We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. Check us out on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to start listening:
We open today’s show with guest author Beth Harrington. Harrington is an independent film producer, director and writer. “I’ve recently completed a labor of love that has consumed me for a fifth of my life,” she tells us. That would be the film The Winding Stream, the tale of the dynasty at the very heart of country music: The Carters. We caught up with Harrington this week and asked her to share with our readers some of her journey in creating this movie.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a calendar of events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Next, guest author Ron Roach takes a closer look at the life of NC writer Manly Wade Wellman. Wellman ought to be as much of a household name in sci-fi fantasy circles as Ray Bradbury or Isaac Asimov: his work appeared next to theirs in the pioneering science fiction magazine ‘Weird Tales’ for 30 years. “I am currently writing a detailed study of Manly Wellman’s ‘Silver John’ stories,” says Dr. Roach, “which stand out among the few works of fantasy fiction penned about the Appalachian region.”
We’ll wrap things up with guest author Kevin Cordi, who’s just published Playing with Stories, about the need to engage in more playful practices as adults in order to help kids of all ages work through the telling of their stories. Dr. Cordi teaches “Applied Storytelling” and “Uncovering folktales, fairytales, and ghost stories” as an Assistant Professor at Ohio Dominican University, and is Co-Director for the Columbus Area Writing Project at Ohio State University. “Whether on an old couch, in a classroom, or for a business meeting,” he says, “let us play with keeping the narratives alive. After all, stories are the true legacy that we can pass on.”
And thanks to the good folks at the Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from John Lozier in a 1973 recording of Leather Britches.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.