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Young fiddler Carson Peters performs at Blue Ridge Music Center. Photo by Erynn Marshall.

Does Taylor Swift blare from your child’s bedroom at all hours? Is Usher on constant shuffle in your house? Is watching The Voice the closest you get to family bonding? If…

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One Song: Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow

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Old time performers Anna & Elizabeth are it again. Since capturing hearts with their handmade crankies—magical scrolling displays that tell a story while they sing— this melodic duo has put together a new album.…

Appalachian Code Switching

Many people's Appalachian accents grow stronger when talking with mountain family.

Appalachian accents are like no other. A mash up of influences—British Isles, German, African dialects, probably some Native American—all mixed together and baked in our secluded hills for a couple…

One Song: Mama

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North Georgia native Caitlin Marie Bell brings us a new tune with her signature haunting vocals along with some beautiful guitar work. Starts off slow and builds to be a real toe tapper.…

Natural Bridge Zoo: From Bad to Worse?

Natural Bridge Zoo Investigation

Based on recent USDA inspections, Virginia has temporarily suspended Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit to exhibit wild animals. This comes after an undercover video documented dozens of instances of animal abuse…

One Night In Galax

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If you’re an old time music fan, you know Galax, Virginia. It’s no bigger than my thumb—just a few thousand residents—but home to more musical talent than five Nashville’s rolled…

Natural Bridge Zoo: Not What It Seems

Natural Bridge Zoo Investigation

I grew up just a few miles from Virginia’s Natural Bridge Zoo and always assumed it was a well-run sanctuary, a place where healthy animals from around the world delighted visitors. New undercover…

What Broke My Heart

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This prose poem is for you if your heart has broken—but not for a lover—broken because you looked at someone and saw how hard the world can be. It comes from Ellen Birkett Morris, the author of a poetry book called Surrender. Ellen…

Pieces of Home

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I hadn’t expected to choke back tears over my tacos. When I ordered, we were acting like fools, hooting and laughing, making more noise than other families in the restaurant,…

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