Guy Raz http://wboi.org en Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise http://wboi.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 21:20:00 +0000 Guy Raz & Lauren Silverman 614 at http://wboi.org Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise What's Killing 'King Coal' In West Virginia? http://wboi.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 572 at http://wboi.org