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A biweekly podcast with Maryland focus and Howard County roots, exploring the policies, people, and stories that affect the state of Maryland. Each episode we’ll talk to newsmakers and everyday people in order to elevate the conversation and find out what matters most.
 
Will and Neil are two brothers born and raised in the coal fields of central Appalachia. A podcast about place and perspective, they talk about life in Appalachia and venture outside the region to better understand the negative perceptions of Appalachia and find out how their culture truly compares to the rest of the World.
 
John Anderson, Roger Hanna, and Tre Fountain are three friends who like to complain about everything. On the Needlessly Argumentative podcast you can listen to these guys tell you why your favorite things suck using flimsy arguments and opinion based facts. Why listen? Because through every lump of shit covered coal comes specks of golden diamonds.
 
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In this episode Will and Neil sit down with documentary filmmaker Tom Hansell and discuss his work, "After Coal", among other things. Listen as he describes the similarities of the history and culture in South Wales and Eastern Kentucky, and how we keep hearing the question - "Now what?" You might even hear about a recent tournament that took place…
 
A Fortuna child shooter pleads guilty, Brett Watson is stripped of his Arcata Mayor title, radio superstation KQED covers the dark history of Chinese expulsion in Eureka, Eureka export Jake Hanson gets his first regular-season NFL snaps, Fortuna is considering a new park, a small anti-vax protest, new efforts toward obtaining justice for slain HSU …
 
In this episode, Will and Neil sit down with Appalachian author Michael Croley. He takes the time to talk about identity, place and growing up in Appalachia and how it has shaped him and influenced his writing. Take a listen to his unique perspective. Also, Neil lets you in on his "creative" side and Will talks a bit of pop culture Michael Croley -…
 
Edgar Villanueva is a globally-recognized activist and author of the award-winning book Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance. In this interview, Edgar discusses the troubled foundations of philanthropy from how these funds are derived to the discriminatory manner grants are awarded. He also challenges the hiera…
 
[WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] ACV continues to add more flight destinations, a new name for an iconic state park, magic mushrooms are decriminalized in Arcata, the cost of living in paradise, protesters bully essential workers, home invasion robbers earn long sentences, a disgraced former Sheriff’s Officer is a bar shooting suspect, suspicious deaths …
 
In this episode, Will and Neil have a conversation with Professor Will Rhee about geographic discrimination. The guys get "schooled" (yet again) regarding the idea of locational prejudice and how it affects Appalachians (and others) simply based on the place we call home. In the end, place matters! You may also get a hint as to what the guys may be…
 
Takirra Winfield Dixon - Founder, Unapologetic Communications Gabrielle Wyatt - Founder, The Highland Project Erica Green - Reporter, The New York Times Coming off of Erica Green's powerful profile of former Queen Anne's County Superintendent Dr. Andrea Kane, our guests discuss their work, their challenges, and what they want you to know about thei…
 
In this episode Will and Neil bring on Jennifer Heinmiller, the co-author of the "Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English." As an important reference to the history and language of Appalachia, this 12 lb source is all that and more. Find out from Jennifer her main goals for putting together the dictionary and her top words from the source. Also,…
 
Richard Rothstein is the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. In this interview, Mr. Rothstein describes how our communities continue to be segregated by law due to laws and policies adopted in the early 20th century. He also recommends action at the local level to r…
 
[WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE] Humboldt County gains a ‘Vegas flight and eyes an airport expansion, a young mom with COVID-19 encourages the vaccine from her hospital bed, upcoming pools and hot tubs in Scotia, grants for struggling cannabis farmers, Eureka export Jake Hanson is a Green Bay Packer, Ferndale export Jacob Cooney is directing Denise Rich…
 
In this episode Will and Neil sit down with Sandi Curd, Promise Zone Coordinator for the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC). Listen as she talks about the key to coordination for the Promise Zone (1st Rural Promise Zone in the U.S.) and the innovative approaches of the KHIC in Appalachia. In addition, find out how Appalachia dominates…
 
[WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE] The feds say a statewide gang bust has local impacts, an Arcata company earns a big military contract, Humboldt County says ‘no’ to the failed recall at a higher rate than the state, GQ explores local hippie utopias, a former HSU student is convicted of rapes, the locally shot drama “A Spark In Nothing” is streaming on A…
 
In this episode Will and Neil discuss farm policy with Commissioner Ryan Quarles of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Listen as Commissioner Quarles talks all things Ag and how policy supports local foodways. He also highlights Appalachia Kentucky and what it takes to be "Appalachia Proud." Oh yeah, and Neil talks about his "layers", or lack …
 
[WARNING: GRAPHIC AUDIO] Bodycam footage is released after a man’s wife claimed racism during an officer-involved killing, High Times examines our dire cannabis market, a locally rescued dog is starring alongside Tom Hanks in “Finch,” Grammy-winner Lorde shot a Vogue cover locally, a Discovery+ series gets locally crafty, local export and Paralympi…
 
In this episode Neil and Will sit down with the "King of Country Ham", Mr. Allan Benton. Through his humble nature he talks about his passion for his work and for his Appalachian home. Take a listen and learn about the power of persistence and how quality makes the maker. Neil and Will also talk about their Labor Day traditions - AND there might be…
 
In this episode Will and Neil sit down with Nancy Bruns of JQ Dickinson Salt-Works. Nancy discusses the history of salt in Appalachia and what it takes to bring back an entire industry to the region! Listen for the history, stay to hear about the amazing products of JQ Dickinson Salt-Works. Also, should you salt your food before you taste it? Will …
 
In this show, Candace and Tom interview retiring Howard Community College President Dr. Kate Hetherington. She discussed how following a set procedure and path set HCC up to be one of the few community colleges recognized with the distinguished Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Dr. Hetherington also describes how the school charted a path t…
 
[Explicit content] Wife claims racism in an officer-involved shooting, family says vaccinated COVID-19 death victim lived at 30-percent lung capacity, shocking allegations regarding a Eureka church, a recall reminder, a nonexistent antifa bus, a big win at the horse races, unsolved homicides, more Flavortown favors, a closer look at the COVID-19 va…
 
In this episode Will and Neil talk to Melissa Booth Hall of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). Listen as she discusses the significance of Appalachian cuisine and the importance of storytelling to preserve the history. She also talks about her days as a "Yellowjacket" and her love of the "Monster Mash." In addition, Will and Neil debate whether …
 
[Explicit content] A sanitation worker saves lives, an alleged child-molesting restaurateur, casino winnings allegedly spawn a horrific gun discharge, Guy Fieri’s return to Ferndale is canceled as the ‘Fair rages on, a nailed-up squirrel at an illegal cannabis grow evokes anger, a Sheriff’s Officer resigns in embarrassment, a big change on the Arca…
 
In this special episode, Neil and Will talk to folks from the Mine Wars Museum in Matewan, WV about the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain. Listen for the history and hear about the exciting happenings that are taking place throughout South Western West Virginia for the Centennial Celebration over (and around) Labor Day Weekend! Don'…
 
In this episode, Will and Neil sit down with Brook Smith, a businessman, philanthropist and founder of the Appalachian Impact Fund that is housed in the Foundation for Appalachia Kentucky. Listen as they discuss the innovative qualities of the fund and the impact it's having on the region. In addition, Neil has a "layer" and Brook gives a shout out…
 
In this episode Will and Neil sit down with Dr. William "Bill" Turner to discuss his upcoming book, "The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns." Listen as Dr. Turner talks about everything from growing up in the cosmopolitan of Lynch, KY to his favorite fishing spot. Yes, you read that right...the cosmopolitan of Lynch…
 
Vaccinated county supervisor Rex Bohn makes a bold statement while imploring COVID safety measures, a dog is caught on video sprinting after a vehicle that abandoned him, COVID vaccine mandates for certain employees, a SoHum family shares their experience getting COVID, a closer look at a police officer misconduct bill, Division 1 football returns,…
 
In this episode Will and Neil turn to the scholars as they speak to Dr. Chad Berry, an expert in Appalachian Studies and professor at Berea College. Dr. Berry's essay, "Appalachia: Who Cares and So What?", speaks directly to the "creation" of Appalachia and how the local is important in learning about the global - or better yet, PLACE MATTERS! Also…
 
This week the crew discusses horror, terrible robot movies, and beautiful ugly people with friend of the podcast and super roommate Tom "Uncle Tom" Giaquinto. Tre forgets who Jordan Peele is, Roger causes a time loop and restarts the podcast, John sends everyone down a wormhole of deep cut movies, and Uncle Tom says the best joke that has ever been…
 
Home Grown seeks to prevent young-adult homelessness, a grueling national Race Across America triumph for Eureka cyclist Michael David-Hughes, multiple Humboldt County inmate deaths are prevented with an anti-overdose drug, the Yurok Tribe is taking no crap from Purdue Pharma over the opioid epidemic, a suspicious death, a local mom allegedly drank…
 
In this episode Will and Neil talk to Brandon Dennison, the CEO of Coalfield Development in Southwest West Virginia. His organization is utilizing an innovative approach in rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up. Listen to this "doer" discuss the inspiring work they are doing in West Virginia and changing lives through entrepreneuria…
 
The ejection of Arcata's former Sidelines bar supports animals, a lawsuit claims Eureka cops went too far during a protest last year, an HSU police officer is under review after pepper-spraying a transient, a tragic plane crash takes multiple lives, local electeds cheer internet changes, Sara Bareilles wants us to read, the ocean bests a Tesla near…
 
On the episode Will and Neil talk to an eco-tourism enthusiast and local entrepreneur Gary Wayne Cox. Gary Wayne discusses his new venture, Big Sandy Backroads, established to prove there IS opportunity in the mountains and to highlight the beauty of Central Appalachia. Also, listen to find out whose birthday you might have missed.…
 
A $200,000 payout related to the unsolved killing of HSU student David Josiah Lawson, Chris Brown’s aggressive dog, a monument to a redwoods-loving Nazi supporter is removed, Arcata will consider decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms, an alleged peacock murder-for-hire, a historic Scotia hotel is back in action, perspective on cannabis water use, a…
 
In the follow up episode to Entrepreneurship in Appalachia, Will and Neil talk to Erik Pages, an expert in entrepreneurship development. He discusses the ins and outs of developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem. He also speaks of a specific resource for Appalachia ecosystem building, developed by his firm EntreWorks Consulting. On a side note, Neil …
 
In this episode, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., discusses his decision not to run for Governor and instead seek reelection. We also hit on the topics of housing, education, equity, and his prolonged stint as a prominent local DJ! You won't want to miss his unpopular benign opinion, even though it technically has to do with food.…
 
In the first part of Entrepreneurship in Appalachia Will and Neil talk to Don Macke, an expert in rural entrepreneurship. They discuss the importance of entrepreneurial development in a small town and how to develop a culture of entrepreneurship. Take a listen and download free information from Don Macke's site: energizingentrepreneurs.org, or list…
 
Trees of Mystery was featured in an amusing NPR segment, the controversial end of childbirth at Fortuna’s hospital, a super rare bird, support for the LGBTQ community far outweighs hate, a hit-and-run killer gets a lenient sentence, a funny Guy Fieri fan is coming to town, an upcoming decision regarding a proposed large cannabis grow, a burglar fai…
 
In this episode, Will and Neil talk to the award winning documentary film maker Yancey Burns. Yancey discusses his work and the importance of staying connected to the Appalachian region he calls home. In the space between, Yancey juggles the urban life of Washington D.C. with managing his century farm in West Virginia. Listen as they talk about "ga…
 
UpSurge was founded to make Baltimore the first "Equitech" city in the world. This effort is premised on the idea that Maryland's tech ecosystem is primed for exponential growth with the incorporation of Baltimore's diverse workforce. In this episode, Jamie describes UpSurge's methodology of bringing people into the tech sector who have been boxed …
 
More parking-lot-to-housing proposals in Eureka, a drive-in movie reminder, an upcoming Crabs baseball documentary, overnights soon at the old Scotia Inn, lots of flight options, a hip-hop show, Eureka export Sara Bareilles gets another comedy season with ‘Girls5eva,’ an Anthrax member gets some localized Mr. Bungle ink, childcare woes, safe swimmi…
 
In this episode Will and Neil discuss what they think about opportunity in Appalachia. Listen as they talk about the five things that are often questioned in small towns regarding opportunity, some of which they probably uttered themselves at some point. Also, listen to Neil let out some pent up frustrations with hospital waiting rooms.…
 
The Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, which prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, religion, national origin, and, since 1974, sex. Our guest this week believes we need another amendment that will prohibit discrimination in housing based on economic status. Although racism and sexism are seen as overtly bad, Richard Kahlenberg notes that…
 
Should Appalachia, among its sky islands, be considered the "Salamander Capital of the World?" In this special bonus episode listen to amphibian expert, Dr. JJ Apodaca, discuss everything salamander. Take notice as he describes how salamanders can connect us to that sense of place.By Appalachia Meets World
 
Local export Kortney Olson appeared to nab a fruity world record, the zoo’s elevated walkway is open, anti-vax protestors cause a ruckus for U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, officials take aim at illegal fireworks as a likely brutal fire season is upon us, Humboldt State alum Alex Cappa is practicing with Tom Brady again post-injury, marble hunting,…
 
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