Appalachia Meets World
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.
Friday Jul 07, 2023
Friday Jul 07, 2023
In this episode Neil and Will sit down with Dee Davis - President of the Center for Rural Strategies, former Executive Director of Appalshop and prolific storyteller. The majority of his career has been built on utilizing different forms of media to build more prosperous communities. Dee describes how media has changed throughout his career and how important local news is to a rural community. Take a listen as he speaks to the historical media portrayal of the Appalachia region and how some of those stereotypes have evolved. You might even hear about a unique, but legendary starting five and how it went when Neil set the sky of fire. Also, don't forget about the the #AppBiz of the week: The Mountain Eagle!
Center for Rural Strategies - www.ruralstrategies.org
The Daily Yonder - https://dailyyonder.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwzJmlBhBBEiwAEJyLuynnmdbICmUjEakdnI2XGye3G-IESFDblCnhEvbbVHTzPndHyjLfzRoCC2YQAvD_BwE
Everywhere Radio (Podcast) - https://dailyyonder.com/podcasts/everywhere-radio/
Rural Newswire - https://ruralnewswire.org/
Appalshop - https://appalshop.org/
Appalachian Triangle - www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/appalachian-triangle-receives-350k-state-153300450.html
ARISE Grant - www.arc.gov/news/arc-awards-5-2-million-to-create-workforce-and-business-opportunities-across-seven-appalachian-states/
Appalachian State University Innovation District - https://today.appstate.edu/2023/06/09/conservatory
Appalachian Media Institute (Appalshop) - www.amiappalshop.org/
The Mountain Eagle - www.themountaineagle.com/
Friday Jun 30, 2023
Friday Jun 30, 2023
In this episode Neil and Will kick off a series of discussing "Media in Appalachia" with a sit down with Skylar Baker-Jordan, a journalist currently working with 100 Days in Appalachia. 100 Days is working to bring a diverse set of voices into focus throughout the region through media, focusing on news of Appalachia -- but more importantly BY APPALACHIANS. Skylar discusses the complexities of the region and how important it is for the media to display the diversity that is apparent throughout. Take a listen as he describes his love for the region - a region that hasn't always "loved him back." Find out how he is investing his time to better understand Appalachia in order to become a more knowledgeable voice for the region he has come to represent. You might even hear about, to Neil's joy, the making of a new Doctor - but in Neil's eyes he was always the king (of the islands). Also, don't forget about the #AppBiz of the week: Made x Mtns WNC!
In this month, we celebrate Pride in solidarity - but not ONLY in this month (as suggested in the episode - take a listen)!
100 Days in Appalachia - www.100daysinappalachia.com/
SOAR Country Music Highway Tribute - https://soar-ky.org/cmh/
"King Coal" WV Premiere - www.wviff.org/king-coal/
Backroads of Appalachia - https://backroadsofappalachia.org/
Bitlux Sponsors Backroads of Appalachia - www.evaint.com/bitlux-sponsors-backroads-of-appalachia-as-its-official-air-travel-provider/
ARC ARISE (grant) - www.arc.gov/arise/
Willie Carver Jr on GMA ("Gay Poems for Red States") - www.goodmorningamerica.com/gma3/video/poem-book-inspires-lgbtq-youth-rural-areas-100310246
James Loveless (official) Obituary - www.pulaskifuneralhome.com/obituaries/james-loveless-2023
Made x Mtns WNV - https://madexmtns.com/
Friday Jun 23, 2023
Friday Jun 23, 2023
In this episode, Will (and unfortunately not Neil) sits down with Dr. Kathy Bullock, a Professor Emerita of Berea College where she focused on African American Music and Music Theory. Dr. Bullock explains the musical connections of African American Music and traditional Appalachian Music she came to better understand while she taught in the Appalachian region. As the Appalachian region can be complex, Dr. Bullock shares her experience moving to the region and her deep sentiments for Berea and the region she has made a home in. Take a listen as she describes how musical connections occurred throughout the region and how our interpretations of the sound and movements are not all that different. You might also hear Dr. Bullock's own voice throughout the episode. Also, don't forget the #AppBiz of the week: John C. Campbell Folk School!
Dr. Kathy Bullock - www.kathybullock.com
Dr. Bullock's Album: "From My Heart to Yours" (BandCamp) - https://kathybullock.bandcamp.com/album/from-my-heart-to-yours
Phillip Bullock - www.phillipbullock.com/
Opioid Settlement Made Public - www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2023/06/16/1182580973/opioid-settlement-fund-amounts#:~:text=Thousands%20of%20local%20governments%20nationwide,in%20settlements%20from%20national%20lawsuits
Healing Appalachia Lineup - https://healingappalachia.org/
Appalachian Oldest Town to Visit - www.worldatlas.com/cities/8-oldest-founded-towns-to-visit-in-the-appalachians.html
John C. Campbell Folk School - www.folkschool.org
Friday Jun 16, 2023
Friday Jun 16, 2023
In this episode Neil and Will sit down with a Rural "Evangelist" and policy expert Tony Pipa of the Brookings Institution, to discuss rural policy - or the lack thereof. Among his many hats, Tony also hosts the podcast "Reimagine Rural" - exploring how investment in rural people and places can lead to increased prosperity. Take a listen as Tony speaks on the often congested (and confusing) federal programs and why we need federal policy when it comes to the rural landscape. Rural America has often been overlooked or just flat out forgotten when decisions are being made - Tony's argues it's way past due for the rural voice to have a seat at the table when policy decisions are being discussed and made. You might even hear why a certain type of deli meat (if you can call it that) reminds Tony so much of "home." Also, don't forget the #AppBiz of the week: The Heritage!
Tony Pipa (Brookings) - www.brookings.edu/experts/anthony-f-pipa/
Reimagine Rural (Podcast) - www.brookings.edu/series/reimagine-rural/
ARC Chart Book - www.arc.gov/about-the-appalachian-region/the-chartbook/
Nick Saban's Appalachian Roots (article) - https://yellowhammernews.com/nick-sabans-appalachian-roots-span-from-alabama-to-west-virginia/
Eradicating Rural Poverty: The Power of Collaboration - https://nonprofitquarterly.org/series/eradicating-rural-poverty-the-power-of-cooperation/
Rural to Rural Partnerships: Leveling the Playing Field to Secure Federal Funding - www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2023/5/16/rural-partnerships
The Heritage - www.facebook.com/Shamokin.Heritage
Friday Jun 09, 2023
Friday Jun 09, 2023
In this episode Neil and Will sit down with Kim Davis, the executive director of "Friends of Southwest Virginia" - a regional organization positioned to develop and coordinate the creative economy in Southwest Virginia (SWVA). It uniquely works to not only drive tourism in the region, but to also combine infrastructure and economic development within its mission. While the "Birthplace of Country Music" can seemingly sell itself, take a listen as Kim describes how they utilize the bigger draws to make a sustainable impact on smaller communities throughout the region. SWVA - the Appalachian part of Virginia has so much to offer, you need to hear for yourself what that is and what you can expect to see if you hike Grayson Highlands State Park - it might be "wild" and it might have something to do with "ponies." Kim also explains the "why" of what she does and how her passion for the region has been a part of her whole life. You might also hear Will and Neil's experience (or lack thereof) with the "Moonbow" and Neil's version of the "Appalachian Finger." Also, don't forget about the #AppBiz of the week: Peking Chinese Restaurant!
Friends of Southwest Virginia - www.friendsofswva.org
SWVA Cultural Center - https://friendsofswva.org/aboutculturalcenter/
SWVA Marketplace ('Round the Mountain') - https://friendsofswva.org/aboutculturalcenter/artisan/
Accelerate West Virginia - https://wvhub.org/apply-for-our-accelerate-wv-program-as-part-of-the-act-now-coalition/
Accelerate West Virginia 2023 Communities - https://wvhub.org/2023/05/introducing-the-2023-accelerate-wv-communities/
Appalachian Fair - www.appalachianfair.com
PBS Appalachia Virginia - www.pbsavirginia.org
Peking Chinese Restaurant - www.pekingva.com
Friday Jun 02, 2023
Friday Jun 02, 2023
In this episode, Neil and Will sit down with the "Hillbilly Astrophysicist" - Dr. Jeff Bary - a professor at Colgate University and proud Appalachian born and raised in Welch, WV. As an astronomer, Dr. Bary is working to reclaim our connection to the night sky and preserving its darkness for future generations. As an Appalachian, he is working to develop a community interested in the night sky with a specific focus on Appalachia. More specifically, how the night sky plays a fundamental role and impacts one's "sense of place." Take a listen as he describes what a dark sky is and the importance of reducing light pollution and preserving the darkness of the sky for everyone. While economic development is often thought of as growth, dark skies are a unique tourism attraction that focuses on the lack of growth rather than the need for development. You might even hear Neil's feelings on Chestnuts when he was little and how Surfing, Asian Cuisine and Coal Mining are all related (it might surprise you). Also, don't forget about the #AppBiz of the week: Sticky Rice Cafe!
Dr. Jeff Bary - www.colgate.edu/about/directory/jbary
Dark Sky Preservation (Dr. Bary's new work) Website - www.jbary.colgate.domains/darkskies/
The Hillbilly Astrophysicist - https://jbary.wordpress.com/
Spotify "Core Appalachia" Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1GOquV1Q2U7gcc4QzsZxVv
Opportunity Appalachia Investor Convening - https://appalachiancommunitycapitalcdfi.org/opportunity-appalachia-investor-convening/
Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition: National to Neighborhoods Catalyzing Opportunities in Coal Impacted Communities - https://reclaimingappalachia.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/AML_RAC_report_2023.pdf
Invest Appalachia: Climate Resilience in Central Appalachia: Impacts and Opportunities - www.investappalachia.org/news/climate-analysis-report-launch
USDA Regional Food Business Centers Program (Rural Action) - www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/rfbcp
"American Chestnut Could Return to Appalachia" - https://wvpublic.org/more-than-100-years-later-american-chestnut-could-return-to-appalachia/
Four Star Gazing Hot Spots in the Appalachian Mountains - www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-outside/4-of-the-best-night-sky-parks-in-appalachia/
Sticky Rice Cafe (Knoxville, TN) - www.stickyriceknox.com/
Bon Appetit Story: Sticky Rice Cafe in East TN - www.bonappetit.com/story/appalachian-tennessee-culinary-road-trip
Friday May 26, 2023
Friday May 26, 2023
In this episode Neil and Will sit down with author and thru-hiker Derick Lugo to discuss his journey along the Appalachian Trail (AT) as well as how the trail drives tourism for many small towns along the way. Since completing the AT eleven years ago, Derick's life path has changed from a city dweller who knew little about hiking to an outdoor evangelist. As a prolific storyteller, Derick speaks about some of his trail stories and what he feels his role is in helping to educate people about the trial, hiking and the outdoors in general. Take a listen as "Mr. Fabulous" (we'll let him explain) gives his perspective on the Appalachia region, both before and after his thru-hike, and how he identifies with the region as a whole. Though he may continue to hike many trails throughout his life, he'll never forget his "first love" - the AT! You might even hear how the "Tenman" and "Tonto" would do on the AT and how (or if) Neil would survive without a bathroom. Also, don't forget about the #AppBiz(s) of the week: Southern Threads Boutique; Damascus Outfitters; Appalachian Heritage Distillery; and the Damascus Brewery!
Derick Lugo - www.dericklugo.com
"The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey" - www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/43570679
ARC Appalachian Leadership Institute - www.arc.gov/leadership/
Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) - www.asdevelop.org
ASD Breaking News - www.asdevelop.org/news/appalachian-sustainable-development-expanding-staff-to-provide-more-direct-resources-and-services-to-smaller-scale-farmers-and-producers/
Trail Days - www.visitdamascus.org/traildays.html
Damascus, VA: "Trail Town USA" - www.damascus.org/
Southern Threads Boutique - www.facebook.com/southernthreadsllc
Damascus Outfitters - www.damascusoutfitters.com/
Appalachian Heritage Distillery - www.ahddamascus.com
The Damascus Brewery - www.thedamascusbrewery.com
Friday May 19, 2023
Friday May 19, 2023
Laurel Cove Music Festival June 9th and 10th!! In this episode, Neil and Will sit down with Jon Grace the Bell County Tourism Director and Organizer of the Laurel Cove Music Festival. In its 4th year, while the festival continues to grow it still keeps the small town family identify it has formed from the start. As festival season is off and running in Appalachia, hear how festivals serve as an opportunity to attract visitors and highlight the assets of the region. Take a listen as Jon describes his passion for the region and how this Music Festival just hits a little different - bringing in people from all over the country. As discussed in the episode, the 2023 lineup showcases local, region and even national talent in one of the most beautiful natural venues in all of the country (or at least that's what Will suggests - he may be a little biased) - "The Red Rocks of Appalachia." You'll also hear a sampling of music throughout the episode from performers that are part of the lineup this year! Also, don't forget about the #AppBiz of the week: Riverside Market and Grill!
Bell County Tourism - www.bellcountytourism.com/
Laurel Cove Music Festival - www.laurelcovemusicfestival.com
Riverside Market and Grill - www.facebook.com/people/Riverside-Market-Grill/100086752601854/?paipv=0&eav=AfbDuxXM4rerh4Rw4tKv8F-b4iAtOwlF7jSykyeFHGDeJhZmM81YEzAIuNIuRRPVKgY&_rdr
Rural Partners Network - www.rural.gov
ARC awards $500,000 at the Rural Partners Network meeting - www.arc.gov/news/arc-awards-nearly-500k-to-help-five-appalachian-kentucky-area-development-districts-apply-for-more-federal-funds/
Rural Partners Network Forum in West Virginia - www.arc.gov/event/rural-partners-network-resource-partners-forum/
Appalachian Festival - www.appalachianfestival.org/
Taste the Nation with Travis Melton: "Padma and the Beanstalk" - www.hulu.com/series/taste-the-nation-with-padma-lakshmi-53d48a66-d254-4e4f-89a1-277ec6c57368
36 hour Itinerary in Asheville, NC (New York Times) - www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/05/04/travel/things-to-do-asheville.html
Hood Huggers International - www.hoodhuggers.com
National Travel and Tourism Week - www.ustravel.org/events/national-travel-and-tourism-week
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival - www.kmlf.org
Music on the episode (from Laurel Cove Music Festival Lineup):
The Local Honeys - "High on a Mountain"
49 Winchester - "Russell County Line"
The Red Clay Strays - "Good Godly Woman"
Cole Chaney - "Back to Kentucky"
Sometimes it takes leaving a place to truly understand how special that place is. It's like it's magic, there's something about the mountains that tend to draw you back in. No matter where you roam or how far away you get, remember to remain "Always Appalachian."