A look at the history of the Appalachian region, one story at a time.
The Trial Of Dr. Smith
7:50In 1877 a young Kentucky man's body was found by the side of the road, the victim of a knife attack. Suspicion quickly fell on the deceased's former best friend since the two had recently had a falling out over a girl. That led the friend to go on the run. 20 years later he was found and brought back to Kentucky to face justice. Today we tell that story.
The Sevier/Jackson Duel
14:57In 1803 John Sevier was the governor of the state of Tennessee and Andrew Jackson was a Superior Court judge, both in Knoxville. They were also bitter political rivals. One day the two met on the steps of the Knox County Courthouse and began an argument that turned into a fist fight and challenges from both men to the other to settle matters with a duel. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends!
The Bridge To Vulcan
11:14In 1977 a small town along the Tug River in West Virginia needed a bridge. They got that bridge, and became world-famous in the process. That's our story this week. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Stitcher, RadioPublic, IHeart Radio or on your own favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!
The Rugby Colony
9:51After the Civil War a group of English men and women traveled to the hills of Tennessee to set up a utopian colony. Today we tell that story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Audible, IHeart Radio, Audacy, or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends!
11:16Today we tell a story that's a little bit history and a little bit folklore about a legend in eastern Kentucky named Moses Stepp, supposedly the oldest man to have ever lived in the state. Thanks for listening and for sharing our podcast with your friends.
The Knox Mine Disaster
10:54In 1959 a mining operation ignored mine regulations leading not only to a mine roof collapse but flooding so bad that miners were killed and the entire economy in the area was pretty much destroyed. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audacy, IHeart Radio, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends...
Escape(s) From The Yancey County Jail
9:531929 was a rough year for the jailer at the Yancey County jail, in North Carolina. That year saw not one but two 3-prisoner escapes from the facility. That's our story today. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history.
Part Two: Davy Crockett Goes To Texas
10:42We wrap up our story about Davy Crockett, telling of his leaving Tennessee and moving to Texas to fight in the Texas War of Independence. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast on your favorite podcast app...please add us to your favorites list! Thanks for listening...
The King of the Wild Frontier, Part One
14:20Probably nobody embodies Appalachia and her people more than a man born near Limestone, Tennessee, in 1786. Davy Crockett was a frontiersman, cowboy, businessman, politician and a martyr to the cause of Texas independence. Today we start telling you his very big story. You can subscribe to the Stories podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening!
12:26In 1945 a preacher was arrested and charged in his wife's death...by snakebite. Seems he had been holding a service near Norton, Virginia, in which a large poisonous snake had been placed in his hand, and his wife had been bitten when she reached over to pat the creature's head. Today we tell the story of a death in a snake-handling church, another part of the history of this place we call home: Appalachia.