Aired: March 23, 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.

  • Hearing Appalachia (8 min.)

    With: Tessa McCoy-Hall (UVA Wise) and Meredith McCool (University of Virginia)

    Hoping to revitalize the town of Appalachia, Virginia, Tessa McCoy-Hall and Meredith McCool looked to the past. They share the stories they heard while interviewing old-timers from the once-rich mining town.

  • Coming Home to Big Stone Gap (15 min.)

    With: Adriana Trigiani

    Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani talks about life growing up in the small Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap—and about her movie, Big Stone Gap, based on her novel of the same name.

  • 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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