114 episodes

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 • 212 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.

    Appalachian Armadillos, The Paw Paw Harvest And A Ride On The Cass Scenic Railroad

    Appalachian Armadillos, The Paw Paw Harvest And A Ride On The Cass Scenic Railroad

    Welcome Inside Appalachia. We’re glad you’re here to join us on our weekly journey through some of the thirteen Appalachian states.

    This week, we’re learning about an unexpected immigrant to central Appalachia – the armadillo. 

    We’ll also take a ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad and follow reporter Randy Yohe as he explores some one-of-a-kind getaways in West Virginia.

    And, just in time for the pawpaw harvest, we revisit one of our 2020 stories about this wild food delicacy.

    That and more this week on Inside Appalachia.

    • 52 min
    Floyd’s Friday Jamboree, Flooding And Fracking Fluid Inside Appalachia

    Floyd’s Friday Jamboree, Flooding And Fracking Fluid Inside Appalachia

    This week, we begin our journey through Appalachia in Floyd, Virginia, at the Friday Night Jamboree. 

    We’ll also check in with volunteers from across the country who are coming together to help those in Eastern Kentucky dealing with flood damage. 

    And we’ll learn about the people who worked toward securing women the right to vote.

    All that and more this week Inside Appalachia. 

    • 53 min
    Wildflowers, Paddle Makers, Turkey Calls -- And More Inside Appalachia

    Wildflowers, Paddle Makers, Turkey Calls -- And More Inside Appalachia

    We’ll meet a man who makes wooden turkey calls, not ordinary turkey calls. Painter Brian Aliff doesn’t call himself an artist, but he intricately paints his turkey calls, which are now collectors’ items. We’ll also meet people who make wooden paddles by hand and custom-decorate each one, and a man who repairs cuckoo clocks.

    Finally, we’ll travel to some of the most beautiful spots in Appalachia to find wildflowers, like Dolly Sods and the Canaan Valley of West Virginia. And we wonder -- are these areas becoming too popular? Those stories and more this week Inside Appalachia.

    • 50 min
    What Is Appalachia?

    What Is Appalachia?

    This week, we’re revisiting our episode “What Is Appalachia?” from December 2021. Appalachia connects mountainous parts of the South, the Midwest, the Rust belt and even the Northeast. The Appalachian Regional Commission defined the boundaries for Appalachia in 1965 with the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission, a part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. It was legislation that sought to expand social welfare, and some localities were eager for the money, while others resisted the designation. The boundaries and definition of Appalachia can now only be changed by an act of Congress.

    • 53 min
    Historic Flooding, Award-Winning Barbeque And Writing About The Opioid Epidemic

    Historic Flooding, Award-Winning Barbeque And Writing About The Opioid Epidemic

    This week, we’re visiting the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, whose cultural archives were damaged by historic flooding.

    Then we’ll head over to Pounding Mill Virginia to learn the secrets behind Cuz’s Uptown Barbeque, an award-winning fusion restaurant.

    We’ll also hear from Beth Macy, author of “Dopesick,” which became the basis for a Hulu miniseries. Her latest book, “Raising Lazarus,” continues the conversation about the opioid epidemic. 

    All that and more this week as we journey Inside Appalachia.

    • 52 min
    Reading With Dolly Parton, Repairing Old Carpets And Learning To Embroider

    Reading With Dolly Parton, Repairing Old Carpets And Learning To Embroider

    Our first stop this week is in Charleston, W.Va. where we’re sitting down with the inimitable Dolly Parton. She recently visited W.Va. to celebrate her children’s book program, Imagination Library. We’ll also talk to the owner of a Charleston abattre who developed a butchering apprenticeship program.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 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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