Blue Ridge Free State Episode 2: Mountain State Melee (w/ Jake Zuckerman)

Blue Ridge Free State is a podcast about politics, culture, history and life in Appalachia.

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I’m your host, Mason Adams. I’ve covered communities in Appalachia since 2001. You can follow me on Twitter at @MasonAtoms.

On this episode, we talk about Donald Trump’s recent swing through Appalachia for Republican candidates for US Senate, and why he’s trying to make it all about himself. We also interview Jake Zuckerman, politics reporter for the Charleston Gazette-Mail about the West Virginia teacher’s strike, Gov. Jim Justice’s recent PEIA presser, the Manchin/Morrisey race for US Senate, the Miller/Ojeda race in southern West Virginia, and how healthcare is playing as an issue.

Blue Ridge Free State Episode 1: Our Nerds in Washington

Blue Ridge Free State is a podcast about politics, culture, history and life in Appalachia.

Connect with the podcast at Twitter or at Facebook.

I’m your host, Mason Adams. I’ve covered communities in Appalachia since 2001. I’ve created or contributed to zines, newspapers, magazines, websites and radio, and now I’ve launched Blue Ridge Free State to amplify and inform my work. You can follow me on Twitter at @MasonAtoms.

In our first episode, we talk about why Donald Trump is campaigning in West Virginia. We also interview Amy Friedenberger, politics reporter for the Roanoke Times, about the 2018 midterm races in Appalachian Virginia.

Check out the episode here: 

In the episode, we talk about Donald Trump’s visit to Charleston, West Virginia, to stump for US Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey against incumbent US Sen. Joe Manchin. I mention writing about the race for the New Republic. You can find that story here.

I also interviewed Amy Friedenberger, politics reporter for the Roanoke Times. You can follow Amy on Twitter.

This episode features the music of Stations (Roanoke), Poe Mack (Roanoke) and, briefly, the Gordon Solie Motherfuckers (Cleveland).