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.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Living Digitally

Saturday, August 28, 2010 9pm Producer: American Public Media Listen Again: Audio Not Available Twitter, iPads, smart phones. What’s next in the digital revolution? Go inside the Aspen Ideas Festival to find out how your digital life will change. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal hosts this second of two specials from Aspen.

I Am Asian

Saturday, June 12, 2010, 9pm Producer: Nathan Kupel Listen Again Up and coming author Min Jin Lee as she discusses her new book Free Food for Millionaires with Boston College’s Professor Min Hyoung Song. Paul Niwa reveals the effects of gentrification on Boston’s Chinatown through one man’s battle against his landlord’s rent increase. American Public […]

Thurgood Marshall: Before the Court

Saturday, April 17, 2010 9pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again Thurgood Marshall is best known as the first African American appointed to United States Supreme Court and as the lead attorney in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. Just as remarkable, Marshall was an instrumental figure in striking down the legal […]

Divorced Kid

Saturday, January 2, 2010 9pm Producer: Sasha Aslanian/American Public Media Listen Again Award-winning former American RadioWorks’ producer Sasha Aslanian explores the “divorce revolution” of the 1970s through the perspective of kids–like herself–who lived through it, and experts who have had three decades to make sense of it. The documentary includes interviews with Avery Corman, the […]

American RadioWorks: Rising by Degrees

Saturday, December 5, 2009 Producer: American Public Media Listen Again The United States is facing a dramatic demographic challenge: Young Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and they are among the least likely to graduate from college. Experts say the future of the American economy is at stake, because higher education is essential […]