Ep.010: Spirit of the Mountains

Emma Ayers, Managing Opinion Editor at Young Voices and native of northeast Tennessee, joins Garrett on today’s episode to talk about the importance of tradition and religion in Appalachian culture. Together, they also explore the importance of meaningful work to the future prosperity of the Appalachian region, share the history of the mysterious Melungeons of Appalachia, and discuss possible solutions to the region’s woes. 


You can learn more about Melungeons from this article in USA Today.


Recommended Books in this episode: 

Spirit of the Mountains by Emma Bell Miles

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford

Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse by Timothy Carney


You can keep up with Emma’s work at Young Voices by going to their website 




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