Oral history of a 1950s company town

Norm and Betty Jo Anderson, Piketon, Ohio 2015. Credit: Lewis Wallace, Marketplace.org

Kudos to Lewis Wallace of Marketplace.org for a fascinating oral history of Piketon, Ohio, which is struggling with Cold War era nuclear cleanup. It was once the quintessential company town. Great use of voices, especially those of Norm and Betty Jo Anderson. Norm:

“It’s hard to tell people of the magnitude of those buildings,” [The one he worked in had 33 acres to a floor.] “And those were concrete floors. Can you imagine pouring 33 acres of concrete?” Now they’re demolishing it.

Nuclear cleanup work sustains ailing Ohio town | Marketplace.org