Broadband, Mining Mess + Naomi Judd

A potpourri of topics on this episode, beginning with a look at the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program which has the potential to increase broadband access for millions of Americans. From there environmental reporter James Brugger talks with Tom Martin, from WEKU’s Eastern Standard, about his research on lagging strip mine reclamation.et Sharing a story […]

Congress Must Act To Secure Black Lung Fund

The Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund has lost $22,400,000 since the excise fee supporting the fund was slashed at the end of 2021. At a January 14 press conference, leaders from the National Black Lung Association, Appalachian Voices and the Appalachian Citizens Law Center call on Congress to take immediate action to restore the […]

Buffalo Creek Disaster Remembered

Feb. 26, 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Flood in Logan County, WV. 125 people were killed and 4000 left homeless when a poorly-constructed coal waste dam owned by the Pittston Company collapsed at the head of Buffalo Creek. A coal company official said the disaster was simply “an act of God,” […]

Lessons from Battle of Blair Mountain

WV’s Battle of Blair Mountain happened 100 years ago, but what’s its significance for working people today? That’s the topic explored by historians, authors, artists, and activists who make the case that understanding what the miners and their families were fighting for will help us all understand the challenges that working people are facing today. […]