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Mtn. Talk Monday: Black Lung Diagnosis and Healthcare Benefits

Mtn. Talk Monday: Black Lung Diagnosis and Healthcare Benefits

In this episode, Dr. Edward Lee Petsonk, a professor of Medicine specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care at West Virginia University and former leader of the NIOSH Black Lung Program, speaks on the proper diagnosis of black lung disease and navigating applying for related health benefits. In the second half, we revisit the award winning story produced by WMMT’s Benny Becker for the Ohio Valley ReSource in collaboration with Howard Berkes of NPR about 38 year old Mackie Branham Jr. and his fight with the worst form of black lung disease.














Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

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