Oct 8, 2010

Dying Embers

Mary Lou Gaughin was drawn to Centralia, Pennsylvania when it had the energy of a city -- it was a thriving, happy community. But, 40 years ago, a fire broke out deep underground and changed everything. Joan Quigley, author of The Day the Earth Caved In, wrestles with the question of when a town really dies. And Tom Dempsey brings to life the pain of letting go of a place that's always been home.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece indicated that the Dow Jones Industrial Average originated in the 1920’s.  In fact, it originated in the 1890’s; during the 1920’s it was expanded to include 30 companies, the number it includes today.  The audio has been adjusted in consideration of this fact.

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