Remembering James Still

We’re celebrating National Poetry Month through spending time with the renowned eastern Kentucky author James Still. This episode features an interview with Mr. Still conducted by Judi Jennings at Appalshop in 1991, and audio of him reading some of his work from a recording made in the 1970s.

Mtn. News: Local Happenings, National News

It’s been a big week in KY, from right here in Letcher County all the way to Frankfort– stories happening in our communities have been making waves & getting national attention. From the teachers rally in Frankfort on April 2nd to local efforts to feed students while teachers strike. From the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s record of decision signaling plans to move forward with construction of a Federal Prison in Letcher County, and more!

Mtn. Talk: Women in Labor Organizing

This episode features voices of women on strike today and throughout the past. We’ll hear from West Virginia teachers who walked out earlier this month demanding a pay raise & affordable healthcare for all public employees, and we’ll hear from teachers in Letcher County, KY who protested Governor Bevin’s proposed pension reform bill just last week.  Finally, from the Appalshop archives voices of women in Brookside, KY supporting striking miners in Harlan County in 1973.

Mtn. Talk: Tell It On The Mountain

 In this episode of Mountain Talk, we’re drawing from our Archives. In 1995, then WMMT producer Maxine Kenny recorded 15 Appalachian women writers talking about their lives and reading their work for an audio series called Tell It On The Mountain.  In this program we’ll hear Cherokee & Appalachian poet Marilou Awiakta and Affrilachian poet Nikki Giovanni reading excerpts of their work and discussing their writing.

Mtn. Talk: Women’s Health, Women’s History

In this episode youth media makers from All Access EKY explore histories & current realities in reproductive health and gender roles in Southeastern KY. This is the 2nd in our month-long series celebrating Women’s History! Fellows interview women – young and old – about their experiences accessing reproductive healthcare, gender roles in our communities, and histories of midwifery and women’s health in the mountains.