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Mtn. News: Plants, People, & Industry in Appalachia

Mtn. News: Plants, People, & Industry in Appalachia


True Stories Told Live is what The Moth is all about!

In this episode we bring you stories about plants, people, and industries – and the ways they interact – throughout the Appalachian region.

The Moth mainstage returns to Appalshop this September, after making it’s Appalachian debut right here in Whitesburg in the spring of 2018. 

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

WMMT’s Rachel Garringer hopped on the phone with Director Jenifer Hixson to hear more about The Moth’s upcoming show in the Appalshop theater on Friday September, 13th. Then, we’ll hear audio from The Moth Mainstage show that took place in the Appalshop theater in May 2018. This show marked The Moth’s Appalachian and rural debut. We hear Jacob Carruba, from Harlan County, KY, telling a story live on stage.

Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy, left, with Rodney Bartgis, who rediscovered the Running Buffalo Clover 30 years ago. Photo by Glynis Board for the Ohio Valley Resource.


From the Ohio Valley Resource we learn about a rare plant that’s making a come back by moving OFF of the endangered species list.  Glynis Board brings us the saga of the Running Buffalo Clover

Last, WMMT’s Sydney Boles brings us an interview with Scott Shoupe – a former Harlan County miner who quit mining to receive training in the energy efficiency industry instead.  Shoupe reflects on his career in the coal industry, and on the Blackjewel Miners’ protest.

Music on this episode features a tune called “Blackey Rag” from Marion Sumner’s 1979 album Road to Home which was released on Appalshop’s own June Appal label.





appalachian history,
coal industry,
economic transition,

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