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.
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.
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.