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Stand Up That Mountain

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Jay Leutze was a non-practicing lawyer writing a novel, working for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and minding his own business in his home in western North Carolina when he got a phone call from an impassioned and outraged 14 year old named Ashley. She and her aunt and uncle, Ollie and Curly, were sure that the new scar on a nearby mountain was a violation of the state's Ridge Act. They were right. Leutze joined their fight to stop a mining company from destroying the mountain. He documents their journey in his new book, "Stand Up That Mountain" (Simon and Shuster/2012) and he joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his David vs. Goliath story.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.