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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Dec 24, 2021

This holiday season has been a tough one for us, so we haven't had the opportunity to put together this year's Christmas episode.  Instead we give you last year's wonderful tale of the Krampus.  By the way, all the references in that episode to 2020?  Nothing's really changed, so just mentally put in "2021" when you...


Dec 18, 2021

On June 17, 1922, a tremendous explosion happened at the Thealka mine near Paintsville, Kentucky, killing two miners starting up mine equipment.

This blast was no accident.

Join us today for a story of labor unrest, coalfield violence, and justice, along with a bit of redemption.

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Dec 11, 2021

In the spring of 1856 the two little boys of Samuel and Susanna Cox disappeared, seemingly without a trace.

Today we tell the story of how the tragedy of that disappearance led to a miracle, one memorialized with a monument in the township of Pavia, Pennsylvania, east of Johnstown.

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Dec 4, 2021

There was a man who lived in Lee County, Virginia, who claimed to have once been a Tennessee Circuit Court judge, a preacher, a teacher and a business owner in Cumberland Gap.

He was also tried for killing two lawmen who tried to arrest his son-in-law.

Today we tell the story of Green Allen Brooks, dubbed by the press...


Nov 27, 2021

With it being Thanksgiving weekend, Rod and Steve have decided to take this week off, so today we are presenting an encore presentation of one of our first podcast episodes.

In 1935 a young woman from Pound, Virginia, was accused of murdering her father and put on trial in Wise.  The trial brought on an onslaught of...