Stories - A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time

By Steve Gilly, Rod Mullins

On Going since Nov 2015 • Updated bimonthy

A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time

All Episodes

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 07 May 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 at the John Tipton farm in Washington County, Franklin/North Carolina. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 30 Apr 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 Ponzi," Scott Dillingham.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 23 Apr 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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 16 Apr 2022

Today we tell the story of one of the most successful musicians to come from Southwest Virginia: Dr. Ralph Stanley, from Dickenson County. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Audacy, Audible, Goodpods, RadioPublic, or on your own favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening to our stories!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 09 Apr 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. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Audacy, Spotify, Audible, Goodpods, RadioPublic or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 02 Apr 2022

Today we tell the story of the man who led the most successful Confederate raid on American territory during the Civil War, leading his men into battle throughout Indiana and Ohio. Afterwards, General John Hunt Morgan met his end at the hands of Union soldiers in Greeneville, Tennessee. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Goodpods, RadioPublic, Audacy, Audible or on your own favorite podcast app.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 26 Mar 2022

In April 1865 a riverboat that carried cargo from Illinois south to New Orleans was hired to transport newly freed Union prisoners from Vicksburg, Mississippi, home. Unfortunately, many of them would end up dying during this trip. Today we tell the story of the man claimed to be the last survivor of this ill-fated trip, a man born and raised in Blount County, Tennessee.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 19 Mar 2022

In the 1930's a man interested in writing, new age religions and far-right politics came to Asheville, North Carolina, where he established his own fascist organization in support of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany. Today we tell the story of William Dudley Pelley.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 Mar 2022

In the area of Bland and Tazewell Counties in Virginia in the late 1780's a pregnant young woman and her child were captured by a band of renegade Indians consisting of two Cherokee, three Shawnee, three Wyandots and three Delaware. After a year as their slave, this woman managed to escape and make it back through the Appalachian wilderness to her family and friends. Today we tell the story of Jenny Wiley. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 05 Mar 2022

In 1912 a Presbyterian pastor in Greeneville, Tennessee, decided to help his former secretary back at the school he headed in Pittsburgh. That decision cost the woman her life and landed the pastor in jail. Today we tell that story.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 26 Feb 2022

In the late 1700s two cousins, Micajah Harpe and Wiley Harpe, terrorized the Appalachian frontier, stealing, fighting, raping and killing pioneers as they crossed Appalachia looking for a new home. Today we tell the story of the Bloody Harpes, two of America's most vicious serial killers. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast, at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Goodpods, Audacy, Audible, IHeart Radio, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 19 Feb 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. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audacy, Goodpods, Audible or on your own favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 12 Feb 2022

In the summer of 1946 a training mission for a B-29 Superfortress ended in tragedy. Today we tell the story of that B-29, which crashed into the third-highest mountaintop in the eastern United States. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Audacy, Stitcher, Goodpods, Audible, Spotify, IHeart Radio, RadioPublic, or on your favorite podcast app.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 05 Feb 2022

Who were the men who moved into what’s now East Tennessee, establishing the first local governments there, such as the Watauga Association in 1772 and the State of Franklin in 1784? Many of them came from a movement that had been quashed in North Carolina by the Royal Governor in a battle that’s still remembered and re-enacted today. Today we tell the story of the Regulator Movement.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 29 Jan 2022

In 1950 a man shot and killed his sister-in-law and niece in a country store in northeast Tennessee. Why he did that is our story today. Don't forget to subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 21 Jan 2022

In 1951 Little League baseball came to Norton, Virginia. In that very first season the Little League allowed black boys and white boys to play together, fully integrated, for the first time in the South. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Audacy, Goodpods, Audible, IHeart Radio or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 15 Jan 2022

After the end of the Revolutionary War the land north and west of the Ohio River was organized by Congress into the Northwest Territory. Soon settlers began to move into the eastern part of the territory (the future state of Ohio) and form new towns, including Marietta, at the junction of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. One of these new settlers was an Irish nobleman, Harman Blennerhassett, who built a fine estate on an island in the Ohio not far from Marietta. There he entertained the rich and famous, and that, folks, led to his downfall. Today we tell the story of Harmon Blennerhassett's ill-fated venture with a former vice-president, Aaron Burr. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audacy, Stitcher, TuneIn, Goodpods, Audible, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 08 Jan 2022

At the turn of the 20th century, a Kentucky man obsessed with spiritualism, fortune-telling, seances and speaking to the dead, was convinced to marry a "psychic" and give her all his property. This act set off a chain of events involving this man, his siblings, his new (fourth) wife, and a man named Fred, all of which ended up very badly for him. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Audacy, Audible, Goodpods, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, or on your favorite podcast app.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 01 Jan 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. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 24 Dec 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 hear us say "2020." Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 18 Dec 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. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audacy, Stitcher, Audible, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts, Goodpods, or on your favorite podcast app.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 11 Dec 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. You can subscribe to the audio version of the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Audacy, Goodpods, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 04 Dec 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 as the "Mountain Man." You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Audacy, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 27 Nov 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 national news attention. And when the media descended on Wise, Virginia, they brought their Appalachian stereotypes with them. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Audacy, Audible or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 20 Nov 2021

Over 120 years ago one of Devil Anse Hatfield's sons made his escape from a Williamson, West Virginia, jail. How he got in that jail, why he escaped and where he went is our story this week. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast, at Apple Podcasts, Audible, PlayerFM, Stitcher, Spotify, Audacy or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 13 Nov 2021

A hundred years ago two men were captured near Harriman, Tennessee, after an intense manhunt. They, along with two other men, were responsible for an attempted armed bank robbery, two kidnappings, and one murder during a crime spree through the Tennessee hills west of Knoxville in June, 1921. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Audacy, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 06 Nov 2021

In the early 1800's central Pennsylvania was the home of a man named David Lewis. Lewis joined the army then went AWOL, starting down a road that led to him becoming a charming con man, counterfeiter, robber and murderer, as well as a legend in the area, some even comparing Lewis to Robin Hood. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, IHeart Radio or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 30 Oct 2021

For this year’s Halloween tale, we’re going to go back a couple of years to once again tell you one of our more popular stories, about the hermit of Pound Gap. A traveler uncovers a local legend about an old hermit living in a cave on the Virginia/Kentucky border, so he sets about to investigate. We tell you that story, this year’s Halloween tale, on today’s podcast. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening…Happy Halloween!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 23 Oct 2021

In 1877 a young Kentucky man's body was found by the side of the road, the victim of a knife attack. Suspicion quickly fell on the deceased's former best friend since the two had recently had a falling out over a girl. That led the friend to go on the run. 20 years later he was found and brought back to Kentucky to face justice. Today we tell that story.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 16 Oct 2021

In 1803 John Sevier was the governor of the state of Tennessee and Andrew Jackson was a Superior Court judge, both in Knoxville. They were also bitter political rivals. One day the two met on the steps of the Knox County Courthouse and began an argument that turned into a fist fight and challenges from both men to the other to settle matters with a duel. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 09 Oct 2021

In 1977 a small town along the Tug River in West Virginia needed a bridge. They got that bridge, and became world-famous in the process. That's our story this week. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Stitcher, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio or on your own favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 02 Oct 2021

After the Civil War a group of English men and women traveled to the hills of Tennessee to set up a utopian colony. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Audible, IHeart Radio, Audacy, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 25 Sep 2021

Today we tell a story that's a little bit history and a little bit folklore about a legend in eastern Kentucky named Moses Stepp, supposedly the oldest man to have ever lived in the state. Thanks for listening and for sharing our podcast with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 18 Sep 2021

In 1959 a mining operation ignored mine regulations leading not only to a mine roof collapse but flooding so bad that miners were killed and the entire economy in the area was pretty much destroyed. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audacy, IHeart Radio, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 11 Sep 2021

1929 was a rough year for the jailer at the Yancey County jail, in North Carolina. That year saw not one but two 3-prisoner escapes from the facility. That's our story today. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 04 Sep 2021

We wrap up our story about Davy Crockett, telling of his leaving Tennessee and moving to Texas to fight in the Texas War of Independence. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app...please add us to your favorites list! Thanks for listening.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 28 Aug 2021

Probably nobody embodies Appalachia and her people more than a man born near Limestone, Tennessee, in 1786. Davy Crockett was a frontiersman, cowboy, businessman, politician and a martyr to the cause of Texas independence. Today we start telling you his very big story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 21 Aug 2021

In 1945 a preacher was arrested and charged in his wife's death...by snakebite. Seems he had been holding a service near Norton, Virginia, in which a large poisonous snake had been placed in his hand, and his wife had been bitten when she reached over to pat the creature's head. Today we tell the story of a death in a snake-handling church, another part of the history of this place we call home: Appalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 14 Aug 2021

In 1671 Thomas Batts and Richard Fallam set out from Appomatox Town (near present day Petersburg), Virginia, on a mission of exploration into Appalachia. Along the way they discovered the New River and many other places in the western part of the colony. Today we tell their story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Deezer and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 06 Aug 2021

One hundred years ago this month the largest labor uprising in American history occurred in southern West Virginia when striking coal miners gathered with weapons and headed toward the Appalachian coal fields, intent on unionizing the mines there. What started with a deadly shootout in Matewan between men hired by the coal company to kick striking miners out of company-owned housing and Police Chief Sid Hatfield and his men in the spring of 1920 and Hatfield's subsequent killing on the McDowell County Courthouse steps by those same enforcers a year later exploded into a mass movement that took the police, hired mercenaries, bombs dropped from airplanes, machine guns, poison gas and, finally, the intervention of the U. S. military to stop. Today we tell that story.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 31 Jul 2021

In 1912 a Carroll County, Virginia, man was sentenced to serve a one year sentence in the state penitentiary. The announcement of that sentence set off a gun battle that became one of the worst incidences of violence ever to occur in an American courtroom. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio or on your favorite podcast app.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 24 Jul 2021

In 1931 Knox County, Tennessee, sheriff's deputies, along with federal Prohibition officers, found something very interesting underneath a house in Knoxville. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 17 Jul 2021

Shortly after the end of the Civil War an orphan boy disappeared near the High Knob, on the border of Scott and Wise Counties in Virginia. Today we tell a story that's been handed down for over a hundred years of an Appalachian unsolved mystery! You can subscribe to the audio version of our podcast on your favorite podcast app. As always, thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 10 Jul 2021

Today we tell the story of the Wonderland Hotel and the area around it, Elkmont, both part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 03 Jul 2021

In the 1920s a young woman opened a business providing moonshine to all the bootleggers in the Harlan, Kentucky, area during Prohibition. After Prohibition she opened a store that sold legal liquor. She also sold moonshine there, for which she was arrested and tried and served her one and only jail sentence, even though she was arrested again and again, 37 more times, without a conviction. Oh, she was also the model for a character in a popular television series that aired just a few years ago. Today we tell the story of Maggie Bailey Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 26 Jun 2021

In 1877 a farmer was shot dead as he was working in his fields. No one saw who fired the shot and nobody confessed to the murder. But Daniel Dean was hanged for the crime, splitting his community in half. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 19 Jun 2021

In 1929 there were textile strikes going on across the southeastern U. S., including at the two mills located in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Mack Elliott worked at one of those plants and was involved in union organizing there, which led, literally, to an explosive development. Today we tell that story.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 12 Jun 2021

During the French Revolution a French baron attempted to establish a colony of Frenchmen in Appalachia, at present-day St. Paul, Virginia. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, TuneIn, Audible or wherever you find your podcasts. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 05 Jun 2021

Explorer, surveyor, soldier and Indian agent are all jobs held by Joseph Martin. He also built a settlement, Martin's Station, that was a way station for settlers moving west into Kentucky. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn, or on you favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 29 May 2021

During World War I a wealthy playboy from Philadelphia refused induction into the U. S. Army and was charged and convicted of draft evasion. He managed to escape and, when captured, offered to buy his way out of prison with gold he said was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. That's just a small part of this week's story...you'll have to listen for the rest! Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app for all our stories of Appalachian history. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 22 May 2021

Today we tell the story of an East Tennessee man who realized after 20 years of marriage that he wasn't who he always thought he was. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Audible or on your own favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 15 May 2021

On April 11, 1946, Earl McFarland was captured by the FBI at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville while waiting for a streetcar. Why this happened to a Marine veteran of the Battle of Guadalcanal is the subject of our story today. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 08 May 2021

In 1925 the state of Tennessee passed the Butler Act, which made it illegal to teach the theory of evolution in public schools. Today we tell part two of that story, the trial itself. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast in many ways: on our website, www.storiespodcast.net, at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Audible, Player FM and many more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 01 May 2021

In 1925 the state of Tennessee passed the Butler Act, which made it illegal to teach the theory of evolution in public schools. A group of men in Dayton, Tennessee, decided to challenge that law with the help of the ACLU, picking a high school teacher named John Scopes as their defendant. Today we tell part one of that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast in many ways: on our website, www.storiespodcast.net, at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Audible, RadioPublic and many more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 24 Apr 2021

Today we go back and retell one of our favorite stories, about a very odd occurrence at a farm in Kentucky in the 1870s that's still a mystery today. A tasty tale, indeed. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on such fine podcast apps as Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible, IHeart Radio and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 17 Apr 2021

Prior to the Civil War the Clay family of Kentucky was one of the nation's most prominent political families, the most well-known of which was congressman, senator, speaker of the House and Secretary of State Henry Clay. Today we tell not his story, but the story of another Clay, abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, who also was the namesake of another well-known Kentucky native, the boxer who dropped that name for the name Mohammed Ali. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, Audible, among other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 10 Apr 2021

After the French and Indian War the governor of Virginia awarded veterans land in the western part of the state in payment for their service to king and colony. Among those vets receiving land was George Washington, who decided to set up a colony of settlers in what's now West Virginia. Today we tell the story of that attempt to set up an early Appalachian settlement. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Audible, IHeart Radio, TuneIn, or on your own favorite podcast app. We're also on YouTube, for those who like to watch us tell our stories. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 03 Apr 2021

In 1938 a family had an encounter with an Appalachian ghost when young Bertha Sybert's bed began to shake mysteriously every night. Soon people were coming from all over the country to witness the spirit, or demon or witch or whatever it was that was moving Bertha's bed around. Today we tell the story of Bouncing Bertha's ghost. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, IHeart Radio, among others. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 27 Mar 2021

In 1949 a gang robbed the Bank of Follansbee, near Weirton, West Virginia, of $5,400.00 and made their escape. Later that night two policemen pulled over a car they suspected belonged to those robbers. Things did not go as they planned, and we tell that story this week. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Audible and on many other podcast apps.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 19 Mar 2021

November 14, 1970, is a date burned into the memories of the residents of Huntington, West Virginia. That's the day Marshall University lost its football team in a terrible plane crash, and that's the story we tell today. Thank you for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 13 Mar 2021

New Straitsville, Ohio, was founded as a coal town in the Hocking Valley after the Civil War. Labor unrest happened in the 1880's, leading to the Great Hocking Valley coal strike. During that strike something unthinkable happened, and is still happening today. On this episode of the podcast we tell that story. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Audible, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 06 Mar 2021

In 1873 a wave of cholera swept across the southeastern U.S. This epidemic hit the town of Greeneville, Tennessee, hard; so hard, in fact, that around 10% of the town's population was killed. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Audible, IHeart Radio, TuneIn, Amazon Music and more. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 27 Feb 2021

Loyalties were divided in Appalachia, from Kentucky to Tennessee to North Carolina. And it was in western North Carolina that a Confederate army unit committed an atrocity against Union sympathizers living in Madison County. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on a ton of apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Audible, IHeart Radio, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Deezer and more. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 20 Feb 2021

Wise County, Virginia, saw very little racial violence after the Civil War. In fact, up until 1927, there were only three known cases of death by lynching in this southwestern Virginia county. But those three, each one more violent than the one before, led to the passage in Virginia of the first anti-lynching law in the former Confederacy. Today we tell that story. Thanks for watching.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 13 Feb 2021

Firefighters responding to a house fire in Canton, Pennsylvania, in 1896 were stunned by what they found. Today we tell that story. The Stories podcast is available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Amazon Music, RadioPublic, Audible and more. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 06 Feb 2021

Mason Evans was a schoolteacher and principal in McMinn County, in southeast Tennessee. After his one true love left him he made a fateful and life-changing decision to head to the Smoky Mountains. That's the story we tell you today. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher, Audible, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 30 Jan 2021

The bloody legacy of the Civil War lived on in Appalachia up until the beginning of the 20th century in the form of feuds and honor killings between those who once served the Union and those who did the same for the Confederacy. Today we tell of one such example that arose along the Clinch River in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the Wright-Templeton Gang. The Stories podcast is available on these fine podcast apps: Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, PlayerFM, RadioPublic, Amazon Music, Audible, as well as your own favorite app. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 23 Jan 2021

After World War II a young vet moves to Abingdon, Virginia, to take a teaching and coaching position in an area high school. And, being short on funds, he rents a room to live in from a widow. Things go down from there, eventually leading to a high profile murder trial. Today we tell you that story. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Libsyn, TuneIn, PlayerFM, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 16 Jan 2021

Early on Christmas Eve, 1911, a 24 car coal train wrecked inside the Natural Tunnel in Scott County, Virginia. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the audio version of the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Spotify, RadioPublic, and more. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and give us a thumbs-up, please. Thanks for listening/watching!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 09 Jan 2021

Ty Cobb was born in 1886 in Narrows, in north Georgia. He became a baseball legend, known as much for his fierce competitiveness as for his athletic ability. Today we tell the story of what happened when a fan decided it was a good idea to heckle Cobb during a game. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on these podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and many more. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 02 Jan 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 presidency by long-time UMWA officer Joseph (Jock) Yablonski on a platform of reforming the union to better serve the needs of rank and file miners. Yablonski lost, amid allegations of wide-spread voter fraud. And then Jock Yablonski, his wife and his daughter were brutally murdered in their home on New Years Eve, 1969. Today we tell the story of the Yablonski murders. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on many apps, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Spotify and IHeart Radio. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 26 Dec 2020

An attempted robbery of a Johnson City, Tennessee, laundry in 1930 eventually led to a stint in Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, a prisoners strike and an escape for the robber. Two years later, this man walked into a police station a thousand miles away and surrendered to authorities, who had no idea he was a wanted man. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and more. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 19 Dec 2020

Christmas is fast approaching so this week, as we do at this time of the year, we tell a Christmas story. And, since this is the pandemic year, 2020, what better story to tell than that of a man-goat being with horns that represents the evil side of Christmas! Today we tell you about Krampus. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast on such fine podcast apps as Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio and TuneIn. If you'd rather watch us, then go over to our YouTube channel. Be sure to click that "Subscribe" button and ring that bell to get new episodes when they're released. Merry Christmas, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 12 Dec 2020

Today we tell the story of Cherokee prophet and leader, Tsali. According to tribal oral tradition, it was Tsali who made it possible for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee to remain in North Carolina after the southeastern Native American tribes were forced to move to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. But the actual historical records tells a different story. We share those stories today. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and wherever else fine podcasts are found. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 05 Dec 2020

The Avery family is very well-known in western North Carolina, starting in the late 1700s with Waightstill Avery, a lawyer and the very first attorney general in the state. His grandson, William Waightstill Avery, was, just like his grandfather, a North Carolina lawyer and politician. What happened between him and another man in a courtroom in 1851 is the subject of our story today. You can find the audio version of the Stories podcast on many podcast apps, including Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, RadioPublic, TuneIn and IHeart Radio. We are also on YouTube; you can subscribe by clicking the "Subscribe" button down below. Please give us a like, too, if you don't mind. Til next we meet, so long everybody.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 28 Nov 2020

Today we tell the story of the man from West Virginia who became a brigadier general in the U. S. Air Force, helped train the first American astronauts and became the first man to break the sound barrier, Chuck Yeager. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon Music, IHeart Radio, Tunein and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 21 Nov 2020

At one time it was a common sight to see a traveling group of Roma, known then as gypsies, come through Appalachia. Folks would barter with them for livestock, utensils and services. Along with the Roma, the Irish travellers were also present, providing stories and repairs for the locals they met. Today we tell their story, a part of the history of Appalachia. You can subscribe to the audio version of the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Amazon Music and more.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 14 Nov 2020

Disputes in Appalachia between the well-to-do were often handled with the use of firearms with one of the most well-known people from the region, Andrew Jackson, being famous for his duels with rivals. And when it wasn't a formal duel, these folks would often shoot it out, much like in the Wild West. Today we tell of a dispute that ended with the son of one of the parties lying dead on Gay Street in Knoxville, along with both of the combatants, an incident so bad it ended up being one of the last such gun battles in East Tennessee. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Amazon Music, IHeart Radio and more. We're also on YouTube. Be sure to like and subscribe. Thanks for listening.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 07 Nov 2020

Saturday, September 24, 1904, started just like any other day for the passengers getting ready to board the Southern Railway Number 15 train at the Bristol Train Station. It would end in a horrible, horrible way in New Market, Tennessee. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Amazon Music, Deezer and many, many more. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 31 Oct 2020

It's Halloween so Rod and Steve each have a bit of Appalachian folklore for you, in the form of two ghost stories. Stick around after the stories, though, because Halloween is the fifth anniversary of the podcast and we're discussing our favorite episodes over the years. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening. Happy Halloween.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 24 Oct 2020

In 1906 a North Carolina prison escapee comes to Asheville. There he gets into a drunken shootout with police and an escape littered with his murdered victims. Today we tell the story of Will Harris. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Amazon Music, IHeart Radio and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 17 Oct 2020

In 1784 a child was born on the Appalachian frontier, along the Holston River, in what was then the state of Franklin. This child would grow up to become a preacher, a leader in the Restoration Movement and would help in the founding of the Disciples of Christ. Today we tell the story of Raccoon John Smith. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, Amazon Music, Deezer, and many more. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 10 Oct 2020

Today we have another collection of what we call "short stories," bits of Appalachian history that are interesting but which by themselves won't make for a full podcast episode. On this episode we tell about a strange substance found at a home in Tom's Creek, Virginia; a criminal who managed to outwit the court system in West Virginia; a vote on Prohibition in Bristol, Virginia; a jailbreak in North Carolina worthy of an episode of the Andy Griffith show; and a murder trial in eastern Kentucky more than two decades after the crime was committed. Like what you hear? Then be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 04 Oct 2020

It's October and Halloween will be here before you know it. To get in the spirit of Halloween, Gena and Steve are back with not one but three tales of ghosts that have lost their heads and are doomed to roam the hills forever. You can subscribe to the MountainLore podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Google, Deezer, Amazon Music and on many other podcast apps. Sweet dreams, podcast listeners.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 03 Oct 2020

Many world renowned athletes have come from Appalachia, from NFL players Thomas and Julius Jones to gymnast Mary Lou Retton, just to name a few. Today we tell the story of a runner born in Nickelsville, Virginia, who won the gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay in the 1964 Olympics. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Spotify, Amazon Music and more. Thanks for listening.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 26 Sep 2020

In the 1830s the Cherokee of north Georgia had settled on a strategy of using litigation to establish and enforce rights that had been given to them by treaties with the United States. Samuel Worcester, a missionary to the tribe from Vermont, helped to come up with this approach. And they won their case at the U. S. Supreme Court, which said they were a sovereign nation within Georgia. But that didn't matter because both Georgia and the President of the United States ignored that decision, which set the stage for the Trail of Tears. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, Amazon Music, IHeart Radio and more. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 19 Sep 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 plenty (for a price). You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 11 Sep 2020

19 years ago today Al Qaeda terrorists seized four commercial jets with the intent to use them as suicide bombs against American targets. Three of these succeeded, resulting in the collapse of both towers of the World Trade Center in New York and massive damage to the Pentagon. The fourth attempt was foiled by the plane's passenger over the skies of Appalachia. Today we tell the story as seen from the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the plane crashed. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 05 Sep 2020

William Irvine Fayssoux was a psychic and illusionist in the south early in the 20th century. He traveled throughout Appalachia, performing feats that would seem incredible even today. There's little doubt that had he been born 100 years later he'd have his own TV show. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Deezer, RadioPublic and more. We're also on YouTube. Be sure to like and subscribe. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 29 Aug 2020

In 1962 a World War I vet came to the VA hospital at Mountain Home, Tennessee for medical care. This man decided to stay in the area, getting a job at the weekly newspaper in nearby Jonesborough. There he worked as a linotype operator and part-time reporter. He also developed a relationship with his widowed landlord, eventually marrying her. When he died he was buried at the Mountain Home National Cemetery. It was only after his death that the dark secrets he held were discovered. Today we tell the story of D. C. Stephenson. Today we tell the story of D. C. Stephenson. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, Deezer, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 22 Aug 2020

Today we tell the story of the camp meeting to end all camp meetings, the one that helped to spark the Second Great Awakening. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, RadioPublic and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 15 Aug 2020

In 1927 the wife of the Roane County, Tennessee, sheriff managed to persuade two escaped prisoners to return to the jail in Kingston without using a weapon of any kind. That's a story in and of itself, but it's only part of Lillie Ladd's story, which includes not one but two twists at the end! You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and more. We're also have a YouTube channel, at Stories, A History of Appalachia. Thanks for listening to our stories about Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 08 Aug 2020

In May, 1934, a man wanted for the robbery of a bank in Ewing, Virginia, made a daring escape from the Cocke County, Tennessee, jail. Thus started a summer of carjackings, highway robberies, moonshining and high speed chases from Knoxville to Cumberland Gap that came to a tragic end on August 22. Today we tell the story of Clarence Bunch, another part of the history of Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, and on our YouTube channel. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 01 Aug 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... You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, RadioPublic, YouTube and more... Thanks for listening, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 25 Jul 2020

In the 1860s a Cherokee witch doctor arrived in Bristol, Virginia, to assist in the local Confederate hospital with her salves and potions. After the war she invested her meager savings into a building on State Street, from which she operated what became Bristol's largest brothel, the Black Shawl. Today we tell her story, and more. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio and on our YouTube channel as well. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 18 Jul 2020

Back in the 1800's a preacher named Abijah Alley from Scott County, Virginia, made a name for himself when he began traveling around the world. He also was a bit of a prophet, as he foretold the Civil War, emancipation and the defeat of the South. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, RadioPublic and more.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 11 Jul 2020

You've probably seen the movie "Thelma and Louise," about two housewives who hit the road for a bit of adventure that eventually goes wrong. Today we're going to tell you a story about a real life pair of Tennessee housewives whose adventures on the road lead to murder in the 1930's. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio, Deezer and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 04 Jul 2020

From Kona, in Letcher County, Kentucky, came one of the tallest men in the world, a true giant. Martin Van Buren Bates traveled the world as a circus performer, which allowed him to meet the love of his life, Anna Swan, one of the tallest women in the world. Together, they still hold the Guinness record as the tallest married couple ever. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio, Spotify, TuneIn and more. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 27 Jun 2020

On this episode we tell the story of Sara Jane Moore, the second woman to attempt to assassinate a president, who was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, and more. Thanks for listening, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 20 Jun 2020

Today's story is from Clay County, Kentucky, and involves a man who was arrested for allegedly killing his father and stepmother, but who escaped justice for years by breaking out of jail again, and again, and yet again before he was finally captured for good. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and more.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 13 Jun 2020

William Richardson Mullins made his living as a photographer in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. Starting in the Great Depression, he traveled the mountains taking pictures until, eventually, he had amassed a collection of thousands of photographs that documented life in central Appalachia during the mid 20th century. He also earned the nickname "Pictureman" for his work. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Deezer, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio, Spotify and more. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 06 Jun 2020

Football is big in Appalachia, just like it was 94 years ago when two teams met but only one, apparently, was there to play. Today we tell the story of one of the most lopsided high school football games ever played, between Kingsport's Dobyns Bennett High School and the Raiders from Norton, Virginia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, Feedburner and more. Thanks for listening to our stories.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 30 May 2020

Today we tell how Adolf Hitler came to be in eastern Kentucky after World War II…not. It’s actually a story about a massive con job on post-war Nazi sympathizers all done from Middlesboro, Kentucky. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and more. Thanks for listening and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 30 May 2020

Today we tell how Adolf Hitler came to be in eastern Kentucky after World War II...not. It's actually a story about a massive con job on post-war Nazi sympathizers all done from Middlesboro, Kentucky. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and more. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 23 May 2020

Today we tell the story of Lillian Grace Browder who, with her husband Carl, robbed the Farmer's Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. In the process she earned the distinction of being the first woman to be convicted of that crime in the state. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Radio.com, Spotify, and on many other apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 19 May 2020

100 years ago today, on May 19, 1920, a gun battle erupted in Matewan, West Virginia, between Baldwin-Felts detectives hired by the local coal mine owners to evict miners from company owned housing (because of the miners’ involvement in U.M.W. activities) and Sheriff Sid Hatfield and his deputies. The battle resulted in the death of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 16 May 2020

In 1982 a man in Nashville managed to con enough people to earn a spot in the Nascar race in Talladega, Alabama. He made it a few laps, earned a little prize money, then vanished, leaving behind several bounced checks and no clue who he really was. Today we tell you the story of a […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 16 May 2020

In 1982 a man in Nashville managed to con enough people to earn a spot in the Nascar race in Talladega, Alabama. He made it a few laps, earned a little prize money, then vanished, leaving behind several bounced checks and no clue who he really was. Today we tell you the story of a man who called himself L. W. Wright. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, RadioPublic and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 09 May 2020

In 1907 a woman was killed in a cemetery that straddled the border between Virginia and Tennessee in Bristol. Newspapers of the day soon turned this crime into a media circus, especially after it was linked to a prior homicide in the city. In this, our 300th podcast episode, we tell you that story. The […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 09 May 2020

In 1907 a woman was killed in a cemetery that straddled the border between Virginia and Tennessee in Bristol. Newspapers of the day soon turned this crime into a media circus, especially after it was linked to a prior homicide in the city. In this, our 300th podcast episode, we tell you that story. The Stories podcast is available at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening, y’all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 02 May 2020

In 1937 a devout Christian man in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, was instructed by the Lord to begin a fast. He did as he was told and at the same time attracted the attention of a nation in the grip of the Great Depression. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, TuneIn and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening. Keep yourselves safe.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 25 Apr 2020

A few weeks ago we told about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that swept across Appalachia. Today we return to tell more of that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, RadioPublic, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening. Keep yourselves safe.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 18 Apr 2020

In the 1940's workers, scientists and the military came to Anderson County, Tennessee, and built a city in which to develop an atomic weapon. The weight of what they were doing came to be too much for one Naval ensign. Today we tell what happened. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening, folks.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 11 Apr 2020

At the start of the Civil War, the Appalachian part of Tennessee voted 2-1 to remain a part of the United States in that state’s secession vote. When Tennessee left the Union and joined the Confederacy, those loyalists defended that Union, leading to summary executions and marshal law. Today we tell their story. You can […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 11 Apr 2020

At the start of the Civil War, the Appalachian part of Tennessee voted 2-1 to remain a part of the United States in that state's secession vote. When Tennessee left the Union and joined the Confederacy, those loyalists defended that Union, leading to summary executions and marshal law. Today we tell their story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, RadioPublic and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 04 Apr 2020

Appalachia is filled with unique and colorful characters. Today we tell the story of one of them: journalist, baseball entrepreneur, self-promoter and chronicler of life in southern Appalachia through the medium of Super-8 movie film, Virgil Q. Wacks, of Lee County, Virginia. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify and on […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 04 Apr 2020

Appalachia is filled with unique and colorful characters. Today we tell the story of one of them: journalist, baseball entrepreneur, self-promoter and chronicler of life in southern Appalachia through the medium of Super-8 movie film, Virgil Q. Wacks, of Lee County, Virginia. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 28 Mar 2020

In 1931 a Chattanooga woman made baseball history by striking out, back to back, two Yankee legends. Today we tell her story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 21 Mar 2020

They say that history doesn't repeat itself. While that's certainly true, it's also true that history does tend to rhyme every now and then. Today we tell the story of the Spanish flu, a story that could have come from today's headlines, except it's actually about a pandemic that happened 102 years ago. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening, folks. Stay safe.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 14 Mar 2020

When the Bell family left North Carolina to settle in Tennessee they imagined a new life with lots of opportunity. They got that, along with a spirit, or witch, or demon, take your pick. Today we tell the story of the Bell Witch. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Google Play, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 14 Mar 2020

When the Bell family left North Carolina to settle in Tennessee they imagined a new life with lots of opportunity. They got that, along with a spirit, or witch, or demon, take your pick. Today we tell the story of the Bell Witch. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 07 Mar 2020

Today we continue the story of labor activist Mother Jones, beloved by generations of Appalachian coal miners. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 07 Mar 2020

Today we continue the story of labor activist Mother Jones, beloved by generations of Appalachian coal miners. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 29 Feb 2020

A woman born in Ireland who immigrated to, first, Canada, then the United States, became a schoolteacher and dressmaker. The tragic loss of her husband and children led eventually to a career in labor activism. Today we start to tell you the story of a woman beloved by generations of Appalachian coal miners, Mother Jones. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, and more. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 29 Feb 2020

A woman born in Ireland who immigrated to, first, Canada, then the United States, became a schoolteacher and dressmaker. The tragic loss of her husband and children led eventually to a career in labor activism. Today we start to tell you the story of a woman beloved by generations of Appalachian coal miners, Mother Jones. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 22 Feb 2020

A boy's search for the spirit of his late mother in the Smokey Mountains led to a career as a Great Smoky Mountains National Park guide and a life as a well-loved Gatlinburg businessman and teller of Appalachian tall tales. Today, by listener request, we tell the story of Sevier County's Wiley Oakley. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website: www.storiespodcast.net You can also subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, Tune In as well as on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 15 Feb 2020

Up until the late 1800's the legal profession in North Carolina was limited to men only. That changed with the admission of a spunky woman born in Iredell County named Tabitha Ann Holton. Today we tell her story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website: storiespodcast.net; also at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, and wherever else fine podcasts are found. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 08 Feb 2020

One of the most well-known Cherokee on the Appalachian frontier was Nancy Ward. Today we tell the story of the Cherokee "beloved woman." The Stories podcast is available at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, Google Play and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalchian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 08 Feb 2020

One of the most well-known Cherokee on the Appalachian frontier was Nanyehi, known to the settlers as Nancy Ward, the niece of Attakullakulla and the cousin of Dragging Canoe. Today we tell the story of the Cherokee’s “beloved woman.” The Stories podcast is available at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, Google […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 08 Feb 2020

One of the most well-known Cherokee on the Appalachian frontier was Nanyehi, known to the settlers as Nancy Ward, the niece of Attakullakulla and the cousin of Dragging Canoe. Today we tell the story of the Cherokee’s “beloved woman.” The Stories podcast is available at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, Google […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 01 Feb 2020

Today we tell the story of a bizarre tragedy that took place aboard a Piedmont Airlines DC-3 in the skies over western North Carolina in 1956. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Tune In and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 01 Feb 2020

Today we tell the story of a bizarre tragedy that took place aboard a Piedmont Airlines DC-3 in the skies over western North Carolina in 1956. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Tune In and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 25 Jan 2020

Many years ago a railroad ran from Johnson City, Tennessee, over the mountains to the North Carolina high country in Boone. This narrow-gauge passenger and freight railroad is no more, but it is remembered in a theme park named after it, the Tweetsie Railroad. Today we tell its story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, Tune In, IHeart Radio as well as on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 25 Jan 2020

Many years ago a railroad ran from Johnson City, Tennessee, over the mountains to the North Carolina high country in Boone. This narrow-gauge passenger and freight railroad is no more, but it’s remembered in a theme park named for it, the Tweetsie Railroad. Part of the original line is now a multi-use trail between Johnson […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 18 Jan 2020

Wyoming County, West Virginia, contains a set of strange rock carvings called petroglyphs on a rock ledge of a cliff overhanging the upper Clear Fork of the Guyandotte River. While most scientists think these etchings are the work of Native Americans, some people argue they were made by Irish Christians during the Middle Ages. Today […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 18 Jan 2020

Wyoming County, West Virginia, contains a set of strange rock carvings called petroglyphs on a rock ledge of a cliff overhanging the upper Clear Fork of the Guyandotte River. While most scientists think these etchings are the work of Native Americans, some people argue they were made by Irish Christians during the Middle Ages. Today we tell the story of the Luther Elkins Petroglyph. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Spotify, RadioPublic and many other podcast apps. Thanks for the use of your ears, folks!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 11 Jan 2020

In 1937 the state of Tennessee passed a law that forbade marriage for anyone under the age of 16, without their parents’ permission. The first case brought under that new law involved 32 year-old Homer Peels, who married Geneva Hamby, who was 11 years old, in Monroe County. Today we tell that story. You can […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 11 Jan 2020

In 1937 the state of Tennessee passed a law that forbade marriage for anyone under the age of 16, without their parents’ permission. The first case brought under that new law involved 32 year-old Homer Peels, who married Geneva Hamby, who was 11 years old, in Monroe County. Today we tell that story. You can […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 11 Jan 2020

In 1937 the state of Tennessee passed a law that forbade marriage for anyone under the age of 16, without their parents' permission. The first case brought under that new law involved 32 year-old Homer Peels, who married Geneva Hamby, who was 11 years old, in Monroe County. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, Spotify or on our website, www.storiespodcast.net. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 04 Jan 2020

What do you get when you mix a coal mine, explosives, and greed? Why, you get today's bit of Appalachian history, of course! Today we tell the tale of an insurance scheme gone horribly wrong in Pike County, Kentucky back in 1925. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, IHeart Radio, Spotify , Tune In and on many other podcast apps. You can also subscribe at our website, www.storiespodcast.net. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 04 Jan 2020

What do you get when you mix a coal mine, explosives, and greed? Why, you get today’s bit of Appalachian history, of course! Today we tell the tale of an insurance scheme gone horribly wrong in Pike County, Kentucky back in 1925. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 04 Jan 2020

What do you get when you mix a coal mine, explosives, and greed? Why, you get today’s bit of Appalachian history, of course! Today we tell the tale of an insurance scheme gone horribly wrong in Pike County, Kentucky back in 1925. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 28 Dec 2019

Today we tell the story of two of the most prominent Cherokee the first settlers encountered on the Appalachian frontier, Attakullakulla and his son Dragging Canoe. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, or wherever fine podcasts are found! Thanks for listening and for sharing out stories of Appalchian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 28 Dec 2019

Today we tell the story of two of the most prominent Cherokee the first settlers encountered on the Appalachian frontier, Attakullakulla and his son Dragging Canoe. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, or wherever fine podcasts are found! Thanks for listening and for sharing out […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 21 Dec 2019

This week Rod and Steve are away from the podcasting microphones so they can spend time with family, so this week we present an encore of our first Christmas podcast, from 2015. It’s only four days til Christmas…or is it sixteen? This week, Steve lets you know which when he tells the story of Old […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 21 Dec 2019

This week Rod and Steve are away from the podcasting microphones so they can spend time with family, so this week we present an encore of our first Christmas podcast, from 2015. It’s only four days til Christmas…or is it sixteen? This week, Steve lets you know which when he tells the story of Old […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 14 Dec 2019

Connolly Fields lived with his wife in Scott County, Virginia, in the 1880s. All was well, until he, his wife, his brother in law William and his associates all got into a fight over trespassing on the Fields' land. That resulted in Connally going on the run for 16 years. Today we tell his story. The Stories podcast is found on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, Player FM and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 07 Dec 2019

Appalachia has always been prone to flooding in one valley or another but in 1977 the heavens quite literally opened up over the entire region, setting off the worst widespread flooding in Appalachian history. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 07 Dec 2019

Appalachia has always been prone to flooding in one valley or another but in April of 1977 the heavens quite literally opened up over the entire region, setting off one of the worst instances of widespread flooding in Appalachian history. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 30 Nov 2019

It's Thanksgiving week and Rod and I are absent from the Stories podcast studios, doing family stuff. But that doesn't mean you don't get a story, no sir, for we have an encore of our tale of the most well-known feud to happen in Appalachia, in one nearly hour long episode. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 23 Nov 2019

The Minneapolis Lakers weren’t exactly setting the basketball world on fire in January, 1959. In fact, on January 16th they had a 15/27 won loss record for the season. The 16th was the day the Lakers were scheduled to appear in Charleston, West Virginia’s brand new civic center to play the Cincinnati Royals, and they […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 23 Nov 2019

The Minneapolis Lakers weren’t exactly setting the basketball world on fire in January, 1959. In fact, on January 16th they had a 15/27 won loss record for the season. The 16th was the day the Lakers were scheduled to appear in Charleston, West Virginia’s brand new civic center to play the Cincinnati Royals, and they hoped to break a four game losing streak with the help of their talented rookie player Elgin Baylor. As it turned out, that was not to be. Today we tell the story of why Elgin Baylor boycotted that game in Charleston, part of the history of Appalachia. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, and on many other apps, all for free. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 16 Nov 2019

Today we have a story of politics, corruption and murder in 1916 Huntsville, Alabama. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio and many other podcast apps. Be sure to subscribe for free! Thanks for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 16 Nov 2019

Today we have a story of politics, corruption and murder in 1916 Huntsville, Alabama. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio and many other podcast apps. Be sure to subscribe for free! Thanks for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 09 Nov 2019

On September 27, 1903, a mail train was on it's way to Spencer, North Carolina, from Monroe, Virginia, when it crashed at a trestle in southern Virginia, near Danville. That terrible wreck inspired a country music classic that's still played today, and on this episode of the podcast we share the story of the crash and the song with you. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio, TuneIn, and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and thanks for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 09 Nov 2019

On September 27, 1903, a mail train was on it’s way to Spencer, North Carolina, from Monroe, Virginia, when it crashed at a trestle in southern Virginia, near Danville. That terrible wreck inspired a country music classic that’s still played today, and on this episode of the podcast we share the story of the crash […]. . .

Cas

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 02 Nov 2019

One of the most colorful personalities to ever come out of Appalachia was a media savvy self-made grocer, radio and tv host and Tennessee politician by the name of Cas Walker. He was an outspoken man, as evidenced by his call to “whoop the hell out of ’em,” in reference to some shoplifters at one […]. . .

Cas

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 31 Oct 2019

One of the most colorful personalities to ever come out of Appalachia was a media savvy self-made grocer, radio and tv host and Tennessee politician by the name of Cas Walker. Today we tell you about him. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 26 Oct 2019

A traveler uncovers a local legend about an old hermit living in a cave on the Virginia/Kentucky border, so he sets about to investigate. We tell you that story, this year’s Halloween tale, on today’s podcast. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, and on many […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 26 Oct 2019

A traveler uncovers a local legend about an old hermit living in a cave on the Virginia/Kentucky border, so he sets about to investigate. We tell you that story, this year's Halloween tale, on today's podcast. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeart Radio, and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening...Happy Halloween!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 19 Oct 2019

Between the towns of Big Stone Gap and Appalachia in the mountains of southwestern Virginia was a place once known as “Boneyard Hollow.” This little hollow was where a meat butchering concern used to dump the bones left over from preparing steaks, roasts and other meats. It also was where a body could be found, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 18 Oct 2019

Between the towns of Big Stone Gap and Appalachia in the mountains of southwestern Virginia was a place once known as "Boneyard Hollow." This little hollow was where a meat butchering concern used to dump the bones left over from preparing steaks, roasts and other meats. It also was where a body could be found, at least as one prisoner told it. Today we tell you that story. The Stories podcast is available free of charge at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, Spotify, TuneIn and on many other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 12 Oct 2019

The strange story of Tizrow McGhee, born on Friday the 13th in Kentucky, who kept getting into all kinds of scrapes, including one that kept him awake for 23 years. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 12 Oct 2019

The strange story of Tizrow McGhee, born on Friday the 13th in Kentucky, who kept getting into all kinds of scrapes, including one that kept him awake for 23 years. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 05 Oct 2019

When the Chattanooga Moccasins came to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in the fall of 1958, Tennessee was looking forward to breaking a losing streak. You see, the Mocs had lost their last 28 games with the Vols, so Chattanooga was seen as an easy pick up. That’s not what happened, and that […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 05 Oct 2019

When the Chattanooga Mocs came to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in the fall of 1958, Tennessee was looking forward to breaking a losing streak. You see, the Mocs had lost their last 28 games with the Vols, so Chattanooga was seen as an easy pick up. That's not what happened, and that led to, well, mayhem on the football field in Knoxville. Today we tell you that story. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 28 Sep 2019

Feuds were fought across the mountains of Appalachia after the Civil War, as families competed for the power brought by the newly developed timber and coal riches in the area. One of the most well-known, outside the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud, was the one in eastern Kentucky between the Martins and the Tollivers, better known as […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 28 Sep 2019

Feuds were fought across the mountains of Appalachia after the Civil War, as families competed for the newly developed timber and coal riches in the area. One of the most well-known, outside the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud, was the one in eastern Kentucky between the Martins and the Tollivers, better known as the Rowan County War. The Stories podcast is available, free of charge, at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history..... . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 21 Sep 2019

Today we tell the story of one of southern West Virginia’s most beloved circuit riding preachers, William Dyke Garrett. Garrett is best known to the rest of the world, though, as the preacher who saved the soul of the most famous feudist in Appalachia. The Stories podcast is available at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Player […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 21 Sep 2019

Today we tell the story of one of southern West Virginia's most beloved circuit riding preachers, William Dyke Garrett. Garrett is best known to the rest of the world, though, as the preacher who saved the soul of the most famous feudist in Appalachia. The Stories podcast is available at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Player FM, Feedburner, and on most other podcast apps. Be sure to subscribe, for free. Thanks for listening and sharing our little stories of Appalachian history with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 14 Sep 2019

Who shot the mayor of Bluefield, West Virginia, back in 1917? Today we tell the story of that little bit of Appalachian history. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, IHeart Radio, and more, all for free. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends…. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 14 Sep 2019

Who shot the mayor of Bluefield, West Virginia, back in 1917? Today we tell the story of that little bit of Appalachian history. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, IHeart Radio, and more, all for free. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 07 Sep 2019

Grandfather Mountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in western North Carolina, and has been for decades. It’s also a world heritage site for the protection of the plants and animals native to the area. That’s all because of the work done by Hugh Morton, one time owner of Grandfather Mountain. Today we […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 06 Sep 2019

Grandfather Mountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in western North Carolina, and has been for decades. It's also a world heritage site for the protection of the plants and animals native to the area. That's all because of the work done by Hugh Morton, one time owner of Grandfather Mountain. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, Feedburner or any number of other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 31 Aug 2019

Today we tell the story of William Winfield Scott Duggan, better known as Buster Duggan. Duggan was an outlaw, moonshiner and murderer notorious in southeast Tennessee and northeast Alabama early in the 20th century. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps, all for free. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 31 Aug 2019

Today we tell the story of William Winfield Scott Duggan, better known as Buster Duggan. Duggan was an outlaw, moonshiner and murderer notorious in southeast Tennessee and northeast Alabama early in the 20th century. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps, all for free. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 24 Aug 2019

Today we tell the story of two oddly dressed street preachers who showed up in Beckley, West Virginia, in the summer of 1930, causing a great deal of commotion among the African-American community in that city. The Stories podcast is available, free of charge, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 17 Aug 2019

The 1868 presidential election was the first held in the country since the end of the Civil War. Recently freed slaves flocked to the polls on election day in Asheville, North Carolina, to cast their votes for the Republican Party. At the same time white voters came out to vote for the Democratic Party, run […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 17 Aug 2019

The 1868 presidential election was the first held in the country since the end of the Civil War. Recently freed slaves flocked to the polls on election day in Asheville, North Carolina, to cast their votes for the Republican Party. At the same time white voters came out to vote for the Democratic Party, run by former Confederates. A small clash occurred between two groups of opposing voters, which soon turned into rock-throwing and then into a full fledged riot in which several black voters were shot and one killed. Today we tell that story. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, Spotify Player FM and many other podcast apps. You can also find out podcasts on our website: www.storiespodcast.net. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 10 Aug 2019

Today we tell the story of Robert Sheffey, one of Southwest Virginia’s most well-known circuit riders. These preachers traveled from one community to the next, bringing the word of God to those who would accept it. There was one town, however, that never accepted Preacher Sheffey’s efforts to save it, no matter how hard he […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 10 Aug 2019

Today we tell the story of Robert Sheffey, one of Southwest Virginia's most well-known circuit riders. These preachers traveled from one community to the next, bringing the word of God to those who would accept it. There was one town, however, that never accepted Preacher Sheffey's efforts to save it, no matter how hard he tried, so, as the story goes, he laid a curse on this town, rejecting it just as the town had rejected the Lord. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast, for free, at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, Feedburner or on your own favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 03 Aug 2019

The Appalachian frontier of the 1780’s and 1790’s was a dress rehearsal for the Wild West of the 1870’s and 1880’s, with the establishment of new towns, new farms, and wars with the Native Americans who were already there. Today we tell the story of the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots trader […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 03 Aug 2019

The Appalachian frontier of the 1780's and 1790's was a dress rehearsal for the Wild West of the 1870's and 1880's, with the establishment of new towns, new farms, and wars with the Native Americans who were already there. Today we tell the story of the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots trader who became a legendary Cherokee warrior, raiding the settlements along the Holston and Clinch Rivers in what's now eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia during those frontier times. The Stories podcast is available at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 27 Jul 2019

There are a lot of men and women who make a career out of helping others achieve their life goals. These self-help teachers and authors include Norman Vincent Peale, Tony Robbins and Dale Carnegie. One of the first of these was a man named Napoleon Hill, whose book “Think And Grow Rich,” was a world […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 26 Jul 2019

There are a lot of men and women who make a career out of helping others achieve their life goals. These self-help teachers and authors include Norman Vincent Peale, Tony Robbins and Dale Carnegie. One of the first of these was a man named Napoleon Hill, whose book "Think And Grow Rich," was a world wide bestseller still available in bookstores 80 years after it was first published. Oh, by the way, Napoleon Hill was born in Pound, Virginia, and we tell his fascinating story on today's podcast episode. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, or on any number of other podcast apps. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 20 Jul 2019

During the Great Depression jobs were hard to come by. So when the Rhinehart and Dennis Construction Company came looking for workers to build a hydroelectric tunnel on the New River in West Virginia in 1930, men from around the country started pouring into the area. Two thirds of these men were African Americans, and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 20 Jul 2019

During the Great Depression jobs were hard to come by. So when the Rhinehart and Dennis Construction Company came looking for workers to build a hydroelectric tunnel on the New River in West Virginia in 1930, men from around the country started pouring into the area. Many of these men were African Americans from the Deep South, and they worked the hardest, with little or no safety gear provided by the company that commissioned the work, Union Carbide. The result was the worst industrial disaster in American history. Today we tell the story of the Hawk's Nest Tunnel. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast, for free, at IHeart Radio, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 13 Jul 2019

We have a “two-fer” for you this week! In our first story, from Pennsylvania, we tell of a murder with a wizardly twist. In the second, a husband with a dying wife in West Virginia appears to be trying to hurry her along. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 13 Jul 2019

We have a "two-fer" for you this week! In our first story, from Pennsylvania, we tell of a murder with a wizardly twist. In the second, a husband with a dying wife in West Virginia appears to be trying to hurry her along. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, TuneIn or wherever podcasts can be downloaded. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 06 Jul 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 […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 06 Jul 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 the Roses between the Taylor brothers, Alf and Bob. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify, IHeart Radio and wherever else podcasts are found. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 29 Jun 2019

Lesley Riddle on the right, next to Brownie McGhee Back in the 1920’s A. P. Carter scoured the Appalachian countryside looking for songs the Carter Family could perform. Along with him was a young black musician from Kingsport who was instrumental in finding many of those songs in the area’s African-American community. Today we tell […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 28 Jun 2019

Back in the 1920's A. P. Carter scoured the Appalachian countryside looking for songs the Carter Family could perform. Along with him was a young black musician from Kingsport who was instrumental in finding many of those songs in the area's African-American community. Today we tell his story. The Stories podcast is available for download, for free, from many podcast apps, including Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, and more. Thanks for listening to our stories about the history of Appalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 22 Jun 2019

Today, in a retelling of our very first podcast episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of a man who, during the 1930’s and 40’s, worked at Tennessee Eastman, Holston Defense and in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project. He also was a Russian asset who sold information about American weapons to his handlers. The […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 22 Jun 2019

Today, in a retelling of our very first podcast episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of a man who, during the 1930's and 40's, worked at Tennessee Eastman, Holston Defense and in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project. He also was a Russian asset who sold information about American weapons to his handlers. The Stories podcast is available, for free, at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 15 Jun 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. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on any number of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 15 Jun 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. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on any number of podcast apps, all for free. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 15 Jun 2019

This week we bring you an encore presentation from 2015, the story of the last Native American raid on the Appalachian settlements of Southwest Virginia by Chief Benge, the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots-Irish trader named John Benge. We’re available on such apps as RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, among others. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 15 Jun 2019

This week we bring you an encore presentation from 2015, the story of the last Native American raid on the settlements of Southwest Virginia by Chief Benge, the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots-Irish trader named John Benge. We're available on such apps as RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, among others. Join us on Facebook@storiesofappalachia and on Twitter@storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 08 Jun 2019

The story of the kidnapping of a high school student in Shade Gap, Pennsylvania, who was dragged off into the woods while walking from her bus stop to her house. The man who took her was known as an eccentric in the community. The kidnapping triggered the largest manhunt in American history to that time. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 08 Jun 2019

The story of the kidnapping of a high school student in Shade Gap, Pennsylvania, who was dragged off into the woods while walking from her bus stop to her house. The man who took her was known as an eccentric in the community. The kidnapping triggered the largest manhunt in American history to that time. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast, for free of course, at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. There's also a Stories Podcast YouTube channel! We only have two videos, but we are working on adding others for you, so be sure to subscribe!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 01 Jun 2019

On September 10, 1897, more than a dozen coal miners, mainly eastern European immigrants, were shot and killed by police while on strike at the Lattimer mine in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. This was a turning point in the UMW’s efforts to organize the coal fields of northern Appalachia and today we tell that story. You can […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 01 Jun 2019

On September 10, 1897, more than a dozen coal miners, mainly eastern European immigrants, were shot and killed by police while on strike at the Lattimer mine in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. This was a turning point in the UMW's efforts to organize the coal fields of northern Appalachia and today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, Stitcher or on most other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening to our little bits of Appalachian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 25 May 2019

Today we tell the story of Nance Dude, of Haywood County, North Carolina, convicted in the death of her granddaughter in 1913. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Player FM and on many other podcast apps. For more stories about the history of this place we call home, you can follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and Twitter @storyappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 25 May 2019

Today we tell the story of Nance Dude of Haywood County, North Carolina, convicted in the death of her granddaughter in 1913. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Player FM and on many other podcast apps. For more stories about the history of this place we call home, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 18 May 2019

Today we tell the story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, from the mountains of western North Carolina. Dr. Brinkley lived a colorful life as a promoter of patent medicines, quack cures and goat "gonad" operations, among other things. Oh, he even had time to run for governor of Kansas, more than once. He was also a master marketer, pioneering the use of what were called "border blaster" radio stations located near the U.S. border in Mexico and aimed at the American radio market to promote his practice. It was a long and interesting life and we have a long and, hopefully, interesting look at the good doctor. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. As always, thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 18 May 2019

Today we tell the story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, from the mountains of western North Carolina. Dr. Brinkley lived a colorful life as a promoter of patent medicines, quack cures and goat “gonad” operations, among other things. He even had time to run for governor of Kansas, more than once. He was also a […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 11 May 2019

Today we present an encore episode about a polio epidemic which swept through Wytheville, Virginia in the 1950's. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 11 May 2019

Today we present an encore episode about a polio epidemic which swept through Wytheville, Virginia in the 1950’s. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening to our stories of Appalachian history!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 04 May 2019

Today we tell a story of love, lust, and espionage in Chattanooga, Tennessee during World War I. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and many other podcast apps, all for free! We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening to our tales of Appalachian history…. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 02 May 2019

Today we tell a story of love, lust, and espionage in Chattanooga, Tennessee during World War I. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and many other podcast apps, all for free! We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening to our tales of Appalachian history.... . .

Sam

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 27 Apr 2019

(Picture of the famous Sam Brinkley postcard, from the State Archives of North Carolina.) For today’s podcast we travel over the mountains to Buladean, North Carolina, the hometown of a man who once traveled the world as part of the P. T. Barnum sideshow. Be sure to listen to find out why that was. You […]. . .

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  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 27 Apr 2019

For today's podcast we travel over the mountains to Buladean, North Carolina, the hometown of a man who once traveled the world as part of the P. T. Barnum sideshow. Be sure to listen to find out why that was. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn or on your own favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, folks!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 20 Apr 2019

The Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, outside Knoxville, was in the news recently when one of the buildings there was burned. Fire investigators found a white power symbol in the ashes of that building. Today we’re going to tell you just why that might have been as we share the story […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 20 Apr 2019

The Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, outside Knoxville, was in the news recently when one of the buildings there was burned. Fire investigators found a white power symbol in the ashes of that building. Today we're going to tell you just why that might have been as we share the story of Highlander's history in the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 60's, as well as in labor struggles in Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and many other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 13 Apr 2019

Today we’re going to have a pea-pickin’ old time telling the story of one of the most talented and popular entertainers to ever come out of Appalachia: Tennessee Ernie Ford, of Bristol, Tennessee. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and on many other podcast apps. We’re […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 11 Apr 2019

Today we're going to have a pea-pickin' old time telling the story of one of the most talented and popular entertainers to ever come out of Appalachia: Tennessee Ernie Ford, of Bristol, Tennessee. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and on many other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 06 Apr 2019

Among the pioneers of what was then known as “hillbilly music” was a coal miner from Norton, Virginia, named Moran Lee Boggs. Better known as Dock Boggs, he became known for his unique style of banjo playing and singing, which was a combination of old time Appalachian folk music and African American blues. Today we […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 06 Apr 2019

Among the pioneers of what was then known as “hillbilly music” was a coal miner from Norton, Virginia, named Moran Lee Boggs. Better known as Dock Boggs, he became known for his unique style of banjo playing and singing, which was a combination of old time Appalachian folk music and African American blues. Today we […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 06 Apr 2019

Among the pioneers of what was then known as "hillbilly music" was a coal miner from Norton, Virginia, named Moran Lee Boggs. Better known as Dock Boggs, he became known for his unique style of banjo playing and singing, which was a combination of old time Appalachian folk music and African American blues. Today we tell his story. You can find the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 30 Mar 2019

Today we share some interesting short stories about this place we call home, Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 30 Mar 2019

Today we share some interesting short stories about this place we call home, Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 30 Mar 2019

Today we share some interesting short stories about this place we call home, Appalachia. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 23 Mar 2019

Today we tell you a story about some homegrown Appalachian mummies from West Virginia. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 23 Mar 2019

Today we tell you a story about some homegrown Appalachian mummies from West Virginia. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 23 Mar 2019

Today we tell you a story about some homegrown Appalachian mummies from West Virginia. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 16 Mar 2019

In 1892 Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the site of a strike, pitting the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, one of the most powerful unions, against Carnegie Steel, owned by Andrew Carnegie and run by Carnegie and his partner, Henry Clay Frick. The strike turned into a full fledged riot on July 6. Today we […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 16 Mar 2019

In 1892 Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the site of a strike, pitting the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, one of the most powerful unions, against Carnegie Steel, owned by Andrew Carnegie and run by Carnegie and his partner, Henry Clay Frick. The strike turned into a full fledged riot on July 6. Today we […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 16 Mar 2019

In 1892 Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the site of a strike, pitting the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, one of the most powerful unions, against Carnegie Steel, owned by Andrew Carnegie and run by Carnegie and his partner, Henry Clay Frick. The strike turned into a full fledged riot on July 6. Today we tell the story of the Homestead Strike. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 09 Mar 2019

Greenup, Kentucky, was the scene of a tragic and brutal murder of a three year old child at the end of 1927. That crime and its notoriety brought the nation’s attention to the issue of child abuse. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify or […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 09 Mar 2019

Greenup, Kentucky, was the scene of a tragic and brutal murder of a three year old child at the end of 1927. That crime and its notoriety brought the nation's attention to the issue of child abuse. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our tales of Appalachian history!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 09 Mar 2019

Greenup, Kentucky, was the scene of a tragic and brutal murder of a three year old child at the end of 1927. That crime and its notoriety brought the nation’s attention to the issue of child abuse. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify or […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 02 Mar 2019

In 1742 German immigrant John Peter Salling was asked to join an expedition set to travel far into the Virginia back country, all the way to the Mississippi River. To this he agreed, thus setting him on the path to an adventure involving Indians, French soldiers, the Governor of Louisiana, and even a hijacking at sea. We tell that story on this week's episode of Stories. If you'd like to get our podcast episodes automatically, simply subscribe at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or anywhere podcasts can be found. We'd like you to join us on our Facebook page, @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 02 Mar 2019

In 1742 German immigrant John Peter Salling was asked to join an expedition set to travel far into the Virginia back country, all the way to the Mississippi River. To this he agreed, thus setting him on the path to an adventure involving Indians, French soldiers, the Governor of Louisiana, and even a hijacking at […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 23 Feb 2019

Andrew Taylor Still, born in the Appalachian frontier town of Jonesville, Virginia, went on to become a self-educated doctor. He moved to Kansas just in time to become involved in the bloody civil war sparked there by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He fought in the American Civil War, too, but it was his […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 23 Feb 2019

Andrew Taylor Still, born in the Appalachian frontier town of Jonesville, Virginia, went on to become a self-educated doctor. He moved to Kansas just in time to become involved in the bloody civil war sparked there by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He fought in the American Civil War, too, but it was his development of a new form of medical practice that placed him in the history books. You can subscribe to the Stories Podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps. Follow us for even more bits of Appalachian history on Facebook @storiesofappalachia, Twitter @storyappalachia and our website at www.storiespodcast.net. Thanks for sharing our stories of Appalachia with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 23 Feb 2019

Andrew Taylor Still, born in the Appalachian frontier town of Jonesville, Virginia, went on to become a self-educated doctor. He moved to Kansas just in time to become involved in the bloody civil war sparked there by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He fought in the American Civil War, too, but it was his […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 16 Feb 2019

In 1935 LaFollette, Tennessee, like most other American towns, was in the grips of the Great Depression. Money was tight and the banks were calling in loans that couldn’t be paid. One of those loans was on a restaurant in town owned by an Italian immigrant, and what this man chose to do in response […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 16 Feb 2019

In 1935 LaFollette, Tennessee, like most other American towns, was in the grip of the Great Depression. Money was tight and the banks were calling in loans that couldn’t be paid. One of those loans was on a restaurant in town owned by an Italian immigrant, and what this man chose to do in response […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 16 Feb 2019

In 1935 LaFollette, Tennessee, like most other American towns, was in the grips of the Great Depression. Money was tight and the banks were calling in loans that couldn't be paid. One of those loans was on a restaurant in town owned by an Italian immigrant, and what this man chose to do in response to losing his business is the subject of this week's episode of Stories. You can listen to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of podcast apps. Thanks for listening, folks.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 09 Feb 2019

Our theme today is “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” You’ll see how that fits in as we tell the story of the contested election for West Virginia governor in 1888. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on a host of other podcast apps. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 09 Feb 2019

Our theme today is "the more things change, the more they stay the same." You'll see how that fits in as we tell the story of the contested election for West Virginia governor in 1888. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on a host of other podcast apps. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 09 Feb 2019

Our theme today is “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” You’ll see how that fits in as we tell the story of the contested election for West Virginia governor in 1888. The Stories podcast is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on a host of other podcast apps. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 05 Feb 2019

Those of you who subscribe to the Stories podcast and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages might have heard us refer to our companion podcast, MountainLore, in which we explore Appalachian folklore. Today we’re going to share with you the latest MountainLore podcast, a tale about how a ghostly light leads a man to salvation. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 02 Feb 2019

Today we tell the story of the explosion at the McClure Number 1 Mine in Dickenson County, Virginia, in 1983, resulting in several fatalities including the first fatality of a woman in a mine accident. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 01 Feb 2019

Today we tell the story of the explosion at the McClure Number 1 Mine in Dickenson County, Virginia, in 1983, resulting in several fatalities including the first fatality of a woman in a mine accident. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 26 Jan 2019

Back in 1923 there was a mass jailbreak from the Wise County jail, led by a member of the Hatfield family. Today Steve and Rod tell you that story. Stories is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify and a host of other podcast apps. Follow us for more bits of Appalachian history on our […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 26 Jan 2019

Back in 1923 there was a mass jailbreak from the Wise County jail, led by a member of the Hatfield family. Today Steve and Rod tell you that story. Stories is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Spotify and a host of other podcast apps. Follow us for more bits of Appalachian history on our Facebook page @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 19 Jan 2019

On Halloween, 1952, James Francis Hill was arrested in Northern Florida after an extraordinary string of carjackings, kidnappings and robberies across Appalachia and the South over the prior two weeks. Today we tell you the story of the Three Gun Maniac, another story that makes up the history of this place we call home. The […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 19 Jan 2019

On Halloween, 1952, James Francis Hill was arrested in Northern Florida after an extraordinary string of carjackings, kidnappings and robberies across Appalachia and the South over the prior two weeks. Today we tell you the story of the Three Gun Maniac, another story that makes up the history of this place we call home. The Stories podcast is available for download on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Be sure to subscribe! Thanks for listening, y'all.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 Jan 2019

Back in 1911 several of the sons of Devil Anse and Levisa Hatfield came to the coal town of Boomer, in Fayette County, West Virginia, with the intent of opening a saloon. Now in those days saloons not only provided one with a stiff drink at the bar, they also delivered beer and liquor directly […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 Jan 2019

Back in 1911 several of the sons of Devil Anse and Levisa Hatfield came to the coal town of Boomer, in Fayette County, West Virginia, with the intent of opening a saloon. Now in those days saloons not only provided one with a stiff drink at the bar, they also delivered beer and liquor directly to one's house. And the Hatfields had the market all to themselves there in Boomer, by agreement with another saloon in a neighboring town. Or so they thought. Today we tell their story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on your own favorite podcast app. You can follow us for more stories about the history of Appalachia at our website, www.storiespodcast.net, on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for lending us your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 05 Jan 2019

What started out as a little racetrack in East Tennessee has developed over the years into a world-class sports complex, hosting NASCAR races, college football, remote area medical services, Christmas lights and a whole lot more. Today Rod and Steve tell the story of the Bristol Motor Speedway. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 05 Jan 2019

What started out as a little racetrack in East Tennessee has developed over the years into a world-class sports complex, hosting NASCAR races, college football, remote area medical services, Christmas lights and a whole lot more. Today Rod and Steve tell the story of the Bristol Motor Speedway. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or on any number of other podcast apps. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening to our stories.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 29 Dec 2018

Today we tell the story of Dr. Thomas Walker, who was sent by the Loyal Land Company to explore that company’s lands in Appalachia in 1750. The Walker expedition named many of the natural features in this part of the country, including the Powell River and Powell Valley, the Cumberland River and, most famously, the […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 29 Dec 2018

Today we tell the story of Dr. Thomas Walker, who was sent by the Loyal Land Company to explore that company's lands in Appalachia in 1750. The Walker expedition named many of the natural features in this part of the country, including the Powell River and Powell Valley, the Cumberland River and, most famously, the Cumberland Gap. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and many other podcast apps. You can also follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Happy New Year, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 22 Dec 2018

Rod and Steve are taking this week off to celebrate Christmas, so we’re bringing you an encore Christmas episode with letters to Santa and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all y’all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 22 Dec 2018

Rod and Steve are taking this week off to celebrate Christmas, so we're bringing you an encore Christmas episode with letters to Santa and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 15 Dec 2018

Back in 1903 the Knox County undertaker was discovered to have been engaged in a bit of fraud. We tell you that story on today's episode of Stories, A History of Appalachia. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 15 Dec 2018

Back in 1903 the Knox County undertaker was discovered to have been engaged in a bit of fraud. We tell you that story on today’s episode of Stories, A History of Appalachia. We’re on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic or on your favorite podcast app. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 08 Dec 2018

Early in the 20th century a family moved to the top of Brush Mountain, near the Cumberland Gap, and proceeded to live the next 50 years much like the pioneers did, growing their own food, making their own clothing and tools, and, um, making moonshine. Today we tell the story of the Hensley Settlement, a […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 08 Dec 2018

Early in the 20th century a family moved to the top of Brush Mountain, near the Cumberland Gap, and proceeded to live the next 50 years much like the pioneers did, growing their own food, making their own clothing and tools, and, um, making moonshine. Today we tell the story of the Hensley Settlement, a place you can still visit today, if you're into a 4 mile hike straight up the side of the mountain. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic or any other podcast app you have. We'd love it if you'd follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia or on Twitter @storyappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 01 Dec 2018

Pine Grove, West Virginia, was a boom town back in 1905, fueled by vast deposits of natural gas and oil. One thing the town lacked at the time was a fire department. And in 1905, they really could have used a fire department, as we tell you on today's episode of Stories, A History of Appalachia. You can follow us on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. We're on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 01 Dec 2018

Pine Grove, West Virginia, was a boom town back in 1905, fueled by vast deposits of natural gas and oil. One thing the town lacked at the time was a fire department. And in 1905, they really could have used a fire department, as we tell you on today’s episode of Stories, A History of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 24 Nov 2018

In hundreds of thousands of years not one human being had ever been known to have been hit by a meteorite. Then, in 1954, that lucky streak came to an end, in Sylacauga, Alabama. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you find your favorite […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 24 Nov 2018

In hundreds of thousands of years not one human being had ever been known to have been hit by a meteorite. Then, in 1954, that lucky streak came to an end, in Sylacauga, Alabama. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 17 Nov 2018

In 1934 a woman from a wealthy Kentucky family was kidnapped by a failed law student and former mental patient. Today we tell that story. The Stories podcast can be found on RadioPublic, Apple Podcast, Stitcher and many other podcast services. Be sure to subscribe. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 17 Nov 2018

In 1934 a woman from a wealthy Kentucky family was kidnapped by a failed law student and former mental patient. Today we tell that story. The Stories podcast can be found on RadioPublic, Apple Podcast, Stitcher and many other podcast services. Be sure to subscribe. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 10 Nov 2018

Wonderland Hotel before it burned down The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed out of privately owned farms, woodlands, pastures and homes in the Smokies that had been purchased by the government. Most of the structures on those tracts of land were torn down and nature allowed to take its course. One piece of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 10 Nov 2018

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed out of privately owned farms, woodlands, pastures and homes that had been purchased by the government. Most of the structures on those tracts of land were torn down and nature allowed to take its course. One piece of property, though, has not had its buildings removed and you can still visit it today. On this episode of Stories, we tell the story of Elkmont and the Wonderland Hotel, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a place you can still visit in the heart of the park. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 03 Nov 2018

Born in North Carolina, then moving to what’s now West Virginia, Nancy Hart Douglas was a Confederate guide, scout and spy during the Civil War. We tell her story on this episode of the podcast. Stories can be found on the RadioPublic app, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. We […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 03 Nov 2018

Born in North Carolina, then moving to what's now West Virginia, Nancy Hart Douglas was a Confederate guide, scout and spy during the Civil War. We tell her story on this episode of the podcast. Stories can be found on the RadioPublic app, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. We are also on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening to our stories about this place we call home. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 27 Oct 2018

Happy Halloween, y’all! Today we tell a little tale about a man who was unjustly hanged in the mountains of North Carolina, so he put a curse on those who sent him to the gallows, in the form of the Shadow. We can be found on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your favorite […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 27 Oct 2018

Happy Halloween, y'all! Today we tell a little tale about a man who was unjustly hanged in the mountains of North Carolina, so he put a curse on those who sent him to the gallows, in the form of the Shadow. We can be found on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us for more stories of this place we call home on Twitter @storyappalachia and Facebook @storiesofappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 20 Oct 2018

In 1953, Salt Lick High School in Bath County, Kentucky, was scheduled to close with the students there transferred to nearby Owingsville High School. Those students were having none of it, so they organized a strike and kidnapped the superintendent of schools. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 20 Oct 2018

In 1953, Salt Lick High School in Bath County, Kentucky, was scheduled to close with the students there transferred to nearby Owingsville High School. The students were having none of it, so they organized a strike and kidnapped the superintendent of schools. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your own favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia...join us there for more stories about the history of this place we call home. Thanks for lending us your ears, y'all.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 13 Oct 2018

Thanks to the work of A.P. Carter and the Carter family, country music can trace its origins back to the hills and hollers of Scott County, Virginia, and Sullivan County, Tennessee, back in the 1920’s. At the same time, in the same place, two brothers began to make a name for themselves in another genre […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 13 Oct 2018

Thanks to the work of A.P. Carter and the Carter family, country music can trace its origins back to the hills and hollers of Scott County, Virginia, and Sullivan County, Tennessee, back in the 1920's. At the same time, in the same place, two brothers began to make a name for themselves in another genre of music: the blues. Today we tell the story of the original Blues Brothers, Brownie and Stick McGhee of Kingsport, Tennessee, who wrote and recorded several well-known blues songs and appeared in the movies and on TV. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or on your favorite podcatcher. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 06 Oct 2018

Did you know that the dumpster, now seen behind every convenience store on the planet, was invented in Knoxville, Tennessee? Today we tell you the story of George Roby Dempster, inventor of the Dempster Dumpster. We can be found at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast app. We are on Facebook @storiesofappalachia […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 06 Oct 2018

Did you know that the dumpster, now seen behind every convenience store on the planet, was invented in Knoxville, Tennessee? Today we tell you the story of George Roby Dempster, inventor of the Dempster Dumpster. We can be found at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever podcasts can be found. We are on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Be sure to come by for even more stories about Appalachian history. Thanks for listening, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 29 Sep 2018

The city of Kingsport, Tennessee, was a planned community. Built with money from the Appalachian coalfields combined with Yankee expertise, Kingsport was laid out based on towns and cities in New England, with everything planned by the city fathers, which is why it today goes by the name “The Model City.” Kingsport was chartered in […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 29 Sep 2018

The city of Kingsport, Tennessee, was a planned community. Built with money from the Appalachian coalfields combined with Yankee expertise, Kingsport was laid out based on towns and cities in New England, with everything planned by the city fathers, which is why it today goes by the name "The Model City." Kingsport was chartered in 1917, but within two years those city fathers discovered that while they could plan and manage their new metropolis, they couldn't plan for the evil that existed in the hearts of men. In 1919 an assault and murder of a young girl occurred there, the first and even today one of the worst the city has seen. And Rod and Steve tell that story on today's episode of the Stories podcast. If you like what you hear, we ask you to head on over to the RadioPublic app to subscribe. You can also subscribe to Stories on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or on your own podcatcher. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 22 Sep 2018

Once upon a time there was a man who was nearing the end of his days on this earth. This man decided he wanted to attend his own funeral while he was still in the here and now, in order to find out what his friends and neighbors had to say about him. And that’s […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 22 Sep 2018

Once upon a time there was a man who was nearing the end of his days on this earth. This man decided he wanted to attend his own funeral while he was still in the here and now, in order to find out what his friends and neighbor had to say about him. And that's exactly what he did. Today Rod and Steve tell you his story. The Stories podcast can be found on the RadioPublic app, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcatcher. Follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for even more tales of the history of this place we call home. Thanks so much for listening and sharing our podcast with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 15 Sep 2018

In August, 1970, two trains loaded with deadly Sarin gas made a journey through Appalachia to the ocean at Wilmington, North Carolina, for disposal at sea. Today we tell that story. The Stories podcast is available at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your favorite podcatcher. Thanks for listening to our stories about Appalachian […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 15 Sep 2018

In August, 1970, two trains loaded with deadly Sarin gas made a journey through Appalachia to the ocean at Wilmington, North Carolina, for disposal at sea. Today we tell that story. The Stories podcast is available at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your favorite podcatcher. Thanks for listening to our stories about Appalachian history!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 08 Sep 2018

Crawling around underground isn’t for everyone, especially the hosts of the Stories podcast. But there are some for whom exploring caves is their life’s work. Probably the best known of these is Floyd Collins, who lost his life when he got stuck in the Sand Cave in eastern Kentucky. Today we tell the story of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 08 Sep 2018

Crawling around underground isn't for everyone, especially the hosts of the Stories podcast. But there are some for whom exploring caves is their life's work. Probably the best known of these is Floyd Collins, who lost his life when he got stuck in the Sand Cave in eastern Kentucky. Today we tell the story of the rescue operation mounted to save Floyd and the media circus that effort triggered. Stories is available on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on your favorite podcast app. We're also on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 01 Sep 2018

We’re back with some short stories for you, bits of history not long enough for a full podcast each, but interesting stories nonetheless. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening, y’all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 01 Sep 2018

We're back with some short stories for you, bits of history not long enough for a full podcast each, but interesting stories nonetheless. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 25 Aug 2018

Doc Taylor Rod and I have gotten so busy this week that we forgot to record a podcast! Actually, we’ve had no time to get together to record a new show, so I dug through our vast archives and pulled up a story about one of the most famous incidents to occur in Southwest Virginia […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 25 Aug 2018

Rod and I have gotten so busy this week that we forgot to record a podcast! Actually, we've had no time to get together to record a new show, so I dug through our vast archives and pulled up a story about one of the most famous incidents to occur in Southwest Virginia - the Pound Gap massacre. You can get the Stories podcast by subscribing at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your favorite podcatcher. A reminder: the reason Rod has been busy this week is that he is heavily involved in the Tales of the Cumberlands conference going on at the Breaks this weekend. Take the time to drive over there for some fantastic natural beauty along with the conference. You might even run into Rod Mullins and get his autograph! Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 18 Aug 2018

In 1939 Clair Young lived with his wife and their children on a farm in Fallowfield Township in southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to farming, Clair also was a coal miner and a lay preacher of the Gospel. And Clair was hearing voices. Voices telling him to do bad things. Today we tell the tragic story […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 17 Aug 2018

In 1939 Clair Young lived with his wife and their children on a farm in Fallowfield Township in southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to farming, Clair also was a coal miner and a lay preacher of the Gospel. And Clair was hearing voices. Voices telling him to do bad things. Today we tell the tragic story of Clair Young and his baby daughter, Ada. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 11 Aug 2018

In 1929 young Flossie Shelton married her ex-husband’s cousin, also named Shelton. At first the young couple enjoyed wedded bliss. But then the Green-Eyed Monster raised its ugly head, and jealousy drove Flossie to a crime of passion. Today we tell the story of Flossie’s crime against her husband, Fred, in Madison County, North Carolina. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 11 Aug 2018

In 1929 young Flossie Shelton married her ex-husband's cousin, also named Shelton. At first the young couple enjoyed wedded bliss. But then the Green-Eyed Monster raised its ugly head, and jealousy drove Flossie to a crime of passion. Today we tell the story of Flossie's crime against her husband, Fred, in Madison County, North Carolina. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on the RadioPublic app, at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and sharing the stories that make up the history of Appalachia with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 04 Aug 2018

The first popular Appalachian writer lived and wrote in his adopted hometown of Big Stone Gap. His works became the biggest selling books of his time and gave birth to the official Virginia state outdoor drama, “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” which is performed every summer in that southwest Virginia town. Today we tell […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 04 Aug 2018

The first popular Appalachian writer lived and wrote in his adopted hometown of Big Stone Gap. His works became the biggest selling books of his time and gave birth to the official Virginia state outdoor drama, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine," which is performed every summer in that southwest Virginia town. Today we tell the story of John Fox Jr. Rod and I thank you for lending us your ears.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 28 Jul 2018

Patton Flannery was a wanted man. Wanted, but not caught, for 36 years. Then his luck ran out. Today we tell Patton Flannery’s story, part of the history of Appalachia. Be sure to download the RadioPublic app and subscribe to the Stories podcast. You can also subscribe at Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or on your favorite […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 28 Jul 2018

Patton Flannery was a wanted man. Wanted, but not caught, for 36 years. Then his luck ran out. Today we tell Patton Flannery's story, part of the history of Appalachia. Be sure to download the RadioPublic app and subscribe to the Stories podcast. You can also subscribe at Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or on your favorite podcatcher. You can find even more stories about the history of this place we call home on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 21 Jul 2018

In the winter of 2002 tragedy struck the coal town of Grundy, Virginia, when a Nigerian student at the Appalachian School of Law there opened fire on faculty and students after being expelled due to his grades. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 21 Jul 2018

In the winter of 2002 tragedy struck the coal town of Grundy, Virginia, when a Nigerian student at the Appalachian School of Law there opened fire on faculty and students after being expelled due to his grades. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcatcher. Join us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for more tales of the history of Appalachia. Thanks for listening to our little bits of history!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 14 Jul 2018

Today we tell the story of the results of extreme patriotism during World War I in western Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, y’all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 14 Jul 2018

Today we tell the story of the results of extreme patriotism during World War I in western Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 07 Jul 2018

At the beginning of World War II, diplomats from the Axis countries were stranded in the United States. These enemy diplomats couldn’t just be allowed to roam freely across the country, nor could they simply be locked up in jail, for fear that our stranded diplomats would be treated the same or worse. The solution […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 07 Jul 2018

At the beginning of World War II, diplomats from the Axis countries were stranded in the United States. These enemy diplomats couldn't just be allowed to roam freely across the country, nor could they simply be locked up in jail, for fear that our stranded diplomats would be treated the same or worse. The solution might surprise you. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 30 Jun 2018

Granny women are those older ladies in Appalachia who have learned the traditional healing arts, using methods and plants handed down by previous generations of pioneers and Native Americans. Sometimes, though, granny women ain’t women. Today we tell the story of Scott County’s Tom Carter and his amazing salve. You can subscribe to Stories on […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 30 Jun 2018

Granny women are those older ladies in Appalachia who have learned the traditional healing arts, using methods and plants handed down by previous generations of pioneers and Native Americans. Sometimes, though, granny women ain't women. Today we tell the story of Scott County's Tom Carter and his amazing salve. You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Join us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia or on Twitter @storyappalachia. Enjoy!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 23 Jun 2018

Today we tell the story of one of the meanest men to roam southern West Virginia and how he met his fate at the hands of mob justice. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 23 Jun 2018

Today we tell the story of one of the meanest men to roam southern West Virginia and how he met his fate at the hands of mob justice. You can subscribe to Stories at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 16 Jun 2018

A young man from Harlan, Kentucky, fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, then returned home to study law with his father. This man had the world in his hands…until alcohol took it away, costing him his law practice. Soon he headed west to reclaim his life, and that’s where today’s podcast kicks into […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 16 Jun 2018

A young man from Harlan, Kentucky, fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, then returned home to study law with his father. This man had the world in his hands...until alcohol took it away, costing him his law practice. Soon he headed west to reclaim his life, and that's where today's podcast kicks into high gear! You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for more of the history of this place we call home. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 09 Jun 2018

Today we tell the story of the torching of two North Carolina churches by a very unlikely arsonist. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 09 Jun 2018

Today we tell the story of the torching of two North Carolina churches by a very unlikely arsonist. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 02 Jun 2018

Today, we finish telling the story of one of the first Indian wars in the west, Lord Dunmore’s war. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening, folks!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 02 Jun 2018

Today, we finish telling the story of one of the first Indian wars in the west, Lord Dunmore's war. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening, folks!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 26 May 2018

One of the first Indian wars fought in the west happened in Appalachia at the time of the American Revolution. Led by the governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, this war, which was named for him, raged on the Appalachian frontier, from Southwest Virginia to southeastern Ohio. Today we begin the story of Lord Dunmore's War. You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Be sure to tell your friends about us...thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 26 May 2018

One of the first Indian wars fought in the west happened in Appalachia at the time of the American Revolution. Led by the governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, this war, which was named for him, raged on the Appalachian frontier, from Southwest Virginia to southeastern Ohio. Today we begin the story of Lord Dunmore’s War. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 19 May 2018

This week we tell three short stories involving politics in Appalachia. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for lending us your ears!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 19 May 2018

This week we tell three short stories involving politics in Appalachia. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for lending us your ears!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 May 2018

Today we tell the story of one of the first criminals from Appalachia to make the FBI's Most Wanted List, Kenneth Ray Lawson, from Wise County, Virginia. You can subscribe to the podcast on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for more stories about the history of this place we call home. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 May 2018

Today we tell the story of one of the first people from Appalachia to make the FBI’s Most Wanted List, Kenneth Ray Lawson, from Wise County, Virginia. You can subscribe to the podcast on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for more […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 05 May 2018

Well, we are pleased to announce that this is our 200th episode of Stories! Rod and I have enjoyed telling the history of Appalachia over the last two and a half years, and look forward to many more years for the podcast. Today, we tell the story of a tragic accident that happened back in […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 05 May 2018

Well, we are pleased to announce that this is our 200th episode of Stories! Rod and I have enjoyed telling the history of Appalachia over the last two and a half years, and look forward to many more years for the podcast. Today, we tell the story of a tragic accident that happened back in 1959 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, when a school bus ran off the road and into the Levisa Fork. At the time, this was the deadliest bus accident in the world, and still ranks in the top 5. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, the RadioPublic app, or on your own favorite podcast app. We are on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 28 Apr 2018

Today we bring you three tales of turn of the 20th century Appalachia which show just how much this area was like the legendary American Wild West. You can find us on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your own favorite podcast app. We have even more stories about Appalachia on our Facebook page @storiesofappalachia […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 28 Apr 2018

Today we bring you three tales of turn of the 20th century Appalachia which show just how much this area was like the legendary American Wild West. You can find us on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your own favorite podcast app. We have even more stories about Appalachia on our Facebook page @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing our podcast with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 21 Apr 2018

Today Rod brings us a story about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Confederate treasury after the end of the Civil War. You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We also have more stories about Appalachia on our website, storiespodcast.net, on Twitter @storyappalachia and on […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 21 Apr 2018

Today Rod brings us a story about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Confederate treasury after the end of the Civil War. You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We also have more stories about Appalachia on our website, storiespodcast.net, on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 14 Apr 2018

Nowadays Cade’s Cove is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But before the park came into existence in 1934 it was a vibrant Appalachian community, with churches, schools, farms and, of course, moonshiners. Today we tell the story of a run-in between a Primitive Baptist preacher and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 14 Apr 2018

Nowadays Cade's Cove is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But before the park came into existence in 1934 it was a vibrant Appalachian community, with churches, schools, farms and, of course, moonshiners. Today we tell the story of a run-in between a Primitive Baptist preacher and the biggest moonshiner in Cade's Cove. You can listen to the podcast on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. More stories are available on our Facebook page @storiesofappalachia and on our Twitter feed @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing our podcast with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 07 Apr 2018

On this week’s podcast, Rod and Steve tell a Harlan County, Kentucky, legend about Headless Annie, a parable about Bloody Harlan. You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Like the stories we tell? Then be sure to subscribe to our blog at storiespodcast.net, follow us on […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 07 Apr 2018

On this week's podcast, Rod and Steve tell a Harlan County, Kentucky, legend about Headless Annie, a parable about Bloody Harlan. You can subscribe to Stories on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Like the stories we tell? Then be sure to subscribe to our blog at storiespodcast.net, follow us on Twitter @storyappalachia or like us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia for even more stories about this place we call home. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 31 Mar 2018

Today we tell the story of a woman who enlisted her children in a plot to rid herself of “the other woman.” According to her, it was her right to do so under “the unwritten law” of Appalachia. Stories is available at storiespodcast.net, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Join us on […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 31 Mar 2018

Today we tell the story of a woman who enlisted her children in a plot to rid herself of "the other woman." According to her, it was her right to do so under "the unwritten law" of Appalachia. Stories is available at storiespodcast.net, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Join us on Twitter @storyappalachia, Facebook @storiesofappalachia, or on our website at storiespodcast.net for even more stories about the history of Appalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 24 Mar 2018

Tennessee came into the union in 1796, and former Southwest Territory governor William Blount was one of the first two senators appointed from that state. His stay in Washington was cut short, though, as he became the first senator to face impeachment over a scheme that involved helping the British seize Spanish lands to the […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 24 Mar 2018

Tennessee came into the union in 1796, and former Southwest Territory governor William Blount was one of the two first senators appointed from that state. His stay in Washington was cut short, though, over a scheme involving the British and Spanish lands to the west as he became the first senator to face impeachment. Today we tell the story of Senator William Blount, for whom Blountville and Blount County, Tennessee, are named. You can follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 17 Mar 2018

In the spring of 1974 the Kanawha County, West Virginia, school board had to approve new textbooks for the schools. One of the board members objected to many of the books, saying that the materials contained therein advocated liberal and, even, radical viewpoints that were anti-Christian. After that board member shared those views in the […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 17 Mar 2018

In the spring of 1974 the Kanawha County, West Virginia, school board had to approve new textbooks for the schools. One of the board members objected to many of the books, saying that the materials contained therein advocated liberal and, even, radical viewpoints that were anti-Christian. After that board member shared those views in the media, a movement arose that led to widespread protests and violence in the coalfields. Today we tell the story of what we call The Great Kanawha County Textbook War. You can subscribe to the podcast at RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter @storyappalachia or Facebook @storiesofappalachia for even more Appalachian history facts. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 10 Mar 2018

In 1924 an elderly Middlesboro, Kentucky, housepainter was taken to the hospital when he fell deathly ill. It was here that he confessed that he was not who everyone in town thought he was. Today we tell the incredible story of Steve White. Stories is now available on the RadioPublic app, which you can download for your iPhone or Android phone. There are tons of your other favorite podcasts there, too, and you can support us and them by listening through the app as that provides us a share of revenue with which to continue to bring you Stories, A History of Appalachia. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for the use of your ears, y'all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 10 Mar 2018

In 1924 an elderly Middlesboro, Kentucky, housepainter was taken to the hospital when he fell deathly ill. It was here that he confessed that he was not who everyone in town thought he was. Today we tell the incredible story of Steve White. Stories is now available on the RadioPublic app, which you can download […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 03 Mar 2018

Keystone, West Virginia, is a small town in McDowell County with 282 residents, mostly African American. Like many small coal communities, Keystone has seen its population plummet over the years with the decline of coal mining. But Keystone is unique in that it was the epicenter of one of the largest banking scandals in American […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 03 Mar 2018

Keystone, West Virginia is a small town in McDowell County with 282 residents, mostly African American. Like many small coal communities, Keystone has seen its population plummet over the years with the decline of coal mining. But Keystone is unique in that it was also the epicenter of one of the largest banking scandals in American history. Today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to Stories on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 24 Feb 2018

During the 1880’s a dispute broke out over where the county seat of Tucker County, West Virginia, should be. Unlike the usual political fighting over where the courthouse and county offices should be, this one involved an armed mob intent on taking matters into their own hands. You can now listen to Stories and help […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 24 Feb 2018

During the 1880's a dispute broke out over where the county seat of Tucker County, West Virginia, should be. Unlike the usual political fighting over where the courthouse and county offices should be, this one involved an armed mob intent on taking matters into their own hands. You can now listen to Stories and help us out at the same time. Download the new RadioPublic app from the Apple app store for your Apple device or from the Google store for your Android device and listen to the podcast there. That gives us a share in ads on the app, helping us to bring you these stories of Appalachia, as well as being able to listen to many of your other favorite podcasts. We're on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Thanks for your support!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 17 Feb 2018

Today we tell the story of Bristol, Virginia, native Charles S. Johnson. Born the son of a Baptist minister during the time of Jim Crow, Johnson got his college education and began a lifelong study of the causes of racism. His efforts doing so laid the groundwork for the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. If you'd like to have Stories delivered to your device automatically, subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. For more tales about the history of Appalachia you can follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia or on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening, y'all.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 17 Feb 2018

Today we tell the story of Bristol, Virginia, native Charles S. Johnson. Born the son of a Baptist minister during the time of Jim Crow, Johnson got his college education and began a lifelong study of the causes of racism. His efforts doing so helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement of the […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 10 Feb 2018

After the American Revolution, General George Washington took a trip out west to inspect land he received for his service to the country, land that was located in Appalachian Pennsylvania. And when he got there, he encountered a group of Scots-Irish squatters who had planted a small community there, without his permission. And that set […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 10 Feb 2018

After the American Revolution, General George Washington took a trip out west to inspect land he received for his service to the country, land that was located in Appalachian Pennsylvania. And when he got there, he encountered a group of Scots-Irish squatters who had planted a small community there, without his permission. And that set the stage for a dispute. Today on Stories, Steve and Rod tell the story of George Washington's Appalachian land. Thanks for listening. You can subscribe to Stories on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. You can also find us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 03 Feb 2018

Think you’re safe from earthquakes in Appalachia? Think again. On May 31, 1897, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Virginia (and the second largest in the southeastern United States) struck in Giles County, causing severe damage in several Appalachian states. Today Rod and Steve tell the story of the great Appalachia earthquake. You can subscribe […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 03 Feb 2018

Think you're safe from earthquakes in Appalachia? Think again. On May 31, 1897, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Virginia (and the second largest in the southeastern United States) struck in Giles County, causing severe damage in several Appalachian states. Today Rod and Steve tell the story of the great Appalachia earthquake. You can subscribe to Stories on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thank you for the use of your ears!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 27 Jan 2018

On today's episode of Stories, Steve and Rod sit back and listen as Ira Jackson Seay tells his own story of poverty, war, love, moonshining and racing. Be sure to subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for more bits of Appalachian history. Thanks for listening to our stories.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 27 Jan 2018

On today’s episode of Stories, Steve and Rod sit back and listen as Ira Jackson Seay tells his own story of poverty, war, love, moonshining and racing. Be sure to subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. Follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia for more […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 20 Jan 2018

Rod and Steve wrap up the story of Appalachian icon Daniel Boone with a look at his last days in Missouri. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, or on the podcast app of your choice. We have more stories of the history of Appalachia on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 20 Jan 2018

Rod and Steve wraps up the story of Appalachian icon Daniel Boone with a look at his last days in Missouri. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, or on the podcast app of your choice. We have more stories of the history of Appalachia on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Come by and follow us. Thanks for listening and sharing us with your friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 13 Jan 2018

We continue with Part Two of the story of Appalachia’s own Daniel Boone. This week we tell of his days in Kentucky, before civilization overtook him and forced him farther west. You can subscribe to Stories on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. You can follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 13 Jan 2018

We continue with Part Two of the story of Appalachia's own Daniel Boone. This week we tell of his days in Kentucky, before civilization overtook him and forced him farther west. You can subscribe to Stories on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. You can follow us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. Thanks for listening to our stories.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 06 Jan 2018

Explorer, long hunter, pioneer, Appalachian icon. All these words describe America’s first national hero, Daniel Boone. Today, Steve and Rod begin telling his story in a three-part podcast series. Thanks for listening. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In, or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and Twitter […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 06 Jan 2018

Explorer, long hunter, pioneer, Appalachian icon. All these words describe America’s first national hero, Daniel Boone. Today, Steve and Rod begin telling his story in a three-part podcast series. Thanks for listening. You can subscribe to Stories at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In, or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and Twitter @storyappalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 30 Dec 2017

The 1960’s were a time of radicalism, with protests, riots, and bombings at institutions of higher learning. And the colleges in Appalachia saw their share of these things, too. There had been protests at Bluefield State College for several years, starting in the mid-60’s, over the increasing ratio of white faculty and staff at Bluefield […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 30 Dec 2017

The 1960's were a time of radicalism, with protests, riots, and bombings at institutions of higher learning. And the colleges in Appalachia saw their share of these things, too. There had been protests at Bluefield State College for several years, starting in the mid-60's, over the increasing ratio of white faculty and staff at Bluefield State, led by African American students of the historically black college. This all led to a bombing at the campus over the Thanksgiving break. Today Rod and Steve tell that story. If you'd like to subscribe to the podcast, you can do so at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. You can join us on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and Twitter @storyappalachia for more stories of this place we call home. Thanks for listening!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 23 Dec 2017

It's Christmas week, and on this episode of Stories, Rod and Steve continue a holiday tradition by going back in time to read some letters to Santa from both good and bad little boys and girls. Then our own Q. T. pi reads "The Night Before Christmas." We appreciate each and every one of you who listen to our stories about this place we call home, no matter where on Planet Earth you happen to be. Stay with us for even more stories about Appalachia in 2018. If you want to subscribe to the podcast, you can do so on Apple Podcasts, Libsyn, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening; y'all have a Merry Christmas! (Jingle Bells by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)[CC BY 3.0(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] via Wikimedia Commons). . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 22 Dec 2017

It’s Christmas week, and on this episode of Stories, Rod and Steve continue a holiday tradition by going back in time to read some letters to Santa from both good and bad little boys and girls. Then our own Q. T. pi reads “The Night Before Christmas.” We appreciate each and every one of you […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 16 Dec 2017

Today on Stories, Rod and Steve share the story of an eastern Kentucky barnstormer and aviation pioneer who went on to train military pilots in World War II, then co-found a world-renown aviation school. If you’d like to subscribe to Stories, you can do so at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast app. […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 16 Dec 2017

Today on Stories, Rod and Steve share the story of an eastern Kentucky barnstormer and aviation pioneer who went on to train military pilots in World War II, then co-found a world-renown aviation school. If you'd like to subscribe to Stories, you can do so at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast app. We're on Facebook @storiesofappalachia and on Twitter @storyappalachia. We appreciate you listening to our stories about the history of Appalachia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 09 Dec 2017

On today's episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of two 19th century western North Carolina explorers who got into a very public argument over the mountains that are now named after them. We are available for subscription at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Libsyn or on your favorite podcast app. We are also on Twitter and Facebook, sharing more stories about this place we call home...be sure to follow us. As always, your ears are important to us. Thanks for lending them.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 09 Dec 2017

On today’s episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of two 19th century western North Carolina explorers who got into a very public argument over the mountains that are now named after them. We are available for subscription at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Libsyn or on your favorite podcast app. We are also on Twitter and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 02 Dec 2017

1916 saw not one but two hurricanes hit the mountains of North Carolina at once, causing flooding, devastation and death in southern Appalachia. On today’s episode, Steve and Rod tell the story of the Great Flood of 1916. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 02 Dec 2017

1916 saw not one but two hurricanes hit the mountains of North Carolina at once, causing flooding, devastation and death in southern Appalachia. On today's episode, Steve and Rod tell the story of the Great Flood of 1916. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. We're also on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. As always, we appreciate you listening to our stories about the history of this place we call home, and we look forward to your feedback on Twitter, Facebook, or by email to storyteller@storiespodcast.net.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 28 Nov 2017

A new podcast episode, and new podcast theme music! On the Norfolk and Southern railroad line between St. Paul and Coeburn, Virginia, are three railroad tunnels drilled into the mountains so that the coal companies could get that black gold out of Appalachia and on to market. From Coeburn to St. Paul those tunnels are, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 25 Nov 2017

This week, Steve and Rod tell the story of a Georgia doctor who decided that an acceptable alternative to the illegal abortions he was performing in the 1940’s and 50’s was the illegal sale of Appalachian babies. Hundreds of these babies were sold to buyers from all over the country, with no records kept, and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 20 Nov 2017

Today, we have an encore episode for you as we travel to the little town of Hurley, Virginia. There, in 1909, a widow sold the timber rights to her 150 acres of land for a tidy sum, making her a target for anyone wanting to take that money for himself. On September 21 of that […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 18 Nov 2017

There have been many examples of women who dressed as men in order to fight in a war. But there was only one example of a woman who did so but also ended up serving on both sides. Today Rod and Steve tell the story of Melinda Blalock, who, along with her husband Keith, joined […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 11 Nov 2017

On September 26, 1936, a coal train and a passenger train derailed and crashed in separate incidents near Welch, West Virginia. On today’s podcast we tell you the story of those wrecks and what caused them. Thanks for listening to our stories…. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 04 Nov 2017

In 1924 a young married couple moved to Logan, West Virginia, from Kentucky. Jack Thurman got a job with the Logan police department, and Mamie Thurman started frequenting the Amour Club, a local speakeasy and house of ill repute. And thus began a series of events that eventually led to death and imprisonment. On this […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 31 Oct 2017

It’s that time of year, folks, and Rod and I have two short tales for you. First up, we tell the story of the Snallygaster, a Maryland monster that got a lot of attention back in the early part of the 20th century. Then its on to the mountains of western North Carolina, where we […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Oct 2017

We’ve told lots of Stories over the last two years, but this one is special. We were contacted by a listener in Dickenson County, Virginia, with a family mystery that she hoped we could unravel. And the result is this podcast. Today, we tell the story of Robert Compton, a man from the mountains of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 21 Oct 2017

Did you know that Devil Anse Hatfield went on the vaudeville circuit early in the twentieth century? Today we tell you that story and more about the Hatfields and McCoys after the end of their famous feud. You can subscribe to the podcast, if you’re so inclined, at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 14 Oct 2017

Today Rod and Steve tell the story of John Salling of Scott County, Virginia. Mr. Salling was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living Confederate veteran, until records appeared to challenge that claim. You can subscribe to the podcast at TuneIn, Google Play, Apple Podcasts or on your own […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 07 Oct 2017

At the turn of the twentieth century the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia were like the Old West, filled with outlaws. Among these was Clifton Branham, who lost his life at the end of a rope for murdering his wife, becoming the last man hanged in Wise County, Virginia. Today, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 02 Oct 2017

Photo by Mathew Brady, Library of Congress. A special episode of Stories for you today! As we’ve mentioned, we have a new podcast in which Steve Gilly and Gena Gilly tell stories of the history of not just Appalachia, but all of America, and beyond. I wanted to give those of you who subscribe to […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 30 Sep 2017

THIS EPISODE IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR FOR SMALL CHILDREN. Whipple Company Store-West Virginia Historical Photographs Collection. We’ve all heard about the hardships miners and their families went through before the UMWA organized the mines. But there were some places in West Virginia where families suffered unspeakably when a miner became disabled. That’s when […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 23 Sep 2017

On today’s episode, Steve and Rod tell the story of the founder of Tennessee’s preeminent whiskey maker: Jack Daniel’s Whiskey in Lynchburg. You can subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. Here’s a tip of the glass to you…thanks for […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 16 Sep 2017

Today we tell the story of the worst mining disaster to occur in the United States, the explosion at the no. 6 and no. 8 mines of the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah, West Virginia. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening. (Picture by […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 09 Sep 2017

On today’s episode, we look at a dark part of Appalachia’s history as we share three stories of racist mob violence and lynching in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina that occurred early in the 20th century. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 02 Sep 2017

Just before Halloween, 1984, a small plane slammed into the side of Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County, Virginia, scattering a half-ton of pot across the mountainside. The discovery of the plane triggered an international manhunt for the Southwest Virginia owner of the plane that didn’t end until 2015 when the U.S. Attorney’s Office finally […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 02 Sep 2017

Just before Halloween, 1984, a small plane slammed into the side of Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County, Virginia, scattering a half-ton of pot across the mountainside. The discovery of the plane triggered an international manhunt for the Southwest Virginia owner of the plane that didn’t end until 2015 when the U.S. Attorney’s Office finally […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 26 Aug 2017

Did some Braxton County, West Virginia, kids see a UFO back in 1952? Some folks thought so, especially after locals began exhibiting strange symptoms. Today Steve and Rod tell the tale of the Flatwoods Monster, or the Phantom of Flatwoods, as it was also called. It’s another story that makes up the history of this […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 26 Aug 2017

Did some Braxton County, West Virginia, kids see a UFO back in 1952? Some folks thought so, especially after locals began exhibiting strange symptoms. Today Steve and Rod tell the tale of the Flatwoods Monster, or the Phantom of Flatwoods, as it was also called. It’s another story that makes up the history of this […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 19 Aug 2017

Early on Christmas Day, 1945, a fire broke out at the home of George and Jennie Sodder near Fayetteville, West Virginia, apparently taking the lives of their five younger children. I say apparently, because no remains were ever found. Not only that, the mysterious circumstances that led up to the fire, as well as a […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 19 Aug 2017

Early on Christmas Day, 1945, a fire broke out at the home of George and Jennie Sodder near Fayetteville, West Virginia, apparently taking the lives of their five younger children. I say apparently, because no remains were ever found. Not only that, the mysterious circumstances that led up to the fire, as well as a […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 Aug 2017

The 1899 election for Kentucky governor was probably the most partisan election in Appalachian history, with vote-stealing and accusations of voter fraud. The General Assembly itself even divided, the Republicans meeting in one city and the Democrats in another. What set this election apart, though, was how the governor came to be sworn in and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 12 Aug 2017

The 1899 election for Kentucky governor was probably the most partisan election in Appalachian history, with vote-stealing and accusations of voter fraud. The General Assembly itself even divided, the Republicans meeting in one city and the Democrats in another. What set this election apart, though, was how the governor came to be sworn in and […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 05 Aug 2017

This week we continue our look at the men who built their Appalachian empires with the story of George L. Carter. Carter not only developed coal and iron mines in Southwest Virginia, he also founded Kingsport, Tennessee, and Coalwood, West Virginia, and built his own railroad, the Clinchfield Railroad, which spanned from Kentucky to South […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 05 Aug 2017

This week we continue our look at the men who built their Appalachian empires with the story of George L. Carter. Carter not only developed coal and iron mines in Southwest Virginia, he also founded Kingsport, Tennessee, and Coalwood, West Virginia, and built his own railroad, the Clinchfield Railroad, which spanned from Kentucky to South […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 29 Jul 2017

Alexander Arthur was born in Scotland and settled in America, where he saw the potential of timber, iron ore, and coal, all in abundant supply in Appalachia. And he was determined to build his empire in these mountains with the founding of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and Harrogate, Tennessee, to house those who ran his iron ore […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 29 Jul 2017

Alexander Arthur was born in Scotland and settled in America, where he saw the potential of timber, iron ore, and coal, all in abundant supply in Appalachia. And he was determined to build his empire in these mountains with the founding of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and Harrogate, Tennessee, to house those who ran his iron ore […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 22 Jul 2017

Colonel John Dils, Jr., was a Pike County, Kentucky, businessman, Union soldier during the Civil War, abolitionist, and the founder of a family cemetery in Pikeville that’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today Steve and Rod tell his story. You can subscribe to the podcast if you’re so inclined at Apple Podcasts, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 22 Jul 2017

Colonel John Dils, Jr., was a Pike County, Kentucky, businessman, Union soldier during the Civil War, abolitionist, and the founder of a family cemetery in Pikeville that’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today Steve and Rod tell his story. You can subscribe to the podcast if you’re so inclined at Apple Podcasts, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 15 Jul 2017

It’s time for a crime story, and we have a doozy for you! Today, Steve and Rod tell the story of a woman who had the habit of finding men who, oddly enough, ended up dead. It’s the story of Alabaman Nanny Doss, on this episode of the podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 15 Jul 2017

It’s time for a crime story, and we have a doozy for you! Today, Steve and Rod tell the story of a woman who had the habit of finding men who, oddly enough, ended up dead. It’s the story of Alabaman Nanny Doss, on this episode of the podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 08 Jul 2017

During the first boom in the Appalachian coalfields, there was such a labor shortage that the mine owners recruited workers from the millions of immigrants who were coming to America from Europe. And along with these immigrants came secret societies that were involved in kidnappings, extortion and murder. Today we tell the story of the […]. . .