American Experience: Rachel Carson

American Experience: Rachel Carson

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Rachel Carson at Woods Hole, MA. 1950.

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

Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.

Inspired by recent scholarship, the film illuminates the public and private life of the woman whose writings revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world. Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker lends her talents as the voice of Rachel Carson. American Experience: Rachel Carson airs Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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.