In this episode we learn from Micah & Jakeli Swimmer. Micah & Jakeli are brothers, educators and enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. They grew up hearing their grandmother, Amanda Swimmer, speak the language. And as the last remaining fluent speakers age and pass away, Micah & Jakeli find themselves in an urgent race to learn as much of the language as they can, and to help teach it to others.
Dorothy Allison is a self-described "feminist, working class storyteller, Southern expatriate, and sometime poet." The author of "Bastard Out of Carolina," she gave the keynote at this year's Appalachian Writers' Workshop. Our own Rachel Garringer was there to capture her thoughts on writing, identity, class, memory, and using language as a weapon.
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 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.