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Horror in the Hills
October 18th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

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Emily Satterwhite (Virginia Tech) talks about two very different images of Appalachia: the pastoral, small towns of literature and the often violent cannibals of horror films. And: In the mid-90s, Latino immigrants started to migrate to smaller towns in the South. Barbara Ellen Smith (Virginia Tech) says the new Appalachia includes chicken enchiladas and tamales. Plus: Early struggles between Native Americans and the U.S. government centered on gold claims. But James Allison (Christopher Newport University) says the tension now centers on the new black gold—coal.

Later in the show: Great American composer Aaron Copland wrote the opera The Tender Land after seeing the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In this show from our archives, With Good Reason visits Southwest Virginia for a 2012 performance of that famous work under the direction of David Volk and Amber Burke (University of Virginia’s College at Wise). Also featured: Weldon Hill (Virginia State University) is a jazz pianist who has played with some of the greats in the field. He takes us on a musical tour of his own music and also plays recordings of some of the giants of jazz piano like Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole, discussing the influence they had on American jazz.