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In hill country, despite roots of cultural isolation, let us resist fearing our greatest asset: our neighbors

In this segment of our monthly program These Ozarks Hills, longtime storyteller and musician Marideth Sisco shines light on the divisions within the Ozarks that have been heightened by the pandemic.

You can hear the audio essay by clicking on the "Listen" button above.

Marideth is a Missouri storyteller, veteran journalist, teacher, author, musician and student of folklore focusing on stories relevant to Ozarks culture and history. Each month, she’s the voice behind "These Ozarks Hills.” Sisco spent 20 years as an investigative and environmental writer for the West Plains Quill and was well known for her gardening column, “Crosspatch,” on which her new book is based. Sisco was a music consultant and featured singer in the 2010 award-winning feature film “Winter's Bone.”