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The Appalachian Renaissance with Chris White

Author: Chris White

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Conversations highlighting the Appalachian Renaissance.
46 Episodes
ETSU Professors Robin Feierabend, Ronald Roach, and Randy Wykoff provide us an interdisciplinary perspective on how Appalachian community efforts have fought against our two biggest pandemics in the past century. 
Today we speak to two leaders of the Reimagine Appalachia campaign, which seeks to promote clean energy and economic revitalization in our region. 
Chris describes the new direction of the podcast and interviews Appalachian Historian Dr. Kevin Barksdale about the idea of an Appalachian Renaissance.
We speak to Utah Physical Trainer and Boundless Body Radio podcaster Casey Ruff about the importance of teachers in our development, and how the COVID year has altered everyone's relationships with them.
Dr. Joel Peckham talks about the role of poetry during the pandemic. 
Today we learn from Judge and Master Beekeeper Dan O'Hanlon about how humans have caused mass die offs of bees.
Environmental Historian Erin Mauldin talks to us about the role of animal diseases in Appalachian, US, and world history. 
A heartfelt and honest look at the struggles of keeping the faith community connected during the pandemic.
Guest co-host Alyssa Woods joins me in an intriguing interview with bestselling author David Quammen, who talks to us about his research on the ecology of zoonotic diseases, and his upcoming book on COVID-19. 
Today we learn about virology and history with internationally-recognized author and professor Michael Oldstone.
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella follows up with us on how our food system has systematically undermined our health in the past few decades.
Sara Blevins of Branches Domestic Violence Shelter in Huntington, WV talks to us about how her shelter has responded to domestic violence in our region and provides us with important insights about how our society can better reduce this scourge during and after the pandemic.  Branches Domestic Violence Shelter: West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Root for Each Other Podcast:
Historian Paul Kelton explains how European and American colonization of Native American lands created the conditions that led to waves of Epidemics suffered by Native Americans in southern Appalachia and beyond.
On the one year anniversary of the COVID lockdown, we speak with world-renowned infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm about his book, Deadliest Enemy, as well as the current status of the pandemic, and how we should plan for the future. 
Today we have our first Spanish-language interview as we speak to Cuauhtemoc Herrojon in North Wilkesboro, NC, to learn about the effects of the pandemic on a growing Appalachian Hispanic community.
Today we speak to Charlie Bowen, the leader of The 1937 Flood, the band that provided our podcast theme music, about how the band has adapted to the pandemic, as well as many other important topics.
Today we learn about the 1878 yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi from author and Professor Deanne Stephens.
In today’s episode, Kim fills in for Chris to jumpstart Social Work month, which is celebrated annually during the month of March, and this year’s theme is Social Workers are Essential.  Our guests today are Sam Hickman, CEO of the National Association of Social Workers WV Chapter and Jennifer Wells, President of the NASW-WV Board and senior organizer with Community Change Action, a national organization fighting for the freedom of low-income, and low-income people of color, to thrive.  Sam and Jennifer talk with us about their passion for social work, what makes social work essential pre-, mid-, and post-COVID-19, and the ways COVID-19 has amplified disparities, highlighted inequity, and what social workers can do to help individuals achieve independence through interdependence. 
Today we go four hours south to East Tennessee State University, to speak to two experts in “diseases of despair.” We learn about the ways Appalachians are responding to the opioid and COVID crises simultaneously, that often elude the national media, but prove our region’s resilience.
I spoke with former students of mine, Zachary Mitchell and Justin Merritt, about Marshall Med school during the pandemic.  
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