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American Experience; Earth Days

03/18/2010

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Series
American Experience
Program
Earth Days
Program Number

2205

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

It is now all the rage in the Age of Al Gore and Barack Obama, but can you remember when everyone in America was not "Going Green?" "Earth Days" looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement -- from its post-war rumblings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's incendiary bestseller Silent Spring, to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action. The stories of the era's pioneers -- among them former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall; biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich; Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand; Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart; and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins -- are illustrated with an incredible array of footage from candy-colored Eisenhower-era tableau to classic tear-jerking 1970s anti-litterbug PSAs. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Robert Stone (Oswald's Ghost, Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film is both a meditation on man's complex relationship with nature and a history of the revolutionary achievements -- and missed opportunities -- of groundbreaking eco-activism.

Copyright 2009 WGBH Educational Foundation and Robert Stone Productions, LLC

Duration

01:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Earth Days,” 03/18/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_543428BDE006417DA91A34F14E1BB1EF.
MLA: “American Experience; Earth Days.” 03/18/2010. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_543428BDE006417DA91A34F14E1BB1EF>.
APA: American Experience; Earth Days. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_543428BDE006417DA91A34F14E1BB1EF
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