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.


199 Pieces

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This week, we look at a new film that discusses how coal mining shapes Appalachian culture. And, the results of a new survey show alarming mental h...

  • Added: May 23, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, a North Carolina potter is reviving an art form brought to America by enslaved Africans. And, the town of Hindman, Kentucky, endured cat...

  • Added: May 17, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about traditional ballads -- how they tell stories and connect us to the past. These old tunes can me...

  • Added: May 09, 2023
  • Length: 53:31
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This week, a southern Ohio college writing class recently learned about the idea of Appalachian identity. Also, Kentucky has a new poet laureate. ...

  • Added: May 03, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we speak with the author of a new book about grief rituals, and how they’re practiced here in the mountains. And, a new study recently f...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we listen back to three award-winning folkways stories from last year. First, we visit a luthier’s shop, where old musical instruments g...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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After last year’s flooding in Eastern Kentucky, some people had trouble getting insurance reimbursement. But it wasn’t just flood waters that destr...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we’ll visit Jerry Machen of Kingsport, Tennessee. When he first started making art from old carpets, his wife Linda wasn’t impressed. W...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we step on the Appalachian Trail with one of America’s most accomplished hikers, Jennifer Pharr Davis, who went from being an absolute n...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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Family recipes are a way to connect generations, but what happens when you’ve got grandma’s recipe, and it doesn’t have exact measurements? We als...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2023
  • Length: 53:32
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This week, we look back at a shocking crime near the Appalachian Trail and speak to the author of a book that re-examines the case. We also sample...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2023
  • 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: Mar 07, 2023
  • Length: 53:31
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This week, climate change is changing what grows in Appalachia, and where. Some peach varieties usually found in Georgia are moving north. We also ...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we hop a tiny train to discover the miniature wonders of a West Virginia model railroad club, that now faces an uncertain future. We al...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we discuss how amid recent hospital closures, how Appalachian women are having to travel farther and farther to give birth. We’ll also h...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we meet a West Virginia high-school student whose love of reading inspired her to bring books to young children. We also check in on peo...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2023
  • Length: 53:31
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For working comedians, mean-spirited hecklers are part of the job. But what happens when someone gets angry enough to throw a beer? And, West Virgi...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we go back to school with West Virginia women who are training to fill the shortage of construction jobs. And, EMTs and first responders...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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You'll visit a farm in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that can grow a LOT of agriculture on one acre on a former industrial site. We’ll also hear about a ...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2023
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, author Mesha Maren takes us from the hills of West Virginia — to the Texas/Mexico border region, the land of the Luchador. We’ll also he...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2023
  • Length: 53:30