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Former Coal Miner Seeks to Break Stereotypes of Appalachia

Philippe Roos

National politics have put coal in the spotlight. On this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with former coal miner, Nick Mullins, about his work and the misconceptions about coal country. They also discuss the dichotomy between jobs and the environment and the political motivations of mining communities.

Hear Ben Kieffer's interview with Nick Mullins - River to River

Mullins is the author of the blog "The Thoughtful Coal Miner." He will speak at Iowa State University at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. His talk is titled, “Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash.”

In the first part of today's show, Kieffer talks with National Farmers Union president, Roger Johnson.

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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River