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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Mar 29, 2016

In the summer of 1859, as the country was rapidly coming apart over the issue of slavery, a man slipped into the Appalachian town of Harper’s Ferry, Virginia under an assumed name and began preparing to spark a massive slave revolt. In the end, what was waiting for John Brown was not a revolution but […]


Mar 26, 2016

On today’s episode of Stories, Steve tells the story of David Grier, who spent his adult life atop Big Bald Mountain, just above Flag Pond, Tennessee on the North Carolina border. You might call him the Appalachian Thoreau, but Grier had an odd streak about him, which landed him in a trial for murder and, […]


Mar 22, 2016

Up until the end of the nineteenth century, most “doctoring” in the rural parts of Appalachia was done by folk healers or “granny-women,” who used old time roots and herbs and traditional treatments. One of the first true doctors to settle in the mountains of Southwest Virginia was an Englishman named...


Mar 19, 2016

In the mid-19th century, American “filibusters” descended on Latin America with an eye on extending the United States’ influence over the area. The most notorious of these men was William Walker of Tennessee, who led his band of Tennessee and Kentucky mercenaries into Nicaragua, where he made himself dictator. To...


Mar 15, 2016

In Eastern Kentucky, around Troublesome Creek, lived a group of families that were normal in all respects, but for one: many of them went through life with blue-tinged skin. On this episode of Stories, Rod and Steve tell the story of the Blue Fugates and how science explains their “blueness.” You can subscribe to...