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Mtn. News: National Conversations, Local Impact

Mtn. News: National Conversations, Local Impact

Trump supporters at his rally in Charleston, WV. Photo by Kara Lofton at West Virginia Public Media.

In this episode we bring you two stories highlighting how the economic decline here in eastern KY is being talked about at a national level. Then, in honor of Black History Month, this episode wraps up with the third in a six-part series from Michael & Carrie Kline, exploring the history of desegregation in Mount Hope, WV.

First, it’s been two years since President Donald Trump took office.  Since then, he’s claimed credit for a coal comeback. But Brittany Patterson, of the Ohio Valley Resource, reports that federal data about the industry tells a different story.

Then, WMMT’s Sydney Boles brings us a story about an eastern KY addiction recovery program, that has been selected to take part in  a national study. The study explores best practices for programs working to support low income families in finding and keeping employment.

Last in this episode of Mountain News, we bring you part three in the “Hope” Series, produced by Michael and Carrie Kline for Talking Across the Lines, LLC.  In this piece, Nathan Shelton and Brenda Jackson, describe their experiences with racism in the 1960s at Mt. Hope High School in Fayette County, WV.  Then, Shelton, Jackson, and Elinor Aggee, discuss the ways in which interracial families have always been part of the fabric of WV.

 Music on this episode features Pigmeat Jarrett with a tune called Thundering and Lightning off of the album “Look at the People” which was recorded at Appalshop’s own JuneAppal Records.  Pigmeat Jarrett was born in Cordele, GA in 1899, and lived as a child in Rockhouse, KY in Pike County,  where his father worked as a coal miner, before his family later settled in Cincinnati. He passed away in 1995.




appalachian history,
Black History Month,
coal industry,
Desegregation in Appalachia,
drug epidemic,
economic transition,
education in the mountains,

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