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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Aug 1, 2020

Today we tell the story of the first Republican elected governor of Virginia since the Civil War, who also happens to be the father-in-law of one of the state's current senators, and who also happens to have been raised in the Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap...

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Jul 6, 2019

In 1886 two brothers from Carter County, Tennessee, ran for governor of the Volunteer State, one a Republican and the other a Democrat.  Instead of ripping the family apart, the campaign allowed the two to have the time of their lives, all the way to the Governor's Mansion.  Today we tell the story of the War of...


Jun 15, 2019

Today we tell the story of Judge Alexander Ratliff of Pikeville, Kentucky, who ran for office as both a Democrat and as an Independent, at the same time, gathering enough votes from both ballots to be elected.

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May 19, 2018

This week we tell three short stories involving politics in Appalachia.

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Jun 17, 2017

During World War I, the Germans managed to get Russia out of the fighting by helping communist rebels seize power and overthrow the Russian czar. Did you know that Germany tried to do the same in America? And that this was supposed to start in the coalfields of Appalachia, in Southwest Virginia? While the Appalachian […]