Mtn. Talk Monday: Whitesburg Dowtown Revitalization and Reinvestment

In this episode, five University of Virginia students in the Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning program report on their assessment of the existing conditions within a roughly one-mile corridor within downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. The assessment lays out a foundation for Whitesburg to participate in the Environmental Law Institute’s BRIGHT program. The students inventory assets […]

Mtn. Talk Monday: East KY Leadership Conference

This episode features highlights from the East Kentucky Leadership Conference with keynote speaker Earl Gohl who is the federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). You will also hear from Peter Hille the Executive Director of Mountain Association of Community Economic Development (MACED).  $92 million has been distributed throughout 250 counties in Appalachian states […]

MN&WR: Breath is Life

NPR’s Howard Berkes delivers the final segment of his two part investigative reporting collaboration with WMMT’s Benny Becker with the Ohio Valley ReSource on the resurgence of complicated black lung disease among miners in Central Appalachia. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Jessica Lily interviews Howard Berkes on the making of his newest radio series on black […]

MN&WR: The Assets We Have

Mary Gail Adams tells the story of her mother and the Hound Dog Hookers, a group of wool rug makers in Blackey, Kentucky established in the 1960s as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty effort. The Administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, Jay Williams, speaks on the correlation between […]

Mtn. Talk Monday: NYT Reporter Sheryl Stolberg

For this episode host, Kelli Haywood speaks with guest New York Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg who recently wrote a feature for the newspaper on the effort toward economic transition in eastern Kentucky. The pair discuss the responsibility of a journalist in representing a culture not their own, effects of mainstream media on public perceptions, hillbilly […]

Mountain News & World Report: New Technology & Project-based Learning in East Ky. Schools; Eula Hall & Mountain Healthcare during the ‘War on Poverty’

In thinking about cutting edge technology and innovative teaching practices, your first thought might not be of rural schools in southeast Kentucky. But thanks to a new program, maybe it should be. Led by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, 17 school districts are collaborating with a variety of partners in a new program called the […]