Today we tell the story of the camp meeting to end all camp meetings, the one that helped to spark the Second Great Awakening.
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    Lillie Ladd

    Lillie Ladd

    In 1927 the wife of the Roane County, Tennessee, sheriff managed to persuade two escaped prisoners to return to the jail in Kingston without using a weapon of any kind.  That's a story in and of itself, but it's only part of Lillie Ladd's story, which includes not one but two twists at the end! 
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