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Saving Appalachian Species

The Endangered Species Act plays a crucial role in protecting our region’s wealth of biodiversity — but this bedrock environmental law is under attack.

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Repair Movement Reinvigorates Fix-It Culture

Cville TimeBank Repair Café

Instead of throwing away broken electronics, furniture, appliances and more, community groups across Appalachia oppose disposal by fixing these items and teaching their neighbors how to do the same.

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The Lure of Appalachian Trout

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A bass fisherman explores the conservation and sport behind trout fishing.

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Making Music, One Instrument at a Time

Jayne Henderson

Meet three artisans who hand-craft stringed instruments.

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Shape-Note Singing

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Shape-note singing is a living tradition of musical and social harmony, and is practiced in Appalachia and across the world.

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The Intelligence of Slime Mold

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This brainless, single-celled organism is able to solve surprisingly complex puzzles and is even able to memorize and anticipate changes in its environment.

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Ancestors: Honoring the Past Through Work in Black Cemeteries

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Writer Terran Sparkle Young describes her experience as a Black American learning about her family’s history and a local overgrown cemetery.

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Preserving Historic African-American Cemeteries

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Communities across the region are working to document and preserve historic African-American cemeteries to keep them from becoming lost to history.

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Pipeline Legal Disputes Escalate

Pipeline protestor holds sign that says, "What will the state do? How much is enough power and profit? We are watching you."

As residents in the path of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines call for investigation of potentially toxic pipeline coatings, federal and state officials loosen permitting regulations.

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Fascinating Cave Creatures of Appalachia

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Hidden underneath the majesty of the Appalachian mountains is a strange, enchanting cave ecosystem full of unusual creatures.

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