Inside Appalachia

Series produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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Inside Appalachia is our weekly radio and podcast, hosted by Caitlin Tan and 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.


38 Pieces

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Over Memorial Day weekend, airports across the country reported the highest numbers of people flying in more than a year. As more of us are dreamin...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week we're revisiting an episode of Inside Appalachia that features children's authors in and from our region. We'll hear Cynthia Rylant, who...

  • Added: May 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, many oil and gas workers come into contact with a fracking byproduct called brine. The gas industry says it’s safe....

  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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West Virginia native Anna Sale is host of the popular podcast “Death Sex and Money.” It's a podcast that talks about, as she says, “the things we t...

  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In this day and age, kids spend so much time looking at screens. This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll meet a storyteller and songwriter who inspir...

  • Added: May 05, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Lots of rural communities in Appalachia also have unsafe drinking water. This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from people in Appalachia who a...

  • Added: Apr 29, 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: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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We have a packed episode of Inside Appalachia this week, stuffed with stories of family strife and struggle, revolutionary artists fighting against...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week, we’ll listen back to an encore edition of Inside Appalachia from last November. It was the first time Mason Adams and Caitlin Tan ever ...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The pandemic has reshaped our world in many ways. Can you remember what life was like before you wore a mask to the grocery store? This has been a ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia features several children's authors, including Cynthia Rylant, who wrote "When I Was Young In The Mountain...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re dedicating our show to the art of live storytelling. We’ll learn how musicians Anna and Elizabeth first met a...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The real estate market across the country is hot right now, even in parts of Appalachia that have lagged behind trendier destinations. Some of thes...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 53:59
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Decades after HIV was first discovered, there’s still discrimination. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from several people h...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Human beings are social creatures. The pandemic is putting a toll on all of us, in one way or another. It’s also bringing to light just how importa...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from two African American women who challenge stereotypes about Appalachia through their writing, Nikki ...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In this week's episode, we'll hear stories about relationships, including the awkward missteps of first dates. And we ask a biologist do animals fe...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Black and Latino populations have suffered higher infection rates. People working low-income jobs are more likely to be considered essential — and ...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re revisiting a show that originally aired last fall. We hear what happens when Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei comb...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2021
  • Length: 54:00