An Environmental Pioneer

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017



Credit: Courtesy of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives, Connecticut College.

WGBH’s American Experience profiles Rachel Carson, the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.

When Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring was published in 1962, the United States was the world’s leading superpower and industrial powerhouse. A warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book became a phenomenon, sparking a nationwide debate that featured vigorous attacks by the chemical industry and influencing President John F. Kennedy to launch an investigation into the public health effects. In the end, Silent Spring effectively launched the modern environmental movement.

Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson in this moving and intimate portrait, tonight at 9pm on WGBH 2. More airings

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