200 episodes

Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. The show is an audio tour of our rich history, food, music and culture.

Inside Appalachia West Virginia Public Broadcasting

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 233 Ratings

Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. The show is an audio tour of our rich history, food, music and culture.

    The Appalachian Forager And Crosswinds, Inside Appalachia

    The Appalachian Forager And Crosswinds, Inside Appalachia

    This week, the woman behind the popular tik tok account “Appalachian Forager” makes jam from wild pawpaws … and jewelry from coyote teeth.We also talk with the hosts of a new podcast that looks at coal dust exposure beyond the mines, affecting people far downstream from Appalachia. And, in some places, slavery continued in different forms well after the end of the Civil War. A new marker in Western North Carolina acknowledges that history and commemorates a disaster that killed 19 Black prisoners. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia. 

    • 53 min
    The Grand March And A Year After A Denied Abortion, Inside Appalachia

    The Grand March And A Year After A Denied Abortion, Inside Appalachia

    For nearly a century, the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has staged a formal dance. We visit the festival and learn about a manual that’s been passed down for generations.Also, abortion is illegal in most cases in Tennessee. A photographer spent a year following one mother who was denied an abortion. And we talk to Marshall University professor and poet Sarah Henning about her latest book, Burn. You'll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia. 

    • 53 min
    Encore: The Climbing Climate And Paddle Making, Inside Appalachia

    Encore: The Climbing Climate And Paddle Making, Inside Appalachia

    This week, rock climbers with disabilities have found a home in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, which offers some pumpy crags.

    Climbers have also been working to make West Virginia's New River Gorge more inclusive.

    And a master craftsman, who makes one of a kind whitewater paddles remembers some advice.

    You’ll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

    • 53 min
    Filipino Hospitality In Asheville And Famed Thru-Hiker Shares Journey, Inside Appalachia

    Filipino Hospitality In Asheville And Famed Thru-Hiker Shares Journey, Inside Appalachia

    This week, a chef has created a hidden culinary hot spot in Asheville, North Carolina that’s attracting national attention for its eclectic menu and Filipino hospitality. 

    Also, every thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) begins with a first step. Famed hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis shares hers.

    And the holy month of Ramadan ends with a feast. But war and famine in Gaza muted some of this year’s celebrations.

    We'll have these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

    • 53 min
    Award Winning Stories From 2023, Inside Appalachia

    Award Winning Stories From 2023, Inside Appalachia

    In March, broadcast journalists from Virginia and West Virginia were recognized when the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters met to present awards for notable stories produced in 2023.

    This week, we listen back to some of our award-winning stories.

    • 52 min
    A Tale Of Treenware And A NASCAR Legend, Inside Appalachia

    A Tale Of Treenware And A NASCAR Legend, Inside Appalachia

    This week, a pair of former miners found love shoveling coal and shaped a life making wooden spoons. We learn about treenware.

    Also, NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood shares stories, and a bit of advice.

    And, group bike rides are a way to socialize and get outside. But here in Appalachia, newcomers are met with steep hills.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
233 Ratings

233 Ratings

tatertothotdish3 ,

Beautifully done and extremely educational

I have been looking for a podcast that is both informative and entertaining, and I have finally found the one. From Dollywood to how the music of Appalachia evolved to deep cultural and political issues, this podcast hits every nail on the head. Inside Appalachia has the high quality production unique to public broadcasting and is so comprehensive and detailed in its work. Everything from the music to the interviews to the topics is well thought out, and I have learned so much. I can’t recommend this podcast enough!

lgreene337 ,

Hit or miss podcast

I love most of the stories, but some times they are a little “woke”.

Katobow ,

Why Northern Accents?

I appreciate this podcast and stories are good but I’m beginning to wonder if they are all made up. Where’s my accent? My/our southern accent?
Most everyone on here sounds like they are from the north, Midwest, or California.
Us Appalachian folks speak differently than most folks on this podcast and it’s quite disheartening. A true Appalachian podcast would have folks who speak like we do with an accent as us, not one from somewhere else; think Dolly Parton.
As north as southern Ohio and as west as Indiana, the southern accent still lives and it’s not at all being portrayed. It’s like story telling to people who are interested, never lived here, and thus the crew must conjure up the stories with accents understood…everywhere but here. Not cool at all. Our southern speak is being so left out and is completely disheartening.

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