Federal regulators counted 99 cases of advanced black lung over a five-year period in the U.S. So why is it that hundreds of miners with the most serious stage of the disease are walking into clinics across Appalachia? That’s the question NPR’s Howard Berkes set out to answer last year. Howard ultimately found that the number of advanced black lung cases was at least 10 times the number generated by federal regulators. On this episode, Howard takes us through his reporting and explains how he found and counted cases the regulators missed.
Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read or listen to Howard Berkes’ NPR investigation “Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia.
- Members only: Learn more about Howard’s investigation by downloading the IRE Awards questionnaire (27757_q.pdf) associated with his piece.
- See all of the stories in Howard’s series on the NPR website.
- Read the Ohio Valley ReSource investigation.
Emily Hopkins reported this story. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Original episode artwork comes from podcast host Blake Nelson. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.