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Michael and Carrie Kline have been documenting the oral histories culture of Appalachia and giving a voice to many who have not traditionally had one. They have documented everything from African-American histories and gospel music to the impact of coal mining, and more recently fracking, on rural Appalachian communities. You can learn more about the Klines and the interesting work that they do on their website,

You can stream audio from a few of Michael and Carrie Kline’s oral history interviews below, and click the links to the individual pages to peruse the interactive transcripts for each one.

Interactive Transcript for Astrid Williams

Interactive Transcript for Jack Clymer