Posts Tagged Appalachia

Highlighting overlooked stories across Appalachian Virginia

A walking path through a forest in southwest Virginia. (Credit: Roxy Todd / Radio IQ)

Across the Commonwealth, and the country, there have been many debates around monuments, and the stories they tell.  A new project is underway to highlight stories in southwest Virginia that have often been overlooked. Roxy Todd reports.

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Book explores memories of Appalachians forced to leave their land to build National Parks, dams and roads

Hankin family: The home of Harriet Hankins in the area of the proposed town at Norris Dam, 1933. (Credit: Lewis Hine Photographs for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Records of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Record Group 142, National Archives, Atlanta)

Imagine being told the government needed your land and you had a few weeks or months to move. This happened to thousands of people, to make room for national parks, and hydroelectric dams. Roxy Todd spoke with the editor of a new book, called “Lost in Transition,” about those who were forced to leave home.

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Portraying the Real Appalachia: New Kids’ TV Show Explores Arts and Science in Our Backyard


A still from the Penny P trailer.

A Blacksburg film maker says that for too long, the media’s represented Appalachia only in negative stereotypes. He wants to change that image with a new children’s television show that explores the region’s assets. It’s a blend of arts, science, and Appalachian culture that teaches kids about the amazing things you can find in your own backyard.  Robbie Harris visited the set and prepared this report.

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