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…

Ready to Lead a Photo Contest?

Fresh baked apple pie photographed by Tiffany Welsh—one of many beautiful submissions to Appalachian Appetite: A Food Photo Contest.

Appalachian Appetite: A Food Photo Contest has become a perennial favorite for the region’s shutterbugs. They’ve submitted mouthwatering images and helped change how we think about modern mountain food. (Appalachian goulash, anyone?)…

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…

Rediscovering Wild Rabbit Hash

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Animals were Grandpa Ferguson’s passion, both killing and keeping them. A fur trader by profession, he sold the pelts of creatures he hunted and fed his family their meat. Deer, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, opossum—it was…

On “Hillbilly Elegy”

Photo courtesy of Roger May.

The bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy” left out a lot of hillbillies. Big thanks to the Chicago Tribune for giving me a chance to sing their praises with the below essay. * I…

8 Ideas for a WV Revival

Brew Sky Festival 2015 in West Virginia's Canaan Valley. Photo courtesy of Highland Outdoors.

Sometimes I get snarky. Like the other day, when I spotted Jim Justice’s gubernatorial campaign ideas for turning West Virginia into a tourism mecca. I tweeted, “Tourism, yes! Horse races, golf, &…

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