Sharyn McCrumb

October 14th, 2017

Rod and Steve had the opportunity to speak with Appalachian author Sharyn McCrumb, who was in Kingsport, Tennessee, promoting her latest book, The Unquiet Grave.  Today, we're going to share that conversation with you.

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Sometimes Chemical Plants Explode in Appalachia, And Other Things

October 8th, 2017

Two thirds of the hosts of the podcast are glad to be here to discuss last week's explosions at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport; that turns to a discussion of healthcare and RAM's appearance in Grundy, Virginia; the opioid crisis continues, and we introduce our countdown of the top five drug stories of the week; then we wrap up on a more positive note with news of the newest hiker/biker rail trail to open in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the southwest part of the state.  Lots of stuff this week-we hope you enjoy it.

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We're on the web at myappalachia.net and on Twitter @myappalachia.

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Tales of the Cumberland and More!

October 1st, 2017

Hello, folks.  Today we tell you about a recent conference on Appalachian stories, genealogy, history and culture that took place at the Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia last weekend, and the concept of "cultural tourism," which can be good, as in the aforementioned conference, or not-so-good, as in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. That leads into a discussion of the importance of Appalachian folk telling their own stories to the world. We also talk about hipster paw-paws, chestnuts, dryland fish, and something called "chicken of the woods."  You never know what you get when you listen to us!

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

September 21st, 2017

Yeah, we know it's been awhile, but sometimes life gets in the way. Whadda ya do?

On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at one of the rarest things in the country: listening to each other.  We talk about the recent Trump supporters' rally in D.C., at which protesting Black Lives Matter folks were invited to take the stage and explain a bit about themselves.  After some initial boos and heckling, the crowd quieted down and listened respectfully to the BLM speakers, with the result being that both sides gained a new understanding of the other.  They even shook hands and posed for pictures with each other.  A good lesson for the rest of us.

Then we talk about the importance of self-reliance in Appalachia, a skill that is sadly lacking nowadays, leading to dependence and despair and, to a large part, the drug crisis.

Speaking of drugs, what happens when an individual gets high and goes into an East Tennessee Walmart?  A mouth full of bug spray and an arrest for drug possession...we talk about the ups and downs of hornet killer as a party starter!

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Thanks for listening.  Promise we won't be gone so long next time.

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Racism in Appalachia, Part 2

August 14th, 2017

With the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, we have decided to take a look back at where we have been in Appalachia, in terms of race.  We do this to both show how bad things used to be here, but also as a warning as to how things could become again if we give in to the hateful rhetoric that we heard Friday and Saturday.  On this podcast, Rod and Steve present three stories of lynchings and mob violence from Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

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Sports in Appalachia

August 5th, 2017

Hello folks!  

This week we're looking at the role sports, especially high school football, has played in knitting Appalachian communities together over the years, as we share some of our memories of long ago high school days.  

Then we talk about local dirt racing and NASCAR and how that has also become part of our culture and identity as Appalachians.

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We're on Twitter @myappalachia, and on the web at www.myappalachia.net.

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Is It Really My Appalachia? Who Owns The Land; Can I Have Some Health Care, Please?

July 28th, 2017

On this podcast Steve, Rod and Gena talk about land use in Appalachia, an important issue to deal with as we continue the slog on towards a post-coal economy; then we turn to what's become the topic of the day, health care.  We look at how we got to the point where thousands of Appalachians show up for medical care at an event that was designed for third-world countries, along with the current ongoing political debate over health insurance in Washington, then talk about possible solutions.

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We're on Twitter as well, @myappalachia.

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A Marshall Plan for Appalachia?

July 21st, 2017

Hello folks.  

Today Rod looks at the dire economic issues facing Dickenson County in Southwest Virginia, as well as in Southside Virginia.

Then we look at some solutions that have been proposed, including a ten year tax "holiday" for the coalfields that is the brainchild of a Virginia state representative.  We also talk about the possibility of a sort of "Marshall Plan" for Appalachia, similar to the one that revived Europe after World War II.

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We're on Twitter @myappalachia and our website is www.myappalachia.net.

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Summer Festivals

July 14th, 2017

This week on My Appalachia we take a look at those summer festivals that pop up from North Carolina to Pennsylvania and tell you when some of the more interesting ones are scheduled; then we talk with one of the folks who work the festival circuit, caricaturist William Morrison, from Johnson City, Tennessee, who is following his dream.

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We're on Twitter @myappalachia and on the net at www.myappalachia.net

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Update on Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School Building

July 9th, 2017

On this podcast, Rod has an update on the Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School Building, and some thoughts on how to save it for future generations.

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