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Weekly conversations about what matters to the people of Central Appalachia. Broadcast from WMMT— the 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues. WMMT provides broadcast space for creative expression, community involvement, and discussion of public policy to benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Find us online at http://wmmt.org!

Mountain Talk WMMT/Appalshop

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Weekly conversations about what matters to the people of Central Appalachia. Broadcast from WMMT— the 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues. WMMT provides broadcast space for creative expression, community involvement, and discussion of public policy to benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Find us online at http://wmmt.org!

    Four Words A Girl Loves to Hear: Tudor's Biscuits and Unions

    Four Words A Girl Loves to Hear: Tudor's Biscuits and Unions

    "There's four words a girl loves to hear," said Cynthia Nicholson at a December rally outside the Tudor's Biscuit World location where she works. "Tudor's biscuits and unions."

    In West Virginia, Tudor’s Biscuit World is widely beloved, part of the fabric of the state’s heritage. Many will say a strong labor movement is in their heritage, too. When the workers at one store in Elkview, a small town outside of Charleston, decided to start a union, it made waves throughout the state. Katie Myers visits workers at the store to hear them, in their own words, tell their story.

    Music in this episode is "Everybody's Favorite," by John Herrod, from June Appal Recordings.

    This story is part of the “America Amplified” initiative. America Amplified is a national public media collaboration focused on community engagement reporting.

    • 28 min
    Two Strikes Rock Huntington

    Two Strikes Rock Huntington

    "One da longer, one day stronger."

    In the Ohio Valley, the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing labor shortage have encouraged workers to join what many say is a national and growing wave of labor actions.

    In Huntington, WV, steelworkers at Warren Buffett-owned Special Metals, and hospital workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital went on strike this fall, citing the need for better benefits and safety protections. Reporter Katie Myers traveled to Huntington to hear why they took action, and what's at stake for them. Listen to hear the workers in their own words.

    Music is the Coal Creek March, and is sourced from the Blair Pathways Project.

    This story is part of the “America Amplified” initiative. America Amplified is a national public media collaboration focused on community engagement reporting.

    • 29 min
    Recording Black History in Eastern Kentucky (with Dr. William Turner)

    Recording Black History in Eastern Kentucky (with Dr. William Turner)

    In the early 20th century, Harlan County, Kentucky was a thriving center of Black life.

    The good and the bad often came together. In this episode, we listen to the dedication of a new roadside memorial to Leonard Woods, a Black man from Jenkins, Kentucky who was lynched in Pound, Virginia in 1927. Reverend Steve Peake of Fleming-Neon, Kentucky dedicates the memorial with a prayer.

    Then, we hear from Dr. William Turner. Dr. Turner, writer of acclaimed sociological book "Blacks in Appalachia", grew up in the multicultural coal camp town of Lynch as the son of a Black coal miner. Now, in his latest work, "Harlan Renaissance", Turner writes a history of his hometown, and reconstructs the sometimes difficult but always vibrant lives of Black coal camp residents in Appalachia. This talk by Turner was given at the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky.

    Music from this episode comes from Appalshop film "East Kentucky Social Club", about an annual reunion of the Black Harlan County diaspora that continues to occur annually.

    • 30 min
    Economic Transition in the Navajo Nation

    Economic Transition in the Navajo Nation

    WMMT celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day by speaking with Carol Davis, coordinator of Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, or DINE CARE. DINE CARE is a nonprofit organization located in the Navajo Nation, and works with Navajo communities impacted by environmental issues, particularly coal, oil, gas, and timbering. With Carol, we discuss the retiring of coal mines and plants, the advent of renewable energy on tribal land, and the natural resource challenges still faced by the tribe.

    • 30 min
    100 Years in Struggle: Blair Mountain, the UMWA, and Labor in Today's Appalachia

    100 Years in Struggle: Blair Mountain, the UMWA, and Labor in Today's Appalachia

    One hundred years ago, years of conflict between unionizing West Virginia coal miners and coal company bosses culminated in the Battle of Blair Mountain, where thousands of coal miners confronted coal company militias and, eventually, the US Army.

    During the #Blair100 celebration, we spoke with marchers and members of both United Mine Workers of America and American Federation of Teachers about their inheritance of the Blair Mountain struggle, and the state of labor in today’s Appalachia. Music is sourced from the Blair Pathways Project, and includes samples of "The Company Store", performed by Riley Baugus and Tim Erekson; "Hang Don Chafin", performed by Jamie Laval; and "Welcome, Mother Jones" performed by the Stray Birds.

    • 29 min
    And Roses, Too: EKY Mixes Art and Mutual Aid in COVID Times

    And Roses, Too: EKY Mixes Art and Mutual Aid in COVID Times

    This month's Mountain Talk takes listeners to the Grayson Art Gallery in Grayson, Kentucky, where Appalachian artists collaborated to raise money for the Eastern Kentucky Mutual Aid Network to continue helping people in times of need. This episode is a meditation on what it means to be both an artist and a community member, how ordinary people help each other out, and the ways we find joy in our lives even in hard times. Along the way, you'll hear from comedians, jewelry makers, poets, musicians, and more, as well as excerpts of performances from the day.

    • 30 min

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