Former Miner Explains Culture Of Mining
In 2006, when a coal mine explosion trapped 13 miners for two days in Sago, W.Va., only one man emerged. The eulogy for those lost miners was delivered by Homer Hickam, a West Virginia native and former coal miner who chronicled the livelihood in several novels. His book, Rocket Boys, about growing up in the West Virginia coal fields, was made into the film October Sky. He talks with host Michel Martin about the profession, in the context of this latest tragedy — an explosion in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday that claimed the lives of more than 20 people.