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Novelist Carter Sickels on "The Prettiest Star"
In this episode WMMT's Rachel Garringer talks with novelist Carter Sickels about his second book "The Prettiest Star" - which will be published in May of 2020 by Hub City Press.
"The Prettiest Star" is set in 1986 and it tells the story of a young gay man living with HIV who leaves New York City and moves back in with his family in rural Appalachian Ohio. In the interview Sickels reads an excerpt of the novel and talks about the process of writing this book, his interest in the intersection of rural and queer stories, and the challenges of finding stories of the AIDS epidemic in rural communities. And, Sickels talks about getting to spend time on set in Harlan County, during the production of a film based on his first novel "The Evening Hour."
Author Matthew Algeo on Kennedy's 1968 Tour of eastern Kentucky
In this episode we talk with Matthew Algeo - a journalist based in Sarajevo - about his book "All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia" which was published in March 2020.
Algeo talks about why he wanted to tell this story, what he learned about Appalachia as a researcher from Philadelphia, and he talks about some of the folks in eastern Kentucky he got to interview about their memories of RFK’s visit in 1968.
Celebrating National Poetry Month - Part Two
April is National Poetry Month, and so, we're bringing you two episodes celebrating Appalachian poetry with women writing in the region. This is Part Two, and in it, we'll hear from Savannah Sipple, Ansel Elkins, and George Ella Lyon!
Celebrating National Poetry Month - Part One
April is National Poetry Month, and so, we're bringing you two episodes celebrating Appalachian poetry with women writing in the region. In Part One we'll hear from Pauletta Hansel, Rebecca Gayle Howell, and Rose McClarney!
Black in Appalachia: A Community History Project
In this episode WMMT's Rachel Garringer sits down with Black in Appalachia Director William Isom II, and audio producer Terence Harris, to learn more about the nearly-10-year-strong community history project documenting Black histories & communities in the region, and the upcoming podcast! Along the way, we’ll hear excerpts from some of the oral history interviews in the Black in Appalachia community archive.
A Philosophy of Care with Sister Bernie Kenny & Tauna Gulley
In this episode we hear from Sister Bernie Kenny & Nurse Tauna Gulley about the book they co-wrote. It’s called “Better for Being With You: A Philosophy of Care” and it describes the life events of sister Bernie Kenny - who has worked as a nurse in Ireland, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and CA before she settled in swVA forty years ago. She helped establish a mobile health unit & has been a tireless advocate for the advancement of healthcare delivery in rural Appalachia. Sister Bernie & Tauna joined Rachel Garringer in the studio to talk more about the book, their work, and the state of rural healthcare.
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