February 2015

Invisible Appalachia: Junaluska

Since before the Civil War, a historically African-American community has made its home at the edge of downtown Boone. It continues to this day: quiet, yet present, and persevering against the odds.


The Wilderness Poet: George Ellison

At home in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, naturalist and writer George Ellison and his artist wife, Elizabeth, find peace and inspiration.

June 2013

The Memory Project: Rayna Gellert

Rayna Gellert started playing fiddle at the age of 10, and soon enough found herself traveling the country sharing her musical heritage.

March 2013

Natural Haven

Inside the spiritual retreat of Lake Junaluska, Appalachia’s most threatened plant species find a place of refuge.


Hell and High Water: The Flood of 1916

The flood of 1916 broke every record in the book. The death and destruction it caused in Western North Carolina defined flooding for an entire generation of survivors, and their stories live on nearly 100 years later.

April 2011

Keeper of Things Great and Small

An excitable rat terrier mutt scuffles underfoot as Sara Smith unlocks the side door to her Hayesville home and ushers us inside. Built in 1998, the modern structure sits atop a hill that’s been in her family since the 1850s. The government granted part of the land to her ancestors following the passage of the … Continued