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American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring DVD
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She was a biologist for the federal government when she first noted the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides, especially DDT. Magazines, afraid of losing advertising, refused to publish her articles.
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4.0

A Sometimes Forgotten Heroine

By Justice Prof

from Normal, IL

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring DVD:

It is no exaggeration to say that Rachel Carson, through her book Silent Spring, started the modern environmental movement. This well crafted documentary serves as a reminder that one person (and one book) can make a profound difference. The documentary weaves together the person and her work -- work we now see as groundbreaking but work that at the time led "experts" to launch vicious personal attacks on Rachel Carson. Modern environmentalists would do well to learn from this film: hold fast to your ideals but hold on even more strongly to the scientific evidence. In the end, evidence will trump ideology.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thank you PBS

By The wildeyed liberal

from Greenwood, Wisconsin

Comments about PBS American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring DVD:

First viewing for me. Thank you for showing it at a time when government is moving toward abolishing many of the protections we have in place to protect the environment. I fear we are going to go backward with our environmental polcies given the influence conservatives seem to have in our government.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Program!

By Frannie

from San Francisco, CA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring DVD:

Although I have not viewed the CD yet, I ordered it because I had seen it on KQED recently, and I thought it was one of the best of the "American Experience" programs I have ever seen. I purchased it to see again as well as share it with my children and grandchildren.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Life in America before the EPA

By Bioprofe

from Majuro, Marshall Islands

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring DVD:

Having grown up in an agricultural area, I vividly remember the mosquito fogging trucks regularly driving down our street. My father was an agricultural researcher and died before he was 60. I've always believed it was due to pesticide-induced cancer and this program helped solidify that belief. It chronicles life in America after WWII and the price Rachel Carson paid-physically and emotionally-to inform the public of the human and environmental damage that would result from the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides.

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