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Shortly after the end of the Civil War an orphan boy disappeared near the High Knob, on the border of Scott and Wise Counties in Virginia. Today we tell a story that’s been handed down for over a hundred years of an Appalachian unsolved mystery! You can subscribe to the audio version of our podcast on your favorite podcast app. You can also subscri…
 
Today we tell the story of the Wonderland Hotel and the area around it, Elkmont, both part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking that “Subscribe” button on YouTube! Give us a thumbs-up, too! Thanks for listening!…
 
In the 1920s a young woman opened a business providing moonshine to all the bootleggers in the Harlan, Kentucky, area during Prohibition. After Prohibition she opened a store that sold legal liquor. She also sold moonshine there, for which she was arrested and tried and served her one and only jail sentence, even though she was arrested again and a…
 
The desk where Daniel Dean’s death warrant was signed. In 1877 a farmer was shot dead as he was working in his fields. No one saw who fired the shot and nobody confessed to the murder. But Daniel Dean was hanged for the crime, splitting his community in half. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spot…
 
In 1929 there were textile strikes going on across the southeastern U. S., including at the two mills located in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Mack Elliott worked at one of those plants and was involved in union organizing there, which led, literally, to an explosive development. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the audio version of the St…
 
During the French Revolution a French baron attempted to establish a colony of Frenchmen in Appalachia, at present-day St. Paul, Virginia. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, TuneIn, Audible or wherever you find your podcasts. Thanks for listening!…
 
Explorer, surveyor, soldier and Indian agent are all jobs held by Joseph Martin. He also built a settlement, Martin’s Station, that was a way station for settlers moving west into Kentucky. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn, or on you favorit…
 
During World War I a wealthy playboy from Philadelphia refused induction into the U. S. Army and was charged and convicted of draft evasion. He managed to escape and, when captured, offered to buy his way out of prison with gold he said was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. That’s just a small part of this week’s story…you’ll have to listen for…
 
On April 11, 1946, Earl McFarland was captured by the FBI at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville while waiting for a streetcar. Why this happened to a Marine veteran of the Battle of Guadalcanal is the subject of our story today. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening to our…
 
Hello folks... Today we share with you our Christmas episode, which we recorded during a Facebook Live Audio session on our Facebook page @myappalachia. We talk about Christmas traditions, food, and we share some interesting letters to Old St. Nick that were written in years gone by. Give us a listen. You can subscribe to the My Appalachia podcast …
 
We're back with our November podcast, and this week we continue our conversations with folks from Appalachia. We spoke with Johnson City, Tennessee, private investigator Steve St. John, who tells us about the "glamorous" life of a P.I., and also shares a funny story about a squirrel in Mountain City, Tennessee. You can subcribe to My Appalachia at …
 
Today the podcast is a bit of a free form, inspired by all the insane things going on across our country, culminating in today's attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh. As the title of this episode says, vote or we all end up in hell. Thanks for giving us a listen. We can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn or on your favorite po…
 
We're baccckkkk!!! Hello folks, it's good to be back on the internet. On this episode Steve and Gena talk a bit about the Tennessee election; then it's on to a discussion of Appalachian folklore spurred by a story about a series of ghostly incidents in the building in which the podcast is recorded; then we talk to Rod Mullins, coordinator of the Ta…
 
Today Steve and Gena tell you three witch stories from western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia about dealing with young love, the hunt, and casting hexes. We hope you enjoy. You can subscribe to MountainLore on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook and Twitter @myappalachia. If you have a gho…
 
There are many places in Appalachia with strange stories told about them. One of these places is Roan Mountain, on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Today Steve and Gena tell the tale of a ghostly choir that some say originates in hell that's supposedly found on the top of the mountain. MountainLore is found on Apple Podcasts, Stitch…
 
Hello podcast listeners! Today, it's just Gena and Steve, since Rod has lost his voice and is under the weather, but even with 1/3 of the crew missing, we carry on. We talk about the Appalachian tradition of planting by the signs, then look ahead to this spring to give some hints on when to plant, courtesy of the Old Farmer's Almanac; We then talk …
 
This week we take a look at religion in Appalachia by sharing some of our experiences in church during our time growing up in this place we call home, as well as our views on faith and spirituality as opposed to religion. We appreciate you listening. If you'd like to subscribe to the podcast, you can do so at Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Feedburner or…
 
On this week's episode of My Appalachia, we take a look at the state of the arts in Appalachia; both Kentucky and West Virginia are looking to defund the arts and education in those states, prompting a teacher sit in at the West Virginia state capitol in Charleston on Friday; the need for arts in the area; and a look at an Appalachian dance form, c…
 
Today we look again at the opioid epidemic in Appalachia and efforts to legalize medical cannabis as a way to combat those highly addictive painkillers. You can subscribe to My Appalachia at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In, or on your favorite podcast app. We are on Twitter @myappalachia; we're now on Facebook, too, @myappalachia. Thanks for list…
 
Hello podcast listeners! On this week's episode of My Appalachia, we talk with Seth McLaughlin, a nurse practitioner and herbalist. Seth tells us about common herbs in Appalachia and their uses; other medicinal plants from around the world; and tells some stories about the history and Indian traditions of Appalachian plant use. Seth is on the facul…
 
On this week's episode of My Appalachia, we're pleased to introduce you to Luke Bauserman, blogger, storyteller, author of Some Dark Holler, and who has his own website dedicated to spooky and offbeat Appalachian history, The Weekly Holler; then Rod tells us about his experiences at telling stories in Pound, Virginia, we tell the history of the Int…
 
One of the most well-known holiday traditions in southern Appalachia is the running of the Santa Train, which takes place on November 18th. Started as a way to show the appeciation of Kingsport, Tennessee, merchants for all the business they got from Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, the Santa Train has evolved into something akin to Santa a…
 
Welcome in to this week's episode of My Appalachia. Gena is out this week, but Rod and Steve are here to talk about the latest unsuccessful attempt by white nationalists to organize a rally in an Appalachian town, this time in Murfreesboro and in Shelbyville, both in Tennessee; a development conference was held in Pittsburgh to hash out ideas to he…
 
Blair Mountain in West Virginia is the site of a 1921 pitched battle between coal miners and 3000 lawmen and strikebreakers that actually included aerial bombing of the miners. This battle is the most famous in the mine wars that took place in the coalfields as the UMWA organized the mines against the violent opposition of mine owners. Today it is …
 
Two thirds of the hosts of the podcast are glad to be here to discuss last week's explosions at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport; that turns to a discussion of healthcare and RAM's appearance in Grundy, Virginia; the opioid crisis continues, and we introduce our countdown of the top five drug stories of the week; then we wrap up on a more positive not…
 
Hello, folks. Today we tell you about a recent conference on Appalachian stories, genealogy, history and culture that took place at the Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia last weekend, and the concept of "cultural tourism," which can be good, as in the aforementioned conference, or not-so-good, as in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. That lea…
 
Yeah, we know it's been awhile, but sometimes life gets in the way. Whadda ya do? On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at one of the rarest things in the country: listening to each other. We talk about the recent Trump supporters' rally in D.C., at which protesting Black Lives Matter folks were invited to take the stage and explain a bit …
 
With the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, we have decided to take a look back at where we have been in Appalachia, in terms of race. We do this to both show how bad things used to be here, but also as a warning as to how things could become again if we give in to the hateful rhetoric that we heard Friday and Saturday. On this podcast, R…
 
On this podcast Steve, Rod and Gena talk about land use in Appalachia, an important issue to deal with as we continue the slog on towards a post-coal economy; then we turn to what's become the topic of the day, health care. We look at how we got to the point where thousands of Appalachians show up for medical care at an event that was designed for …
 
Hello folks. Today Rod looks at the dire economic issues facing Dickenson County in Southwest Virginia, as well as in Southside Virginia. Then we look at some solutions that have been proposed, including a ten year tax "holiday" for the coalfields that is the brainchild of a Virginia state representative. We also talk about the possibility of a sor…
 
On this podcast, Rod has an update on the Dickenson County Memorial and Industrial High School Building, and some thoughts on how to save it for future generations. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Twitter @myappalachia and on the web at www.myappalachia.net. Thanks for …
 
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