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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Feb 19, 2022

Today we tell the fascinating story of the first woman in this country to go down in the coal mines to make a living, and how she made it legal for women to do so.

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Jan 1, 2022

In May of 1902 one of the best-run mine companies in the Coal Creek, Tennessee, area suffered a disaster when an explosion trapped and killed 216 miners, all but 3 of the adult male population of the Fraterville community.

Today we tell that story. 

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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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Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.