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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 Jenk
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 communit
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 Ar
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 epi
In this episode WMMT's Katie Myers travels to Big Stone Gap, Virginia for the small Appalachian town's first-ever Juneteenth celebration, taking place on June 19. Juneteenth is a historically Black holiday dating back to 1865, the year Black
In this episode WMMT's Katie Myers speaks with residents of the North Fork Mobile Home Park in Morehead, Kentucky. These residents formed a campaign called Justice 4 North Fork after a Lexington developer purchased their land for use as a st
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 y
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 th
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!
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!
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 & commun
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 nur
Blue Ridge tacos, kimchi with soup beans and cornbread, family stories hiding in cookbook margins, African American mountain gardens—these are a few of the stories readers find in a new anthology from Ohio University Press. “The Food We Eat, T
In this episode we learn from Micah & Jakeli Swimmer. Micah & Jakeli are brothers, educators and enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. They grew up hearing their grandmother, Amanda Swimmer, speak the language. And as the last remai
Dorothy Allison is a self-described "feminist, working class storyteller, Southern expatriate, and sometime poet." The author of "Bastard Out of Carolina," she gave the keynote at the 2019 Appalachian Writers' Workshop at the Hindman Settlemen
On July 1st, 2019 the coal company Blackjewel declared bankruptcy. In the middle of their shift, miners were told to stop working. Blackjewel employed over a thousand miners across the Appalachian coalfields, who soon discovered that their las
In this episode we’re exploring Appalachia’s complicated ongoing relationship to national media coverage. First, WMMT's Rachel Garringer chats with Appalshop staff: Ada Smith, Mimi Pickering, and Taylor Pratt about how the organization has prod
Sheila Kay Adams and Bobby McMillon are both master storytellers and ballad singers from western North Carolina. The audio you'll hear in this episode is a segment of their live performance at the Hindman Settlement School on April 4, 2019 as t
In this episode, we're exploring the power of music to connect us across difference. Found Sound Nation's #MosaicInteractive crew guides us through this journey of musical and cultural exchange: connecting memories of Kurdish women in northern
In this episode, we're celebrating 50 years of Appalshop, with the second in our series. Tanya Turner interviews Eli Smith of the Brooklyn Folk Festival about the JuneAppal artists performing there in April 2019. Then, she talks with Caron At
In this episode we’re celebrating Women’s History in the Mountains, by featuring an oral history project aimed to document the stories and experiences of women in Little Cowan and Big Cowan in Letcher County, KY. Letcher County’s own Nell Fiel
In this episode we’re exploring a different side of the black lung epidemic through the stories of women who lost their husbands to black lung. OVR Reporter Sydney Boles talks with Deborah Boggs, Joyce Birman, Vickie Salyers (pictured), and Na
In this episode WMMT's Rachel Garringer spoke with Karida Brown - assistant professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of California in Los Angeles - who is also a member of what she calls the Eastern Kentucky African
February is Black History Month and to celebrate & honor the long legacy of Civil Rights Struggles across the South - and the continued work towards justice and equity in Kentucky - we spoke with Representative Attica Scott who serves the 41st
In this episode we talk about the beginnings of Appalshop’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, starting in our home state. As Appalshop celebrates 50 years of art & media making across the country through 2020, we’re getting an early start in our b
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