Guy Raz http://nhpr.org en Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise http://nhpr.org/post/miners-weather-slow-burn-coals-demise At some point today, you will probably flip on a light switch. That simple action connects you to the oldest and most plentiful source of American electricity: coal.<p>Since the early 1880s — when Edison and Tesla pioneered the distribution of electrical power into our homes — most of that power has come from the process of burning coal.<p>Four years ago, something started to change. First it was slow, and then this past month that change became dramatic. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 21:46:00 +0000 Guy Raz & Lauren Silverman 8808 at http://nhpr.org Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise What's Killing 'King Coal' In West Virginia? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-killing-king-coal-west-virginia Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This week, one of the biggest coal mining companies in Central Appalachia, Patriot Coal, filed for bankruptcy protection. Over the past three months, a wave of layoffs has hit coal country hard, and this past month, the share of all U.S. electricity generated from coal hit its lowest level since the 1940s. Our colleague Guy Raz visited Webster County in the middle of West Virginia to find out what's killing King Coal.<p>GUY RAZ, BYLINE: Just a few weeks ago, the massive steel hopper on the outskirts of Cowan, West Virginia, was humming. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:46:00 +0000 Guy Raz 8759 at http://nhpr.org Blacks, Gays And The Church http://nhpr.org/post/blacks-gays-and-church Transcript <p>GUY RAZ, HOST: <p>Let's turn to another story we've been following in recent weeks: African-Americans and same-sex marriage. When President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, some African-American religious leaders protested. Sun, 27 May 2012 21:04:00 +0000 Guy Raz 5647 at http://nhpr.org Three Minute Fiction is Back! http://nhpr.org/post/three-minute-fiction-back <p>If you listen to All Things Considered often enough, you&rsquo;ll notice that many of the stories and conversations we share with you work out to around three minutes long.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/" target="_blank">Weekend All Things Considered</a> has turned that scenario on its head, through its <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/105660765/three-minute-fiction" target="_blank">Three Minute Fiction</a> contest.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Brady Carlson & Guy Raz 2447 at http://nhpr.org Ranchers' Land Becomes Ground Zero In Energy Fight http://nhpr.org/post/ranchers-land-becomes-ground-zero-energy-fight <em>Part one of a two-part series on the Keystone XL pipeline</em><p>Gas prices are spiking once again; the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded is about 12 percent higher than it was a year ago. But winter typically isn't the time for a rise in gas prices. Demand for gasoline is at a 14-year low and domestic oil production is at an eight-year high.<p>Some analysts link the increase in gas prices to the tensions in Iran and speculators on Wall Street. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:01:00 +0000 Guy Raz 2159 at http://nhpr.org Ranchers' Land Becomes Ground Zero In Energy Fight