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The Front Porch

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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The Front Porch

The Front Porch

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we tackle the tough issues facing Appalachia the same way you talk with your friends on the porch. Hosts include WVPB Executive Director and recovering reporter Scott Finn; conservative lawyer, columnist and rabid "Sherlock" fan Laurie Lin; and liberal columnist and avid goat herder Rick Wilson, who works for the American Friends Service Committee. An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available at wvpublic.org and as a podcast as well. Share your opinions with us about these issues, and let us know what you'd like us to discuss in the future. Send a tweet to @radiofinn or @wvpublicnews, or e-mail Scott at sfinn @ wvpublic.org The Front Porch is underwritten by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail. Find the latest news, traffic and weather on its CGM App. Download it in your app store, and check out its website: http://www

Latest Episodes

All Y'all Gotta Get Off The Front Porch

In Appalachia, the front porch is where family meets community. It's where the party starts, and where it always ends up. At WVPB, The Front Porch podcast gathered West Virginians with different beliefs to debate the tough issues we face like you and your friends do on your front porch. Now, producer and host Scott Finn is moving on and the show is taking a sabbatical. On this episode, we talk about how we did - and what about West Virginia we just cannot let go. Special thanks to co-hosts Jessi

18 MIN2018 MAY 4
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All Y'all Gotta Get Off The Front Porch

Three Things That Make West Virginia Special

West Virginia's unique culture is an underappreciated asset, according to the hosts of The Front Porch. In our latest episode, we focus on three aspects that make us special.

13 MIN2018 APR 28
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Three Things That Make West Virginia Special

Why Is West Virginia So Poor? And What Can We Do About It?

When the New York Times wanted to do a 50th anniversary story on the War on Poverty, they came to McDowell County, West Virginia. "Poorest Counties Still Losing the War on Want" reads one of their headlines. On this week's Front Porch podcast, we debate how West Virginia can avoid being the poster child for poverty 50 years from now. Is it the resource curse? Lack of investment in education? Burdensome regulations and taxes? Or our own low opinion of ourselves? Welcome to “The Front Porch,”

25 MIN2018 APR 20
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Why Is West Virginia So Poor? And What Can We Do About It?

The Future of The Front Porch

Front Porch host and producer Scott Finn is moving to Vermont. What does this mean for the podcast? We discuss the role of civil debate and WVPB's commitment to it on this Front Porch podcast. Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we tackle the tough issues facing Appalachia the same way you talk with your friends on the porch. Hosts include WVPB Executive Director and recovering reporter Scott Finn; economist Jessi Troyan of the free-market Cardinal Institute; and liberal columnist and avid goat

10 MIN2018 APR 13
Comments
The Future of The Front Porch

Should SNAP Recipients Have to Work?

Governor Jim Justice recently signed a bill that would require some able-bodied SNAP recipients to either work or volunteer 20 hours a week. On this week's Front Porch podcast, Rick Wilson argues this new requirement won't lead more people to work, and will hurt families and West Virginia'e economy. Meanwhile, Jessi Troyan argues there are deeper economic forces at play making it hard for SNAP recipients to find work. Also, we discuss the passage of the noodling bill. What's noodling? Rick

15 MIN2018 MAR 31
Comments
Should SNAP Recipients Have to Work?

Fixing Needle Exchanges without Demonizing People with Addiction

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's needle exchange program has reduced disease and helped people with addiction find treatment. But first responders and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones are upset at the proliferation of needles and people with addiction coming to their city.

19 MIN2018 MAR 24
Comments
Fixing Needle Exchanges without Demonizing People with Addiction

Remembering the WV Teacher Strike with Brad McElhinny

Brad McElhinny almost missed the first rumblings of the teacher's strike. This issue was on almost nobody's radar screen until MLK Day, when Brad stumbled into West Virginia Education Association president Dale Lee at a teacher's rally at the Capitol.

20 MIN2018 MAR 16
Comments
Remembering the WV Teacher Strike with Brad McElhinny

What Are the Lessons from the Teachers' Strike?

Now that the teacher and school employee work stoppage is finally at an end, Rick Wilson and Jessi Troyan are on the Front Porch take a look back and try to determine what comes next. Is this really a resolution where everyone involved can "take home a win"? With talk of similar actions in similar actions in Pittsburgh and Oklahoma, could this be a sign of more to come? What does way the strike was handled on both sides say about West Virginia as a state? Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we

16 MIN2018 MAR 10
Comments
What Are the Lessons from the Teachers' Strike?

Is the Teacher Strike a Political Awakening? Or Labor's Last Gasp?

The walkout of school employees is entering its second week, and there's no sign of it stopping yet. Will teachers and their supporters "remember in November," and if so, will this help unions and their political supporters? Or will there be a backlash that cancels out labor's efforts in West Virginia?

13 MIN2018 MAR 3
Comments
Is the Teacher Strike a Political Awakening? Or Labor's Last Gasp?

How Can We Resolve the Teacher Work Stoppage?

Every public school in West Virginia was closed Thursday and Friday as thousands of school employees flooded the state Capitol, asking for larger pay increases and a fix for the state employees health insurance system. The Legislature has already passed a 2 percent pay raise for all state employees and promised to freeze insurance premiums for 17 months - but many teachers and school employees say it's not enough.

22 MIN2018 FEB 24
Comments
How Can We Resolve the Teacher Work Stoppage?

Latest Episodes

All Y'all Gotta Get Off The Front Porch

In Appalachia, the front porch is where family meets community. It's where the party starts, and where it always ends up. At WVPB, The Front Porch podcast gathered West Virginians with different beliefs to debate the tough issues we face like you and your friends do on your front porch. Now, producer and host Scott Finn is moving on and the show is taking a sabbatical. On this episode, we talk about how we did - and what about West Virginia we just cannot let go. Special thanks to co-hosts Jessi

18 MIN2018 MAY 4
Comments
All Y'all Gotta Get Off The Front Porch

Three Things That Make West Virginia Special

West Virginia's unique culture is an underappreciated asset, according to the hosts of The Front Porch. In our latest episode, we focus on three aspects that make us special.

13 MIN2018 APR 28
Comments
Three Things That Make West Virginia Special

Why Is West Virginia So Poor? And What Can We Do About It?

When the New York Times wanted to do a 50th anniversary story on the War on Poverty, they came to McDowell County, West Virginia. "Poorest Counties Still Losing the War on Want" reads one of their headlines. On this week's Front Porch podcast, we debate how West Virginia can avoid being the poster child for poverty 50 years from now. Is it the resource curse? Lack of investment in education? Burdensome regulations and taxes? Or our own low opinion of ourselves? Welcome to “The Front Porch,”

25 MIN2018 APR 20
Comments
Why Is West Virginia So Poor? And What Can We Do About It?

The Future of The Front Porch

Front Porch host and producer Scott Finn is moving to Vermont. What does this mean for the podcast? We discuss the role of civil debate and WVPB's commitment to it on this Front Porch podcast. Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we tackle the tough issues facing Appalachia the same way you talk with your friends on the porch. Hosts include WVPB Executive Director and recovering reporter Scott Finn; economist Jessi Troyan of the free-market Cardinal Institute; and liberal columnist and avid goat

10 MIN2018 APR 13
Comments
The Future of The Front Porch

Should SNAP Recipients Have to Work?

Governor Jim Justice recently signed a bill that would require some able-bodied SNAP recipients to either work or volunteer 20 hours a week. On this week's Front Porch podcast, Rick Wilson argues this new requirement won't lead more people to work, and will hurt families and West Virginia'e economy. Meanwhile, Jessi Troyan argues there are deeper economic forces at play making it hard for SNAP recipients to find work. Also, we discuss the passage of the noodling bill. What's noodling? Rick

15 MIN2018 MAR 31
Comments
Should SNAP Recipients Have to Work?

Fixing Needle Exchanges without Demonizing People with Addiction

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's needle exchange program has reduced disease and helped people with addiction find treatment. But first responders and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones are upset at the proliferation of needles and people with addiction coming to their city.

19 MIN2018 MAR 24
Comments
Fixing Needle Exchanges without Demonizing People with Addiction

Remembering the WV Teacher Strike with Brad McElhinny

Brad McElhinny almost missed the first rumblings of the teacher's strike. This issue was on almost nobody's radar screen until MLK Day, when Brad stumbled into West Virginia Education Association president Dale Lee at a teacher's rally at the Capitol.

20 MIN2018 MAR 16
Comments
Remembering the WV Teacher Strike with Brad McElhinny

What Are the Lessons from the Teachers' Strike?

Now that the teacher and school employee work stoppage is finally at an end, Rick Wilson and Jessi Troyan are on the Front Porch take a look back and try to determine what comes next. Is this really a resolution where everyone involved can "take home a win"? With talk of similar actions in similar actions in Pittsburgh and Oklahoma, could this be a sign of more to come? What does way the strike was handled on both sides say about West Virginia as a state? Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we

16 MIN2018 MAR 10
Comments
What Are the Lessons from the Teachers' Strike?

Is the Teacher Strike a Political Awakening? Or Labor's Last Gasp?

The walkout of school employees is entering its second week, and there's no sign of it stopping yet. Will teachers and their supporters "remember in November," and if so, will this help unions and their political supporters? Or will there be a backlash that cancels out labor's efforts in West Virginia?

13 MIN2018 MAR 3
Comments
Is the Teacher Strike a Political Awakening? Or Labor's Last Gasp?

How Can We Resolve the Teacher Work Stoppage?

Every public school in West Virginia was closed Thursday and Friday as thousands of school employees flooded the state Capitol, asking for larger pay increases and a fix for the state employees health insurance system. The Legislature has already passed a 2 percent pay raise for all state employees and promised to freeze insurance premiums for 17 months - but many teachers and school employees say it's not enough.

22 MIN2018 FEB 24
Comments
How Can We Resolve the Teacher Work Stoppage?
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