Radiolab has a terrific podcast about Centralia, PA and the mine fire. A number of former residents are interviewed, including Mary Lou Gaughan and Tom Dempsey. They talk about the tough decision to have the town bought out in the 1980s, and how this tore the once close knit community apart.
Listen to the podcast here:
Also, be sure to checkout this video tour of a visit to Centralia, Pennsylvania.