Donald Trump’s promise to end what he called the war on coal played a critical role in his presidential campaign. On a “King Coal” edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” host Neal Conan asks what Trump has done in his first year in office to redeem his promise to revive the industry. We’ll also go to Appalachia to listen to the men and women whose jobs and way of life are threatened by cheaper, cleaner energy alternatives and mechanization; and we’ll learn about the critical role coal played as America emerged as an industrial and military power. It all started with delivering the mail.
Reid R. Frazier
Reid R. Frazier covers energy for the public radio show “The Allegheny Front” and State Impact Pennsylvania, and co-hosts the Trump on Earth podcasts. “The Allegheny Front” can heard on public radio stations in western Pennsylvania, including WESA in Pittsburgh.
Michael Grunwald is a senior staff writer for Politico Magazine and the author of The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise. He has also written for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and Time magazine.
Peter Shulman is an Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University where he studies and writes about the environment, science, technology and American politics in the 19th and 20th centuries. He’s the author of Coal and Empire: The Birth of Energy Security in Industrial America.
Coal and Empire: The Birth of Energy Security in Industrial America
“In his exhaustively researched book, Shulman convincingly argues for the centrality of coal to nineteenth-century American domestic and foreign policy, pointing out that ‘when seen from the perspective of coal, the great process of industrialization and the emergence of the United States as a global power unfolded at the same time as intertwined processes’… His fast paced and wide-ranging work recounts a number of fascinating episodes central to nineteenth-century American history through the lens of energy needs.”