More Karst Topography, Biden's Proposed Climate Plan And Examining Author's Appalachian Writing


On this West Virginia Morning, calling all geo-nerds! Earlier this week, we learned a little about Karst Topography in our region, and now we learn a little more. Also, in this show, we hear a report about a new proposed climate plan presented by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and we hear a conversation with author William Jolliff about his new book called “Heeding The Call: A Study of Denise Giardina’s Novels.”

Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s new climate plan is drawing praise from organizations that work with coal communities on economic transition. As Brittany Patterson reports, union officials and industry groups are less pleased.

Along the western spine of Virginia, the Karst formation dominates the underground landscape, storing water in its caves and crevices. It’s partly why this region is responsible for a big percentage of water resources, feeding springs and wells for thousands of miles. But as Robbie Harris tells us, human activity above ground is taking a toll on the water resources below.

Denise Giardina is a highly regarded Appalachian author whose works include “Storming Heaven” and “The Unquiet Earth.” Both of those books are set in West Virginia, in the coalfields, and revolve around the miner’s struggle with the mine owners and the unions including the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921.

In a new book about Giardina’s work, called “Heeding The Call: A Study of Denise Giardina’s Novels,” author William Jolliff explores the deep theological message in Giardina’s works and how he believes her work should be regarded on a national level. Eric Douglas spoke to both Giardina and Jolliff by Zoom to discuss the new book.  

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