In this episode WMMT's Rachel Garringer interviews Black in Appalachia Director William Isom II, and audio producer Terence Harris. They talk about the history of the project, some of the oral histories gathered so far, community archiving workshops, the upcoming podcast, and more. Along the way, we'll hear excerpts from some of the oral history interviews in the Black in Appalachia community archive.
In this episode we hear from Sister Bernie Kenny & Nurse Tauna Gulley about the book they co-wrote. It’s called "Better for Being With You: A Philosophy of Care" and it describes the life events of sister Bernie Kenny - who has worked as a nurse in Ireland, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Oakland, California before settling in Clinchco, Virginia forty years ago.
Blue Ridge tacos, kimchi with soup beans & cornbread, African American mountain gardens—these are a few of the stories readers find in a new anthology: “The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Tables." Editors Elizabeth Engelhardt & Lora Smith joined WMMT's Rachel Garringer by phone to talk about the project’s history and scope. Plus, we’ll hear contributors Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Courtney Balestier, Emily Hilliard, & Robert Gipe reading excerpts from their chapters.
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.