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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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: Jun 24, 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
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This week, we’ll meet a young man from West Virginia’s Lebanese community, who says he’s determined to preserve its long-running traditions- inclu...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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It’s a new year. Many of us are hoping it’ll be a better one. Vaccines could bring a bit of normalcy back to our lives. But we have a lot of work a...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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A few years ago, our Inside Appalachia team set out to document the lives of six Appalachians who were trying to decide if they could find a stable...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: LaRue Laferty (left) watches her grandson, Jaxon Conley, portion gingerbread batter onto a metal baking sheet in the kitchen of her Knott County home. Growing up in neighboring Floyd County, Laferty’s mother used to make gingerbread for candidates during , Credit: Nicole Musgrave, West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Have you ever noticed how conversations about food can lead us to learn surprising things about each other? In this week’s episode of Inside Appala...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: 18-year-old Geard Mitchell is a former foster care child, and is one of 12 foster care children named in a lawsuit against the West Virginia DHHR. Mitchell says he was shuffled between group homes, shelters, and psychiatric hospitals from age 11 until he , Credit: Photo by Larry Dowling/ WVPB
This week on Inside Appalachia we’ll hear about family found in unexpected places — like a West Virginia family who got a letter from a sister in A...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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In this episode we hear the story of Iraqi War veteran Mark Combs. A few years ago, he recorded his journey, as he left Appalachia to become a come...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:00