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Dirty Dancing’s Disappearing Lake

Skip Watts and George Stephenson, Radford University

Water is disappearing from the lake where Dirty Dancing was filmed.  Researchers are are trying to figure out why.

6 mins

Planning for Sea Rise

Ray Toll, Old Dominion University

The White House has chosen Old Dominion University to lead a pilot project to create a plan for the coming sea rise.

7 mins

Behind the Big Game Reserves

Stephen Macekura, Indiana University

The earliest environmentalists weren’t tree-huggers; they were hunters and colonialists. We trace the relationship between African conservation and colonialism.

14 mins

Horror in the Hills

Emily Satterwhite, Virginia Tech

We take a look at two very different images of Appalachia: the pastoral, small towns of literature and the often violent cannibals of horror films.

6 mins

Black Gold

James Allison, Christopher Newport University

Early struggles between Native Americans and the U.S. government centered on gold claims. Now the tension centers on the new black gold—coal.

9 mins

Appalachian Enchiladas

Barbara Ellen Smith, Virginia Tech

In the mid-90s, Latino immigrants started to migrate to smaller towns in the South. The new Appalachia includes chicken enchiladas and tamales.

8 mins

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