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’s episode of Inside Appalachia is packed with stories from across central Appalachia, featuring creative people who are finding ways to a...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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Schools are facing unprecedented staff shortages, here in Appalachia and across the country. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hea...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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For some, winter can be a difficult time -- dark and cold. For others, time outside in the winter is a powerful experience. After everything we’ve ...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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People in coal country are pleading for help as coal’s decline accelerates. This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the economic and health impa...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear stories from creators across Appalachia and how they process their lives through their art. Everyt...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we explore stories about the power of memory and tradition. Listeners across Appalachia share some of ...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia we hear a roundup of some of our region’s news, from recovery efforts in Kentucky following devastating...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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What is Appalachia? We’re giving our entire Inside Appalachia episode over to this question this week, with stories from Mississippi to Pittsburgh....

  • Added: Dec 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear the story of one of the world’s best fiddlers, from St. Albans, West Virginia. Clark Kessinger, an...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll learn about people who are digging beneath the surface, telling authentic stories about life in Appalachia. I...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear how women in the mountains spearheaded movements to battle racial injustice, defend healthy communities,...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear happens when a family with roots in Mexico, and in Appalachia combine their cultural identities through ...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week’s episode is all about ballad singers and storytellers. If you’ve listened to Inside Appalachia over the past year, there’s a good chance...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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A few weeks ago, we asked listeners to share your favorite spooky stories from across Appalachia. This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia is packe...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear the story of a world-renowned steelpan drum maker from Trinidad who built instruments in a former coal m...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The downturn of coal in Harlan County, Kentucky has led to an exodus of Black residents in search of work. This week on Inside Appalachia, we speak...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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People in coal country are pleading for help as coal’s decline accelerates. This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the economic and health impa...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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One of the biggest storytelling festivals in the world is right here in Appalachia. Each October, storytellers and audiences of all ages gather at ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Do animals feel love? And what types of new bonds have dads made with their children during the pandemic? And what happens when a 21-year-old punk ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2021
  • Length: 54:00