This American Life Gets "Fracked"


It's one thing for "fracking," the controversial method of shooting high-pressure fluids into the earth's core to free up natural gas reserves, to get the attention of ProPublica or The New York Times or even BW, but it's considerable when public radio's This American Life takes up the issue.

In the most recent broadcast of TAL, Ira Glass and company visit Pennsylvania, where two professors have two very different viewpoints on natural gas exploration. In the small town of Mt. Pleasant, Penn., a full-scale PR war has begun—a war in which the town was seriously outgunned by a gas exploration company.