West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting satisfies the human need to learn. Our programs nurture personal growth and civic responsibility, respect people's intelligence, and promote life-long discovery. We enrich lives so people might contribute more to their communities and their state. West Virginia Public Broadcasting, through our unique programs and services, will empower people to broaden their perspectives, appreciate their history and become active in their communities. Using the power of public service media, we will create more informed, more educated, more motivated, and more prosperous citizens who will build a better West Virginia for our children and grandchildren.


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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.

Caption: Joy to the World with Bob Thompson
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Jazz pianist Bob Thompson, and the Bob Thompson unit have been featuring holiday classics at Christmas time for more than 20 years.

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Us & Them Podcast: We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans. Peabody award-winning public radio producer Trey Kay listens to people on both sides of the divide.

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Caption: Gary Bentley is a former coal miner who grew up in eastern Kentucky., Credit: Courtesy Gary Bentley
Four years ago, 95 percent of Appalachian counties voted for Donald Trump. National journalists parachuted in to try to understand why. But, what d...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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This episode is all about one of Appalachia’s most critical natural resources — fierce women. We hear what happens when Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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Here in Appalachia, we’re all too familiar with black lung disease, and how it takes the breath away from our coal miners. For a time it seemed bla...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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Here in Appalachia, we have this extraordinary fruit called pawpaws. The pawpaw was important enough to the Shawnee people’s way of life that they ...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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: Oct 05, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Robert Villamagna, a professional artist in Wheeling, W.Va., outside his studio in summer 2019. Robert tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of July 2020, and he is still in recovery., Credit: Caitlin Tan/ WVPB
In this episode, we check in with potters, painters, writers, and action figure makers, to see how they’re faring during—and in spite of—the corona...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Taffy Nivert and John Denver playing “Country Roads” at the Cellar Door in December 1970, one of the first times the song was performed in public. Bill Danoff’s guitar is to the left. , Credit:  Courtesy Bill Danoff
The coronavirus pandemic has increased a desire to return home for some people; we’ll hear from several people who recently moved to Appalachia. So...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Paula Cole with Bob Thompson and the Bob Thompson Band
Join Jazz pianist Bob Thompson, The Bob Thompson Band and guest vocalist, Paula Cole for a celebration of the holidays!

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Joy to the World with Bob Thompson
Vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. celebrates the season with his band and The Bob Thompson Band in a live performance.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Pianist Bob Thompson welcomes vocalist Meredith Dean Augustin [August-in] for the holiday jazz celebration Joy to the World. You’ll hear songs of t...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3