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Stories-A History of Appalachia

May 7, 2022

In 1788 the fate of the State of Franklin was uncertain.  North Carolina had re-exerted control over the area, appointing judges, sheriffs and other state and county officials, and residents of the area were divided between supporters of Franklin and supporters of North Carolina.

Everything came to a head early in 1788...


Apr 30, 2022

We've told the stories of businessmen in Appalachia, all with their own colorful history, folks from Cas Walker to Virgil Q. Wacks.  But they take a back seat to an Asheville businessman who took pushing boundaries to a whole new level.

Today we tell the story of who the newspapers of the 1920's called "Asheville's...


Apr 23, 2022

During the Great Depression of the 1930s coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, struck against the coal operators for better pay and better working conditions. These strikes often turned violent and gun battles were common.

Today we tell the story of the Harlan County coal war of the 1930s.


Apr 16, 2022

Today we tell the story of one of the most successful musicians to come from Southwest Virginia: Dr. Ralph Stanley, from Dickenson County.

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Apr 9, 2022

In 1923 a rigid airship, made with new material produced by Alcoa Aluminum in Pittsburgh, became the U. S. Navy's flagship aircraft.   Two years later this airship came down in bad weather in eastern Ohio with tragic results.

Today we tell the story of the crash of the Shenandoah.

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