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Mtn. News: Federal Politics, Respiratory Health, & Appalachian Hip Hop

Mtn. News: Federal Politics, Respiratory Health, & Appalachian Hip Hop

In this episode we bring you stories about federal politics with local impact, as well as research into respiratory health in eastern Kentucky coalfields, and an interview with a 23 year old hip-hop artist from Big Stone Gap, VA.

First, from the Ohio Valley Resource, Becca Schimmel brings us a story about WV Senator Joe Manchin’s pledge of support for coal miners.

Then, WMMT’s Sydney Boles brings us a story about respiratory health research in Eastern Kentucky. Letcher County’s Beverly May wanted to learn more about eastern Kentucky’s high rate of lung disease, and whether factors in our environment might be causing it. Along with other researchers at the Mountain Air Project and the University of Kentucky, Bev found a completely new way to do environmental health research.


Geonovah and his dog, from the cover of his latest EP “The Suburban Tapes Vol: 1”

And last: it’s widely known that our mountains are home to rich legacies and lineages of old-time, bluegrass, and country music. But what we don’t always hear about, is hip hop born and raised right here in our home. Last in this episode of Mtn. News, WMMT’s Rachel Garringer interviews 23 year old Geonoah Davis, whose stage name is Geonovah. He talks about growing up in Big Stone Gap, VA, his move to Johnson City, TN, and his musical evolution since he started recording at the age of 19. To find more of Geonovah’s music find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

Music on this episode features Letcher County’s own Lee Sexton doing “Sourwood Mountain.”  This episode was hosted by Daryle Royse, and produced by Rachel Garringer.  







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