Mountain Talk

Mtn. Talk: A Philosophy of Care with Sister Bernie Kenny & Tauna Gulley

January 14, 2020

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.

Mtn. Talk: The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell

January 2, 2020

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.

Mtn. Talk: Racing to Preserve the Cherokee Language

November 5, 2019

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.

Mtn. Talk: Dorothy Allison on Class, Language, & Memory

October 1, 2019

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.

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