3 Start Ups: Only in Appalachia

Joe James, who is using sorghum to clean coal toxins from West Virginia soil, speaks during the Rural Entrepreneurship Summit.

The thing that struck me about the Rural Entrepreneurship Summit was the granola. I mean, it wasn’t the only thing—there were also amazing small business people in the room along with…

Exclusive Clip: Coal Women

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Environmental activist and grandmother Lorelei Scarbro understands how important coal is. Her son-in-law is a miner. Though she despises the flagrant abuses of the coal industry, she knows that thousands…

Canary in the Code Mine

J. Paul Gorman, one of Appalachia’s newest coders. Photo by Philip Scott Andrews.

Coal is dead. There, I said it. It’s a tough pill for Appalachia to swallow—where coal has underpinned local economies for more than a century, where it’s given folks who hold nothing but high…

The Mine Wars, Rewriting History

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I’m such a slacker. On Wednesday night, The Mine Wars premiered on the PBS series American Experience, and I have to admit I missed it. (If it’s any comfort, PBS, I was binge…

Hollow: An Interactive Documentary

Alan Johnston, featured in Hollow.

Some West Virginians are fed up. They’re tired of seeing coal towns die when industry leaves; they’re tired of being painted as bumpkins in pop media; and they’re especially tired…

Virtual March for Blair Mountain

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If you’re like me and unable to make the remarkable March on Blair Mountain in West Virginia this week, don’t worry. The Virtual March is on. Each day, you can demonstrate…

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