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NEWSLETTER - Friday, September 21, 2007

"There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings.... The roadsides, once so attractive, were now lined with browned and withered vegetation as though swept by fire. These, too, were silent, deserted by all living things. Even the streams were now lifeless.... No witchcraft, no enemy action had silenced the rebirth of new life in this stricken world.
The people had done it to themselves." 
- Rachel Carson, SILENT SPRING


This week on Bill Moyers Journal (check local listings) 

    * Forty-five years after the publication of Rachel Carson?s landmark book SILENT SPRING, which launched the modern environmental movement, her disturbing story of how toxic chemicals were poisoning the earth still resonates. But who was Rachel Carson? BILL MOYERS JOURNAL looks at the life and legacy of Rachel Carson through an extraordinary portrayal of her in a one-woman play performed by veteran stage actress Kaiulani Lee, whose play A SENSE OF WONDER has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment for 15 years. Excerpts from the play, an interview with Lee and documentary reporting on Carson?s life and work provide a powerful look at this scientist, writer, and seeker of the truth. On the centennial anniversary of Carson's birth, the JOURNAL explores what the ferocious debate she started can tell us about environmentalism in the 21st century.
    * Photographic artist Chris Jordan turns the statistics of consumerism into palpable images in his startling series RUNNING THE NUMBERS: AN AMERICAN SELF-PORTRAIT and INTOLERABLE BEAUTY: PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN MASS CONSUMPTION. 

On <http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog>The Moyers Blog 

    * What can Rachel Carson teach us today? Read an excerpt from E.O. Wilson's Afterword to SILENT SPRING. 
    * Explore photographs from Chris Jordan's series IN KATRINA'S WAKE: PORTRAITS OF LOSS FROM AN UNNATURAL DISASTER and hear more from the artist in his own words. Then tell us what you think.

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