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.
MT Talk – Water Issues 12-2-13
a boater on the North Fork of the Kentucky River near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Ky. // photo by Tarence Ray, courtesy of Headwaters, Inc. (more at kyheadwaters.org)
Central Appalachia’s watersheds face a wide variety of serious challenges to their health, including sedimentation, heavy metal contamination, stormwater runoff, and high levels of human waste in streams. In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we welcome a panel of local guests to discuss the potential benefits, both human and economic, that could spring from making these waterways healthier. Tarence Ray of Headwaters, Inc., Wally Smith of UVA-Wise and the Clinch River Valley Initiative, and Jenny Williams of Pathfinders of Perry County all join us for a discussion of some of these potential benefits (including boating-related tourism, as in the photo above) and how our communities might be able to achieve them.
This discussion was made possible through Penn State Public Media’s Water Blues: Green Solutions project, specifically the “Think Outside the Pipes” reporting initiative. To hear previous podcasts of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, check out our streaming archives.
2013-10-30 EKRHP MT Talk
October was breast cancer awareness month, and in this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we were joined by special guests Kelli Haywood and Heather Bates. Kelli and Heather are both Letcher County natives, birth educators and doulas. In this show, they share their knowledge on how breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, what the additional benefits are for both mother and baby, and where new mothers can find breastfeeding support. For more information on Kelli and Heather’s work, you can visit the East Kentucky Reproductive Health Project at www.ekrhp.org.
In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we discuss the East Kentucky Reproductive Health Project, a group led by eastern Kentucky women that aims to increase open and honest dialogue about sexuality and reproductive health issues in East Kentucky and beyond. Members Tanya Turner and Elizabeth Sanders shared audio from short video stories produced by EKRHP and young people in the region. The clips explore the sexual and reproductive health experiences, concerns, and needs of people in eastern Kentucky and are available along with other videos and a wealth of resources on the EKRHP website, www.ekrhp.com.
Coming up on Wednesday, October 30th at 6 p.m., there will be another EKRHP-themed Mountain Talk on WMMT, featuring EKRHP members Kelli Haywood and Heather Bates discussing breastfeeding. The broadcast will air live on 88.7 FM and streaming here at wmmt.org.
ACA MT Talk Cara Stewart
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announcing the new Kynect health insurance exchange
For all the recent posturing on the national level about the Affordable Care Act, in this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk we discuss local specifics of the new healthcare law. Cara Stewart, an attorney from Floyd County, Ky., works with the Kentucky Equal Justice Center and joins us to discuss the ACA, Kentucky’s new health insurance exchange, and how Kentuckians can benefit.
Kentucky’s new health exchange, Kynect, has been praised nationwide for its functionality since it opened on October 1. To check out the exchange for yourself, head over to the Kynect website.
Push play to stream the audio above; to hear previous Mountain Talk conversations, check out our streaming archive.
MT Talk: Cowan Youth SB 5-29-13
the Cowan Youth String Band, live on WMMT. from left: Logan Dollarhide, 16 years old; Levi Caudill, 16; Rebecca Standifur, 16; Autumn Dollarhide, 15
In this installment of Mountain Talk, WMMT’s (more or less) weekly conversation, we welcomed the Cowan Youth String Band, who played & spoke about their music live on WMMT on May 29. In this podcast, you can hear the entire program, which features several tunes played in-studio as well as conversations with the youth musicians and gobs of information about opportunities to connect to old-time music here in the mountains this summer.
Speaking of those opportunities, you can see the Cowan Youth String Band for yourself live at this year’s Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival of Mountain Music & Art, which will take place THIS WEEKEND, June 7-8, here at the Appalshop grounds in downtown Whitesburg. Full event details can be found by scrolling down or by heading to seedtimefestival.org; the Cowan Youth SB will play this Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, and you’ll also be able to catch that live on WMMT.
Finally, if you yourself are interested in either learning the ropes or honing your skills on a traditional instrument, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will take place from June 24-28 at the Cowan Community Center here in Letcher County, Ky. In this year’s week-long program, master traditional musicians will offer classes in all levels on guitar, fiddle, banjo, & more! You can sign up or find more info at cowancreekmusic.org.
Amelia Kirby and Carl Shoupe in the WMMT studio
2013-04-10 – Mountain Talk – Appalachia’s Bright Future
Give a listen to the April 10th edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk for a discussion on east Kentucky’s economic future. As more and more reports show a sharp decline in Appalachian coal production, host Mimi Pickering brings special guests on-air for a critical discussion centered on the question ‘What comes next?’ Pickering speaks with local leaders Carl Shoupe, Amelia Kirby and Tim Belcher about their work to create new opportunities in our area, as well as special guest Noah Enelow from the Pacific Northwest who offers insight on what we can learn from other regions that have undergone an economic transition.
The guests on this show will all be featured presenters at Appalachia’s Bright Future, an upcoming three-day conference in Harlan, April 19-21. The gathering will bring together a diverse group of leaders and citizens working to build a new economy here in the mountains.
Also, check out this piece by Hazard, Ky.-based TV station WYMT that spotlighted this broadcast! They filmed the program as it happened and pull short clips from the discussion for their piece.
To stream the program audio, click play above. To download it, right click the title of the audio and select “save link as…”. For more installments of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, check out our streaming archive.