Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my freshman year at Western Kentucky University. I held this position for three semesters before concentrating on my role in the Student Government Association.  In my capacity as the SGA Director […]

Photo Essay: Exploring Trans and Queer Identity through Appalachian, Christian Iconography

As a queer and gender-nonconforming person navigating life in a region deeply entrenched in Christianity, I find myself straddling two worlds. While I don’t hold any religious beliefs, I cannot deny the profound impact that Appalachian and Deep Southern Christianity have on the queer experience. Not only is religion pitted […]

From Flooding to Fires: Appalachia’s Recreation Industry Faces Climate Change Challenges

The impacts of climate change are steadily and exponentially being felt here in Appalachia just as they have across the globe, and environmental activists, scientists and outdoor enthusiasts alike find themselves in a race to counter the climate curve in the region.  The discussions in some communities, however, have shifted […]

Photo: Marilyn Lands for State House District 10 via CNN Newsource

Front Porch Politics: An Alabama Democrat’s Roadmap for Defeating Trumpism in Appalachia

You may not have felt it, but last week, Appalachia experienced a political earthquake. The epicenter is Huntsville, Alabama, where Democrat Marilyn Lands won a special election for the seat in Alabama House District 10. The seat was left open […]

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Del. Ridenour (R-Jefferson) looks over legislation during the February 26, 2024, morning floor session in the House chamber. Photo: Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislative Photography

W. Va. Bill Poses Legal Challenges for Faith-based Immigrant Services

Religious leaders say that a bill passed by the West Virginia House of Delegates this week could criminalize faith-based groups that provide assistance to undocumented immigrants. HB 5031 changes the definition of “human smuggling” in state code to transporting or […]

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Megan Gandy, from Morgantown, West Virginia, began singing and playing guitar on her front porch for friends, family and her community through Facebook live. Photo: Kristen Uppercue/100 Days in Appalachia

Welcome to Front Porch Politics!

It was on the muddy banks of the Scioto River that Hillary Clinton’s electoral ship began sinking in 2016. At a CNN townhall in Columbus, Ohio, Clinton – then in a heated primary battle against Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont […]

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Cameron Cordon, co-owner of Phat Daddy's barbecue restaurant, tends to meat in his smoker on Friday, April 14, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. The restaurant, formerly a chicken coop, was renovated and converted into the beloved barbecue joint in November 2021. Cordon said he has spent decades working in the culinary industry, and many of his experiences inspire his variety of dishes. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

2023’s Biggest Hits: Our Staff’s Favorite Stories This Year

As we prepare to close the book on 2023, the staff here at 100 Days is thinking back on some of the writing that resonated with them this past year. With topics ranging from religion to community, check out some […]

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The city of Charleston is viewed from the Fort Hill overlook on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Pain and Possibility: Reckoning with Historic Inequity on the West Side

Derek Hudson has lived on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, his entire life. He grew up on Bigley Avenue, a major road that runs parallel to the Elk River and defines the eastern boundary of the neighborhood.  After […]

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Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my […]

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The East Boone Listening Room. Photo: Sydney Everett/sydneygailphotography.com

In North Carolina, A Sanctuary for Local Songwriters Emerges: The East Boone Listening Room

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night in Boone, North Carolina, and a hush falls over the East Boone Listening […]

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Once again Nakiya (Nyx) Bell is surrounded by a haze on the river which runs along a deep forest. They hold their braided hair up which follows the lines of her arms and shoulders. Photo: Isa McMullen/For 100 Days in Appalachia

Photo Essay: Exploring Trans and Queer Identity through Appalachian, Christian Iconography

As a queer and gender-nonconforming person navigating life in a region deeply entrenched in Christianity, I find myself straddling two […]

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From Flooding to Fires: Appalachia’s Recreation Industry Faces Climate Change Challenges

The impacts of climate change are steadily and exponentially being felt here in Appalachia just as they have across the […]

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What My Appalachian Roots Taught Me About Union Organizing

Growing up less than a mile away from the site of the 1892 Homestead strike in Pittsburgh, a steadfast union […]

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Photo: Marilyn Lands for State House District 10 via CNN Newsource

Front Porch Politics: An Alabama Democrat’s Roadmap for Defeating Trumpism in Appalachia

You may not have felt it, but last week, Appalachia experienced a political earthquake. The epicenter is Huntsville, Alabama, where […]

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