Doughnuts with Appalachian Flair

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How would you make an “Appalachian doughnut”? Maybe top it with moonshine glaze or fill it with pawpaw puree? One family has taken up the challenge. In Charleston, West Virginia, they’re selling fried dough…

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The Black Dog of the Blue Ridge

Image courtesy of Luke Bauserman

Combing everything from an old blues tune to Appalachian folklore, today’s guest blogger—Luke Bauserman—finds inspiration in ghostly dogs. Here, he explains the common thread between old stories about canines and shares one that…

One Song: Ern & Zorry’s Sneakin Bitin Dog

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Dori Freeman’s new album, Letters Never Read (iTunes/Amazon), is full of delights. With transcendent melodies and gentle ballads, it’s inspiring rave reviews from big publications like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Spin, which…

Pawpaw Cocktail: The Mabon

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You might remember The Appalachian Martini, a pawpaw-infused cocktail that showed how classy our mountains can be. Well, it’s that time of year again. Appalachia’s favorite fruit is falling from…

Can marijuana rescue coal country?

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I’ve spent a year asking—can legal marijuana help West Virginia and the rest of coal country? Thanks to The Washington Post Magazine for publishing what I’ve learned. * Johnsie Gooslin…

One Song: The Devil There Too 

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“Appalachicana” is how Pierce Edens describes his music, mashing up our region’s name with Americana, a broad genre that conjures images of dirt caked boots and whiskey. It’s a fitting moniker. On his…

Roger May: Fighting for WV’s Future

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Photographer Roger May is taller than I expected. I met him for the first time at this year’s Appalachian Studies Association conference and was struck, first, by his six-foot-and-four-inches of height and, second,…

5 Reasons to Save Appalachian Rgnl. Commiss.

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway, which benefits from Appalachian Regional Commission funding. Photo courtesy of Bob Mical on Flickr.

There’s no other way to say it. Since its creation in 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has literally transformed our region. Using federal dollars to draw support from every sector—state and municipalities,…

Truevine: The Photos

A 1929 Ringling Brothers & Barnum-Bailey sideshow photo showed the Muse brothers (front row, slightly to the right) along with other performers who found both refuge and exploitation in the circus. (Edward J. Kelty photograph courtesy of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Tibbals Collection)

In Roanoke, the Muse brothers were legends. For about half their lives, they were traded between circuses. Their genetic disorder—albinism—left their skin unusually pale and their eyes pink-tinged plus they wore their hair…

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