Help Save Roanoke Fire Station

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Everyone in Roanoke knows Fire Station No. 7. Near the edge of Grandin Village, right by the historic Memorial Bridge, it has been a symbol of public service and community for…

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Know What a “Luthier” Is?

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Time to flex those vocabulary muscles: Is a “luthier” A) one of Lex Luther’s henchmen, B) someone who makes string instruments, or C) a Lutheran using a silly nickname? If you said B, you’re…

Is Your Appalachian Accent Wrong?

Famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton called his way of talking "hillbilly style." Photo courtesy of Neal Hutcheson on Flickr.

If you have an Appalachian twang, you surely know about all the stereotypes that come with it. For a century or two, outsiders have assumed that mountain people are ignorant, racist, and…

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…

The Black Dog of the Blue Ridge

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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…

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