Debuting on the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, this history of American environmentalism traces the movement’s roots to the 1962 publication of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s look at the alarming effects of pesticides. Director Robert Stone blends archival footage and interviews with key figures—including former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, The Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, and Whole Earth Catalog publisher Stewart Brand—to explore the accomplishments and failures of the movement. Monday, April 19, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings
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