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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Right now, Congress is arguing over spending trillions of dollars to boost the country’s infrastructure. That covers roads and bridges, of course, ...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear stories from creators across Appalachia and how they process their lives through their art....

  • Added: Aug 31, 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: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Communities across Appalachia are seeing a growing number of young people having a tough time. They aren’t in school, don’t hold a job — and they’...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia is all about how we interact with water and our rivers. We’ll hear from people who make their living on th...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ve got an eclectic mix of stories from across central Appalachia. We check in with residents in Kentucky who are...

  • Added: Aug 03, 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: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear stories about places in Appalachia that are drawing visitors and newcomers, sometimes at a cost. The region...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The story of Appalachia can’t be summarized in one book, one article or one movie. Our region goes beyond just hack stereotypes. This week on Insi...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The natural world can be a source of food and medicine along with a place to escape and unwind. There are people who know plants like they’re old f...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll meet a man who makes wooden turkey calls. If you’ve spent any time floating on rivers- have you e...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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When people talk about Appalachian music, banjos and fiddles are often the first thing to come to mind. But what about hip-hop? In the U.S., rap ...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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The pandemic continues to inspire more people to go outside. One result? They’ve found more baby animals. This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hea...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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