Feb 28, 2019
We chat with Rick Sturgill, a retired coal miner and electrician
from Letcher County in South East Kentucky. Rick is a straight
shooter, he calls things like he sees them. And, having spent most
of his life around coal, he has a lot of sobering things to say
about working in coal and about the far-reaching effects the coal
industry has had on cities and towns in Appalachia, on politics and
the environment, and especially on the lives of coal miners and
Additional links/info below...
- Trillbilly Workers Party Twitter page and Patreon
- Tom Sexton, The Baffler, "Going in for the
- Tarence Ray, Popula, "A Way Out"
- Elizabeth Catte, The Guardian, "Passive, Poor, and
White? What People Keep Getting Wrong about
- Elizabeth Catte, The Guardian, "Why 'Trump Country'
Isn't as Republican as You Think"
- Lou Martin, The Conversation, "Invoking Noble Coal
Miners Is a Mainstay of American Politics"
- James Green, LitHub, "A Day in the Life
of a West Virginia Coal Miner"
- Livia Gershon, JSTOR, "The Rise and Fall of Coal Miners'
- Elyssa East, The Guardian, "Black Lung Disease
Is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Won't Hear
Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music
- Lobo Loco, "Malte Junior - Hall"
- Blue Dot Sessions, “Low Coal Camper”