On this West Virginia Morning, mountaintop removal coal mining has profoundly changed Appalachia’s landscape and people. The controversial practice blows the tops off mountains to get the coal below, and it sparked a wave of protests from affected communities. One group in the heart of West Virginia’s coal country recently marked 20 years of activism against mountaintop removal. Reporter Brittany Patterson visited Coal River Mountain Watch as the organization takes stock of two decades of work.
Also on today’s show, Katherine Manley grew up in poverty in Logan County, West Virginia, but went on to become a teacher in the same schools she attended. Mountain State Press recently published her memoir, “Don’t Tell Them You’re Cold” about her upbringing and how she overcame those challenges.
She spoke to producer Eric Douglas about the book.
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