Hello podcast fans! For the next several weeks Rod and I are going to be telling the story of the Hatfield and McCoy feud. This bit of Appalachian history is probably the most widely known, and the most controversial. Newspaper stories about the conflict planted the seeds of the ignorant, violent, uneducated Appalachian hillbilly stereotype. We’re going to break down the history of the feud into 5 separate stories, told over 5 podcasts. We don’t claim to be experts, just storytellers, so I’m sure there are a lot of details that we won’t cover, but we do intend to tell a little bit about the disagreements over what really happened in the Tug valley between Kentucky and West Virginia in the 1880’s, mainly among various descendants of the two families. Our first story is about the death of Asa Harmon McCoy, Union soldier, in Pike County, which many say was the first round in the feud. Or was it? Give our stories a listen over the next few weeks. You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @storyappalachia and on Facebook @storiesofappalachia. As always, thanks for your ears!