Mtn. Talk Monday: East KY Leadership Conference

Courtesy of Ohio Valley ReSource

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). More than $100 million in new federal funding has been committed […]

MN&WR: Breath is Life

A miner at the Black Lung Laboratory in the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia.

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 […]

MN&WR: The Assets We Have

1.  A rug that the state of Kentucky commissioned from the Hound Dog Hookers for Lady Bird Johnson.  The picture is of the presentation and has Rep. Carl Perkins, Lady Bird Johnson, and then governor Ned Breathitt.
2. Judith Vermillion by Malcolm J. Wilson with HOCA

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 […]

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’

ARI Promising Practices

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 […]

Mountain News & World Report: Berea College’s Celebration of Traditional Music; School Consolidation in Eastern Ky. & the War on Poverty; Uncle Dave Macon


The Berea College Folk Roots Ensemble performing at a past Celebration of Traditional Music. This year’s CTM, the 42nd Annual, will take place this weekend, Oct. 15 – 18, in Berea, Ky.

In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report, we begin with a look ahead to the 42nd annual Celebration […]