New book examines ‘Mining the Heartland’

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Two people look at a lake
In this photo taken Oct. 5, 2011, Jane and Steve Koschak, owners of River Point Resort near Ely, Minn., look out across Birch Lake and the Kawishiwi River. Twin Metals Minnesota LLC planned to build a copper-nickel-precious metals mine somewhere past the treeline on the other side. The Koschaks are among area residents organizing against mining and prospecting in the area. The battle over the mine continues today. Steve Karnowski/AP Photo

The mining industry and the environmental movement that opposes it both have enduring cultural roots. We talk with the author of a book exploring both sides of the mining divide in Minnesota to learn how class, race and gender shape how people relate to the land and its resources.

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  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Trina La Susa Technical Director
  • Erik Kojola Guest

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