It’s book club, with no required reading! We’re talking about Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, known as the book that “launched the modern environmental movement” and revolutionized public perception of chemical spraying. We talk about what’s changed since it came out almost 60 years ago, the constant ties between money and unethical decision-making, and what this new generation of dads should be obsessed with instead of World War II.
Ways to get the book:
– your local library (we love the Libby app by Overdrive)
-buy new from your local indie via our Bookshop.org shop
-listen to the audiobook (and support your local indie, and us at no extra cost) on Libro.fm
-check Biblio.com for a used copy
-really anywhere except for Amazon
“It seems reasonable to believe that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.”Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Other World Is Burning episodes we mentioned:
–Episode 13 – Water – Rob Bilott and Erin Brockovich – on water pollution and more about Brockovich’s 2020 book Superman’s Not Coming
–Episode 22 – Agent Orange and the Delano Grape Strike – on the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, Tran To Nga’s current lawsuit against companies including Monsanto, and Operation Ranch Hand
Check out the trailer for Trace Material Season 2: Stories from the Plastics Age and subscribe on your preferred platform. New episodes start in June, but there’s a whole first season on “pot’s benevolent cousin,” hemp, that is fascinating and worth a listen. (Olivia is a research assistant on season two, but she had nothing to do with season one, so we promise that’s a genuine statement.)
Flyte’s new album This Is Really Going to Hurt – the MOOD, the harmonies!
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