Mountain Talk

How National Media Misses the Mark on Appalachian Communities

July 9, 2019

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.

Mtn. Talk: Sheila Kay Adams & Bobby McMillon

May 14, 2019

In this episode of Mountain Talk we bring you a recording of master ballad singers and storytellers Sheila Kay Adams and Bobby McMillon! Sheila and Bobby are both masters of the traditions they learned from their family and community members in western North Carolina, and the audio you’ll hear in this episode features their performance at the Hindman Settlement School on April 4, 2019 as the finale of their Seeds & Stories event.

Mtn. Talk: The International Language of Music

April 9, 2019

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.

Mtn. Talk: Celebrating Appalshop’s 50th – Part Two

April 5, 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.

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