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Talk Nation Radio
Street Medic Roger Benham on a Mining Protest in West Virginia
Weekly Program
Roger Benham, clip, Robert Kennedy Jr., film, The Last Mountain, and Aunt Molly Jackson clip, from Pacifica Archives, From the Vault
 Dori Smith  Contact Contributor
June 23, 2011, 5:46 a.m.
The coal industry and companies like Massey Energy, now Alpha Resources, have decimated the mountains, and poisoned rivers and streams as well as air in West Virginia and other places. Activists retrace the steps of earlier mine protests and scale Blair Mt .
Produced by Dori Smith

Music and clip, Aunt Molly Jackson, one of the most powerful voices to rise up against abusive coal mining practices during the 30s. During an interview with Studs Terkle we found at the Pacifica Archives, Radio From the Vault, she tells a story about stealing food to save babies, and touching the heart of even a sheriff who was supposed to arrest her.

Audio of trailer from film, The Last Mountain, featuring Robert Kennedy Jr.
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