Trillbilly Worker's Party

Trillbilly Worker's Party
Rehabilitated white trash podcast.

118: God Is Right And Man Is Wrong
Oct 17 • 80 min
The title of this one says it all.
117: Cops Are Ruining The World
Oct 10 • 76 min
We take a dive into the Joshua Brown/Botham Jean case and discuss how cops and prisons are indeed destroying the planet.
116: Richard Petty Bourgeois
Oct 3 • 85 min
We’re tired from tour folks but we’re here to talk about impeachment and argue about what class is. Support the Patreon:
115: Rise of the Neoliberal Biker (w/ special guest Sam Adler-Bell)
Sep 26 • 65 min
Cincinnati journalist Sam Adler-Bell (@SamAdlerBell) drops in to tell us about his recent article in The New Republic about fascist farmers and the overlap between nationalism and ecology. We also discuss all the most recent news, and hear from our old…
114: President My Guy
Sep 19 • 64 min
A rundown of news items from the last few weeks: Biden falling apart, Warren surging, What To Do About Bernie, and radioactive messages to the future Support the Patreon:
Bonus Episode: Voices from the Frontlines of a Rural Healthcare Crisis
Sep 17 • 19 min
Our very own Tanya Bernice Turner went down to Kingsport, Tennessee, to speak with community members protesting the closure of a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at privately-owned Holston Valley Medical Center. The protest has been going on for…
113: Cotard’s Delusion for the Masses
Sep 12 • 66 min
We’ve got a live one here folks. We cover everything from gun control to Jonathan Franzen to Chris Paul Hayes. Then we do a Tony award-winning dramatic reading, wherein Tanya plays Gail Collins and Tom plays Bret Stephens. Support the Patreon:…
112: No One Agency Should Have All That POWER
Sep 5 • 86 min
This week we talk a little bit about the Harlan County coal blockade, and then we dig in to Tarence’s article in The Baffler about the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Obama Administration’s POWER Initiative. You can read the article here:…
111: Someone’s Goin to Hell, and Someone’s Goin to Jail
Aug 29 • 77 min
U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath makes a visit to Whitesburg, and in the process lies to a bunch of coal miners about the campaign ad she included them in. You love to see it folks.
110: MAGA Morse Code
Aug 22 • 76 min
This week it’s Tarence and Tanya covering everything from Hal Rogers to truckers to the Chosen One himself, Donald Trump. We also do a little bit of Speak Your Piece for the first time in…months?
109: Doing Crimes To Live
Aug 15 • 69 min
We explore the mysterious circumstances and similarities around the deaths of one Jesus Christ and one Jeffrey Epstein. Then we look at Moscow Mitch, Bernie and the media, and that dreaded inverted yield curve.
Bonus Episode: Voices of the Harlan County Coal Blockade
Aug 9 • 20 min
Special Trillbillies correspondent Shaylan Clark (@316shaylan), a journalist and student at Berea College, talked to miners, family members, and supporters at the Harlan County Coal Blockade in her hometown of Cumberland, Kentucky. We’re presenting these…
108: Birds All The Way Down (w/ special guest Sam Sacks)
Aug 1 • 65 min
Sam Sacks from District Sentinel Radio joins us on this dispatch from the road, wherein we discuss a compelling new theory of everything that involves Fabio, Bernie Sanders, and birds. You can donate to support the miners here:…
107: On the New with the Wonders
Jul 25 • 74 min
Tanya tells us about dental dams and glamping, and Tom makes a surprise revelation. Come see us on tour! And subscribe to our Patreon:…
106: Mother Jones’ Will (w/ special guest Emily Guendelsberger)
Jul 18 • 69 min
This week we chat with author Emily Guendelsberger, who gives us an inside glimpse into the current state of service work. You can read Emily’s article in Vox here: And check out…
105: I Just Wanna Die
Jul 11 • 81 min
This week it’s a fun journey into the world of Kentucky Democratic politics as we roast Amy McGrath, war criminal extraordinaire and latest candidate to try and defeat Mitch McConnell. Support our patreon:
104: A Notorious And Vile Cheat
Jul 3 • 60 min
This week we meet Mary Toft, the latest installment in our series Trillbillies Profiles in Courage. If you’d like to hear about Franz Reichelt, the 3rd installment in the series, head on over to Street Fight’s page:…
103: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Debate, Part 1
Jun 27 • 55 min
Part 1 of our abysmal commentary on the equally abysmal first Democratic primary debate, and on the nature of the American character itself. Part 2 will be on our Patreon:
102: Why Is This Happening???
Jun 20 • 71 min
Tanya stumbles upon a straight pride parade in Wokelahoma and gives them a piece of her mind. Then we meet a new character, Chris Paul Hayes, who bugs us with all kinds of questions about why this is all happening??? Support us at our Patreon:…
101: Kitsch Mitch
Jun 13 • 63 min
This week we dive into the 12th and latest iteration of the sure-to-be-successful Ditch Mitch campaign. Come to our show with Street Fight in Lexington on Friday, June 14th, 9pm at Best Friend Bar. $10 cover. Tickets are selling fast:…
100: Growth And Self Crit
Jun 6 • 105 min
We take all your questions and confessions in this, our 100th episode. We’re learning and growing ever more powerful by the day… Come on out to our show with STREET FIGHT on June 14th, 9pm, at Best Friend Bar in Lexington, KY. $10 cover. And sign up for…
99: Trillbillies Templar
May 30 • 88 min
This week we trace our pleasure lineages with Minister Turner, talk more about incrementalism, and examine how Sunday School really messed us all up. Send us questions and confessions for the 100th episode at [email protected], or DM us!!…
98: Not All Dogs, Part 1
May 22 • 75 min
Topics this week include: male fragility, Tom becoming a first responder, Kentucky’s governor race, and abortion. If you wanna hear part 2 of this, in which we dive into the lives of some of the horniest people who ever lived, look for it on our Patreon…
97: Appalatchiks (w/ special guest Hannah Gais)
May 16 • 86 min
Writer Hannah Gais (@hannahgais) joins us to talk about her article in The Baffler about what the late Soviet Union’s obsession with conspiracy theories can tell us about our current political and cultural moment. After that we discuss an article in the…
96: The Feelings Caucus
May 8 • 73 min
This week we dig into the Kentucky Derby, the State Department’s plans for the Arctic, and another article about how insane rich people are. Please support our Patreon:
95: Resource Degeneration X
May 3 • 83 min
We debut some new characters, such as Ace Frehley Keyes, and Tom tells us about his trip to Miami. Then we do a little bit of reading from the New York Times about some rich kids who are under the illusion that they’re revolutionaries. Support our…
94: The Situation Package
Apr 25 • 91 min
The gang recaps the CNN town hall debates, Elizabeth Warren’s student debt forgiveness plan, and how to be a good wedding guest.
93: Mcmansion Heck (w/ special guest Kate Wagner)
Apr 18 • 84 min
Kate Wagner, the genius behind the website, schools us in architecture, degrowth, the Notre Dame fire, and why we’ll get to have nice things under communism. Support our Patreon at:
92: Cheating The Weights (w/ special guest Chad Vigorous)
Apr 12 • 71 min
Friend of the show Chad Vigorous (@prettybadlefty) drops in to talk Assange, ecofascism, Bernie, and weightlifting. Support Chad’s Patreon here: And support our Patreon here:
91: Des Têtes Vont Tomber (w/ special guest Joshua Clover)
Apr 4 • 71 min
Professor Joshua Clover (@joshuaclov3r) stops by to talk Gilets Jaunes, rioting, class struggle in the 21st century, and the challenges of the next 50 years. Check out the professor’s book here: And…
UNLOCKED: Hillbilly Butterfly Effect
Apr 1 • 75 min
In honor of Jamal Khoshoggi’s children getting a huge pay out from the Saudi government as compensation for having their father dismembered, we’re unlocking our Patreon episode about how Khoshoggi’s death had weird repercussions all the way across the…
90: Bloodhound Gravel Gang (w/ special guest Alex Pareene)
Mar 29 • 61 min
Alex Pareene (@pareene) stops by to talk about his latest piece in The New Republic, “Nihilist in Chief,” about Mitch McConnell’s complete and absolute transformation of American politics over the last 3 decades. Check out Alex’s piece here:…
89: Getting Queer About Rural America (w/ special guest Rachel Garringer)
Mar 21 • 91 min
This week we’re joined by special guest Rachel Garringer, who tells us all about her oral history project Country Queers (@countryqueers) which, as you can guess by the title, is pretty self-explanatory. We also get Kruged by Paul Krugman’s latest bad…
88: Republic Of Half Truths (w/ special guest Anna Merlan)
Mar 14 • 62 min
Writer Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) stops by the show to talk about her new book, Republic of Lies, which details the weird world of conspiracy and propaganda lying just beneath the surface of US culture. Preorder Anna’s book here:…
87: Tanya Soprano & the Trillbilly Outlaws
Mar 7 • 75 min
Tanya Soprano brings her NPR totebag to the Pricele$$ budget grocery store and confusion ensues. Also more commentary on how All Cops and Democrats Are Bastards, bikers love rules, and Ilhan Omar’s the only real one out here. Go visit the Patreon:…
86: Metal Detector Economics
Mar 1 • 85 min
How are we going to fund single payer healthcare? How are we going to fund the Green New Deal? Simple: the spare change in your couch cushions. That’s metal detector economics baby. Please support the Patreon, here’s the link:…
TEASER: Adventures of Pacman
Feb 27 • 7 min
This is a teaser from Premium Episode #37, “Hillbilly Butterfly Effect,” which can be found over at our Patreon page: Please go like and subscribe!
85: Getting Back to the Heart Of Worship
Feb 21 • 97 min
This week we take a bit of a dive into televangelism, grifting, and Oral Roberts University’s GEB TV. Then we read from a very funny book about leaving the Christian Praise & Worship industry. Finally we talk briefly about the West Virginia teachers’…
84: Super Bowl of the Love Game
Feb 15 • 49 min
T&T break down Valentine’s Day and the forgotten history of eastern Kentucky racism. Don’t forget to check out the great episodes over our Patreon:
83: Morelos By Morning
Feb 7 • 73 min
T&T talk about the biggest news of the week: the Green New Deal. Can a Just Transition occur without incurring the wrath of an armed chud rebellion? Find out on this week’s episode of the Trillbillies. Also support the Patreon.…
Feb 1 • 95 min
The gang breaks down frank conversations, beekeeping, what not to tell a rural person, and of course, Senator Robert C. Byrd Sign up for our Patreon!!!!!
81: Rich People Are Deeply Diseased (w/ special guest Brendan O’Connor)
Jan 24 • 77 min
Friend of the show Brendan O’Connor (@_grendan) stops by to talk about his recent article in Sludge, which looks at the rise of anti-immigrant environmentalists and the millionaires who are funding them. Read Brendan’s article here:…
UNLOCKED: The Curious Tale of Omm Sety
Jan 22 • 42 min
We recorded two Patreon episodes over the weekend, so we’re releasing one of them so yall can have some extra content this week. This one’s about the curious tale of Dorothy Eady, and it asks all the big questions: Is there life after death? Does…
80: Trillbilly Sleuth Cruise
Jan 17 • 93 min
The gang takes a deep dive into the truly weird local and national news of the past few weeks, creates a new detective show for Tom, and (half-assedly) investigates the mystery of why so many people keep dying on cruise ships. Check out the Patreon:…
Community Calendar
Jan 14 • 2 min
A preview from Premium Episode 30 at our Patreon: Please like and subscribe thanks and god bless
79: New Year, New Left (w/ special guest Max Elbaum)
Jan 11 • 71 min
We start season 3 off with author Max Elbaum, whose book “Revolution in the Air” is all the rage on the left right now. We talk about the New Communist Movement, coalition building, electoralism, smashing your idols, and other topics of import. Please…
78: Here’s Lies The Truth [Season Finale]
Nov 18, 2018 • 69 min
Season finale thanks like and subscribe
Premium Ep 26 UNLOCKED: Morris Dees and the Holy Ghost
Nov 15, 2018 • 70 min
We’re going to be a little late getting the episode out this week (it’s been one of Those Weeks, folks), so as recompense here’s our latest Patreon episode. For FREE. For the people. Come out to our show on Friday. It’s also free and for the people:…
77: Pissed Off Big Dawgs
Nov 7, 2018 • 70 min
T & T sit down to debrief after last night’s midterm elections. Please support us on our Patreon:
76: Coming Unglued
Nov 1, 2018 • 77 min
T & T dissect all the latest developments in global fascism, while at the same time attempt to stay sane, calm, and collected. It’s not good, folks. Both the state of the world and this episode.
TEASER: A Tale of Two Busters
Oct 30, 2018 • 6 min
Please check out the rest of this episode on our Patreon: We post weekly episodes on our Patreon, so you’re missing out on a lot of good content by not subscribing!!!!! So get on that
75: The DSA Dead Pimps Caucus
Oct 25, 2018 • 92 min
We’re a little rusty coming off a bye week but we still managed to get some good content out of that dumbass paper the White House released about socialism. We also issue a send off to our dear friend Jim Webb aka Wiley E. Quixote, who passed earlier this…
The Blair Branch Witch Project, Part 1
Oct 24, 2018 • 73 min
We’re unlocking our very special Halloween premium episode for you to enjoy and share during this spookiest of months. There’s also a Part 2 to this, so be sure to go to our Patreon and check that out, and tell your friends about it as well!!!:…
74: Trillbilly Deluxe (w/ special guests Shuja Haider & Tyler Mahan Coe)
Oct 19, 2018 • 65 min
We’re joined by Popula’s Shuja Haider (@shujaxhaider), and host of the Cocaine and Rhinestones podcast, Tyler Mahan Coe (@TylerMahanCoe) to discuss popular music criticism, Pitchfork, and country music in the 1980s. The amazing cover of Dolly Parton’s “9…
73: Tomorrow’s People
Oct 12, 2018 • 98 min
A long episode for a long week. Tanya joins us about 1/4 of the way through to tell us about the parallels between hobnobbing with Hollywood bigshots and jury duty. Music by Chalkboards, please check them out here!!!:…
72: Local Lawyer Mum (w/ special guest Mary Cromer)
Oct 4, 2018 • 65 min
This week we’re joined by Mary Cromer, an environmental attorney with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, to discuss some of the environmental legacy issues surrounding the decline of extractive industries in rural areas. Just this week Mary’s work and…
The Situation Before Us
Oct 2, 2018 • 83 min
We’ve decided to unlock our Patreon Premium Episode 20, which examines the situation before us today (Kavanaugh, the patriarchy, etc.) using Rosa Luxemburg’s “Social Reform or Revolution” as a guide. A lot of disjointed thoughts in this one but we’re…
71: Constitutional Hardballs
Sep 27, 2018 • 70 min
In this one we examine how to lead a story-based life, how to have a story-based diet, and how to change the story of the world with more stories. Everything is a story, including how this episode was made: with extremely low energy on Tarence’s birthday.…
Premium Ep 19 Teaser: Tales of Pistol City
Sep 24, 2018 • 5 min
A preview of our latest Patreon episode, wherein we very unintelligently discuss Neo Southern Gothic Literature, among other things: Make sure you sign up for our Patreon, where we have weekly episodes:…
70: On Giving…and Receiving (w/ special guest Tom Hansell)
Sep 20, 2018 • 71 min
We talk to Tom Hansell about his new book and film, “After Coal,” which explores other coal mining regions around the world and what our region can learn from them. After that we take a quick dive into Hilary Clinton’s latest missive about how democracy…
69: The Woke Strawman and Other Tall Tales
Sep 13, 2018 • 79 min
On our 69th episode, Tarence identifies a disturbing trend in social media wokeness, Tanya lets the fame go to her head, and Tom verifies the tallest tale he’s ever told. Don’t forget to check us out on Patreon, where we release weekly episodes every…
68: A State of Unreality (w/ special guest Liliana Segura)
Sep 6, 2018 • 83 min
Today we’re joined by Liliana Segura, who writes about the death penalty, prisons, and the criminal justice system for The Intercept. We discuss the death penalty, and about how to situate it in the larger context and apparatus of the carceral state. Here…
67: The Story of You, The Story of Me, The Story of We
Aug 31, 2018 • 67 min
The socialist left’s premium tennis podcast is here to bring you all the latest from the tennis world. But really, in this episode we take down the Narrative Industry, philanthropy, and Jon Bon Jovi. Here’s more information about the prison strike:…
66: It Keeps The Lights On
Aug 22, 2018 • 64 min
We get back to the basics in this one by taking a deep-ish dive into recent coal news — who’s mining it, where it’s going, and what it means for energy markets, consumers, and elections. We lost some really good audio at the beginning of this episode and…
Premium Ep 14 TEASER: More Thoughts on Electoralism
Aug 20, 2018 • 5 min
This is a preview of Premium Episode 14: Haunted Heaven House, which can be accessed at our Patreon page: We’re releasing weekly Patreon episodes now so make sure you subscribe to get all the latest…
65: Pearl Party (w/ special guests Slut Pill)
Aug 16, 2018 • 67 min
Tanya interviews Whitesburg’s very own contraceptive rock band Slut Pill. Also, if you’d like more Trillbillies content, please check out our Patreon page, where we’ve been uploading weekly episodes just for yOU:…
64: When Keepin It Woke Goes Wrong
Aug 9, 2018 • 64 min
Tanya reports back from girls rock camp. Tarence threatens a medical professional. Tom becomes the left’s new Carl Sagan.
63: Democracy Dies In Whiteness or, Doomsday Clock to White Genocide
Aug 2, 2018 • 65 min
This one’s got a little bit about “Appalachian-ness” as an identity, and then we take some shots at some nerd who works for the Washington Post.
62: When You Burn Coal You Get Dark Energy (w/ special guest Doc Hampton)
Jul 27, 2018 • 76 min
Tarence finally got his energy episode, but it’s the wrong kind of energy. This episode is really more of a therapy session than anything. Features friend of the show Caroline Hampton doing some tarot reading that bodes well for the Trillbillies’ future.
61: Glamping in Desolate Valley
Jul 20, 2018 • 83 min
Tanya tells us about her latest adventures, dropping into canyons on helicopters like she’s Tom Cruise and totally shredding the river gnar. Then we discuss a new trend known as “glamping,” also known as “glamour camping.” Come to the show tonight (7/20)…
60: Time To Cut The Sh*t
Jul 11, 2018 • 68 min
This one’s got a little something for everyone. We talk about electoralism, the danger of using mass media to define our movements and strategies, the potential for a socialist party, and centrally planned agriculture.
59: Snapping Turtles All The Way Down
Jun 29, 2018 • 59 min
We discuss most of the events of this past week, and put a bow on it with details of Tarence’s recent canoe trip. This one’s got lots of tree philosophy.
58: Welcome to the Abyss
Jun 22, 2018 • 92 min
On the eve of a daring canoe trip, we talk with our buddy Alex Desha about immigration, concentration camps, the general dissolution of society, and a really good essay by John Berger about Hieronymous Bosch and Subcomandante Marcos. You can find that…
57: Tanya Got A Cat
Jun 15, 2018 • 88 min
Should we name the cat Khrushchev or Brezhnev? Sound off in the comments.
56: Makin’ Do (w/ special guest Emily Hilliard)
Jun 8, 2018 • 81 min
Emily stopped by during the Seedtime 2K18 music festival to shoot the shit about wilderness survival, Zoroastrianism, and the invasive brown marmorated stinkbug. Pre-order Emily’s book with Elizabeth Catte and Jessica Salfia here:…
55: Hangin With The Kid
Jun 1, 2018 • 85 min
Matt hung out with Kid Rock so of course we had to cinematize it. We cut almost 40 minutes of good and funny content out of this episode and put it up on our Patreon, so please go check that out:
54: The Back Of The Book
May 24, 2018 • 78 min
It was an interesting Election Day here in Kentucky.
53: Baring Witness
May 18, 2018 • 92 min
In this one we teach you how to fight in the spiritual battle between heaven and hell!!
52: The Chosen Vessel, Part 2: The Grit Grift
May 11, 2018 • 62 min
We argue that it’s time for appalachian nonprofits to go the way of the dinosaurs and chimney sweeps. That’s how this idiom works right
51: The Chosen Vessel, Part 1: A Tale of Two Dons
May 10, 2018 • 59 min
Appalachia: exceptional or nah? We attempt to tackle this burning question, along with providing some analysis on the recent loss of coal baron Don Blankenship and what it ~means~. But before we get started on all that, we take a little dive into our…
Teaser: Pure Energy
May 6, 2018 • 2 min
New premium Patreon episode up:
50: Gulag Holler (w/ special guests Sylvia Ryerson and Judah Schept)
May 2, 2018 • 58 min
On our 50th episode, we’re joined by journalist Sylvia Ryerson and Eastern Kentucky University professor Judah Schept, to discuss the federal prison that has been slated for construction in our home of Letcher County, Kentucky. We also talk about rural…
49: Hustling the Neon Pool Hall
Apr 26, 2018 • 68 min
Tanya regales us with stories of her travels. Tarence has a good new TV show. Tom’s not touching any of it.
48: Lap Swimming at the Hazard Pavilion
Apr 20, 2018 • 60 min
Take a trip with us to the Hazard Pavilion, where we discuss the police state, creative placemaking, and our new reality TV show called Pimp My Side by Side
47: Reaching Out for the Gold (w/ special guests Claire Lobenfeld and Jonny Coleman)
Apr 15, 2018 • 74 min
Today we’re joined by Claire Lobenfeld and Jonny Coleman of NOlympics LA, a campaign launched by members of the Los Angeles chapter of Democratic Socialists of America to stop the 2028 Olympics games from coming to Los Angeles. We talk about how large…
46: Moving the Needle
Apr 13, 2018 • 69 min
We’re unlocking this week’s premium Patreon episode, after technical difficulties thwarted our plan to release a new free episode this week. We’re really sorry about that, we’re trying our best, please don’t be mad at us!! We’ll have a new episode to you…
45: Don’t Rock the Jukebox (w/ special guest Tyler Mahan Coe)
Apr 5, 2018 • 77 min
This week we’re joined by Tyler Mahan Coe of Cocaine and Rhinestones, a podcast about the history of country music. We talk about some popular songs, such as Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” and Loretta Lynn’s “The Pill,” as well as other…
44: Trillbilly Therapy Party
Mar 30, 2018 • 70 min
We recorded this before the infamous last minute teachers’ pension vote in the Kentucky General Assembly. But it’s probably pretty good context for what’s going on in the state overall.
Teaser: Wokelahoma
Mar 28, 2018 • 3 min
New post up on Patreon. This is just a preview. Like and subscribe:
43: Twenty Tons
Mar 21, 2018 • 72 min
This week’s episode is brought to you by Ira Glass and the good libs over at Buffalo Wild Wings.
42: Waialae Trillbilly Club
Mar 15, 2018 • 79 min
This episode is like a vulgar noirish video game. It ends with me and Matt starting a new religion that has its own theme song and everything. But you’ve gotta listen through the first hour of the show just to find out about it!! Good luck!!
41: Trillbillies 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold Standard
Mar 8, 2018 • 73 min
The original trio holes up in a log cabin in the woods to plot their next move.
40: Being Straight Edge in the Middle Ages (w/ special guest Scott Benson)
Mar 2, 2018 • 71 min
Scott Benson (@bombsfall) drops in to answer a burning question: what was it like to be straight edge in medieval times? Jk this episode is mostly about his killer video game, Night in the Woods. Enjoy!
Bonus Episode: Voices from the West Virginia Teachers Strike
Mar 1, 2018 • 26 min
Special Trillbillies West Virginia correspondent and folklorist Emily Hilliard and Jacobin Magazine contributor Cathy Kunkel got some great interviews with striking teachers in West Virginia, and so we present them to you here as a demonstration of what…
39: Jesus Christ Superstar Billy Graham (w/ special guest: Sarah Jones)
Feb 25, 2018 • 50 min
For our latest episode, we welcome back Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) of the New Republic to talk about her recent piece on the legacy of Billy Graham (the preacher, not the wrestler) in light of his recent death. We also talk about how the paranoid style…
38: The Incredible Journey
Feb 21, 2018 • 73 min
The kentucky wildcats won last night so this episode makes a lot more sense in hindsight. Like, the themes and shit.
37: Cattehouse or We’re Broke and Our Hearts are, Too. (w/ special guest Elizabeth Catte)
Feb 14, 2018 • 64 min
Tarence and Tom are super professional, with the absolute best internet connection speed in the podcasting game. Elizabeth Catte (@elizabethcatte) stops by to tell them about her new book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. Happy Valentines.
36: From Trump Country With Love (w/ special guest Nick Offerman)
Feb 7, 2018 • 68 min
We’re back. It’s a new semester. Nick Offerman was in town shooting a documentary so he stopped by to ask us some questions while we pitched him on some great and brilliant tv ideas. Don’t steal them please.
35: Who Are We? (w/ special guest R.L. Stephens)
Nov 10, 2017 • 78 min
Season finale featuring R.L. Stephens. Enjoy.
34 Teaser: Workin in the Code Mines
Nov 3, 2017 • 1 min
If you can make it through the first 20 minutes of our mindless rambling about the Reformation and Nonprofit-Speak, Elizabeth Catte has some good insights on a recent Reuters article about miners and coding. Check out the full episode by subscribing to…
33: KILL BILLies, Vol. 2: Haint Tales
Oct 31, 2017 • 54 min
Scary stories from special guests: Felix Biederman, Elizabeth Catte & Josh Howard, Emily Hilliard, Drew Nutter, and Sally Sexton. The second part to our two part Halloween special. Tracklisting (Start Time): Intro “Sexual Hauntings” by Emily Hilliard…
32: KILL BILLies, Vol. 1
Oct 27, 2017 • 79 min
In part one of our two part Halloween special, we talk about the real life horrors like cutting meat for minimum wage in Pikeville, Kentucky and rabies that should scare us more than the supernatural this Halloween.
31: Story Time with Auntie Bernice
Oct 20, 2017 • 62 min
Tanya makes a solo run to build up women and share feminist wisdom in the days of #metoo.
30: Fahrenheit 151 (w/ special guest Willie Davis)
Oct 13, 2017 • 72 min
Friend and author Willie Davis stops by the show to shoot the shit and burn some books. Except the one he wrote, we didn’t burn that one.
29 Teaser: Allsups Gut Grenades
Oct 10, 2017 • 0 min
In episode 29 we talk with journalist Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader about Mr. Social Security himself, Eric C. Conn. This is a premium damn episode, so make sure you subscribe to our Patreon so you can check it out:…
28: Pet Psychics (w/ special guest Brandie Posey)
Oct 6, 2017 • 51 min
Stand up comedian and friend of the show Brandie Posey (@brandazzle)stops by the studio to talk Hungarian villains, wi-fi networks in spy neighborhoods, and of course pet psychics.
27: The Unexamined Team Is Not Worth Rooting For
Sep 29, 2017 • 53 min
In episode 27, the gang talks about the eventful week in sports with the FBI’s probe into NCAA basketball and the NFL protests. Tom also has to reckon with the fact that the coach of his beloved Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari, is coaching the…
26: The Tale of Tiddy Roosevelt, America’s First Woman President
Sep 22, 2017 • 67 min
The gang travels to Bristol for a music festival. On the way there, Tanya unveils her magnum opus about Tiddy Roosevelt, America’s first female president. Other items: Thrillbillies, kittens, and stealing Texas valor.
Shootin Hotdogs With the Bois
Sep 21, 2017 • 2 min
It’s the definitive guide to Eastern Kentucky street festivals yall. Also we write like a dozen scary movies. We’re a movie production studio now. Features special guests Mikie Burke and Jaydon Tolliver. Premium subscribers can hear the full episode at…
25: Without Special Guest
Sep 15, 2017 • 49 min
A special guest appearance falls through and the Trillbillies turn on one another. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends. Chaos is a ladder or whatever.
Unlocked Episode: Labor Daze
Sep 11, 2017 • 65 min
We’re unlocking our Labor Day special with Michelle Miller, co-founder of, because it’s a Monday and we had to work today and work sucks. If it’s not obvious at this point the topic of discussion is WORK.
24: Seasoning Affective Disorder
Sep 8, 2017 • 52 min
It’s a new season folks. Who’s ready to get SAD. We talk about the related topics of poo, Peggy Noonan, and death.
23: Player Haters of the Bible
Sep 1, 2017 • 64 min
In episode 23, the gang discusses TV preacher Joel Osteen’s Harvey scandal, as well as who the biggest player haters were in the scriptures among other topics.
22: Sisterhood of the Traveling Jean Jacket (w/ special guests: Sam Cole & Carrie Carter)
Aug 25, 2017 • 64 min
With the boys out of town it’s real mf’in socialist feminist hours here on the Trillbillies. In this all-femme episode we talk media representations of Appalachian women, book recommendations, doctor face-offs, and more.
21: What Is To Be Done?
Aug 18, 2017 • 64 min
In this rather somber and factually inaccurate episode, we say a lot of things we’ll probably take back in a week.
20: The Mothperson Prophecies (w/ special guest: Emily Hilliard)
Aug 11, 2017 • 60 min
In episode 20, we welcome our friend and professional folklorist, Emily Hilliard to discuss labor and capital’s roles in the creation of folklore, West Virginia’s Mothman legend, and why so many whites think they’re directly descended from brown people…
19: Popper Doxx
Aug 4, 2017 • 58 min
In Episode 19, Tom signs the gang up for a debate tournament with the big dawg JD Vance. Tarence forces everyone into a problematic leadership exercise. John Popper doxxes some poor soul.
(Hot) Takes on a Plane
Jul 28, 2017 • 2 min
Our friend Sammy G talks the do’s and dont’s of being a flight attendant. For the full episode, visit:
18: The Importance Of Being Southern (w/ special guest: Cazembe Jackson)
Jul 21, 2017 • 66 min
In Episode 18, the Trillbillies report for duty for the upcoming race war, and talk southern socialist politics with Cazembe Jackson, national organizer with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and activist with Black Lives Matter Atlanta.
17: Ray’s Law
Jul 19, 2017 • 48 min
In episode 17, there’s no substance folks. We talk about how the Mandela effect/Berenstain Bears parallel universe theory has affected us personally, and Tarence details the law of the universe that bears his last name.
16: Normie Clown Posse
Jul 7, 2017 • 57 min
Tom is MIA, so Tarence and Tanya write a short film about Tanya’s vacation. Includes cameos from John Cougar Mellancamp, busted dolphins, Patch Adams, and an army of normie A.I. clown doctors.
15: What’s The Matter With California? (w/ special guest: Drew Nutter)
Jun 30, 2017 • 62 min
In episode 15, we welcome the homie @DrewNutter in to help us analyze the red state/blue state divide, as well as how that divide mirrors the the death row/bad boy records feud of the 90’s. Also we talk about the new Tupac movie and the California travel…
14: Sherman’s March Madness (w/ special guest: Campbell Robertson)
Jun 22, 2017 • 68 min
In episode 14, we welcome the southern correspondent for the New York Times, Campbell Robertson (@campbellnyt), to talk about the movement to remove confederate monuments in New Orleans and elsewhere in the south. Tom and Tarence then do a dramatic…
Swap Shop
Jun 20, 2017 • 1 min
B-roll from one of our earliest episodes that we found and thought was kind of funny. You probably won’t agree. Listen here (for free):
13: WWC Tuesday Night Raw (w/ special guest: Elizabeth Catte)
Jun 16, 2017 • 50 min
In episode 13, we welcome historian, author, and all around G, Elizabeth Catte to talk about author Joan Williams’s attempts to cash in on the current fascination of the so-called ‘White Working Class’ with her recent articles and new book of the same…
B-Side Teaser: Is Class an Identity?
Jun 11, 2017 • 2 min
A meandering, lost episode we recorded shortly after our appearance on the Katie Halper show. Tarence has a meltdown about class. Tom considers the excellent PR strategies of bad people. Tanya’s just walkin’ ‘ere. Listen here:…
12: Sexy Sex Miseducation (w/ special guest: Jenny Williams)
Jun 9, 2017 • 55 min
In episode 12, our favorite Hazardian Jenny Williams stops by the show with a bomb-ass quiche and chats with us about peppermint swirls, the Hands of God, and 3-way (or 15-way) phone sex.
11: Sucks or nah? (w/ special guests: Matt + Carrie)
May 26, 2017 • 69 min
In episode 11, we welcome our good friends Matt + Carrie Carter to talk sentient snuggies, cd-r consciousness, and the great Sears catalog dick conspiracy of ‘73 among other topics.
10: Better Not Call Saul (w/ special guest: Aaron Petcoff)
May 19, 2017 • 72 min
In Episode 10, we interview Aaron Petcoff about his recent Jacobin article, ‘The Problem with Saul Alinsky,’ and how it applies to leftist organizing in Appalachia and beyond.
9: Internet Goin’ Nutz (w/ special guest: Joni Napier)
May 12, 2017 • 60 min
In episode 9, we highlight famous moments in rural internet history with our homegirl, Joni(@joniwasadiver).
8: Angry A Lot In Public (w/ special guest: Sarah Jones)
May 5, 2017 • 68 min
In Episode 8, we talk with Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) of the New Republic about her recent piece (co-authored by Laura Reston) entitled “Appalachia Needs Big Government.” We also talk about how Appalachia went red, the war on coal, and more.
7: The March For Pseudoscience (w/ special guest: Michelle Eigenheer)
Apr 28, 2017 • 48 min
In episode 7, we examine what it looks like when Libs take to the streets, and what a march for pseudoscience would look like with journalist Michelle Eigenheer (@fleurdelou_).
6: “And That’s How I Made It Out Of The Basement” (w/ special guest: Lee Bains III)
Apr 17, 2017 • 74 min
In episode 6, the homie Lee Bains (@thegloryfires) of badass Alabama-based rock band, Lee Bains III + The Glory Fires, rides shotgun as we recount our formative experiences growing up in the church, and analyze the paranoid style of today’s American…
5: Trillbilly Chic
Apr 6, 2017 • 59 min
In episode 5 we discuss the class analysis (or lack thereof) of anti-racist organizations, the hillbilly chic phenomenon, and how that if Jay-Z can’t be cool in his 40’s then what chance do the rest of us have? And of course, how sex looks different after…
4: No Sympathy for Coastal Elites (w/ special guests: Caroline Rubens + Lil Prosperino)
Mar 22, 2017 • 60 min
Since we’ve been on a brief hiatus, we decided to bring you a double episode this week. In part one, we welcome special guest Caroline Rubens of Appalshop to talk about proposed cuts to arts funding in the new Trump budget and what that might mean for…
3: The ASA Mixtape, Vol 1
Mar 8, 2017 • 35 min
This week’s show is comprised of mixtape cuts previewing the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference at Virginia Tech. @ us on twitter (@thetrillbillies) and let us know if you thought the tape was flames or trash. Track list: (1.) Bad…
2: Who Gets To Save Appalachia? (w/ special guest: Willa Johnson)
Feb 28, 2017 • 48 min
For round two, we examine the legacy of anti-poverty work in Appalachia. Also, big shouts to dem Mary Kay ladies pushing those pink caddies. Dedicated to the memory of our forest granny, Ms. Carol Judy.
1: JD Vance A Snitch
Feb 22, 2017 • 61 min
On our maiden voyage, we deliver an elegy for JD Vance’s bestseller ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ while also paying homage to R+B legends Gerald Levert (RIP), Keith Sweat, and Johnny Gill. *Upon further review, Eric Williams, whom we do a bit about on this one, is a…