Historic floods, award-winning barbecue, and writings about the opioid epidemic


This week on Inside Appalachiawe visit the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, whose cultural archives were damaged by historic flooding.

Next, we’ll head to Pounding Mill, Virginia to discover the secrets of Cuz’s Uptown Barbeque, an award-winning fusion restaurant.

We’ll also hear from Beth Macy, author of “Dopesick,” which became the basis for a Hulu miniseries. His latest book, “Raising Lazarus,” continues the conversation about the opioid epidemic.

All that and more this week as we travel Inside Appalachia.

In this episode:

  • Flooding threatens Kentucky Cultural Center
  • In the midst of a wet summer, FEMA and SBA provide relief
  • Fusion BBQ Restaurant inspired by Asian cuisine
  • Dairy birth at the West Virginia State Fair

Flooding threatens Kentucky Cultural Center

Flooding in eastern Kentucky has killed at least 39 people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Some cultural centers in the region have also been threatened. Like the Hindman Settlement School, which has preserved more than a century of Appalachian heritage. WFPL’s Stephanie Wolf takes us to Hindman for the story.

When Kentucky began to flood, Hindman was host to the Appalachian Writer’s Workshop, a longtime annual gathering of literary artists. Our producer, Bill Lynch, spoke with Robert Gipe and Amanda Slone, two writers who were at the studio when the rains came.

In the midst of a wet summer, FEMA and SBA provide relief

Since those devastating floods hit eastern Kentucky, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have helped provide relief. West Virginia was also flooded this year, amid one of the wettest summers on record.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) News Director Eric Douglas spoke with FEMA’s Patrick Boland and SBA’s Laurie Dana about what they are doing to help bring relief to Kentucky.

Fusion BBQ Restaurant inspired by Asian cuisine

People love to argue over which barbecue sauce is more authentic – vinegar-based, tomato-based or mustard-based. But Cuz’s Uptown Barbeque in Tazewell County, Virginia stands out for something completely different. On the one hand, his cuisine is inspired by Asian cuisine and local mountain specialties. You can find things on its menu like morels, cheese spring rolls, and country ham caprese. Folkways reporter Connie Bailey Kitts and her family recently stopped at Cuz’s for dinner. Connie took this story to go.

Dairy birth at the West Virginia State Fair

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Dairy farm owner Remington Perkins with a barn full of pregnant cows ready to calve.

Late summer and fall are prime times for county and state fairs. People come out for country music concerts, funnel cakes and a spin on the tilt-a-whirl. It is also a place where people can see traditional crafts and the biggest and best of the local farms. WVPB’s Randy Yohe visited the West Virginia State Fair in August and brings us this story of one of the fair’s favorite attractions – the Dairy Birthing Center.

Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Opioid Crisis

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Beth Macy is a longtime journalist from Roanoke, Va., and the author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

The Hulu miniseries “Dopesick” is a fictionalized take on the very real and very devastating stories of people affected by the opioid crisis — and the companies that helped create it. Nominated for 14 Emmys, the show is based on the 2018 book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America,” by Roanoke, Va. journalist Beth Macy.

Now Macy’s back with ‘Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice and the Future of America’s Opioid Crisis,’ which continues the conversation and examines the ways people are trying to help — through harm reduction programs and… needle exchange – and by attempts to hold drug manufacturers accountable. Macy spoke with Jeff Bossert of member station Radio IQ for this story.


Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Other music this week was provided by Watchhouse, Chris Knight, June Carter Cash, Amythyst Kiah and Tyler Childers.

Bill Lynch is our producer. Alex Runyon is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. Zander Aloi also helped produce this episode. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @InAppalachia.

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Inside Appalachia is a West Virginia Public Broadcasting production.


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