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Opioids and Appalachia

Just because it gets less attention doesn't mean that the problem has gone away

Recent media stories about yesterday’s “epidemic” that is still with us

Thanks to the coronavirus, it gets less local, regional, and national coverage, but opioid addiction is still a major problem for Appalachia. National media, for the most part, have switched their focus to the virus but there is still some good reporting being . . .

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May 26, 2020

Reading about West Virginia and Appalachia

A short collection of articles and book reviews from around the Web

Senator Manchin attends a conference on the opioid problem

“Will Superfood Pancakes Solve the Opioid Crisis?” is by Jan Pytalski in Politifact West Virginia and is part of a joint project that joins West Virginia University and Politifact with the "100 Days in Appalachia" project. This article is about the writer’s . . .

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May 18, 2019

Some recent articles on West Virginia and Appalachia that you might find interesting

Periodically I’ve looked around the Web for thoughtful articles about West Virginia and Appalachia. From experience I’ve learned to expect some insights along with the usual stereotypes. This batch is no different. Perhaps it’s the times, the people they’ve talked to, or maybe it’s just a reflection of the pre-conceived attitudes of the . . .

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December 30, 2017

Readings on the Web

Excerpts from three recent essays on the Appalachian stereotype

"Why Media Must Stop Misrepresenting Appalachia"

by Ivy Brashear in the Huffington Post:

“Elegy” has no class, no heart, and no warmth. It’s a poorly written appropriation of Appalachian stereotypes that presents us as a people who aren’t worthy of anything but derision and pity, and who cannot be helped . . .

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April 11, 2017

Against the West Virginia stereotype

Positive coverage of Wheeling from Reuters

Earlier this week the international news agency Reuters featured Wheeling in an article about the growing acceptance of LGBT rights:

In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights

As the article explains:

Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and . . .

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March 19, 2017

Fighting the Appalachian stereotype and poverty porn

I've linked to Daily Yonder previously (most notably here). The site looks at rural and small-town America in a refreshing (non-stereotypical) way. It recently carried an interesting article on a national news network's attempt to get help from an Appalachian non-profit for a pre-election story on Appalachia. Aaron Phelps explains:

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December 07, 2016

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