In this episode we bring you stories about plants, people, and industries - and the ways they interact - throughout the Appalachian region. We'll learn about The Moth storytelling event at Appalshop on September 13th, the Running Buffalo Clover's exit from the Endangered Species List, and former-miner Scott Shoupe's take on the future of the coal industry and the Blackjewel Miners' Strike.
In Cumberland, Kentucky, dozens of miners have been blocking the tracks in front of a Blackjewel coal train after the company declared bankruptcy and miners' checks bounced in early July. The protest started on Monday July 29th and is still going strong. WMMT reporter Benny Becker, arrived at the railroad tracks at 7 PM on July 30th and recorded throughout the night.
In this episode we bring you interviews from the Blackjewel Miners Blockade, an interview with Kentucky artists Ken Swinson & Lacy Hale, and in honor of International Cats Day on August 8th: a story for the cat-lovers in the crowd.
In this episode we explore Appalachian & rural communities' complicated relationships to national media coverage. First, WMMT's Rachel Garringer chats with Appalshop staff: Ada Smith, Mimi Pickering, & Taylor Pratt about how the organization has produced nuanced media by & about mountain communities for 50 years. Then, we hear Garringer's recent interview with long-time NPR Reporter Howard Berkes, who talks about changes in public media & rural reporting over the past 40 years.