Month: May 2020

Opioids Part 5: Addiction, incarceration, recovery, and advocacy

In the final part of our series on the opioid crisis in Appalachia, we talk to Bethany Hallam.  Bethany is a Councilmember at-Large for Allegheny County, PA. Bethany became addicted to prescription opioids at a young age after being overprescribed Vicodin for an...

Opioids Part 3: Harm Reduction (with Dr. Sydnee McElroy)

In part 3 of our series on the opioid crisis in Appalachia, we talk to Dr. Sydnee McElroy.  Dr. McElroy is a physician, harm reduction advocate, and podcaster from the great city of Huntington, West Virginia.  We talk to Dr. McElroy about the benefits of...

Opioids Part 2: 780 million pills in West Virginia

In part 2 of our series on the opioid crisis in Appalachia, we talk to Eric Eyre, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter currently working with the Mountain State Spotlight covering opioids in West Virginia.  Eric has been a leading reporter on...

Opioids Part 1: Profits of Pain

In part 1 of our series on the opioid crisis in Appalachia, we talk about the drug manufacturers' role and the deceptive marketing tactics used to flood the region with pills. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show! Also, check out our social media while...

Discussing the documentary “Hillbilly” with director Ashley York

Chuck and Big John talk to Eastern Kentucky native Ashley York - director of the documentary fill "Hillbilly". Hillbilly is a documentary that examines the iconic hillbilly image in media and culture. The film explores more than a hundred years of media representation...

Are Appalachian Mission Trips Good?

Chuck and Big John discuss Appalachian Mission Trips - something that organizations throughout the country engage in. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show! Also, check out our social media while you’re at it! Check out our friends at Cornbread Hemp,...

Corey Ryan Forrester on comedy, mental health, and more

We're joined by none other than Corey Ryan Forrester - known by many as "The Buttercream Dream to discuss comedy, mental health, and more. Corey is a comedian based out of beautiful Chickamauga, Georgia. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show! Also, check out...

Rural Broadband is Sexy

Rural Broadband is sexy.  Or....at least it's important.  But it CAN be sexy!  We talk about rural broadband, why it's important, and the politics surrounding it.  ​ We're talking about rural broadband today. We recorded this early last week since...

Unions, Amazon, and the fight for workers in Appalachia

Amazon hates unions, which is why they're trying everything to stop workers in little ol' Appalachian Alabama from forming one. But first, we have a light-hearted exchange about the double-standard applied for Lil Nas X and not Soulja Boi (tell em) by Kidz Bop...