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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Oct 31, 2020

It's Halloween so Rod and Steve each have a bit of Appalachian folklore for you, in the form of two ghost stories.  Stick around after the stories, though, because Halloween is the fifth anniversary of the podcast and we're discussing our favorite episodes over the years.

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Oct 24, 2020

In 1906 a North Carolina prison escapee comes to Asheville.  There he gets into a drunken shootout with police and an escape littered with his murdered victims.  Today we tell the story of Will Harris.

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Oct 17, 2020

In 1784 a child was born on the Appalachian frontier, along the Holston River, in what was then the state of Franklin.  This child would grow up to become a preacher, a leader in the Restoration Movement and would help in the founding of the Disciples of Christ. 

Today we tell the story of Raccoon John Smith.

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Oct 10, 2020

Today we have another collection of what we call "short stories," bits of Appalachian history that are interesting but which by themselves won't make for a full podcast episode.

On this episode we tell about a strange substance found at a home in Tom's Creek, Virginia;  a criminal who managed to outwit the court system...


Oct 3, 2020

Many world renowned athletes have come from Appalachia, from NFL players Thomas and Julius Jones to gymnast Mary Lou Retton, just to name a few.  Today we tell the story of a runner born in Nickelsville, Virginia, who won the gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay in the 1964 Olympics.

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