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A bi-weekly news magazine from WMMT, the 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues. WMMT provides broadcast space for creative expression, community involvement, and discussion of public policy to benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Find us online at www.wmmt.org! We're also on facebook, instagram, and twitter as wmmtfm, and you can reach us by email at wmmtnews {at} appalshop.org!
 
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In this episode we’re talking about coal company bankruptcies, creative uses for abandoned mine lands funds, and diabetes prevention. First, we hear WMMT’s Sydney Boles interviewing Cornell University professor Josh Macey about the ways coal companies use bankruptcy to avoid cleaning up the land and paying employees. Then, from Ohio Valley Resource…
 
In this episode we bring you stories about WV Senator Joe Manchin's pledge to defend coal miners' pensions, Bev May & Nell Fields' research into respiratory health in eastern Kentucky coalfields, and an interview with Geonovah - a 23 year old hip-hop artist from Big Stone Gap, VA.بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
In this show we learn about the history of Letcher County’s Bookmobile. And, we’ll celebrate American Archives Month by listening back to an oral history interview from the Appalshop archives. Last, but not least from the Ohio Valley Resource & the Center for Public Integrity we’ll hear about the intersection of pollution, climate change, and flood…
 
In this episode we’ll hear stories of eastern Kentucky’s second ever pride festival, hemp growers in the region forming cooperatives, a memorial dedicated to miners who’ve died of black lung in Letcher County, and some results of a survey by a group called “What’s Next EKY."بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
This episode is chock full of local & regional history! We’ll hear about a celebration of Carr Creek Kentucky history through a dinner performance based off a poem by Margaret Humes Collins. Then, we’ll hear historian Ron Eller’s thoughts about what works and what doesn't in terms of development in the region. And finally, we’ll learn about a celeb…
 
In this episode we bring you stories about challenges to rural healthcare in the region, the last Neon Days Festival, and mine lands sitting idle across the country.First, Appalshop's Tayna Turner & Taylor Pratt spoke with women leading the 141-day-long-and-still-going-strong 24/7 peaceful protest outside Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport,…
 
In this episode we hear from Director Jenifer Hixson of The Moth about their upcoming live-storytelling event on the Appalshop stage September 13, 2019. Plus, we'll hear Jacob Carruba of Harlan County telling a story live at The Moth's Appalachian Debut also on the Appalshop stage in May 2018. Then from the Ohio Valley Resource we learn about a rar…
 
In this episode we bring you interviews from the Blackjewel Miners Blockade in Harlan County, KY, an interview with Kentucky artists Ken Swinson & Lacy Hale about printmaking & collaborative zine-making, and in honor of International Cat Day on August 8th... a story about...CATS!!!بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
In this episode we bring you stories about Benham, KY’s recent re-launch of an energy efficiency program “Benham Saves"; the Hemphill Community Center & Black Sheep Bakery's June 21, 2019 celebration of their brand new solar panels! And updates about Central Appalachian organizing around the RECLAIM Act - proposed federal legislation that would mor…
 
In this episode we're exploring local history and regional news. First, WMMT’s Ohio Valley Resource Reporter Sydney Boles sets out to learn the history behind the RC Cola signs around Whitesburg. Then, from the WMMT archives, we revisit a story about the Houndog Hookers, rug makers from Blackey who grew to national notoriety during the 1950s and 60…
 
This episode previews multiple upcoming events in Letcher & Perry Counties in late May and early June 2019:-a film screening of "Coal's Deadly Dust" followed by a panel discussion hosted by long-time NPR Reporter Howard Berkes at Appalshop on May 31st-a Healthy Communities Forum hosted by the Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky at CANE Kitchen on Jun…
 
In this episode we bring you recent news from the Ohio Valley Resource, an exploration into some curious billboards scattered around eastern Kentucky, some youth produced audio from the Appalachian Media Institute Library, and a story about this year’s free Levitt Amp concert series!بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
This episode begins with a celebration the craftsmanship of southwest Virginian musician and instrument builder Wayne Henderson, whose birthday is May 3rd.Then, we hear excerpts from an interview with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson just days after a fire destroyed the main office building at the historic Highlander Center in New Market, TN on March 29, …
 
In this episode we’re remembering the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in Raleigh County, WV in 2010, celebrating the life and musical legacy of Addie Graham with her grandson Rich Kirby, and reviewing some federal bills related to land and health here in the coalfields.بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
In this episode we’re talking about artistic collaborations, as well as the various ways people come to experience the unique culture of southeastern Kentucky. Whitesburg has hosted artists from all over the country and all over the world this month, and as more and more visitors come to eastern Kentucky, some Knott Countians are developing a visit…
 
In this episode we bring you a variety of stories about research, events, and solutions to issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Region.First, Bev May and Nell Fields talk about their work with the Mountain AIR Project - researching and treating respiratory health issues in Letcher and Harlan Counties. Then, from the Ohio Valley Resour…
 
In this episode we bring you stories - past and present - on health, the economy and education in the mountains. We begin with four pieces from the Ohio Valley Resource and wrap up with the fourth in a six-part series from Michael & Carrie Kline with Talking Across the Lines about race and class in Mt. Hope, WV in the 1960s.…
 
In this episode we bring you two stories highlighting how the economic decline here in eastern KY is being talked about at a national level. Then, in honor of Black History Month, this episode wraps up with the third in a 6-part series from Michael & Carrie Kline, exploring the history of desegregation in Mount Hope, WV.…
 
In this episode, we bring you stories of sickness and health in Appalachia. First, from WMMT’s own Ohio Valley Resource reporter, Sydney Boles - we’ll hear from widows of miners with Black Lung about how effects of the deadly disease ripple out into the community. Then, also from OVR we’ll learn about a vaping company that in marketing products to …
 
In this episode we bring you recent news from the Ohio Valley Resource on a proposed bill to shore up miners pension benefits and reinstate the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Then, WMMT’s Mimi Pickering takes us back a gathering of business women in Harlan County KY in November 2018. We finish this episode with the first in a 6 part series. Hope…
 
In this episode we bring you a range of stories past and present about some of the joys and challenges of life in Central Appalachia. WMMT reporter Sydney Boles brings us two recent stories: first about the struggle for clean drinking water in Wyoming County, WV in a community with lots of Mountain Top Removal mines, and then about a new LGBTQ+ saf…
 
This episode features stories centering the land we live on, and how we craft healthy lives for our families and communities on that land.From the archives we’ll hear a delightful story produced during the Appalachian Media Institute's 2009 Audio Lab. Sarah Craft recorded her family on hog-killing day. Then, WMMT reporter Sydney Boles brings us an …
 
It's been a heavy week in national news, so in this episode of Mtn. News we’re bringing you a hopeful story about the first ever pride festival in eastern KY, which took place in Pikeville on October 20th. And, from the Ohio Valley Resource, How is Healthcare shaping this mid-term election?بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
First, in this episode we bring you an update on the water crisis in Martin County, from WMMT’s new Ohio Valley Resource reporter, Sydney Boles. Then, from OVR, a piece about Dr. Rahul Gupta - Chief Health officer for the State of WV. And last, but not least, we’re in the midst of our Fall 2018 Fund Drive, so we wanted to share some clips from WMMT…
 
In this episode we bring you two recent stories from the Ohio Valley Resource, and, we dust off a piece from our archives. First, we learn about a recent lecture at West Virginia University by David Zatezalo - Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Administration. Zatezalo lays out the Trump Administration’s priorities for MSHA. Th…
 
In this episode we bring you stories of Letcher County events aimed at supporting local community members. First, we'll hear audio from the recent Black Lung Town Hall hosted by the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center which brought together researchers, health care providers, lawyers, and community members affected personally by Black Lung to discuss …
 
In this episode we bring you two stories about local efforts to invest in our towns and communities, both recorded by WMMT’s Mimi Pickering. First we’ll learn about the recent Naloxone Training held at the Letcher County Health Department, which provided attendees with a free training on how to spot and respond to an opioid overdose, and upon compl…
 
In this episode we bring you stories, history, and dreams for the future of the STAY Together Appalachian Youth Project. STAY is a regional youth network that has been working to create mountain communities where young Appalachians can and want to stay for the past 10 years. In July of 2018, STAY celebrated it’s 10th birthday at the Highlander Cent…
 
In this episode we bring you four stories exploring challenges to community health in our region. First we hear about the ACLU of VA's recent report on the use of solitary confinement in VA Prisons. Then from the Ohio Valley Resource we hear three stories about: Pension Problems, Spiking Black Lung Rates, and Climbing Hepatitis A cases in the Ohio …
 
In this episode we bring you two stories about families in crisis. The first from right here in KY focuses on Governor Bevin’s cuts to Medicaid Vision and Dental Benefits which has left nearly 500,000 Kentuckians without coverage. The second features audio from a recent rally in Big Stone Gap VA, where nearly 60 community members came out in protes…
 
In this show we bring you stories of historically marginalized communities creating space in the mainstream. First, WMMT’s Rachel Garringer brings us along for the opening of Letcher County, KY’s first ever LGBTQ Safe Space. Then from the Ohio Valley Resource we’ll learn about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and, the …
 
First, in this episode, we'll hear recent news from the Ohio Valley ReSource on the new Appalachian Regional Commission appointment, and an outbreak of Hepatitis A in the region. Then, we hear audio from a 2017 ARC health roundtable presentation about "diseases of despair" in the mountains. Finally we'll hear audio from the "What's Next EKY?" gathe…
 
This episode of Mountain News focuses on caring for our communities past, present and future is now up over on the website.Give it a listen for stories about #ChildAbusePreventionMonth, community efforts to clean up a historic Black cemetery in SWVA, & a cross-cultural conversation on empathy between Letcher County's own Gwen Johnson and Milmon F. …
 
This episode of Mountain News and World Report begins with a remembrance of the Buffalo Creek Disaster, which took place 46 years ago on February 26. Then, we hear two stories from Ohio Valley ReSource about the Black Lung Epidemic and Data Analysis of the WV Drug Overdose Epidemic. Finally, Rich Kirby brings us a story of a new restaurant and hote…
 
It’s been a big week in Kentucky, from right here in Letcher County all the way to Frankfort-- stories happening in our communities have been making waves and getting national attention. From the KY teachers rally in Frankfort on April 2nd to local efforts to feed students while teachers strike. From the U.S. Bureau of Prison's record of decision s…
 
On this episode we’re exploring issues in education. First, we’ll hear from Letcher County Teachers who rallied in support of public education and in opposition to Governor Bevin’s proposed pension reforms on Monday, March 19th. This episode ends with a piece about students organizing against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland School Shooting…
 
This week on Mountain News & World Report we hear interviews with WV Teachers about why they went on strike. Then, we hear 3 pieces from the Ohio Valley ReSource about issues in rural community health: pesticides, HIV, and water. Photo by Greenbrier County Teacher, Emily Haas.بقلم WMMT/Appalshop
 
In this episode we remember tragic news from our region’s past, and we explore current news about public health crises in our mountains, and of new economic development projects. February 26 marks the 46th anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Disaster in Logan County, West Virginia. We begin our program with a piece from the WMMT Archives produced by M…
 
In this episode of Mountain News 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! STAY members joined us to talk about their upcoming Appalachian…
 
This week we bring you stories about community health, from the ground up! First we’ll hear about a new bakery which aims to provide Letcher County residents with healthy, locally sourced breads and baked goods while supporting Drug Court participants in their journeys to recovery. Then, we’ll hear Whitesburg’s own Dr. Van Breeding speaking on a pa…
 
In this week's Mountain News and World Report we look forward towards possibilities for economic development in the region, and we look back, remembering two great writers, readers, and supporters of justice and education in Appalachia. Our first story features a new workforce training and economic development program called the Southeast KY Revita…
 
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