When city people throw around words like "redneck" or "hillbilly," they generally mean them as insults. But what do these words signify for the people living in central Appalachia?
Poverty and opiate addiction have devastated small towns in West Virginia. What can be done to help people take back their lives?
Every summer, environmentalists gather in the woods to strategize, train, and coordinate the fight against the excesses of the coal industry.
A failing coal industry has left many residents of West Virginia with few options: move away, die, or try to scrape out a future in an unforgiving economic climate.
With Hillary Clinton claiming victories in four out of five primaries Tuesday, the Vermont senator's campaign seems to be nearing the end. But that doesn't mean that the harsh truths he preaches are wrong.
They claim the student suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome, a condition that causes symptoms like headaches and nausea from proximity to the Wi-Fi.
Stacy Kranitz's series on faith-based spaces and communities in Appalachia conveys the transformative power of faith and the essential goodness of fellowship.
What are the small transgressions that turn nice people into criminals? To find out, we asked a fracker turned convicted drug dealer.
A Gallup survey claims that West Virginians use chemicals to change their state of mind the most and Alaskans do so the least.
In a world where photos of corpses can circulate around the internet and cause distress to grieving families, does it make sense to formally ban anyone taking pictures of dead bodies?
Along with plenty of shady characters, the business offers a window into the changing drug habits of rural, white America.
This week: Some cops who arrested a kid because of his shirt vs. Some homophobes who think they're being discriminated against.
I think of Scott McClanahan as a kind of reauthenticated version of everything that's good about Southern writing. I've seen him silence a room at least five different times now with just the words that came out of his mouth. Scott just released his first…
Thomas Morton embeds with the Virginia-Carolina Military History Association as they embark on their first tour of Vietnam... in North Carolina. In part two, we witness the degrading interrogation of a captured Vietnamese soldier that gets a little too real…
In 1956, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory was formed in rural Green Bank, West Virginia, and became the hotbed of radio astronomy in the United States. But now, with cell phones, wi-fi, and radio stations emitting massive amounts of radio waves, d…
Gerald and John Beckett are known as Pete and Repeat, the two hobo brothers of Parkersburg, West Virginia. They're 71- and 73-year-old retired nomads with identical hunched stances and scruffy white facial hair. They dress exactly the same as each other e…