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Mtn. News: Building the Communities We Want

Mtn. News: Building the Communities We Want


Ashley Bledsoe of Taco Hollow, serving lunch at the Mountain Women Mean Business Conference in Harlan, KY on November 8, 2018.

In this episode of Mountain News we bring you a story from the Ohio Valley Resource on a proposed bill to shore up miners pension benefits and reinstate the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, following a failed attempt to address a looming crisis in many multi-employer pension programs in late 2018.

Then, WMMT’s Mimi Pickering takes us back to a gathering of business women in Harlan County KY in November 2018. Mountain Women Mean Business:  An Uprising of Appalachian Women – brought together around 100 business women in Harlan KY on Nov 8th, 2019 to share resources, ideas and encouragement. In this piece, Mimi talks with conference organizers and attendees alike about the need for this gathering, and how they hope to change the fact that women’s labor and leadership has been historically undervalued in the region.

We finish this episode with the first in a six-part series. Hope Shorts: Wit & Wisdom on Race Class & Community Survival from Mount Hope, West Virginia was produced by Michael and Carrie Kline of Talking Across the Lines LLC. In part one, folks who grew up in Mount Hope, WV discuss their relationships across racial lines in the 1940s to 1970s, as well as the ways local adults shielded young African Americans from institutional racism.

Music on this episode featured Carla Gover with a song called “Take Me Back” from her album Hush, My Restless Soul – recorded on Appalshop’s own JuneAppal Recordings. 





appalachian history,
arts & culture,
coal industry,
economic transition,

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