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Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. Hosts Caitlin Tan and Mason Adams leads us on an audio tour of our rich history, our food, our music and our culture.

Inside Appalachia West Virginia Public Broadcasting

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 209 Ratings

Inside Appalachia tells the stories of our people, and how they live today. Hosts Caitlin Tan and Mason Adams leads us on an audio tour of our rich history, our food, our music and our culture.

    The Resurgence Of Coal And Coal Dust, And A Trip To The Dog Track

    The Resurgence Of Coal And Coal Dust, And A Trip To The Dog Track

    This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from a radiologist in eastern Kentucky who says he’s seeing a rise in cases of black lung among young coal miners. 

    We’ll also the first part of a new series from reporters Randy Yohe and Chris Shulz about the dog racing industry in West Virginia.

    Then, we’ll travel to Monaca, Pennsylvania where Shell plans to begin operations at its massive ethane cracker plant. 

    Finally, our host Mason Adams speaks with Barbara Ellen Smith -- the author of one of the definitive books on black lung, “Digging Our Own Graves: Coal Miners and the Struggle Over Black Lung Disease.”  

    That and more as we journey through Appalachia.

    • 53 min
    Taylor Swift’s Appalachian Millipede, Agriculture Innovations And A Mysterious Disappearance

    Taylor Swift’s Appalachian Millipede, Agriculture Innovations And A Mysterious Disappearance

    This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear about a farm in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that can grow a lot of agriculture on one acre of a former industrial site. 


    We’ll also hear about a podcast that remembers the back to the land movement in West Virginia during the 1970s and 1980s -- as well as a mysterious disappearance. 

    And, we’ll hear about a team of entomologists who documented dozens of new species of millipede across Appalachia. One of them used the opportunity to pay tribute to a surprising influence. 

    That and more as we journey through Appalachia.

    • 54 min
    From The Land Of The Luchador To East Tennessee: Chatting With Appalachians Across The United States

    From The Land Of The Luchador To East Tennessee: Chatting With Appalachians Across The United States

    On this week’s episode, we’re journeying far and wide through Appalachia and beyond.

    Author Mesha Maren takes us from the hills of West Virginia to the Texas/Mexico border -- the land of the Luchador. We’ll also hear about what West Virginians are doing to help Ukrainian refugees from the war with Russia. And, we’ll learn about what doctors are saying about medical cannabis in the Mountain State, where it is available to over 8,000 patients.

    We’ll round out our tour of Appalachia with a chat between our host Mason Adams and East Tennessee native Amythyst Kiah, whose 2021 record “Wary and Strange” was released last year.

    • 48 min
    Children's Authors Discuss Creativity, Appalachia, Diversity

    Children's Authors Discuss Creativity, Appalachia, Diversity

    On this week’s encore episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re dedicating the show to children's authors. Hear from Cynthia Rylant, author of “When I Was Young In The Mountains,” “Messy Larry” author David J. Perri and storytelling champion Bil Lepp reading from his children's book “The Princess And The Pickup Truck.”

    We’ll also hear Lyn Ford -- a professional storyteller and children's educator -- telling a story she wrote, called "The Old Woman and Death."

    We learn that while these stories are written for children, they carry messages for all of us, even grown-ups.

    • 51 min
    Lying Liars, Crankies And Aunt Elosie: Storytellers Revisited

    Lying Liars, Crankies And Aunt Elosie: Storytellers Revisited

    Today, we’re dedicating our entire show to the art of telling stories- out loud, in front of audiences. We’ll hear five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil Lepp, learn how music duo Anna and Elizabeth met and began performing their harmonies, using something known as a crankie. And we’ll travel to the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough Tennessee to hear a man reminisce about his dear Aunt Eloise.

    • 53 min
    Recovery, Reinvention And Why It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again

    Recovery, Reinvention And Why It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again

    This week, we’ll meet a man who has struggled with substance use disorder. Now, he’s a recovery coach.

    We’ll also meet a woman who started a farm and culinary training program to help people in recovery.

    And childhood friends who first started singing together 70 years ago show why it’s never too late to begin again …

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

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 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!

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.

Jenk1976 ,

Love it

This podcast makes me homesick for a place I’ve only ever visited. I’ve driven thru Kentucky. Vacationed in Cookeville, TN. Camped in West Virginia. I’ve always been fascinated by the people and history. I’m going to listen to this one again and again.

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