WSCP 6: Mountaintop Removal

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

 

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00:00:00 - Opening Titles 00:01:12 - Performance: "Front Porch" (Michael Johnathon)

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Keywords: Front Porch (Song); Michael Johnathon (Artist)

00:05:35 - Welcome / Artist Introduction 00:06:47 - Performance: "Heritage" (Nickky Finney)

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Segment Synopsis: Kentucky writer Nikky Finney performs "Heritage," a poem written by Appalachian-native, James Still. The reading is accompanied on the banjo by Sue Massek.

Keywords: Banjo (instrument); Heritage (Poem); James Still (Writer); Nikky Finney (Writer); Spoken Word; Sue Massek (Artist)

Subjects: poetry

00:09:20 - Performance: "Green Rolling Hills" (Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys)

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Keywords: Emmylou Harris (Artist); Green Rolling Hills (Song); Mountaintop removal; Red Dirt Boys (Artist)

00:13:51 - Interview 1: Emmylou Harris

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Segment Synopsis: Michael Johnathon talks to Emmylou Harris about her dedication as a vocal advocate against mountaintop removal in the Appalachian region as well as the importance Appalachian music in her own identity as a musician.

Keywords: Appalachian music; Emmylou Harris (Artist); Legacy; Mountaintop removal

Subjects: environment; folk music; political activism

00:16:55 - Performance: "Kern River" (Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys)

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Keywords: Emmylou Harris (Artist); Kern River (Song); Red Dirt Boys (Artist)

00:22:16 - Performance: "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (Darrell Scott)

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Keywords: Darrell Scott (Artist); You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Song)

00:27:20 - Interview 2: Darrell Scott

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Segment Synopsis: Darrell Scott talks about his family's history as coal miners in the eastern mountains of Kentucky. Scott notes his first experience seeing the devastating effects of mountaintop removal.

Keywords: Appalachian heritage; Coal mining; Darrell Scott (Artist); Mountaintop removal

Subjects: coal mining

00:29:08 - Break 00:29:53 - Interview 3: John and Patricia Adams

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Segment Synopsis: Winner of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, attorney John Adams speaks on helping found the National Resources Defense Council (1970) and his subsequent environmental advocacy through the years.

Keywords: Earth Day; John Adams; Mountaintop removal; National Resources Defense Council; Patricia Adams

Subjects: environment; political activism


Hyperlink: The National Resources Defense Council page about co-founder John Adams.
00:32:13 - Woodsongs Kid: Madison Glover, "In the Cool of the Day" (Performance)

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Segment Synopsis: Woodsongs Kid, Madison Glover, performs Jean Ritchie's "In the Cool of the Day."

Keywords: In the Cool of the Day (Song); Jean Ritchie (Artist); Madison Glover (Artist); Mountaintop removal; Woodsongs Kid

00:35:27 - Interview 4: John and Patricia Adams

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Segment Synopsis: Michael Johnathon talks to John and Patricia Adams about growing up in Appalachia and the importance of conserving the natural landscape for future generations.

Subjects: conservation; environment; political activism

00:39:32 - Performance: "Win Your Love" (Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys)

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Keywords: Emmylou Harris (Artist); Red Dirt Boys (Artist); Win Your Love (Song)

00:42:42 - Interview 5: Emmylou Harris

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Segment Synopsis: Musical artist Emmylou Harris talks about the lack of publicity on mountaintop removal and using her platform to talk about protecting Appalachian land and identity.

Keywords: Emmylou Harris (Artist); Mountaintop removal

Subjects: conservation; political activism

00:48:28 - Performance: "Bright Morning Stars" (Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys)

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Keywords: Acapella; Emmylou Harris (Artist); Red Dirt Boys (Artist)

00:51:14 - Coda: Michael Johnathon 00:53:38 - Message from Michael Johnathon 00:53:56 - From the Woodsongs Archives: "Now is the Cool of the Day" (Jean Ritchie)