Episode 18: Coal Miners, No Relic of the Past

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     Racing the clock, a member of one of Bailey Mine's rescue teams calculated air flow after taking a gas measurement during the first aid support skills event. (Margaret J. Krauss/WESA)

    Racing the clock, a member of one of Bailey Mine's rescue teams calculated air flow after taking a gas measurement during the first aid support skills event. (Margaret J. Krauss/WESA)

    Pennsylvania is the nation’s fifth largest coal producer. Counties in the western, central, and even eastern parts of the state are home to coal mines. But far less coal comes out of the ground than it used to. On this episode, we’ll head to southwestern Pennsylvania where coal mining is a strong part of the area’s identity, and find out what some miners there are grappling with. We’ll hear from our reporter Margaret J. Krauss about a mine rescue team, a retired coal miner worried about his future, and a former miner who had to find new work.

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