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.


191 Pieces

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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
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In this episode, we’ll meet a man who makes wooden turkey calls. But these are no ordinary turkey calls. They have intricate paintings on them. No...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we revisit our conversation, discussing what is Appalachia?

  • Added: Sep 07, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we visit the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, whose cultural archives were damaged by historic flooding. We also learn some of the...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we'll sit down with the inimitable Dolly Parton. She recently visited West Virginia to celebrate her Imagination Library — which sends b...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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Appalachians love to compete. Whether it’s rec league softball,a turkey calling contest or workplace chili cook-offs. But there’s more to competiti...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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Inside Appalachia is 20 years old this month — we celebrate the anniversary by taking a look back with Inside Appalachia founders Giles Snyder and ...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we head to the meadows and woods of West Virginia to catch the buzz on beekeeping. Also, it’s been five years since Kentucky artist Lacy...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we discover there’s a Ukrainian version of the Appalachian hammer dulcimer. We also make a roadside stop to visit a...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we discuss how amid recent hospital closures, how Appalachian women are having to travel farther and farther to give birth. We’ll also ...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, This week, we visit a cemetery in Bluefield, Virginia, and learn how racial segregation followed some people to the grave. We continue o...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week’s episode looks back to some stories from 2021, like the challenges that came/come with virtual schooling, plus we'll talk with author Ro...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we go to the track for look at greyhound racing. Soon, West Virginia will become the only state still home to commercial greyhound race ...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we’ll hear about a farm in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that can grow on one acre what other farms grow on 100 acres. We’ll also hear about a...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2022
  • Length: 53:30