PBS history series American Experience will air a two-hour documentary about marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson in April.
Simply entitled Rachel Carson, the doc will feature voice-over by actor Mary-Louise Parker and look at how Carson’s writings helped put environmental concerns on the radars of many Americans.
In 1962, Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring, warned about the long-term dangers of pesticides and sparked a national debate and drew fire from the chemical industry. It also influenced President John F. Kennedy to launch an investigation into public health effects.
“In the ’60s, chemicals were everywhere – in food, in crops, in everything,” said American Experience executive producer Mark Samels in a statement. “Carson was the first person to point out there’s a price to be paid for that world. She guided us towards an understanding of the interrelatedness of nature, and challenged us to think about our impact on the world around us.”