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This week, we’ll meet a man who has struggled with substance use disorder. Now, he’s a recovery coach.

We’ll also meet a woman who started an agricultural and culinary training program to help people in recovery, and learn about barn quilts in North Carolina.

And childhood friends who started singing together 70 years ago show us why it’s never too late to start again.

You’ll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

In this episode:

  • Fruits of Work
  • Recovery coach
  • Pottery Manufacturers in Ohio
  • Barn Quilts in North Carolina
  • Learn to quilt online
  • The Five Prior

Backup building

Southern West Virginia has been hit over the past two decades by declining coal jobs, the Depression and the opioid crisis. People have had to be creative in trying to overcome this combination of challenges. We’re kicking off today’s show with a story about a company that’s getting national attention for what it’s doing to help. Fruits of Labor is part farm, part cafe and bakery, and part training program. And it consciously hires people in recovery or at risk. Jessica Lilly brought us this story.

Coming back

In West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle, we visited another recovery program in Wetzel County. It has seen success, but also faces an uncertain future. Its funding was scheduled to expire this summer. Liz McCormick brought us the story, which was also produced by Ella Jennings and Chuck Kleine.

Creating a lasting legacy

We went to East Liverpool, Ohio, once known as the pottery capital of the world for its tableware and pottery factories. These days, the industry has mostly disappeared. But pottery remains central to the city’s identity. And the locals are committed to passing this legacy on to a new generation. Capri Cafaro visited East Liverpool and had this story.

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Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool, Ohio

Great quilts

Driving through the mountains and foothills, you may have come across a painted quilt block next to a barn or house. Despite their name, barn quilts can be found in almost any building, not just barns. There are at least 300 in western North Carolina alone. And many give information about the people and places around them. Folkways reporter Rachel Moore had this story.

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Rachel Moore


West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Larry and Candace Wingo stand in front of their barn as it is being braced to support the weight of the couple’s 200-pound barn quilt. One of the four panels is shown here.

More about Quilts

We just talked about barn quilts, but this art form comes from the actual tradition of people making quilts for their beds. For his day job, Shane Foster is an optometrist in Athens, Ohio. But lately she’s also become a quilter, with the help of a group of friends she’s never met.

Get the band back together

As we age, people tend to fall into patterns and we seem to be faced with fewer and fewer possibilities. But it’s never too late to reconnect with old passions and start something new. Jean Snedegar shared the story of a band that formed in 1968, only to disband a few months later. But after more than half a century and lives that took them in different directions, the four surviving bandmates found each other again.

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The group Prior Five performs in 1968.


Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Other music this week has been provided by Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers, Jesse Milnes and June Carter Cash.

Bill Lynch is our producer. Our executive producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. Zander Aloi also helped produce this episode.

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Source: Encore: Overcoming addiction and old friends coming together to sing after decades apart

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