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About This Show
Weekly conversations about what matters to the people of Central Appalachia. broadcast from WMMT— the 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues. WMMT provides broadcast space for creative expression, community involvement, and discussion of public policy to benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Find us online at http://wmmt.org!
Most Recent Episode
Game Changer: Football and School Integration
2 days ago
Game Changer: Football as a Catalyst for Peaceful School Integration is the first installment in the Hope audio series, commissioned and directed by the Mountain of Hope Organization, supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council and produced by Talking Across the Lines, LLC, www.folktalk.org; www.facebook.com/klinesacrossthelines/
Hope is an interracial documentary project conducted over the past 18 months in Mount Hope, WV—the heart of the New River coalfields. Michael and Carrie Kline, along with O.H. Jackson Napier, have collected more than 40 life story interviews from sons and daughters of coal miners. The stories focus on the whole fabric of what life and work in this small, diverse town was like a half-century ago. The defining occupation was deep mining with all of its attendant dangers, health hazards, and intricate working relationships. The resulting impacts on family and society come alive in this conversational audio documentary inter-weaving spoken memories from 60 hours of field recordings.
From livelihood to loss of life, these heart-rending voices portray the struggles and camaraderie of this iconic work, facing down stereotypes of race relations in the region. A mixture of southern blacks, European immigrants, and white laborers from hard-scrabble local farms were all employed underground, working together and watching each others’ backs. The resulting bonds that grew among working coal miners shaped the social milieu of the town above and minimized differences and conflicts across the usual boundaries of race, class and ethnicity found in other regions. Sentiments that,“When everybody came out of the mines, they were all black anyway,” resonate through the interviews.
More installments of Hope are coming soon.
Episodes of This Show
4 days ago