Inside Appalachia

Series produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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Inside Appalachia is our weekly radio and podcast, hosted by Mason Adams. The show highlights West Virginia’s cultural heritage and brings those stories to a broader audience.

Inside Appalachia is currently heard on 33 stations in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The show highlights West Virginia’s cultural heritage and brings those stories to a broader audience. We strive to tell real stories about what it’s like to live here, and feature Appalachians who are finding unique solutions.
The program gives voice to and provides a platform for the underserved, overlooked, and often dismissed residents of Appalachia.
We’ve recently expanded the show to tell more stories about our region’s diverse arts and culture, through our grant-funded Folkways Project.


195 Pieces

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This week, hip hop started in New York… and took root in places like West Virginia. We explore some of that history. Also, food deserts are places ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we visit with West Virginia trappers to learn about the fur trade in the 21st Century. We also meet a county fair champion who keeps rac...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, a West Virginia artist who designs stickers, t-shirts/patches and pins draws on classic Appalachian phrases her family has used for year...

  • Added: May 28, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, the woman behind the popular tik tok account “Appalachian Forager” makes jam from wild pawpaws … and jewelry from coyote teeth. Also, A...

  • Added: May 21, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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For nearly a century, the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has staged a formal dance. Organizers rely on a manual that’s been passed down for gen...

  • Added: May 14, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, rock climbers with disabilities have found a home in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, which offers some pumpy crags... Climbers have also bee...

  • Added: May 07, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, a chef has created a hidden culinary hotspot in Asheville, North Carolina that’s attracting national attention for its eclectic menu and...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we listen back to some of our award-winning stories from 2023 –like this one, about the makers of Angelos Old World Italian Sausage. We ...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:31
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This week, a pair of former miners found love shoveling coal and shaped a life making wooden spoons. We also visit with NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonar...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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Spring wildflowers are in bloom, and some of the most common species play an important role in herbal medicine. What’s your favorite style of eggro...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk about traditional ballads, how they tell stories, and connect us to the past. These old tunes can mean so ...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, the Seeing Hand Association brings together people who are visually impaired to learn the craft of chair caning. We also hear about how...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:31
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Red Terry’s property in Bent Mountain, Virginia, is in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. She says the place was beautiful. Plus, almost eve...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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How important is place? This week on Inside Appalachia, we ask people from Mississippi, to Georgia, to Pittsburgh-- do you consider yourself Appala...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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Today, we remember Travis Stimeling. The author, musician and educator left a deep mark on Appalachian culture, and the people who practice and doc...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:31
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For nearly a century, some of the best wood carvers in Appalachia have trained at a folk school in North Carolina. Newcomers can still learn the cr...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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It’s Black History Month. In this episode, we hear about a long-running tradition at one of Appalachia’s historically Black universities --the annu...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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One thing about Appalachians... we can get competitive. We’re proud of our local food. Love a good hunt. And enjoy competition with friends. This...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30
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When the farming startup AppHarvest launched in Kentucky, it promised good jobs in coal country — but some workers called it a grueling hell on ear...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2024
  • Length: 53:30