Author Q&A: Mountains Piled upon Mountains

On this West Virginia Morning, living in the Appalachian mountains, the nature that surrounds us often becomes a mere backdrop. We expect it to be there, so we forget about it. 

In the new book “Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene”, nearly 50 writers focused on the natural world of Appalachia using place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Glynis Board has more.

Also on today’s show, a toxic class of chemicals known as PFAS have been used in firefighting foam at former military air bases across the country, including here in West Virginia. The chemicals often have contaminated drinking water supplies, leaving public water authorities to install treatment systems to provide safe water. But WHYY's Dana Bate reports the story is different when it comes to private wells -- some of them miles from those air bases. She has this report from Bucks and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

And Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have received a grant to learn more about the ways coal dust affects pulmonary health. Emily Allen reports.

We also hear about First Lady Melania Trump’s second visit to the Ohio Valley region to learn about programs finding success in combating the opioid crisis. Aaron Payne reports she offered her support to an area once labeled the epicenter of the epidemic.

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