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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Jan 2, 2021

For years the UMWA was under the tight control of John L. Lewis.  After he retired in 1960, he engineered the election of his hand-picked successor, W. A. (Tony) Boyle, as vice-president and then, on the death of Lewis' successor, he made sure he became UMWA president.  Six years later Boyle was challenged for the union...


Sep 19, 2020

Today we take another trip to Keystone, West Virginia.  Last time we were here, we told of a bank failure so huge it was a forerunner of the financial crash of 2008 and the Great Recession.  On this podcast we turn to the seedy part of town, a place called Cinder Bottom, where the liquor ran freely and the women were a...


Mar 7, 2020

Today we continue the story of labor activist Mother Jones, beloved by generations of Appalachian coal miners.

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Feb 6, 2016

This week we bring you the story of what happened after the massacre at Matewan, West Virginia, when striking coal miners set off the largest and bloodiest labor revolt in American history. It’s the story of the Battle of Blair Mountain, part of the history of Appalachia. Thanks for listening!


Jan 2, 2016

In 1920, UMWA organizing was in full swing, with the union successfully gaining pay raises and better working conditions in mines across the country. In that year, John L. Lewis set his sights on the coal fields of West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia, and the mine owners responded with force. On this...