One Song: Mama

Caitlin Marie Bell

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.…

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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,…

Irish Music in the Mountains

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The Irish love to sing. Walking through Dublin, Galway, or Shannon, you’re bound to run into buskers on the street and live music pouring from pubs. If you’re from Appalachia,…

Appalachian Documentaries Galore

Hand-painted shot from the vintage documentary Sunny Side of Life, which explores the musical legacy of The Carter Family. Photo by William Blanton.

Whether you’re looking to learn about hillbilly history or Ralph Stanley’s story, you’re in for a treat when you visit Bristol, Tennessee this winter. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is…

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