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Monday, April 19 at 9 p.m. – American Experience "Earth Days"

(Rochester, NY) In American Experience "Earth Days," airing Monday, April 19 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV(DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11), acclaimed director Robert Stone (Oswald’s Ghost, Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day and to its status as a major political force in America. Drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage, Stone examines the revolutionary achievements — and missed opportunities — of a decade of groundbreaking activism. The result is both a poetic meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature and a probing analysis of past responses to environmental crisis.

The program interviewees represent a diverse cross-section of American life and politics. Among them are former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins, biologist Paul Ehrlich, former Republican congressman Pete McCloskey, Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes and Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart. They each reflect on their personal awakening to an environmental crisis and the unprecedented movement that grew out of their response to that crisis.

Pictured: Workers of Earth Day
Credit: John Sotomayor/The New York Times/Redux

 


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