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August 2, 2002

This week on NOW:
  • The Cost of Coal
  • Bill Moyers interviews Bishop Wilton Gregory, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • NPR's Elvis Mitchell interviews film director Miguel Arteta about "The Good Girl"

Coal is our largest supply of fossil fuel and it feeds the economy. But coal exacts a filthy price for the energy we get from it. Burning coal to generate electricity produces fine particles that are a big public health problem. And just getting the coal in the first place can be costly, too - a threat not only to workers below the ground but to the environment above it. NOW's Brenda Breslauer reports.

Also, Bishop Wilton Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), joins Bill Moyers for his first interview since the naming of members to the National Review Board, a high-profile group of lay people formed to monitor the Catholic Church's new policy on sexual abuse.

NPR's Elvis Mitchell interviews Miguel Arteta, a director with an eye for drama found in the off-kilter unglamorous lives that Hollywood usually ignores. Arteta talks about his new movie, THE GOOD GIRL, starring Jennifer Aniston.

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Find out what role coal plays in the world's energy supply.

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Bishop Wilton Gregory
The state of Catholicism in the United States

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Miguel Arteta, CT
Elvis Mitchell talks to filmmaker Miguel Arteta


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The Cost of Coal
Produced by: Brenda Breslauer
Edited by: Vincent Liota

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