There's (still) gold in them thar hills

 

In this episode of West of 100, High Country News contributing editor Jonathan Thompson visits a gold mine and ponders the illusory nature of gold prices, and Hadley Robinson reports from the Klamath River, once a popular destination for small-time gold prospectors that's now at the center of the controversy over California's ban on suction-dredge mining.

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Music in this episode: "Some Smoke," by National Promenade Band, licensed under Creative Commons.