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Telling the Story of 'Coal'

Barbara Freese, former attorney general of Minnesota, has written a book that chronicles the rise and fall of coal. She says coal fueled the creation of the British Empire -- and the spread of English -- by stoking the British navy. Her book is Coal: A Human History. Freese speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.