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This (Fracking) American Life: NPR Show with Focus on Marcellus Shale and PA to Air this Week

July 7, 2011

Starting Friday, July 8th, the esteemed NPR program “This American Life” will be airing a piece all about Marcellus Shale gas development.

The episode, entitled “Game Changer,” will focus not only on the impact the natural gas boom is having throughout the region – both economically and physically – but will also explore the dueling opinions in the “drill or not to drill” debate.

The program’s synopsis reads as follows:

A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, and the result blows his mind. The numbers say that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to lead a revolution in how America gets its energy. But another professor in Pennsylvania does a different calculation and reaches a troubling conclusion: that getting natural gas out of the ground poses a riskn to public health. The story of two men, two calculations, and two very different consequences.

Be sure to listen to the program when it airs on a public radio station near you through July 11th; or download the podcast from their site once it becomes available Sunday, July 11th at 7pm.

Then please follow up with comments about the program and words of encouragement for This American Life to continue coverage of the devastating personal impact fracking is having on individuals and families alike.

This American Life has an audience of about 1.7 million listeners nationwide.

  1. Thelma permalink
    July 8, 2011 2:34 am

    this is what is happening in Australia,,see link so why isn’t it happening in the US

  2. July 8, 2011 2:54 pm

    For the luv of soft money… #frackISwhack …Guv. Corbett lined his Pittsburg pockets with ca$h from The Marcellus Shale Industry and he thinks he’ll just filter his own H2O… We the People… #crawfish got SouL is on this and every Wednesday @Noon – 12:30p on 88.1fm WPEB – West Philly Community Radio… a segment of The Sheriff of Blues County radio show…

  3. July 11, 2011 12:33 pm

    Did Paul Saunders on WFMZ’s “Business Matters” actually refer to the anti-drilling voices in the audience as “animals”? to be “caged”?? Sadly, his offensive attitude is all too exemplary of his industry. It’s easy to see why there are so many problems. Liz R.

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