Dust in the Bottomland: Monodrama for Appalachia

WMMT’s Mountain Talk is pleased to present “Dust in the Bottomland,” an original musical monodrama (miniature opera) that paints a complex and moving portrait of modern Appalachia. The recording is followed by an interview with West Virginia composer/lyricist Nate May and singer Andrew Munn on the experiences that inform the story, and the power of […]

Remembering the Miners at Upper Big Branch

April 5 marked the 4th anniversary of the deadly explosion at then-Massey Coal’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, WV. As a way to remember, the WMMT family recorded these short portraits of the 29 men who so needlessly lost their lives. Their stories come from the Report to the Governor by the Governor’s […]

East Kentucky Schools “Race to the Top”

In Dec. 2013, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) received a $30 million Race to the Top grant from the US Department of Education to carry out the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative.  ARI is a collaboration between 17 school districts and numerous regional organizations all committed to putting students first, improving educational outcomes, and developing a […]

Eula Hall Fights for Mud Creek Medicine

Eula Hall from Mud Creek in Floyd County, KY is nationally recognized for a lifetime fighting for the rights of mountain people, especially for access to good health care. Eula and the Mud Creek Clinic she founded are the subject of a new book by Kiran Bhatrajn. In December 2013, Eula and Kiran visited Appalshop […]