The Holidays Are Upon Us

November 11th, 2017

One of the most well-known holiday traditions in southern Appalachia is the running of the Santa Train, which takes place on November 18th.  Started as a way to show the appeciation of Kingsport, Tennessee, merchants for all the business they got from Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, the Santa Train has evolved into something akin to Santa and his reindeer, as the jolly old fellow tosses out presents and candy at every stop along the way from Kentucky to Kingsport.

And with the holiday season upon us, we also talk about holiday traditions and superstitions in Appalachia, of which there are many.

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Monica Neubert

November 4th, 2017

Today on the podcast, we start by introducing you to an amazing immigrant to East Tennessee, Monica Neubert.  Monica had a life altering experience that she shares with Gena, which led her to discover artistic talents she never knew she had.  That leads us to talk about other Appalachians who have gone through similar circumstances, which leads to a discussion of the traditional healing arts in the mountains.  Did you know, for example, that you can charm warts away?  We'll tell you all about it, along with Gena's interview with Monica Neubert of Rogersville, on this episode of My Appalachia.

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Racists, Conferences, Chestnuts And Trails, Oh My…

October 28th, 2017

Welcome in to this week's episode of My Appalachia. Gena is out this week, but Rod and Steve are here to talk about the latest unsuccessful attempt by white nationalists to organize a rally in an Appalachian town, this time in Murfreesboro and in Shelbyville, both in Tennessee; a development conference was held in Pittsburgh to hash out ideas to help bring opportunities to Appalachia; the latest ideas on how to use and rehabilitate the land left over after mountaintop removal; and the Powell River Trail opened up this weekend in the town of Appalachia, Virginia.

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Til next we meet, take care, Appalachia!

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The Second Battle of Blair Mountain

October 22nd, 2017

Blair Mountain in West Virginia is the site of a 1921 pitched battle between coal miners and 3000 lawmen and strikebreakers that actually included aerial bombing of the miners.  This battle is the most famous in the mine wars that took place in the coalfields as the UMWA organized the mines against the violent opposition of mine owners.  

Today it is on the verge of being blasted out of existence by those mine operators.  

On this episode of My Appalachia, we talk about Blair Mountain's importance and what you can do to help, which is make your feelings known by sending an email to the National Park Service at Blair_Mt_comments@nps.gov.

This year is also the 40th anniversary of the opening of the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, and this past Saturday was Bridge Day.  We tell you what Bridge Day is and a little bit about its history.

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Again thanks for listening, and be sure to let the Natonal Park Service know what you'd like to see happen with Blair Mountain.

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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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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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