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The Swannanoa Tunnel

August 31, 2020

The building of the Swannanoa Tunnel, near Asheville, NC, cost the lives of at least 300 African American workers, a story that has largely been forgotten. Join Rich Kirby, host of WMMT’s Deep in Tradition, as he explores this history of the Swannanoa Tunnel and the convict leasing system through traditional folk songs, as well as the ongoing research of musicologist Kevin Kerberg and historian Jeff Keith.

Mtn. Talk: Carter Sickels & “The Prettiest Star”

April 23, 2020

In this episode we hear from Carter Sickels about his second novel "The Prettiest Star." Set in 1986, the book tells the story of a young gay man living with HIV who leaves New York City and moves in with his family in rural Appalachian Ohio. Sickels reads from the novel, talks about his writing process, and describes the experience of getting to watch his first novel "The Evening Hour" come to life on film.

What Appalheads are Currently Reading

April 20, 2020

If y’all are like us, you’ve been turning to art and artists in new ways during this hard time.  Whether it’s entertainment, comfort, learning new skills, or seeking out new media, we feel like we’d be at a loss without the creators we’re lucky enough to have in our world. At Appalshop, we started to […]

Mtn. Talk: Matthew Algeo on Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

April 17, 2020

In this episode we talked with Matthew Algeo about his book "All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia." Algeo talks about why he wanted to tell this story, what he learned about Appalachia through writing this book, and some of the folks in eastern Kentucky he got to interview about their memories of RFK’s visit. Plus, we'll hear an excerpt of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech at Alice Lloyd College in 1968.

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