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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Feb 29, 2020

A woman born in Ireland who immigrated to, first, Canada, then the United States, became a schoolteacher and dressmaker.  The tragic loss of her husband and children led eventually to a career in labor activism.  Today we start to tell you the story of a woman beloved by generations of Appalachian coal miners,...

Feb 22, 2020

A boy's search for the spirit of his late mother in the Smokey Mountains led to a career as a Great Smoky Mountains National Park guide and a life as a well-loved Gatlinburg businessman and teller of Appalachian tall tales.  Today, by listener request, we tell the story of Sevier County's Wiley Oakley.

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Feb 15, 2020

Up until the late 1800's the legal profession in North Carolina was limited to men only.  That changed with the admission of a spunky woman born in Iredell County named Tabitha Ann Holton.  Today we tell her story.

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Feb 8, 2020

One of the most well-known Cherokee on the Appalachian frontier was Nancy Ward.  Today we tell the story of the Cherokee "beloved woman."

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Feb 1, 2020

Today we tell the story of a bizarre tragedy that took place aboard a Piedmont Airlines DC-3 in the skies over western North Carolina in 1956.

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