What Is the Impact of Coal on America’s Environment, History and Culture?

Why do Americans contribute more heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere than Europeans with similar standards of living? One reason is our dependence on cars, but another, less-talked-about reason is coal. Americans rely on coal for nearly half our electricity. Electrical generation pumps out more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector — cars, trucks, planes, and ships — combined. Today at 1pm and 9pm, a new American RadioWorks documentary goes back to the roots of our addiction to coal, and shows how our fuel choices changed American culture and history.

Live Coverage of President Obama Address on Libya at 7pm

We’ll air President Obama’s speech from the National Defense University in Washington, DC, on the US and NATO military operation against Colonel Gadhafi, tonight at 7 PM. Melissa Block will host the NPR News special. NPR’s National Political Correspondent, Mara Liasson, as well E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Matt Continetti of the Weekly Standard will join her for our coverage.

NPR News Special Coverage of Libya and Japan Today at 2pm

We’ll air two hours special coverage from NPR News this afternoon from 2-4pm on WFPL. The first hour will focus on Libya, three days after a US-led coalition began its military campaign to stop the government from attacking anti-Gadhafi rebels. From 3-4pm, we’ll consider the humanitarian crisis in Japan. NPR’s Neal Conan hosts the coverage.

Updates from Libya on WFPL This Weekend

We’re closely monitoring the events in Libya within the context of our regular weekend program schedule. You can hear updates in the NPR News on the hour, as well as on Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, and all night long from BBC Global News. In addition, as events warrant, NPR News will offer special coverage of the events unfolding in Libya. When this happens, WFPL News will interrupt the regular schedule.

President Discusses Libya, Japan, Economy in News Conference

President Obama says he’s prepared to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary, to stabilize oil prices. In his news conference, which ended a few minutes ago, Mr. Obama also said the U.S. and its allies are considering a range of options in Libya, including enforcing a no-fly zone over the country. He said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be meeting with member of the Libyan opposition in the next few days.
You can see more coverage on NPR’s live blog of the press conference at The Two-Way. We’ll have a full report and analysis on NPR’s All Things Considered today at 4pm on WFPL.

Getting Equal Access to Transportation

Tonight at 8pm, WFPL presents “Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality,” a new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America’s roads and transit lines. This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.