Mtn. News: Reflections

This week we bring you multiple pieces with a theme of reflecting on the past. First, we hear from current & past members of the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project – a Central Appalachian regional youth organization celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – about their Annual Appalachian Love Week, February 12-18, 2018. Then, we bring you a series of four pieces from the Ohio Valley Resource – which focus on Trump’s first year.

MT. Talk: From Social Haunting to Community Healing

In this episode of WMMT’s Mountain Talk we explore the idea of social haunting, or how the troubles of the past might be playing a role in community problems of today. Join us as we explore how complicated histories of formerly industrial communities in Northern England and Central Appalachia affect the struggles we face in the present.

Mtn. News: Foundations for a Rural Future

  This week’s program features three stories about fundamental needs in our community: educational programs that prepare students for real jobs, pensions that allow our public workers to retire, and access to fast, affordable rural internet. First, we’ll hear a story about a new project happening in Eastern Kentucky vocational schools. The Kentucky Valley Educational […]

Mtn. News: What’s Next?

This week’s program brings together stories that question what comes next for our region.  As coal jobs decline throughout Central Appalachia – communities, scientists, and schools work to develop innovative approaches to economic transition.   First, we’ll hear a story from the Ohio Valley Resource about the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s work to provide relevant, […]

Mtn. Talk: AppFellows, Alpacas, and Agriculture

This week on Mountain Talk we learn about the work of two Appalachian Transition Fellows working on agricultural projects in the Central Appalachian region.  The Appalachian Transition Fellowship – organized by the Highlander Center in New Market, TN – is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 10 emerging community leaders who are committed to working […]

Mtn. Talk: Kenaf – A New Appalachian Fiber

Today on Mountain Talk, we’ll learn all about Kenaf: a fiber producing plant native to Asia which grows well in Kentucky – and can be used to make a variety of products including rope, twine, paper, cardboard, and more! This episode of Mountain Talk comes from Sam Hamlin – an Appalachian Transition Fellow with the […]