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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 • 187 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.

    Roanoke's Lost Queer Scene, Rescuing Baby Animals And Sheep Shearing In Appalachia

    Roanoke's Lost Queer Scene, Rescuing Baby Animals And Sheep Shearing In Appalachia

    The pandemic continues to inspire more people to go outside. One result? They’ve found more baby animals. This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear how everyday folks have helped rescue a record number of baby owls.

    And we’ll meet a woman who moved from L.A. to rural West Virginia. “It’s very wild here. It’s like the Wild West except we’re east of the Mississippi,” said Margaret Bruning, who’s now learning to raise and shear sheep.

    June is Pride month. We’ll listen back to a fabulous story from 2019 as With Good Reason producer Cass Adair takes us on an audio tour through the history of Roanoke’s Queer scene with those who lived it.

    • 52 min
    Legendary Aviators Of Appalachia, And The Infamous Pot Plane Crash Of 1979

    Legendary Aviators Of Appalachia, And The Infamous Pot Plane Crash Of 1979

    Over Memorial Day weekend, airports across the country reported the highest numbers of people flying in more than a year. As more of us are dreaming once again of flight, we thought this would be a good time to listen back to an episode of Inside Appalachia that originally aired last summer. We’ll hear stories about flight: legendary aviators, fighter pilots, and a plane ride that didn’t quite go as planned.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Country Roads, Indie Pro-Wrestling, And A Story From Wales That Traversed An Ocean

    Country Roads, Indie Pro-Wrestling, And A Story From Wales That Traversed An Ocean

    Our Inside Appalachia team recently won several awards for our reporting. This week, we’re listening back to some of these stories, including one about the John Denver classic, “Take Me Home Country Roads,” which was first recorded 50 years ago in 1971.

    “There was this overall mood of homesickness, not just for West Virginia but for our country. The song was born into that,” said Sarah Morris, an English professor at West Virginia University who is writing a book about “Country Roads.”

    And we’ll learn how indie pro-wrestling in Southern West Virginia was able to keep going through the pandemic — with drive-in shows. We’ll also hear about two Welsh storytellers and their fascination with Appalachia. We’ll listen back to those stories, and more, in our special awards episode of Inside Appalachia.

    • 52 min
    Children’s Authors Discuss The Lessons Their Books Can Teach Adults

    Children’s Authors Discuss The Lessons Their Books Can Teach Adults

    This week we're revisiting an episode of Inside Appalachia that features children's authors in and from our region. We'll hear Cynthia Rylant, who wrote "When I Was Young In The Mountains," David Perri, author of "Messy Larry," and Bil Lepp reading from his recent children's book "The Princess And The Pickup Truck," and Lyn Ford, a professional storyteller and children's educator, telling a story she wrote called "The Old Woman and Death." And while these stories were written for children, like many children's stories, these stories have messages for all of us, including grown-ups.

    • 56 min
    A Tomato Mystery, Radioactive Waste, And Reunited Families

    A Tomato Mystery, Radioactive Waste, And Reunited Families

    Many oil and gas workers come into contact with a fracking byproduct called brine. The gas industry says it’s safe. But is it really? This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll talk with reporter Justin Nobel, who says some workers are being exposed to dangerous levels of radioactivity, which could be making them, and their families, sick. And, as we head into garden season, we’ll check in with an update on a mystery about mortgage-lifter tomatoes.

    • 53 min
    Anna Sale Discusses New Book 'Let's Talk About Hard Things,' And We Talk About Gun Violence, Mother's Day, And More

    Anna Sale Discusses New Book 'Let's Talk About Hard Things,' And We Talk About Gun Violence, Mother's Day, And More

    West Virginia native Anna Sale is host of the popular podcast “Death, Sex & Money.” It's a podcast that talks about, as she says, “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” Sale’s new book, “Let’s Talk About Hard Things,” is about having frank conversations about topics that can make us uncomfortable, including relationships and death.

    “If you are ill, what are the kinds of last conversations you want to have with the people you love? And not try to act like it’s not happening,” Sale told Inside Appalachia co-host Caitlin Tan.

    We’ll be talking about some hard things ourselves in this episode. We’ll hear two difficult conversations—one with a person locked in prison, and another with teenagers who lost a friend to gun violence. 

    We’ll also hear stories that are about lighter topics, like the history behind Mother’s Day, and we’ll go on a nature hike with biologists who are restoring wetlands for frogs and salamanders.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

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.

TBlankenboat ,

My Home; My Heart

Growing up in West Virginia, I took my home for granted. I couldn’t wait to move away— and I did as soon as I could. Fate and circumstance brought me back to my mountain mama, and since, I’ve loved, lived, and thrived in the heart of Appalachia. I’m warmed by the stories Inside Appalachia shares. Always wild, always wonderful, and always free— thanks Inside Appalachia for sharing a piece of my heart with the world.

Nora Boston ,

Good info well delivered

This is a terrific addition to my pretty full podcast diet. Good variety of stories. Well done. Oh, and I love the intro music and the host’a voice!

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