Season 10, Episode 1: Silent Spring Revolution with Douglas Brinkley

February 10, 2023

About This Episode

President Kennedy faced several major environmental threats during his presidency from the widespread use of dangerous chemicals in farming to private developers buying up pristine natural habitats. Award-winning author Douglas Brinkley discusses his new book, Silent Spring Revolution, about the woman who led the modern environmental movement influencing the Kennedy administration and others that came after. This episode also revisits a conversation with Cape Cod National Seashore superintendent Brian Carlstrom.

View the transcript for this episode.

What We Talked About

  • Read the transcript from our 2007 forum on the centennial of Rachel Carson
  • View a photo of Rachel Carson from the digital archives
  • Learn more about Douglas Brinkley's bookSilent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening