DDT Video Playlist

”No Witchcraft, no enemy action had silenced the rebirth of new life in this stricken world. The people had done it to themselves.”

While some of these are serious reflections on an era, others seem downright funny now. However, it is important to remember  that they are essentially documents from the past. It’s worth thinking about what they say about the time they were produced and what our response to them says about ourselves.

Rachel Carson and “Silent Spring”

The Legacy of Rachel Carson on CBS News contains some great footage from the 1963 documentary that helped launch the book.

We watched a bit of the Bill Moyers Journal: Rachel Carson episode in class today, but the whole thing is a very fascinating biographical study of her life and work. Totally worth a watch if you are interested in her life or the challenges women have faced in science

Part of an American Experience episode on the work on Rachel Carson. Some great background and footage on the use of DDT and its widespread use.

DDT and Better Living through Chemistry

another classic dupont film
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQCKqDJksuE]

DDT: so safe you can eat it
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtcXXbuR244]

Here’s a link to DDT: Weapon against disease from the National Library of Medicine. Not embeddable, but a higher quality recording than the one I showed in class.

Doomsday for Pests, featuring “Pestroy” (Truly a classic of the genre)
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJpuespJoAg]

Nuclear stuff

Atomic cafe is a classic
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOUtZOqgSG8]

Project Plowshare (nuclear bombs for earthmoving and the building of canals)
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13lRtycJM4g]

A youtube search for “Declassified Nuclear Test Film” reveals a whole host of things.

But also remember the impact this had on people. You can watch the trailer for “Downwinders: The People of Parowan” in the bottom right corner here.