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30 Days: In a coal mine June 2, 2008

Filed under: education, social consciousness — terra @ 7:00 pm

If there is any tv show I recommend, it is “30 Days” on FX. “30 Days” is written by Morgan Spurlock, and it’s a documentary of people doing something out of the ordinary for 30 days, to gain a new perspective on an issue that is facing society. Last season had Morgan spending 30 days in jail, while other people spend 30 days learning first-hand about gay/straight issues, Christian/Muslim issues, a binge-drinking mom (college daughter), outsourcing to India, and Morgan lived for 30 days on minimum wage. Not as easy as it sounds.

This year’s season kicks off with Morgan working for 30 days in a West Virginia coal mine. It will be riveting! Watch “30 Days” on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on FX. (we record it and watch the next day) The 2nd episode features a retired football player living for 30 days in a wheelchair.

Morgan Spurlock is the genius behind SuperSize Me, What would Jesus buy, and others.

Update: I just finished watching this episode, and I have 2 things to say. As an environmentalist, we have no right to do what we’re doing to those mountains. As a humanitarian, we must stop this.

Certainly we can’t change our energy sources right away, but we have to make a real dedication to move forward. If not for the environment, then for our fellow citizens.

If you missed it, set your DVR for Sunday at 11:00 p.m.


6 Responses to “30 Days: In a coal mine”

  1. Jean from 'The Rogue Nation' Says:

    I’ll be recording it for next day watch too. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

  2. ada Says:

    30 days is one of our favorite shows. i was very glad to see them bringing it back for another season.
    the premise goes to the heart of what i believe makes for better understanding between diverging opinion, even if there is still disagreement.

  3. terra Says:

    If you wanted 30 Days last night, let us know how it was. I can’t wait to watch tonight!

    Netflix subscribers, “What Would Jesus Buy” is available on Watch It Now!

  4. Jean from 'The Rogue Nation' Says:

    My eleven year old son and watched this last night and it was awesome. He was really into it and said he had no idea how hard that work was and what a difficult life that must be for the miners and the families waiting for their return. We will be watching 30 days as one of our regular programs. It’s so educational. Our hearts to the coal miners and their families!

  5. terra Says:

    I would be surprised if anyone could get through that episode with a dry eye. All those guys want is an education for their kids. “What would they do if they didn’t work in a coal mine?” … “Go to school.”

    But, West Virginia would collapse (economically) without this industry. Unfortunately, if they keep blowing the tops off the Appalachian Mountains, they will collapse physically.

    I grew up in Utah, where I learned the horrors of clear-cutting forests in Oregon. Then, I moved to Oregon and my friend was married to a “lumberjack.” It changes your perspective a little when you see the human side. But, those men deserve better. I hope West Virginia starts looking into alternative energy before it passes them by. Green jobs can’t be outsourced.

  6. Julie Says:

    West Virginia does have alternate energy resources, the majority of the energy produced here with coal power is not even consumed here. Everyone needs to do their part to conserve

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