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A bi-weekly news magazine 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 www.wmmt.org! We're also on facebook, instagram, and twitter as wmmtfm, and you can reach us by email at wmmtnews {at} appalshop.org!

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    • Society & Culture

A bi-weekly news magazine 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 www.wmmt.org! We're also on facebook, instagram, and twitter as wmmtfm, and you can reach us by email at wmmtnews {at} appalshop.org!

    Regional History & Health Research

    Regional History & Health Research

    In this episode we bring you stories on regional history, and innovative new approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of east Kentuckians.

    First, from Ohio Valley Resource Reporter, Brittany Patterson, we look back on Two Decades Of Resistance to Mountain Top Removal with the Coal River Mountain Watch. Then, WMMT's Sydney Boles brings us an interview with Bella Black about a project that gave young people in Letcher County, KY cameras to document potential causes of lung disease. And finally, Parker Hobson brings us the second in his series on diabetes and prediabetes in eastern Kentucky.

    Music on this episode features Jean Ritchie with a tune called Stream of Time from her album Sweet Rivers. Sweet Rivers was released by Appalshop’s own JuneAppal Recordings in 1981.

    • 30 min
    Environmental, Community, & Individual Health

    Environmental, Community, & Individual Health

    In this episode we’re talking about coal company bankruptcies, creative uses for abandoned mine lands funds, and diabetes prevention.

    First, we hear WMMT’s Sydney Boles interviewing Cornell University professor Josh Macey about the ways coal companies use bankruptcy to avoid cleaning up the land and paying employees.

    Then, from Ohio Valley Resource Reporter Becca Schimmel we learn about how Murray Energy’s bankruptcy could bring a collapse of coal miners’ pensions. And, from OVR Reporter Brittany Patterson we learn about Harlan County, Kentucky’s Portal 31 Coal Mine Tour.

    And last, for National Diabetes Month Parker Hobson brings us a story about pre-diabetes, and diabetes prevention.

    • 30 min
    Federal Politics, Respiratory Health, and Appalachian Hip Hop

    Federal Politics, Respiratory Health, and Appalachian Hip Hop

    In this episode we bring you stories about WV Senator Joe Manchin's pledge to defend coal miners' pensions, Bev May & Nell Fields' research into respiratory health in eastern Kentucky coalfields, and an interview with Geonovah - a 23 year old hip-hop artist from Big Stone Gap, VA.

    • 30 min
    Bookmobiles, Archives, & More

    Bookmobiles, Archives, & More

    In this show we learn about the history of Letcher County’s Bookmobile. And, we’ll celebrate American Archives Month by listening back to an oral history interview from the Appalshop archives. Last, but not least from the Ohio Valley Resource & the Center for Public Integrity we’ll hear about the intersection of pollution, climate change, and floods in Central Appalachia.

    • 30 min
    Celebrations, Memorials, & Cooperatives

    Celebrations, Memorials, & Cooperatives

    In this episode we’ll hear stories of eastern Kentucky’s second ever pride festival, hemp growers in the region forming cooperatives, a memorial dedicated to miners who’ve died of black lung in Letcher County, and some results of a survey by a group called “What’s Next EKY."

    • 30 min
    Musical, Cultural, & Economic Histories

    Musical, Cultural, & Economic Histories

    This episode is chock full of local & regional history! We’ll hear about a celebration of Carr Creek Kentucky history through a dinner performance based off a poem by Margaret Humes Collins. Then, we’ll hear historian Ron Eller’s thoughts about what works and what doesn't in terms of development in the region. And finally, we’ll learn about a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Johnson City Sessions recordings by Columbia Records taking place October 2019.

    • 27 min

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