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rules to stop the spread of hate. >> we want to stop the hate before it starts. this place is booming. you couldn't get through there. about eight or ten coal mines. >> it is the same halftime speech every single week. >> there is so much negativity surrounding this place, nobody focuses on the positive.
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they see us as ignorant and hill billies. >> there is more here than poverty and drugs. there's a lot of good people here. >> when you walk on this field, have tunnel vision. don't look left or right, look at the school board and let it burn in your heart. understand me? we have ground to make up and once you do that, it will take off. ♪ beautiful world ♪ felt the cool rain on my shoulder ♪ ♪ found something good in this beautiful world ♪ ♪ i felt the rain getting colder ♪ ♪
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new york city where i live. and it's easy to have living here all my life this is what america looks like, thinks like and the things important to me are important to everybody. that every place else is out there. unthinkable and maybe even unknowable. six hundred miles away from midtown manhattan is west virginia. another america. the heart of god, guns and trump
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country. the exstent chal enemy. ♪ there is a place on god's creation ♪ ♪ a place of beauty beyond compare ♪ ♪ some people say it is almost heaven ♪ ♪ look for me and you'll find me there ♪ >> my daddy told me the tornados can't get us the mountains protect us. if you want to see the sky tough look up ♪ you can find on the highest mountain ♪ >> to think about empathizing in a place that looks like this is
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-- why can't these coal miners get retrained or put up solar panels for a living. why would they vote for a billionaire new yorker? well, i went to west virginia and you know what? screw you. here in the heart of the system, i was welcomed with open arms by everyone. i found a place both heart breaking and beautiful. contained everything wrong and hopeful about america. ♪ >> the time of welsh known as little new york in the glory days. >> welsh is a very royal area.
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an hour away. it is a old historic town built in the 1800s. >> the time of welsh were so crowded there would be traffic backed like a mile. you couldn't find a place to park. >> the rest of the country took a lot of money out of the hills over the decades. billions of dollars. when it became cheaper, and to make the steel elsewhere, this is what was left behind. but this is not a poverty show. do not pity the people here despite what you may think are not unrealistic about the return of the dplorry days of coal and
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better times. >> i drank coffee from the time i can walk. they put coffee or wine in your bottle. >> she is a true daughter here and raidsed her children here and her shuz a long time mine sift inspector. >> your family is from naples. >> came here in 1923 and my mother died when i was five. so we lived with my nana and the first time we were there she pulled me up to a cook stove. >> i don't measure anything so nothing has a recipe here. >> this my dad would call this. making mom dance. >> now, this is what i'm famous for in these parts? have you had spaghetti pizza?
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>> joel runs a farm that supplies the local school system. >> most of you have your potatoes right? >> she runs five loads and two fishes, the food bank that holds the lives here together during tough times. >> god, weor this day to give food out again. this is not a regular give out. watch over us and protect us to help us keep cool heads. >> father, we pray over the food we're about to eat for the nourish meant of our body. please bless it in the name of christ, amen. >> amen. >> this coal built america. >> downtown alone was the billion dollar coal field. the last ones i worked at i made base salary $94,000 a year and
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taught school and most of the kids said i'm not going to do this i'm going to go in the coal mine. >> we are trying to instill in the people that coal was king. and we don't doubt that, but we try to think outside of the box and look at some other opportunities that might be there. >> get more physical. >> let's go. >> run. >> the golden nights carry the town as perpetual underdogs. children from minors from difficult situations at home many of them. this week it is homecoming. coach larry thompson has higher academic standards. there are high hopes. >> thank you for this food we are about to receive. bless these young men and women as they play and cheer on the
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field. amen. >> they have long days. they wake up and don't leave until about 7:00 after practice. they go through a lot. >> how many generations of coal? >> at least five. >> coach mike anderson is second in command. >> coal in anybody else's family? >> no. >> trash man is a common job in my family. >> they make more than teachers. >> they are in many ways typical mount view players and students with the hopes of dreams of any other high school student. >> homecoming, how big of a deal is football in general and this game. >> these kids understand there's not a lot of resources. you can feel the dreariness that lingered around. now with the boys winning and
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the work ethic, you can feel the support. they feel the sense of pride. >> how has the football program changed your life. >> it keeps me out of trouble. >> some of these guys changed 100%. had no guidance or discipline, as a team relyingn each other, the their limits are out of this world. >> in the past, you can make big money working in coal. you don't have that now, what do you see yourself doing in 10 years. >> journalism. >> getting my ph.d. and a mechanical engineer. >> going to be a neuro psychologist. >> what is tougher, life or football. >> life. >> there's no halftime in life. no time outs or none of that. >> that was a really good answer. >> love thigh brother is one
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and trouble swallowing may occur. you're more than just your bipolar i. ask your doctor about vraylar. west virginia settled by people fleeing persecution people who wanted to live their lives their own way. the discovery of vast coal reserves in the big business that grew up around it changed everything. the town of war understands this dynamic well. it's a former coal and timber camp that did more than pay its dues. the war cafe is one of the family-owned businesses left in town. >> it's an obvious new yorker arrives in town first question,
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why no self service. >> it is hard to get service in the mountains. >> a former coal miner turned writer working in public outreach helping people to transition from fossil fuel. >> an oscar nominated film maker born and raised in west virginia. >> church going, gun rights important. it is not going to resinate. it sounds threatening. >> both sides are saying the same thing. both sides are threatened by each other. a majority of people want to be left alone. the traditions and the things we value, family and communication, not having cellphones to distract us. we always are looked at aspect backwards.
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being part of the media and living here is a challenge. rarely people like myself are rarely the ones who control our narrative and story. >> it was too easy to come gawk at west virginia. lazy depicks of stereotypical west virginians, hill billies and hicks to be pitied and made objects of laughter. >> to this day, you're going to see dirty faced kids barefoot on a front porch shaking lyndon b. johnson's hand. >> declaring his war on poverty, a good thing, yes? but the press portraying the
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people here has incapable and helpless missed the basic essential character. the pride and self reliant core of the people. that damage is lasting. >> when you come in and tell us how poor, fat and all of these things are. we felt it at some point, shame. >> what should people know about this area that they don't know? >> how much that people in this area have been exploited. >> came in and bought up all of the mineral -- the coal and timber companies exing tracting and taking everybody's labor rights. >> i can't find a coal company. too much money. >> from d.c. and make a day trip and get a quick sound bite. >> who is a minor or a stand out? you are standing up anyway.
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>> the drug companies. >> 9 million pills with one pharmacy a town of 372 people. >> democrats don't take the time to understand the problems here. >> i don't know how you are going to say you are going to put a lot of coal mines out of jobs and come tell us how you are going to be our friend. >> people don't understand how genuine and wonderful these people are in the mountains. worked all of their lives and sacrifice for their families. >> you cannot talk about west virginia without talking about coal. and coal is a complex issue here. tied into the cell tissue and family pride of the people who work in the mines for generations. >> that coal mine is something else. you have to take care of
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yourself. >> that fan is blowing about 200,000 into the mine. >> when you go in the mine, you don't know if you are going to see the outside again. >> today we're going up about 5,000 feet. >> 5,000 feet deep? >> yeah. >> the car mine in kimbell. >> the average is 60% greater than the average of labor in the united states.
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they are phenomenal. you can see why people in the county want mining jobs. >> -- >> wow. >> support our families and watch your families while we are under ground working. amen. >> amen. >> what do you got? >> i may put my sandwich back here if you have bear meat. >> that is delicious. >> you see the country as a hole. do you think we understand the coal business or what it is about? >> when you travel from new york
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to here whether you are on the boat, plane or car it is because of the mining. >> mining causes damage to the environment. of this, there is no doubt. what cannot be grown must be mined. there is no cellphone without mines somewhere. >> if you think it is going to come back -- >> every time a republican is in there, it goes up. >> it used to be a solidly democratic state. what do you think made trump attractive? >> he said he's going to p-- sh said she's going to put a lot of coal miners out of work. wrong answer. >> would you recommend they join the family business? >> i guarantee that they tell their sons, don't go into the coal mines. >> you're going to tell them no,
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don't do it. but if they do, you are going to be proud. my coffee cup passed, down, if my son goes to the mines, it's going to be his. ♪ and i'm a good walk to the river ♪ ♪ but my working day is over >> it's so easy from afar to say that coal's time here has come and gone and we should let the miners move and find other work. what other work. the state's biggest employer is now wal-mart. >> whatever your views, respect
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these people. what they do and what they paid. , "work hard. that's just how it is." but of course, you didn't listen. you showed me there's another way. ♪ i'm proud of you. ♪
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collisions that keeps your head from tearing off your body. >> a native son, jack of many trades. showing me a good time. ♪ >> so that was pretty bad. >> yeah. >> you got your frog legs, turtle patty. >> eric william is this a hunter and trapper, who caught the meals waiting waist deep in the swamp. >> a small mouth bass, cat fish, barbecued and fried. >> what a spread.
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>> this race this weekend and the last 30 feet of the hills was vertical. enough momentum to skip over it and land on top. >> wow. >> you have to have all the horsepower. >> too much power can get you in trouble too. >> horsepower is not always the key to success, but a lot of fun. >> hopefully you can come back and try the barbecue thing. ♪ >> guns are a fact of life around here. whether it is a means to defend your isolated home, get yourself dinner or just for the fun of shooting stuff. the feeling of gun ownership is a right and runs deep here.
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>> a nice couple next door. unusually heavily armed. >> the only kind that reduces recoil, muzzle rise and flash. >> they own j mac customs. >> it keeps you on target and safe while shooting. >> three, two, one. >> now, to be clear these are fully automatic firearmed. cannot be purchased legally by individuals anywhere. in the business, they can apply for special highly-vetted licenses for purpose of product development and testing. >> that was a lot of fun. >> what can i say? >> who wants to blow up pumpkins? >> just makes bomb area
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explosives. >> three, two, one. ♪ >> whatever you feel about gun runs, there is an undeniable visceral thrill to blowing it up. people who like guns, like them for a reason. >> it is a whole lot of america right there. >> not mine. >> two choices -- with or without shoes. >> that's what i'll have. >> everybody born and bred here? >> i was in canada for a long time. i can't just load the jeep up with guns and stay out there for seven days. you can't do that anywhere else. that's one of the greatest things about west virginia. we can enjoy whatever we want.
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i'm not forcing my opinions on anybody else. that being said, we will defend ours. >> yeah. >> i was guessing. >> yeah. >> i grew nup a environment you see somebody in the supermarket carrying a handgun, that's a cause for red alert. do you think there can be common ground thinking guns are a bad thing? >> i say no. >> you're an honest man, i appreciate. >> i'm a responsible gun owner. why should i be crippled in what i'm able to do as far as protecting my family? >> i here you. some people are too dumb to poor piss out of a boot. people have their license but should they be driving? >> a man came into a pharmacy and had a weapon and my dad drew the weapon and fired. if they take guns away from
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a single mother of four children and in many ways em applimatic of strength and the people around here. >> the trees. >> -- watch for movement. >> she is her best friend hunt together and raise kids together and do their best to get buy in a changing world that can get hard. >> when you first went hunting? >> my grandfather took me when i was about six. i just love this place. ♪
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>> my mom used to cook squirrel gravy. >> everybody here calls her mom. >> 58 years, born and raised here. >> ufr think about leaving? >> no. >> that's good. >> home and gravy. >> fried potatoes. >> excellent. >> dear lord, thank you for this ford and bless the hands that fixed this food. amen. >> and thank you for having us meet more friends. >> yes. >> thank you for having me. >> are you working on a farm nearby? >> yes. the lands are usually, they are useless so we are trying to make
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a purpose. pumpkins and watermelon, we are trying to figure out what to grow. >> so there is life after coal? >> how do you like the squirrel? >> it is good. >> your girls are how old? >> 9, 6, 8, 3. >> you dragged that out of the wo woods yourself? >> yeah. >> dress it? >> yeah. >> cook it? >> yeah. we are fot just pregnant woman barefooted. >> what's the best thing about living in this area and what's the worst thing? >> the best thing is the people here.
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♪ it's right here, it is called wood metal. a nice aromatic quality to them. you can feel them and see if they are ripe. >> america's forgotten fruit. forgotten when most stopped going to the forest for their food. in west virginia it was never forgotten. >> this is an old fashion vinegar pie.
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called desperation pies trying to create lemon pie, what do you do, put vinegar and nutmeg and give it that same tang. >> increasingly rifted on and appropriated for the taste willing to pay big bucks for what is and still is the food of poverty. >> what is west virginia seeing for that? a guy that got about $2 a pound. >> it becomes a industry like coal and timber. >> that's the story of west virginia. >> they are looking to keep the culture alive and appreciated and paying off locally from the region it originated in. lost peak farm is their place.
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in the nucleus of that is the garden. >> and we have two different varieties that we are picking today. the one is the logan giant. >> there is logan giant seeds and the strain of bean and i save these for 40 years. >> this guy at the end of the table, he said it is important to carry on these traditions and gave me beans. >> this is what heirloom looks like outside of foods. beans, candy roasted squash and okay heart tomatoes. >> soft and sweet green tomato. >> these ingredients define a lost time and flavor. >> we have sweet corn chowder. >> and you have these crackers. >> and the way you work is work within your means and create
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something special out of what you have and we have suffered from this in a way. it created this rush towards the middle class and perception that we are better than the foods that we used to have to eat. >> we were taught to be embarrassed of the hill billy past. i remember coming home from school and having a hog's head on the table. i would be mortified if somebody saw that. they used to make it because we were poor and now we make it because it is good. >> what is that? >> butter milk fried rabbit that we raise in the farm. a little bit of chow chow. some fresh maple syrup. ♪ it is gross that we slaughter r rabbits right behind us?
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>> we came across a recipe from 1822 with elder berry and sigh dar and it is came out wonderful. >> using only west virginia apples? >> i am. >> that can't be cost effective. >> it can and can't be. >> nody is talking about money at this table? >> we are talked about this impoverished state. we are rich in food and things we make as a culture and community. you look at these beans, it took our community to save that seed and every time we put food on the plate there's a story about the way people have bound together to survive.
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. >> bless everyone going to the
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game. bless these young men and women as they cheer and play on the field. >> it's friday night, home coming. the county bobcats versus the golden knights. for the citizens of welsh and mcdowell county, this is a very big deal indeed. >> everybody knows everybody else's families, ask after their kids by name. mixed couples are common. there's an easy familiarity between people here. >> one, two, three! >> west virginia tradition, the coal mining and the military. >> yes. 10 1/2 years, navy. been around and back.
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>> you've been around. back here. >> monica barner is a mount view alum. her husband sly is a coach. her sons elijah and eliki are on the team. her daughter elissa is a cheerleader. so it's personal for her. >> born and raised here. went to school here. wouldn't have it any other way. >> 78-yard run. >> come on! >> come on, get your heads in the game! >> we have two thing going on -- church and sports. losing a game is like losing a best friend.
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>> fellas. i want you to play hard. play hard and make smart decisions. ♪ couldn't work anymore he said one of these days ♪ ♪ you'll get out of these hills ♪ daddy i've been trying.
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i just can't catch a break ♪ ♪ i just can't catch a break ♪
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>> this is the game! [ cheering ]
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>> you're never going to forget this ball game. whenever you're in a mind, stuck in a corner, fight through it. fight your way out of it. anything you do in life and football. as long as you've got me and these coaches, this community, that's all you need. >> i grew up here. got married here. it's home. >> i'm so proud of you! >> so proud, so proud. >> what are any of our hopes and dreams? a roof over our heads, some security, maybe even some happiness for our children. we all have that in common. >> i wish you all will come down and see us soon. and when you do, i hope you all enjoy it. >> this is america. and if you can't embrace it, no matter how bitterly and fiercely we disagree, there is no hope
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for any of with us. >> i lived here for 65 years. i wouldn't trade it for nothing. i guess i'll be here until they cut the lights out. >> anthony: the c-130 hercules is past the point of no return, the point where there is not enough fuel to safely turn back, no matter what the weather is on the ice. it's loud back here -- the moan of four massive props, relentless. i'm dressed like all of us who've been approved to make this journey in the same regulation gear as required by the national science foundation for all flights and means of conveyance on the ice. thick goose-down parka, known by one and all as big red, heavy waterproof overalls, inflatable

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