In this episode we're exploring the power of music to connect us across difference. Found Sound Nation's #MosaicInteractive crew guides us through this journey of musical and cultural exchange: connecting memories of Kurdish women in northern Turkey with those of women here in Eastern Kentucky, dreams of Palestinian children to international conversations around borders, and Moroccan Gnawa rituals to Appalachian old time songs. They passed through Whitesburg in March 2019.
This is the second in an Appalshop at 50 series featuring voices of some of our founders, early staff, and current Appalshop artists, and highlighting our 50th celebrations all over the country through 2020. In this show, hosted by Tanya Turner, we'll hear from Eli Smith of the Brooklyn Folk Festival, former staff member Caron Atlas, and our Executive Director, Alex Gibson about April events in NYC and Boston.
This episode features an oral history project led by Nell Fields, which aims to document the stories and experiences of women in Letcher County, KY. Nell tells us about her motivation to record women’s stories in her own community, and we’ll hear excerpts from two of the interviews she recorded in October 2018: the first with Carol Ison and the second with Pat Yinger.
In this episode we hear from Jessie Wilkerson: Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, and author of the book "To Live Here You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice." Wilkerson talks about growing up in east TN, and she delves into her book sharing stories of some of the eastern KY women she features, including: Eula Hall, Bessie Smith Gayheart, and Minnie Lunsford.