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Blue Ridge Free State covers politics, culture, history, and life in Appalachia with host Mason Adams, a journalist and native of the region.

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Blue Ridge Free State covers politics, culture, history, and life in Appalachia with host Mason Adams, a journalist and native of the region.

    A statement of purpose

    A statement of purpose

    At Patreon, I’ll be posting short, personal podcasts talking about the what, how and why of my independent mountain journalism. This short podcast serves as an introduction to my work. Recorded before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, I stopped during a trail run to talk about what I do, how I got into it, … Continue reading A statement of purpose →

    Evening in the holler (w/ spring peepers and pond frogs)

    Evening in the holler (w/ spring peepers and pond frogs)

    Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I last posted an episode. In fact, it’s been just over a year. This new episode features no human voices, but consists entirely of the night sounds outside my house in Floyd County, Virginia. That said, it’s pretty loud, as it’s filled with the sounds of spring peepers … Continue reading Evening in the holler (w/ spring peepers and pond frogs) →

    Snuffy Smith through the eyes of an Appalachian historian (w/ Bob Hutton)

    Snuffy Smith through the eyes of an Appalachian historian (w/ Bob Hutton)

      Like Mason, Bob Hutton grew up reading Snuffy Smith in the pages of his local newspaper. Unlike Mason, Dr. Bob is a history professor at the University of Tennessee who specializes in the American South and Appalachia, which gives him a great perspective on Snuffy’s place in pop culture and how it fits into the … Continue reading Snuffy Smith through the eyes of an Appalachian historian (w/ Bob Hutton) →

    11: A century of Barney Google and 85 years of Snuffy Smith (w/ John Rose)

    11: A century of Barney Google and 85 years of Snuffy Smith (w/ John Rose)

    This episode features an interview with John Rose, the cartoonist who creates “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith,” the syndicated comic strip that turned 100 this year. Rose talks about how he goes about writing and drawing a century-old legacy strip, from his daily routine to the changes he’s brought to the characters since taking over … Continue reading 11: A century of Barney Google and 85 years of Snuffy Smith (w/ John Rose) →

    10: #TruthIsNotHate (w/ Poe Mack)

    10: #TruthIsNotHate (w/ Poe Mack)

    Our guest today is Byron Mack, a rapper, promoter, and beat maker from Salem, Virginia, who performs as Poe Mack. We talk about what it takes to rise up from the grassroots in a scene that doesn’t want to take chances on hip-hop, and what it takes to keep going strong 20 years into the … Continue reading 10: #TruthIsNotHate (w/ Poe Mack) →

    9: Inside the fight to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline

    9: Inside the fight to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline

    On this episode, we talk about the 2018 battles we saw in court and on the ground to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303-mile interstate natural gas line connecting the Marcellus Shale formation in northern Appalachia with lines in the Southeast U.S. We hear a segment from West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Inside Appalachia involving … Continue reading 9: Inside the fight to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline →

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