Head of the Holler

Head of the Holler

This series examines issues facing Appalachia and features notable guests from the region. Acclaimed Appalachian author Silas House, interim director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College hosts.

All Past Episodes

Lee Smith

26:40 | #203

Silas House, director of Berea College's Appalachian Center, talks with Lee Smith, author of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, Saving Grace, and other works.

Jonathan Burgess

26:36 | #107

Irish playwright Jonathan Burgess discusses connections between Appalachia and Northern Ireland and the influence Ulster-Scots culture has had on Appalachia.

Riley Baugus and Lena Mae Perry

27:30 | #104 | TV-G

Musicians Riley Baugus and Lena Mae Perry discuss the influence of traditional and old-time music in their lives.

Pat Banks

26:39 | #109

Artist Pat Banks, director of Kentucky RiverKeepers, talks about her artistry and passion for preserving and protecting waterways.

Caroline Herring

26:36 | #202

Singer/songwriter Caroline Herring talks about her career and her influences. The musically understated, psychologically intense songs of this Atlanta-based Mississippi native ponder the eternal verities while probing the complex nature of contemporary existence.

Paula Nelson

26:34 | #201

Silas House talks with Cherokee artist and preservationist Paula Nelson. They discuss the importance of language, how the Cherokee are the first Appalachians, the importance of art to any culture, and the natural world and the Cherokee connection to it. Nelson sings a sacred Cherokee song.

Ben Sollee

26:36 | #108

Kentucky musician Ben Sollee discusses his own musical journey and his concern for the people and the environment of Appalachian Kentucky and beyond.

Billy Edd Wheeler and 'Mr. Appalachia' Loyal Jones

56:38 | #105 | TV-G

Award-winning songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler and Loyal 'Mr. Appalachia' Jones reminisce about their student days at Berea College and their work after graduation.

Erik Reece

26:37 | #106

Kentucky author Erik Reece discusses his book, An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God.

George Ella Lyon

26:40 | #103 | TV-G

Kentucky writer George Ella Lyon talks about growing up in Harlan County and finding inspiration for writing. She is the author of 40 books for people of all ages. A Berea College production.

Dr. William Turner

26:37 | #102

Sociologist Dr. William Turner, a distinguished professor of Appalachian Studies and regional ambassador at Berea College, examines the experiences of African Americans in Appalachia. A Berea College production.

Silas House

29:59 | #101

National best-selling novelist Silas House talks about growing up in eastern Kentucky, the changes he's seen, the inspiration for his novels, and his passion for preserving Appalachia's hills and hollows. House is the National Endowment for the Humanities chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College where he teaches Appalachian literature. A Berea College production.

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