We chat with Rick Sturgill, a retired coal miner and electrician from Letcher County, Kentucky. Rick has a lot of sobering things to say about working in coal and about the far-reaching effects the coal industry has had on cities and towns in Appalachia, on politics and the environment, and especially on the lives of coal miners and their families. (All music sourced from the Free Music Archive)
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