187 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.

    Step Dancing At WVSU And Radioactive Brine, Inside Appalachia

    Step Dancing At WVSU And Radioactive Brine, Inside Appalachia

    Step shows are a tradition at many historically Black universities, including schools in Appalachia. We hear about one that’s part of West Virginia State University’s annual homecoming celebration. 

    Abandoned industrial sites have long been a magnet for people to explore and turn into not-at-all-legal hangout spots, but some come with hidden dangers. We learn about the danger at Fairmont Brine, a site in West Virginia that processed liquid used in hydraulic fracking.  

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

    • 53 min
    Encore: The Love Of Competition, Inside Appalachia

    Encore: The Love Of Competition, Inside Appalachia

    Appalachians love to compete. Whether it’s recreational league softball, a turkey calling contest or workplace chili cookoffs, Mountain folks are in it to win it.

    But there’s more to competing than just winning or losing.

    In this show, we’ll meet competitors who are also keepers of beloved Appalachian traditions.

    • 53 min
    The Fall Of AppHarvest, Inside Appalachia

    The Fall Of AppHarvest, Inside Appalachia

    When the farming start-up, AppHarvest, launched in Kentucky, it promised good jobs in coal country — but some workers called it a grueling hell on earth.

    We also explore an island of Japanese culture in West Virginia called Yama. 

    And fish fries have been a staple in Charleston, West Virginia’s Black community for years. We visit one and learn a little about what’s made them so popular.

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

    • 53 min
    The Gatlinburg Fire Of 2016, Inside Appalachia

    The Gatlinburg Fire Of 2016, Inside Appalachia

    In 2016, a wildfire escaped the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It killed 14 people, injured dozens more and destroyed parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We talk with an investigative journalist who has new information on the incident.

    Also, four decades ago rice seeds from Laos crossed the ocean to California and made their way to a family of Hmong farmers in North Carolina.

    And the Appalachian trail has been exhaustively hiked, explored and written about, but it’s still got a few secrets left.

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

    • 53 min
    Cougars Football and EJ Henderson Guitars, Inside Appalachia

    Cougars Football and EJ Henderson Guitars, Inside Appalachia

    Alleghany and Covington high schools were rivals for decades. But now, they’ve merged. This week, we head to a home football game and learn how it’s going. 

    Also, the daughter of a legendary guitar maker didn’t set out to take up her father’s craft — but she’s found it irresistible.

    And, we take a trip to the mushroom capital of the U.S.

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

    • 53 min
    Encore: The Rise of Black Lung, Inside Appalachia

    Encore: The Rise of Black Lung, Inside Appalachia

    Black lung disease is back. In fact, it never went away. Now, younger and younger miners are living with a particularly nasty form of black lung disease. 

    Regulators and the coal industry have known about the problem for decades — but they’ve been slow to respond. 

    One reporter asks, “What would happen if thousands of workers in any other industry got sick and died just because of where they worked?” 

    This week, we’re talking about the black lung epidemic, Inside Appalachia.

    • 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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