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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In the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll meet a man who makes wooden turkey calls. If you’ve spent any time floating on rivers- have you e...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The natural world can be a source of food and medicine along with a place to escape and unwind. There are people who know plants like they’re old f...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The story of Appalachia can’t be summarized in one book, one article or one movie. Our region goes beyond just hack stereotypes. This week on Insi...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear stories about places in Appalachia that are drawing visitors and newcomers, sometimes at a cost. The region...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week’s episode is all about ballad singers and storytellers. If you’ve listened to Inside Appalachia over the past year, there’s a good chance...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ve got an eclectic mix of stories from across central Appalachia. We check in with residents in Kentucky who are...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia is all about how we interact with water and our rivers. We’ll hear from people who make their living on th...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Communities across Appalachia are seeing a growing number of young people having a tough time. They aren’t in school, don’t hold a job — and they’...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week's episode is a mix of rich storytelling and cross-cultural collaborations. What happens when a musician from Belarus gets together with A...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear stories from creators across Appalachia and how they process their lives through their art....

  • Added: Aug 31, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Right now, Congress is arguing over spending trillions of dollars to boost the country’s infrastructure. That covers roads and bridges, of course, ...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Do animals feel love? And what types of new bonds have dads made with their children during the pandemic? And what happens when a 21-year-old punk ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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One of the biggest storytelling festivals in the world is right here in Appalachia. Each October, storytellers and audiences of all ages gather at ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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People in coal country are pleading for help as coal’s decline accelerates. This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the economic and health impa...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The downturn of coal in Harlan County, Kentucky has led to an exodus of Black residents in search of work. This week on Inside Appalachia, we speak...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2021
  • Length: 54:00

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear the story of a world-renowned steelpan drum maker from Trinidad who built instruments in a former coal m...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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A few weeks ago, we asked listeners to share your favorite spooky stories from across Appalachia. This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia is packe...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week’s episode is all about ballad singers and storytellers. If you’ve listened to Inside Appalachia over the past year, there’s a good chance...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear happens when a family with roots in Mexico, and in Appalachia combine their cultural identities through ...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:00