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.
As the economic landscape of the coalfields changes, so does the energy landscape in eastern Kentucky. In this episode we're exploring a couple new energy savings projects in our listening area, as well as the current state of organizing around the RECLAIM Act: proposed federal legislation that would more rapidly release funding from the $2.5 billion Abandoned Mine Lands Trust Fund for regional reclamation and redevelopment projects.
In this episode WMMT’s Ohio Valley Resource Reporter Sydney Boles sets out to learn the history behind the RC Cola signs around Whitesburg. Then, from the WMMT archives, we revisit a story about the Houndog Hookers, rug makers from Blackey who grew to national notoriety during the 1950s and 60s. And finally from the Ohio Valley Resource, some recent regional updates on the opioid epidemic.
In this episode we're previewing multiple events happening in Eastern Kentucky in late May and Early June: from a film screening of "Coal's Deadly Dust" and panel discussion with NPR's Howard Berkes, to the Remote Area Medical's free medical services in Hazard, to Appalshop's 33rd Annual Seedtime on the Cumberland & more!