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How one scientist took on the chemical industry - Mark Lytle

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In 1958, after receiving a letter describing the deaths of songbirds due to the pesticide known as DDT, Rachel Carson began an investigation into the misuse of chemicals and their toll on nature. In 1962, she published her findings in “Silent Spring,” which immediately drew both applause and impassioned dissent. How did this biologist and writer ignite such controversy? Mark Lytle investigates.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Lytle Mark
  • Director Héloïse Dorsan Rachet
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman
  • Storyboard Artist Héloïse Dorsan Rachet
  • Compositor Héloïse Dorsan Rachet
  • Art Director Héloïse Dorsan Rachet
  • Music Luke O'Malley
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Assistant Animation and Compositing Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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