In this episode we hear from Carter Sickels about his second novel "The Prettiest Star." Set in 1986, the book tells the story of a young gay man living with HIV who leaves New York City and moves in with his family in rural Appalachian Ohio. Sickels reads from the novel, talks about his writing process, and describes the experience of getting to watch his first novel "The Evening Hour" come to life on film.
In this episode we talked with Matthew Algeo about his book "All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia." Algeo talks about why he wanted to tell this story, what he learned about Appalachia through writing this book, and some of the folks in eastern Kentucky he got to interview about their memories of RFK’s visit. Plus, we'll hear an excerpt of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech at Alice Lloyd College in 1968.
April is National Poetry Month - and so, we’re bringing you two episodes chock full of poetry written and read by Appalachian women. This is Part Two, and in it, we’ll hear from Savannah Sipple, Ansel Elkins, and George Ella Lyon. Hope you enjoy!
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.