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 […]

Phantom of the Black Diamond

The roots of Appalachian communities run deeper than coal deposits, which sustained them for generations. Young leaders coming up in those mountains want to see them thrive once again, but this time the focus is on sustainability. This article was […]

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10,000 Acres

Shirley Blosser likes to keep track of her ancestors. She’s descended from four families in Meigs Township, Ohio.   Out of the four, it’s the Spillman clan that can be the most challenging to think about. It’s their land that was […]

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Brooke Parker (left), a care coordinator for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, is joined by Joe Solomon and Sarah Stone in Charleston, West Virginia. The program is a federal initiative that provides HIV-related services nationwide. Photo: John Raby/AP Photo

HIV Outbreak Persists as Officials Push Back Against Containment Efforts

Recovery from addiction is possible. For help, please call the free and confidential treatment referral hotline (1-800-662-HELP) or visit findtreatment.gov. Brooke Parker has spent the past two years combing riverside homeless encampments, abandoned houses, and less traveled roads to help […]

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Cheat Canyon in West Virginia. Photo: Jesse Wright/100 Days in Appalachia

ICYMI: Our Favorite Stories of 2022

As we inch toward the end of 2022, our staff is looking back on some of our most memorable stories of the year. Explore our top stories yourself below. Ginseng and Big Pharma: How Appalachia Built an Industry that Would […]

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John Henry of Charleston, W.Va., walks into a polling place at Weberwood Elementary Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia voters head to the polls for the fourth time in 12 months to nomination a Republican and a Democrat candidate to run in October's special gubernatorial election. Photo: Jeff Gentner/AP Photo

Voting is Safe Across Appalachia. Here’s What to Do if Somebody Tries to Change That.

Voting is overwhelmingly safe throughout Appalachia, as it is across the country.  Despite reports showing right-wing, anti-democratic extremists are intimidating voters and election officials at higher rates and in more organized ways than in years past, those efforts are still […]

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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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