In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report, in the wake of last week’s historic FCC vote on Net Neutrality, we begin by talking about the lack of access to high-speed internet infrastructure and service here in Central Appalachia. We hear a piece from the WMMT archives from 2012 on some of the many difficulties local people face in getting online, and then we hear an update on what impact the FCC vote could have on internet access both here in the mountains and in rural communities all over the country.
Also in this show, we celebrate some of the rich cultural diversity that is woven deeply throughout Appalachia’s history by hearing excerpts from the 1995 Appalshop documentary film Evelyn Williams, produced by Anne Lewis. Evelyn Williams grew up in Perry County, Ky., and she led a remarkably diverse life–she was an activist in southeast Kentucky, a community organizer in Brooklyn, a coal miner’s wife, a housekeeper, a new college graduate in her mid-fifties, a mother of nine, and more. In this piece, we hear Evelyn reflecting on some of her experiences growing up black in east Kentucky in the 1920’s & 1930’s. (To purchase a DVD copy of the full half-hour film, click here to head to the Appalshop Store).
Mountain News & World Report is a bi-weekly production of WMMT, and new episodes air every other Thursday at 6pm on WMMT, with a repeat broadcast the following Saturday morning at 10:30. To listen to previous episodes, check out our streaming archives.