Appalachian culture

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Asheville is going to be full of researchers this weekend – the professional kind, as the 42nd annual Appalachian Studies Association conference takes place at UNC Asheville.  The conference this year is being called "AppalachA'ville" as a nod to the host city, which organizers believe can be example for other cities in the region on how to grow and innovate. 

NPR.org

North Carolina is the fifth largest producer of peanuts in America, yielding in upwards of 200,000 tons every year.  Not a single one of them are actually grown in the mountains, but plenty of them make their way to the region nonetheless—where they’re often boiled into a distinctly southern snack sometimes called "Dixie Caviar". BPR News's Davin Eldridge takes a look at the history of boiled peanuts in the South, and their impact on mountain culture.

Michael Sanders

Western North Carolina businesses are making a name for themselves in the American music festival scene.