Aired: September 21, 2018

Prohibition and Moonshine

Men looking through barrels. A police raid at Elk Lake, Canada, 1925. Image source: Archives of Ontario. PD-Canada.

  • Oral Histories of Moonshining (15 min.)

    With: Julia Maggard (University of Virginia at Wise)

    The common stereotype of moonshiners is one of lawbreakers and profiteers. But Julia Maggard says moonshining was a crucial economic supplement for some families in impoverished regions and that moonshiners supported each other in times of need.

  • The Coming of Southern Prohibition (13 min.)

    With: Michael Lewis (Christopher Newport University)

    South Carolina saw the statewide prohibition of alcohol in 1915. But not before the state established its own dispensary system more than a decade earlier. In his book The Coming of Southern Prohibition, Michael Lewis tells the story of one South Carolina town at the intersection of race, religion, and alcohol.

  • Tangier Island Sinking (6 min.)

    With: Kelley Libby (Virginia Humanities)

    Residents of Tangier Island could become some of America’s first climate refugees—unless they get a much needed sea wall. Through a partnership with Google, a Virginia project is hoping to raise awareness of Tangier’s plight by allowing people from anywhere in the world to visit the endangered island—virtually.

  • Disappearing Homelands (11 min.)

    With: Anthony Boese (Virginia Military Institute)

    Hundreds of thousands of citizens of island nations stand to lose their homes to rising sea levels. Anthony Boese is studying the ethical, political, and economic decisions needed when masses of people are forced to leave their island homelands.

  • Inside Hurricanes (7 min.)

    With: Stephanie Zick (Virginia Tech)

    Is there a better way to assess the potential damage of an approaching hurricane? Meteorologist Stephanie Zick believes that studying how, where, and when hurricane loses its power can give us a more accurate picture.

  • For the Love of the Mountains and Their People

    A film director from the town of Big Stone Gap in Virginia had a homecoming like no other when she returned for the release of her new film. Lilia Fuquen reports that the romantic comedy reveals a certain nostalgia for both the mountains and the people of Big Stone Gap.


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