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.


124 Pieces

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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
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This week, we venture to southern Ohio to visit the last remaining washboard maker in the U.S. Its washboard’s aren’t just for laundry — but for mu...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week… James Beard-nominated West Virginia chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson serve up special dishes with stories behind them. And, we’ll ...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2022
  • Length: 53:31
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This week… one of the NFL’s oldest franchises began right here in Appalachia — in Portsmouth, Ohio. And… for some workers in the natural gas indust...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we’ll meet a man who has struggled with substance use disorder. Now, he’s a recovery coach. We’ll also meet a woman who started a farm ...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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The year is winding down. So we’re looking back at some of the stories we told in 2022. We took you to the floods in eastern Kentucky, where you me...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we talk with folklorist Emily Hilliard about her new book, which explores contemporary folklife and Appalachian culture — like the lore ...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we talk with contributors to a new collection of writing by LGBTQ Appalachians — about how they see themselves reflected here in the reg...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2022
  • 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 m...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2022
  • Length: 53:31
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This week, we talk to podcaster Abe Partridge about a uniquely Appalachian art –the religious music heard in snake-handling churches. We also tra...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we travel to Cabbagetown, an Atlanta neighborhood that was home to Appalachian workers who migrated there for textile jobs. We also tag ...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we travel to Charleston, West Virginia, to learn about the importance of funeral singers to Black communities. We’ll also hear about a ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2022
  • Length: 53:31
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This week, we revisit our Halloween episode from 2021. We’ll share mountain myths, legends, and ghost stories. Including some that startle. And, ...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we visit Berkeley Springs and sample healing waters from a natural spring so good that even George Washington traveled to check it out. ...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we learn about an unexpected immigrant to central Appalachia –the armadillo. We also take a ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad and follow ...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we visit the home county of host Mason Adams for the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd County, Virginia. We also check in with volunteers w...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2022
  • Length: 53:30