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Nearing the halfway mark on this one, due out in July 2020. Who can guess?
08/03/2019

Nearing the halfway mark on this one, due out in July 2020. Who can guess?

05/28/2019
American Experience | PBS

Catch the re-broadcast of our film RACHEL CARSON tonight on PBS.

A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring unleashed an extraordinary national debate and was greeted by vigorous attacks from the chemical industry.

RACHEL CARSON airs tonight at 8/7c on PBS → https://to.pbs.org/2Wm03LF

It was a good night for The Eugenics Crusade.
02/18/2019

It was a good night for The Eugenics Crusade.

10/15/2018
American Experience | PBS

Retro Report takes "The Eugenics Crusade" right up to the present.

Where is the line between a "disease" and a "difference?" What is a life worth living, and who gets to decide?

With every new advance in prenatal genetic screening, the ability to prevent suffering has also sparked difficult questions. Our most recent co-production with Retro Report asks, what are the lessons for today?

10/03/2018
American Experience | PBS

This might sound familiar...

“Can we build a wall high enough around this country to keep out these cheaper races,” Charles Davenport asked his friend in 1920.

THE EUGENICS CRUSADE tells a story of America at once strange and eerily familiar. See it on PBS on October 16 at 9/8c → to.pbs.org/2P1rdk5

09/29/2018
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

How did the fledgling science of heredity become a powerful instrument of social control?

THE EUGENICS CRUSADE explores this unlikely — and largely unknown — movement of the 20th century. Watch the premiere on PBS Oct. 16 → to.pbs.org/2N37ZJf

Many thanks to Vanity Fair and American Experience for hosting such a great screening on Wednesday night!
09/28/2018

Many thanks to Vanity Fair and American Experience for hosting such a great screening on Wednesday night!

Now available on Netflix!
05/05/2018
American Experience: Rachel Carson | Netflix

Now available on Netflix!

This life portrait honors nature author Rachel Carson, whose writings led to new laws on pesticides and ushered in an environmental movement.

Putting the finishing touches to the latest, The Eugenics Crusade, slated for broadcast on PBS/American Experience in Oc...
02/23/2018

Putting the finishing touches to the latest, The Eugenics Crusade, slated for broadcast on PBS/American Experience in October 2018.

Writers Guild of America nominations announced today! RACHEL CARSON is in very good company.
12/08/2017

Writers Guild of America nominations announced today! RACHEL CARSON is in very good company.

Who can guess what we're working on now?
10/07/2017

Who can guess what we're working on now?

Join us for a special screening of Rachel Carson at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival––March 16th, 6:30pm, at the Nat...
02/23/2017
Environmental Film Festival: RACHEL CARSON

Join us for a special screening of Rachel Carson at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival––March 16th, 6:30pm, at the National Portrait Gallery. Follow the link to reserve tickets.

Presented in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. RACHEL CARSON (USA, 2017, 116 min) Directed by Michelle Ferrari. Featuring the voice of Mary-Louise Parker as the influential writer and scientist, Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionize...

01/23/2017
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” highlighted the dangers of widespread use of synthetic pesticides. Decades later, rising malaria rates have led some to question whether the ban on DDT is to blame. Our most recent co-production with Retro Report investigates.

01/19/2017
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

"Rachel Carson not only changed the kind of questions we ask about the environment; I think she caused us to start to ask those questions."

"Rachel Carson" premieres next Tuesday, January 24 at 8/7c on PBS.

American Experience | PBS
01/13/2017
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

"I think what all nonfiction writers are aiming for is to make people think about things differently — to tell you a story from somewhere that ... challenges what you think you know about it, or ... introduces you to a whole new place or a whole new idea."

In 1962, The New Yorker published a series of articles from Rachel Carson about the side effects of pesticides. More than 50 years later, the magazine continues to publish science journalism by writers like Elizabeth Kolbert, who spoke with us about what it's like to be a science journalist today.

American Experience | PBS
01/12/2017
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

Nearly 55 years ago, in June 1962, Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" was published in The New Yorker.

Discover the story of Rachel Carson on January 24 at 8/7c on PBS.

American Experience | PBS
01/12/2017
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

Nearly 55 years ago, in June 1962, Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" was published in The New Yorker.

Discover the story of Rachel Carson on January 24 at 8/7c on PBS.

Before it hit bookstores in September 1962, Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING was serialized in The New Yorker, prompting a ...
01/04/2017
Silent Spring—I

Before it hit bookstores in September 1962, Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING was serialized in The New Yorker, prompting a fierce national debate over the benefits and hazards of synthetic pesticides. Now, in conjunction with the PBS premiere of our film, RACHEL CARSON (January 24th on American Experience), The New Yorker has reissued the first installment of Carson's controversial environmental classic.

A groundbreaking investigation into the harmful effects of DDT and other pesticides on the environment.

12/22/2016
American Experience | PBS

Rachel Carson... The Ocean!!!!

What's coming to American Experience this January? Our Executive Producer Mark Samels has all the answers.

Michelle Ferrari, Rafael de la Uz
12/12/2016
42nd Parallel Films

Michelle Ferrari, Rafael de la Uz

Save the date, Jan 24th, 2017, get some popcorn and catch Rachel Carson, our latest film for American Experience | PBS

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12/07/2016

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12/07/2016

This was our first film for American Experience | PBS

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