Sparked is a podcast of West Virginia University Magazine that is all about the people who are changing Appalachia’s future for the better. We know you’ve heard about our challenges. But there’s more to the story.
Episode 11 - How We Talk
On the cusp of high school, four girls in a rural middle school talk with researchers about why they talk the way they do and how hard they’ve tried to change themselves to be accepted by their peers.
Episode 10 - Five Milliseconds
On July 24, 2001, something arrived on Earth. It would take six years for it to be noticed. And even longer to prove it existed.
Episode 9 - Star Hunters
Some high school students went into the mountains to learn to look for stars and discovered who they could become.
Episode 8 - Through the Math Forest
There was this teacher who believed that the way math was taught could be different in her very rural county. That kids could better understand it and make it their own. That they could score much higher. That teachers could stay longer. She was right.
Episode 7 - Come Home, Daddy
Twenty-two years ago a crime took place in the middle of the night. It left a 5-year-old with scars and without her father. As she grew up, Katie Haught wanted the justice system to know the truth about her dad.
Episode 6 - Fourth-Grade Scientists
Two college students arrived at a school gym and showed young children how water works. By the end of it, the kids knew that water doesn't keep itself clean. And that science is this thing that West Virginians do all the time. And they can do it, too.
Fun and informative
Full disclosure: the host is an old friend of mine, and I don’t live in WV, but this is a great little way to learn more about what’s going on in the Mountain State.