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The Takeaway

Looking for Gold in the Mountains of Maine

Monday, March 02, 2015

Far underneath the snow in the state of Maine sits potential riches of gold and copper. These precious metals have some people arguing about issues of mining rights.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Uncovering The Truth After A Deadly Mining Accident

Friday, January 16, 2015

In the new film Little Accidents, a small town devastated by a fatal mining accident, and a mining company executive becomes the prime target for the town’s anger.

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The Takeaway

Turkey Mourns After Coal Mine Disaster

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today, Turkey is a nation in mourning after a coal mine suffered one of the worst mining disasters in the nation's history. More than 200 people have died in the explosion and fire that was followed by the mine collapse.

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The Takeaway

Report: Illegally Mined Conflict Minerals in Everyday Consumer Products

Monday, August 12, 2013

A new report for Bloomberg Markets Magazine exposes "conflict tungsten" from Colombia. A major tungsten mine in a remote part of Colombia is controlled by the guerrilla terrorist group FARC. It uses the proceeds from the sale of the precious metal to fund its activities. Michael Smith is a Bloomberg Markets Latin America Reporter. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the use of tungsten in electronic devices.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Violence in South African mining and the Julian Assange embassy imbroglio

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Violence in South African mining and the Julian Assange embassy imbroglio

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: House To Revamp Transpo Bill, Twin Cities Renames Transit System, Social Media Helps Airline Passengers Choose Seatmates

Friday, February 24, 2012

Top stories on TN:
In the tech sector, bikes are the new cars. (Link)
Reports: House GOP considers reversal on transit funding. (Link)
A Brooklyn, New York subway station house that was shuttered some four decades ago is open again. (Link)
About a quarter of employees who work in New York area airports make wages that are below the poverty line. (Link)
Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. (Link)

KLM's "Meet and Seat" program (image courtesy of KLM)

The House will revamp its transportation bill -- and is killing its controversial transit funding provision. (Politico)

...and Democrats are crowing. (The Hill)

The Twin Cities transit system will now be known as "Metro," and the light rail system is being color-coded. Bonus: new logo! (Minnesota Public Radio)

President Obama on high gas prices: “Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth." (New York Times)

Meanwhile, in France, gas has hit $8 a gallon, and prices could go higher. (NPR)

The projected budget deficits for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operations are shrinking. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Denver's rapid transit to the northwest suburbs might actually come in the form of a bus system rather than a rail line as initially promised to voters nearly eight years ago. (Denver Post)

Social seating: Dutch airline KLM is testing a program it calls Meet and Seat, allowing ticket-holders to upload details from their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and use the data to choose seatmates. (New York Times)

Los Angeles's Metro is locking gates in an effort to curb fare evasion. (Los Angeles Times)

Driverless trains will come to Australia's mining industry by 2014. Next up: driverless trucks. (PSFK)

In Toronto, light rail plans are full speed ahead, regardless of politics. (The Star)

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Deep Sea Mining

Thursday, July 07, 2011

This week, a team of Japanese scientists announced that vast deposits of rare earth minerals—considered essential for the production of certain electronics—have been found under the Pacific Ocean. Cindy Lee Van Dover, Director of Duke University Marine Laboratory and Peter B. Kelemen, an Earth & Environmental Studies Professor at Columbia University, tell us about the deposits and how deep sea mining works.

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The Takeaway

Supporters of Kentucky Coal Mining Fight EPA Regulations

Monday, June 13, 2011

The battle over environmental regulations has reached a fever pitch in Kentucky. The EPA is proposing a package of major policy rules aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired plants, drawing widespread opposition from business interests. Backers of the Kentucky's coal mining industry are fighting the EPA over regulations, with some going so far as saying Kentucky should be a "sanctuary," protected from all EPA regulations.

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The Takeaway

Report: Massey Energy to Blame for West Virginia Mining Disaster

Friday, May 20, 2011

Investigations into last year’s coal mine disaster in West Virginia that killed 29 people have found the mine owner squarely responsible. The former federal mine safety chief Davitt McAteer led the investigation into the worst American mining disaster in 40 years. Jessica Lilly, reporter for West Virginia Public Radio shares the on the community's reaction.

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The Takeaway

Faceless 50: When Workers Face Extraordinary Responsibilities

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The world’s eyes are on the "Faceless 50" workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as they struggle to keep potential radiation leaks under control. Though the workers' identities are unknown, their incredibly stressful task has captured our imaginations. The United States also has people working in fields where the willingness to risk your life in a catastrophe is part of the deal. Is it worth it? And who gets left behind to fight the good fight? 

For the past several days, the world’s eyes have been on the workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Although for now they are nameless and faceless, they’ve captured our imaginations and made us think: what does it take to do that job?   
We decided to take a look at the people here in the United States working in fields where risking your life in a large-scale catastrophe is part of the deal. 
With us is Andrew Kadak, who joined us two days ago as an expert in nuclear engineering and science, but ALSO worked at a nuclear power plant in Massachusetts and served as its CEO for many years. Hi, Andrew. 
Also joining us is Davitt McAteer, Vice President of Sponsored Programs at Wheeling Jesuit University. He’s had a long career in mining safety and health, and is currently heading the investigation of Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in W. Virginia. Welcome Davitt. 

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The Takeaway

New Zealand Miners Believed Dead Following Large Explosion

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

All 29 miners trapped underground in a New Zealand mine are believed dead following a second "massive" explosion early this morning. The second explosion occurred just as rescue workers were preparing to enter the mine for a rescue attempt. We're joined for more on this story by Kim Baker Wilson, a reporter for Radio New Zealand in Auckland. 

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The Takeaway

Trapped in the Dark: Chilean Miners Live Through Nightmare Scenario

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The 33 Chilean miners still trapped underground will need to stay mentally strong - and stay physically thin. Chile's health minister says the escape tunnel being drilled for the miners will prevent the passage of anyone with a waist size bigger than 35 inches. In the meantime, soap, clothes, games and food packages are being sent down to the men.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Trapped Chilean Miners; Morning Headlines

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chilean miners, trapped deep underground, have become the symbol for a nation still haunted by years of political darkness; and this morning's top headlines.

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Transportation Nation

A Life Refining, Mining and Drilling into the Earth

Friday, July 09, 2010

Refineries, open-pit mines, and mining camps can seem like remote locations. Unless they are your father's photographic obsessions. Over at the WNYC culture page, writer Carolina Miranda muses on her engineer father's five decades of snapshots of oil refineries, open pit mines, and mining camps.  At left, a view of the Caletones copper smelting project in the Andes, as captured by Felipe Miranda in 1968.

We write about oil and energy, all the time at Transportation Nation, but these photos tell the story from a whole new angle. Literally.  --Andrea Bernstein

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reckoning at Eagle Creek

Friday, July 02, 2010

Cultural historian Jeff Biggers gives an account of how strip-mining has destroyed his family’s nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead in southern Illinois. In Reckoning at Eagle Creek, he chronicles the legacy of coal outside of Appalachia.

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The Takeaway

Upper Big Branch Mine Foreman Reveals Pattern of Negligence

Friday, April 23, 2010

It's still not known what caused the fatal explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, a powerful blast that killed 29 miners in the worst mining disaster in a generation. But, in today's New York Times, a foreman from the Upper Big Branch Mine, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed a pattern of lax safety practices that pointed to disaster.

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WQXR News

No Sign of Life in West Virginia Mine Chamber

Friday, April 09, 2010

Today's stalled expedition is the third retreat for West Virginia's rescue team.

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WQXR News

No Response Yet from Missing Miners

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Rescuers are trying to find out if four West Virginia miners are alive.

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