NPR Investigative reporter Howard Berkes spent two years digging into an epidemic of advanced black lung disease that is killing thousands of coal miners – an epidemic his reporting found could have been prevented by government regulators and industry. The investigation resulted in NPR stories and a 2019 documentary from PBS Frontline, which prompted congressional scrutiny, new scientific studies and calls for tougher regulation of the coal mine dust blamed for the epidemic.
Join NPR and PBS for a screening of Coal’s Deadly Dust followed by a conversation with people featured in the film, including Howard Berkes; coal miners Greg Kelly and Danny Smith, both diagnosed with advanced black lung; Scott Laney, epidemiologist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; respiratory therapist Marcy Tate and former federal mine safety official Celeste Monforton.
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