WMMT's MOUNTAIN TALK

Welcome to the streaming archives for Mountain Talk, WMMT's weekly community conversation, airing Wednesday evenings at 6. In addition to providing space for What's Cookin' Now! and Art Matters, Mountain Talk features interviews with guests that cover a wide range of topics pertaining to life in these mountains, such as food, music, history, spirituality, and current events. Join us each Wednesday at six, and if you miss a program be sure to look for it here on wmmt.org.

Mountain Talk: Appalachian Transition Fellows

The full cohort of Appalachian Transition Fellows // you can find more info about the program at http://www.appfellows.org

In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we discuss the Appalachian Transition Fellowship Progam, a new initiative aimed at encouraging a new generation of Appalachian leaders while also working to diversify the regional economy.  The first class of Fellows, fourteen young people from throughout the region, recently started working with nonprofits, local governments, and businesses across six Appalachian states on projects working to create jobs and sustainable livelihoods.  In this program, host Mimi Pickering speaks with Fellows Joshua Outsey, Mae Humiston, and Eric Dixon about their work and experiences in the region so far.  We also hear from Kierra Sims of the Highlander Center, which is coordinating the program and mentoring the Fellows.

For more on the program and this year’s Appalachian Transition Fellows, check out their website: www.appfellows.org.  To hear previous episodes of Mountain Talk, WMMT’s regular community conversation, head to our streaming archives.

Mountain Talk: The Inaugural Appalachian Food Summit

In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we look back at the first annual Appalachian Food Summit held last month at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky.  Joining host Mimi Pickering are: Pike County food writer Joyce Pinson; Valerie Horn of the Community Farm Alliance, Grow Appalachia, and the APPAL-TREE project; and Lora Smith, one of the event’s organizers.  Our guests also discuss the potential benefits that growing and eating local food may hold for our health and our local economies here in the mountains.

To hear more episodes of Mountain Talk, WMMT’s weekly community conversation, check out our streaming archives here.

A Mountain Talk Special: Dust in the Bottomland

In this extra-special edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we are proud and pleased to present “Dust in the Bottomland,” an original musical monodrama (miniature opera) that paints a complex and moving portrait of modern Appalachia.  The performance is followed by an interview with West Virginia composer/lyricist Nate May and singer Andrew Munn on the experiences that inform their story, and on the power of art to convey meaning and emotion.

To hear previous episodes of Mountain Talk, WMMT’s weekly community conversation, click here.

Mountain Talk: Appalachia 2050

Fifty years after the inception of the “War on Poverty,” much has been accomplished in Appalachia.  But more remains to be done.  Ralph B. Davis, a journalist and filmmaker from Floyd County, Ky., recently visited WMMT’s Mountain Talk to discuss and share clips from his documentary, Appalachia 2050.  In the film, residents of the region talk about what they think needs to happen to finish the job that the War on Poverty began.  In addition to Ralph’s commentary, we hear from Don Fields, Mike Vance, Jonathan Gay, John and Jean Rosenberg, John Trusty, and Lee Mueller.   The full film is available on YouTube.

To hear previous episodes of Mountain Talk, WMMT’s weekly community conversation, click here.

Mountain Talk: Remembering the Scotia Disaster

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the Scotia memorial marker along Hwy. 119 in Letcher County, Ky. // photo by Shelly Biesel

March 9th and 11th marked the 38th anniversary of the Scotia Mine Disaster, which killed a total of 26 people in two methane explosions at the Scotia Mine in Letcher County, Ky. in 1976.  In this special edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we commemorate Scotia, as well as some of the other countless coal disasters that have occurred throughout our nation’ s history.  We bring you two stories about Scotia from a 2010 ceremony dedicating an historic marker at the site, and we also present a story from independent producer Chris Yoars on a massive coal disaster in West Frankfort, Illinois in 1951.  Interspersed are songs from other coal explosions and disasters.

WMMT’s Mountain Talk airs each Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m., and includes the programs What’s Cookin’ Now, Mountain Survivors, Health Matters, and Art Matters.  For previous episodes of Mountain Talk, check out our streaming archives.

Mountain Talk: Remembering Buffalo Creek, 42 Years Later

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Drawing made by a child survivor of the Buffalo Creek Flood

Wednesday, February 26th marks the 42nd anniversary of the catastrophic Buffalo Creek Flood, which killed 125 people and left some 4,000 more homeless when a coal waste dam burst in Logan County, West Virginia.  This edition of Mountain Talk, hosted by Appalshop filmmaker Mimi Pickering, is a rebroadcast of a special program we produced on the 40th anniversary in 2012, in which we commemorate the disaster with audio from the 1975 Appalshop film “The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man.”  Also in this program, we hear from two special guests: Jack Spadaro, who was hired as part of the state’s investigative team following the flood and then worked as a inspector for OSM and MSHA, and Shaunna Scott, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at UK, who has been researching the impact of the Martin County, KY sludge spill and emergency planning responses in the aftermath of the spill.

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