Since January, thousands of coal miners have been laid off in Central Appalachia. We’ve heard a lot of opinions about the causes of this decline and what the future holds – from industry leaders, elected officials and even the presidential candidates. But what do those who mined the coal have to say? We begin this edition of Mountain News & World Report with an interview with Letcher County underground miner Gary Bentley (pictured at right), who lost his job with Arch Coal in June. We sat down with Gary just hours before he left home for a new mining job in western Kentucky.
Also in this program, we’ll hear a report from the 2012 Sorghum Festival, a festival that held extra-special importance for West Liberty, Ky., this year, in the wake of this Spring’s horrific tornado. Finally, we’ll hear a report about breast cancer awareness month and we close with our third and final installment in our series of revisitations of the Appalshop film Nature’s Way.