He Is Survived By His Sister

“After losing a father and a brother to substance misuse disorder (SUD), a Kentucky public health worker wants to tear away the stigma of being in the ‘survived by’ category.”

Published: Sep 10, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,016 words)

The House That Carving Built

“An expert woodcarver can take a block of wood and make it look alive…A beginner who spent last summer at the Folk School, shares this appreciation — not only of carving but of the non-competitive and life-giving work he learned there.”

Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,550 words)

Deeply, Deeply Diseased

The Trillbilly Worker’s Party podcast is anticapitalist with a sense of humor and a Southern twang—though your nana might want to wash their mouths out with soap.

Author: Cy Brown
Published: Jul 28, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,886 words)

Breonna Taylor, Say Her Name.

“Louisville poet and activist Hannah Drake reflects on the women in her family whose names were lost and stolen and the names of Black women that must never be forgotten.”

Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,591 words)

Stories in the Shine

‘Few things say “hillbilly” in that condescending Hollywood way than the word “moonshine.” But when you visit the new breed of legal shiners in West Virginia, you learn how they fill every barrel with the complex, distinctive stories of Appalachia.’

Published: Jun 30, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,398 words)

The Way of John Lewis

“As federal troops and militarized police descended on protesters, John Lewis pleaded for nonviolence. Cynthia Tucker shares her hope that a new generation of activists can learn from his courageous and peaceful fight for ‘beloved community.'”

Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,817 words)

The Sound and The Fury of Jericho Brown

“His poetry deftly names the forces — be it cop, disease, or addiction — that would have him dead, while he celebrates the beauty, be it in a flower, in a lover’s embrace, or in anything that helps him thrive in this burning world.”

Published: Jun 2, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,712 words)

A Way Back

“E.O. Wilson’s big ideas for saving nature and humanity along with it.”

Published: Apr 21, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,276 words)

Let’s Stay Together

“Memphis photographer Jamie Harmon took to the streets and asked his neighbors to stand for portraits of life under lockdown.”

Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,881 words)

Ozark Life

“A photo essay of the intimate beauty of daily life in rural Arkansas.”

Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,305 words)